Updated April 2017: We updated the best cheap tablet category. We also added the NuVision 8 tablet and updated links to products listed. The Surface Pro 4 is still the best overall tablet you can buy.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what to buy, you really can't go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won't regret getting one of these.

Bottom line: For the best Windows 10 tablet out there, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

One more thing: If you're looking for a tablet that's purely a tablet, the Surface Pro 4 is still a great choice. The type cover is an optional extra, so buying the Surface Pro 4 alone means you'll get a full-on tablet.

Why the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the best

The Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft's latest attempt at the tablet that can replace your laptop, and in our opinion it's the one that gets it right. There's a lot that's similar to the Surface Pro 3, but it's more refined.

It runs cooler, has a Core M version for fanless, silent running, and is slightly slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. It has a truly stunning display and a digital pen is included for all the handwriting and drawing you might want to do.

For the best Windows 10 tablet, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

At the high end, you can have a Surface Pro 4 with a 1TB solid state drive (SSD), a Skylake Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Impressive by any stretch.

But with that comes a price to pay. Literally. The Surface Pro 4 is expensive, starting at $799, and it can go way above $2,000 at the top. But it isn't just a tablet. It's a tablet and a laptop, and with the optional docking station it can even become your desktop. One device for all.

Best on a budget

NuVision Windows 10 tablet

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If you're prepared to take a risk on a product from a brand you've probably never heard of and with no support, you might actually be surprised. That's not just because the NuVision Windows 10 tablet is packing a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, micro USB and an Intel x5 processor for little less than $100, a crazy value. It's also incredibly thin and a very attractive eight-inch device. But if you're chasing a bang-for-your-buck tablet, the NuVision tablet should feature high up on that list.

Bottom line: If you're willing to risk buying a product from a lesser-known manufacturer on the cheap, make sure you check out the NuVision Windows 10 tablet.

One more thing: You can also get the NuVision with Microsoft's Signature Edition, meaning no bloatware will be preinstalled out of box.

Best for gaming

Linx Vision 8

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When is comes to good gaming on a tablet, there really aren't many options. The best gaming tablets are ones that can stream full games from a more powerful system, like the Xbox One. Standing out from a crowd of similar-looking black rectangles is the Linx Vision 8 and its big handlebars. Those house a fully featured and fully licensed Xbox controller for Windows 10, so you can use it to play your streamed Xbox games with ease. It should also be good for any Windows Store games that support controllers. The tablet hardware is pretty good for the price, too, with an Intel x5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot to boot. The biggest pain point is its availability — Linx is only really available in the UK. But if you can pick one up, you'll probably enjoy it a whole lot.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a tablet that can play games, make sure you check out the Linx Vision 8 for a unique gaming experience on a tablet.

One more thing: You'll need an Xbox One with games to be able to stream to the Linx Vision 8, because it uses the built-in Xbox app to do so. You might want to consider another form of device (not a tablet) if you're looking to run games natively.

Best for business

HP Elite x3

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The HP Elite x3 is slightly different for this list, because not only is it a tablet by HP's standards, it's also a phone. Powered by Windows 10 Mobile, the Elite x3 is the ultimate on-the-go Windows device for business users. A version of Windows for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps only makes it much more secure than your normal version of Windows 10. Not only that, but with the right accessories, you can turn your tablet into either a laptop or desktop, with a familiar Windows desktop experience. It's worth doing some research before grabbing one of these, however, because although it runs Windows 10, it isn't the "full" version of Windows 10.

Bottom line: For a great, small business tablet powered by Windows and with cellular support, the Elite x3 is the best.

One more thing: The Elite x3 runs Windows 10 Mobile, so it can't run full Win32 programs such as Google Chrome.

Best for students

Microsoft Surface 3

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If you like what the Surface Pro 4 offers but want something a little smaller and less expensive, the Surface 3 is the one for you. It basically looks like someone shrunk the Surface Pro, which isn't a bad thing at all. Previous non-Pro versions of the Surface ran Windows RT, but with the Surface 3 Microsoft shifted to full Windows. You get Intel Atom x7 processors, 2GB or 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of SSD storage. There's also a nifty LTE model for folks who want to connect on the go. And like its big brother, there's an optional keyboard and digital pen. While the Surface 3 is cheaper than the Surface Pro, it's still expensive. The base model costs around $400, and for the best experience with a Surface you at least need to spring for the keyboard. But the Surface 3 is still an amazing tablet. If your workload is less demanding or you just want more portability, it's a great buy.

Bottom line: For the best tablet for students, make sure you check out the Microsoft Surface 3.

One more thing: You'll need to buy the Type Cover separately if you're looking to take advantage of the 2-in-1 experience.

Best for creativity

Lenovo Yoga Book

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If you're looking for a device that makes drawing and creating super easy, look no further than with the Lenovo Yoga Book. With its 2-in-1 premium, lightweight design, and its unique Create Pad touch surface where a normal physical keyboard would be, the Yoga Book makes drawing so much easier on Windows 10 (or Android, if that's your thing). It comes with a Lenovo Real Pen, which can be used on the Wacom-enabled drawing surface. That touch slate area is also a virtual keyboard, flipping between a full touch surface and type pad with the tap of a button.

Bottom line: For the best tablet that makes drawing and creating super easy, look no further than the Lenovo Yoga Book.

One more thing: The Real Pen also comes with real ink tips, because the Yoga Book is able to detect drawing on actual paper when placed on the Create Pad.

Conclusion

If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what you want, make sure you consider the recommendations listed here. Overall, we think the Surface Pro 4 is the best tablet you can buy.

Best overall

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what to buy, you really can't go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won't regret getting one of these.

Bottom line: For the best Windows 10 tablet out there, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

One more thing: If you're looking for a tablet that's purely a tablet, the Surface Pro 4 is still a great choice. The type cover is an optional extra, so buying the Surface Pro 4 alone means you'll get a full-on tablet.