The Surface Pro is Microsoft's latest flagship tablet that can replace your laptop, and it's the one that gets the most right.

Our pick

Microsoft Surface Pro

It's deceptively light, obscenely powerful, and incredibly versatile.

The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is 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.

Who should buy the Surface Pro

The Surface Pro is a device built for those who are on the go but need something that's versatile and powerful enough to handle tasks ranging from intense Office and web-related work down to powerful creative work in programs like Photoshop. With the additional pen support and ability to connect up the excellent Type Cover, the Surface Pro is a laptop, tablet, and excellent inking experience all in one.

Is it a good time to buy the Surface Pro?

Microsoft is rumored to be announcing an updated Surface Pro in October, 2018, which means if you want the latest and greatest, it might be worth waiting a few more weeks. If not, you can find yourself a great deal on the Surface Pro right now as Microsoft is trying to clear stock to make room for the new one, so if you're trying to save money, now is a great time to grab one.

Reasons to buy:

  • Solid battery life and outstanding performance.
  • Beautiful display with new color profiles.
  • Surface Pen is a joy.
  • Stays cool and barely makes any fan noise.
  • Instant-on is instant awesome.

Reasons to not buy:

  • Type Cover and Pen aren't included — gets expensive quickly.
  • No USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3.
  • 2-in-1 kickstand design isn't for everyone.

An excellent balance between power and portability

The Surface Pro is a small refinement over the Surface Pro 4, but all of the changes make a well-rounded new release.

For the best Windows 10 tablet, all you need to know is Surface Pro.

It runs cooler, has a Core m3 or Core i5 version for fanless, silent running, and is slightly rounder 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. It also has support for the Surface Dial.

At the high end, you can have a Surface Pro with a 1TB solid state drive (SSD), a Kaby Lake Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.

But with that comes a price to pay. Literally. The Surface Pro can be expensive, starting at $799, and going all the way up to more than $2,000 at the top tier. 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.

Alternatives to Surface Pro

While Microsoft makes an excellent 2-in-1 device with the Surface Pro, it isn't the only one available on the market. Many other hardware manufacturers have taken on the 2-in-1 form factor with their own unique ideas, and here are a few of our recommendations worth checking out.

Runner-up

Surface Go

A mini tablet that can do it all.

If you like the Surface Pro form factor but are looking for a device that's smaller, you should take a look at Microsoft's new Surface Go. It's like a smaller Surface Pro that starts at a cheaper price.

Featuring an Intel Pentium GOLD processor, 4GB or 8GB RAM, and a Full HD 10-inch screen in the Surface tablet form factor, this device is a premium mini tablet with pen support for inking and more.

ARM-powered pick

HP ENVY x2

A beautiful tablet that's great on battery life.

If you're looking for a true tablet experience with Windows 10, the HP ENVY x2 is an excellent choice. Thanks to it being powered by ARM, the device is able to wake and sleep instantly just like an iPad and can last up to 20 days on a single charge.

Windows 10 on ARM is still in its infancy stages, meaning some apps might behave rather slow or not run at all, but for the most part, your experience should be smooth if you're just web browsing with Edge, checking email, listening to music, editing Office documents, and watching movies on Netflix on the ENVY x2.

Budget pick

Lenovo Tablet 10

A straightforward tablet that can also be a laptop.

If you're looking for something that isn't stupid expensive but also has LTE connectivity, the Lenovo Tablet 10 is an excellent choice, coming in at just $495. It's not the most powerful tablet in the world, but it's great for light use.

It also has pen support, meaning you can ink directly onto the screen in situations where you might need to sign a virtual document, and it also includes a physical keyboard attachment in the box that can be used to turn it into a laptop when necessary.

Bottom line

Surface Pro is our top pick for the best Windows 10 tablet, as it's the most versatile tablet that can also be a laptop, with a wide-array of configurations that target all ranges of the market. Whether you want a low-powered, casual tablet device, or a high-end, workhorse, the Surface Pro can deliver. The HP Envy x2 is a great alternative if you prefer always-on capabilities and more battery life. The Surface Go is the best option available if you don't want to break the bank.And the Tablet 10 is an affordable choice is you need LTE support.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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