Best Cheap Windows Tablets

We all know how good of an operating Windows is when it comes to desktops and laptops. But does it also do well in smaller devices like tablets?

The short answer would be yes. Several PC manufacturers also saw the benefit of using Windows as the tablet’s Operating System, instead of Android. With the introduction of Windows 10, this becomes more evident as the new OS version offers better user interface and navigation.

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In short, people who are always on the go still want the Windows OS even in small gadget because they still want to do a few computing tasks on their devices. Plus the more affordable price tag also doesn’t hurt its reputation.

Many of the tablets which opted the use of Windows OS are 2-in-1 convertible devices which can transform from tablet to laptop just by attaching a mobile keyboard. However, there are also non-transforming tablets that opted to use Windows because of its versatility.

In this article, we have listed some of the best cheap Windows tablets that are available on the market. The prices of this Windows tablets are almost comparable to some of their Android and iOS counterparts.

Top 8 Cheap Windows Tablets of 2019

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Acer Switch 5

 

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256 GB PCIe SSD
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Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

 

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64 GB eMMC
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Chuwi Hi10 Plus

 

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64 GB eMMC
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Dell Venue 7140

 

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128 GB SSD
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Huawei MateBook E

 

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256 GB SSD
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Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320

 

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128 GB eMMC
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Microsoft Surface Go

 

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128 GB SSD
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NuVision 8

 

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32 GB SSD
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1. Acer Switch 5

Tablets nowadays are very flexible and can be used in a variety of ways. The most versatile of which are 2-in-1 convertible tablets, that can transform into a laptop by just attaching a keyboard cover for better typing experience. Switch 5 is one of the best examples of this type of device.  By combining portability and performance without having to sacrifice its reasonable price, this tablet is a sure hit especially for college students and young professionals.

Despite its small size, it packs a 2.5 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5-7200U processor which can be turbo boosted up to 3.1 GHz. It’s paired with a standard HD Graphics 620 and 8 GB of RAM. Spec-wise, its more than capable of running some basic computing tasks and even mobile gaming. Meanwhile, the 256 GB SSD storage allows it to boot faster than hard drive equipped devices.

The 12-inch QHD IPS screen which has 2160 x 1440 resolution is slightly sharper than its competitors that have 1080p display. The color accuracy in this tablet is also quite solid at 78-percent sRGB color gamut rating. However, the maximum brightness falls short of the 400 nits category average as it only has 212-nits. The speakers’ audio quality is also subpar.

The tablet’s cover also acts as its keyboard, which is a step up from the Acer Switch Alpha 12 where this tablet was based from. The keyboard is well spaced, has ample travel and feedback plus its backlit. This thing also has some of the most important ports such as Micro SD, audio jack, USB 3.1 Type-A, and USB Type-C. For connectivity, it has the usual Bluetooth and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. It also comes with a 3 Mega Pixels (MP) rear camera and a 1MP front. Battery life is at a manageable 8 hours.

However, the Switch also has its own quirks that buyers should be made aware of. While the kickstand is well built, it is hard to pry away from the tablet’s main body. The QHD display, while color accurate, has a very low brightness which makes the display quite dull. Also, while you can do a bit of gaming on this laptop, titles such as Overwatch on low settings will only be playable at below 30 FPS.

Overall, the Acer Switch 5 is a good budget tablet for those who won’t do a bit of typing and drawing on the side.

Display: 12-inch QHD IPS; 2160 x 1440 resolution
Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Storage: 256 GB PCIe SSD
Battery Life: 8 hours
Weight: 2.79 pounds

Pros:

  • Decent connectivity
  • Powerful CPU performance
  • Sharp screen
  • Does well in basic drawing

Cons:

  • Low display brightness
  • Awkward hinge

2. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Following the rise of 2-in-1 tablet convertibles, Asus also released their own contender in this space- the Transformer Mini T102HA. This portable tablet easily transforms into a functional laptop by just attaching its keyboard cover. You also won’t have to burn a hole in your wallet just to get the benefits of this versatile device. And if you care more about battery life and not much about the device’s performance, then it perfectly matches your needs.

On board, this laptop is a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and an Integrated HD graphics. Asus has also equipped it with 4 GB worth of RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage. While that may not be as impressive as fancier tablets, it’s plenty enough to do Internet browsing, watching movies and playing mobile games.

The 10.1-inch LED display with 1280 x 800 resolution is also nothing to sneer at. The screen has 400-nits brightness which is way beyond the average for this category. Its color accuracy, though, just barely cuts it as the small resolution takes away some of its pixel density. The audio quality of its speakers may be so-so, but it sure is loud enough for sounds to be heard all over a small room. On the flipside, this tablet doesn’t heat up as much as its other premium competitors.

Typing on the keyboard cover is also not cumbersome as some would expect for a tablet of its size. The keys are well-spaced and while they don’t have plenty of travel, they are much better than on-screen keyboards. The touchpad, though, is inaccurate and unresponsive that it’s better to use a mouse. Fortunately, this tablet has the right ports for the job- a USB 3.0 plus a COMBO audio jack, a micro USB and SD card slot. Moreover, it also has a fingerprint scanner for added security. For connectivity, you have Bluetooth 4.0 and the usual 801.11 ac Wi-Fi.

One crucial flaw for this tablet though is its performance which sits at the bottom group of most benchmarks test. Charging via its USB port is also a tad bit slow. If you also have large fingers, you may not enjoy typing on its keyboard that much. This might be the reason why most of its users are kids; although some adults may find it of great value also.

Overall, the Asus Transformer Mini is a great tablet to have around especially since you can fit it in almost anything even in a satchel.

Display: 10.1-inch LED; 1280 x 800 resolution
Processor: 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics
RAM: 4GB DDR4
Storage: 64 GB eMMC
Battery Life: 7 hours
Weight: 1.74 pounds

Pros:

  • Small and portable
  • Affordable price
  • Impressive battery life
  • Good quality hardware

Cons:

  • Poor CPU performance
  • Inaccurate trackpad

3. Chuwi Hi10 Plus

Small players are also getting into the action in the tablet category. These brands offer devices that also have the same spec but at almost half the price of the larger and more popular brands. One of the better low-priced tablets in the market today is the Hi10 Plus developed by Chinese brand Chuwi. The best bit about this product is its integration of Windows 10 and Android OS into one dual boot system which allows it to be powerful and portable at the same time.

Inside this tablet is a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor which can be turbo boosted up to 1.92 GHz. Chuwi has also equipped it with an 8th generation Intel HD Graphics, 4GB worth of memory and 64 GB eMMC storage. The specs are what you would expect on a tablet on its price point, but this tablet also has a few surprises. You can also switch between its two Operating system- Windows 10 to Android 5.1 and vice versa. Changing OS takes around 15 to 30 seconds.

Furthermore, the 10.8-inch screen isn’t too shabby as it has a 1920 x 1280 resolution. However, displays brightness is a bit dull and reflective. Graphic demanding games such as NBA 2K17 may experience an uncomfortable drop in FPS, but other casual games will encounter no such problems. The keyboard cover is also well-spaced and has decent travel, but they are sold separately. Moreover, the trackpad is also quite responsive although it has limited finger gestures. The audio is loud but the sound quality isn’t something noteworthy. For connectivity, you have the standard ones- USB-C, micro USB, micro HDMI, Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. It also comes with a front and back camera, both of which are 2MP.

But because it’s priced cheaper than even the low-cost tablets, you may need to manage your expectations. Its build quality may not be as reliable as other more expensive rivals. The performance is at par with other Intel Atom-based tablets and the display is subpar. You can also use a pressure sensitive stylus but it’s not as dynamic as those in premium tablets.

Overall, the Chuwi Hi10 Plus is an affordable tablet that can transform into a laptop. The dual-boot system also allows it to optimize your work based on the OS you currently need.

Display: 10.8-inch IPS; 1920 x 1280
Processor: 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 8th gen
RAM: 4 GB DDR3
Storage: 64 GB eMMC
Battery Life: 5 hours
Weight:

Pros:

  • Lowest-priced tablet in the list
  • Dual boot system
  • Durable Casing
  • Comfy keyboard

Cons:

  • Moderate CPU performance
  • Little to no technical support

4. Dell Venue 7140

Before most convertible tablets have opted the smaller 10-inch screen, there was a time when 12-inch models were all the rage. Dell also got on board the hype train and introduced its Venue 7000 series of 2-in-1 tablets; the most practical of which is the 7140. It was one of the first attempts to make a convertible tablet into a seemingly portable workstation.

At its vortex is a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core-M5Y10 processor which can be turbo boosted up to 2.0 GHz. It is mated with an Intel GT2 Graphics and an 8 GB of RAM. These specs allow it to handle moderate gaming. You can even play World of Warcraft at 1366 x 768 display and still get a nifty 19 FPS. Moreover, Dell also threw in 128 GB worth of memory and with an SSD you can be sure that this thing boots faster than other tablets.

The Venue 7140’s display is also sharp and clear thanks to its full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It’s also more vivid than your average tablet since it has 341 nits of brightness. Likewise, Dell has also doubled down on its color accuracy which has a 101 percent sRGB rating. The audio quality is also quite impressive and is quite loud reaching 86 decibels at 13-inches away from the device.

Because it’s marketed as a productive type of device, the island-style keyboard has a matte finish. It also has plenty of travel at 1.33 mm and has a bit of actuation force at 71 grams. The touchpad though feels cramped but is quite responsive especially with the finger gestures. For connectivity, you have a micro SD slot, micro HDMI, a headphone/ mic combo and a USB 3.0.

However, this tablet also has quite a few disadvantages given that Dell has yet to update it since it was released in 2015. The processing speed is not that fast since it uses the earlier generation of Intel Core processors. Moreover, the device easily gets hot and can reach above the threshold temperature of more than 95 degrees. You also have to purchase the stylus and mobile keyboard, separately.

Display: 12-inch Full HD; 1920 x 1080 resolution
Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core-M5Y10
Graphics: Intel 5300 Graphics
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB SSD
Battery Life: 8 hours
Weight: 1.6 pounds

Pros:

  • Solid build
  • Strong GPU performance
  • Awesome audio quality
  • Clear and vivid display

Cons:

  • Gets hot easily
  • Outdated CPU processor

5. Huawei MateBook E

Huawei’s first attempt at the 2-in-1 devices was the MateBook which was released last year. This year they have expanded the product line with full pledge notebook and subnotebook bearing the same name. The MateBook E, however, remains close to its predecessor albeit some tweaks. It still boasts an aluminum alloy casing which gives its 6.9-mm thick body a sturdy frame.  It also comes with a detachable keyboard cover and a touch pen.

At its heart is a 1.2 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5-7Y54 which can be turbo boosted up to 3.2 GHz. Huawei also paired it with an Intel Graphics 615 and 8 GB worth of RAM. This allows this gadget to do a bit of image editing and drawing. Moreover, it has 256 GB of SSD storage which allows it to boost faster. You can also do a bit of gaming on this tablet. Playing BioShock Infinite in low settings can give you a comfortable 41 FPS.

Not to be outdone is the Notebook’s 12-inch IPS display that has a slightly better 2160 x 1440 resolution than HD screens. The display is quite vivid and very colorful boasting an RGB color gamut production at 100-percent. The detachable keyboard is easy to type on thanks to its soft chiclet keys which are also backlit. The touchpad, however, has an inferior surface texture and is quite unresponsive with complex gestures.

This tablet only has a few ports- a USB Type-C, keyboard connection, and a headphone jack. Fortunately, Huawei also provided it with a MateDock 2 which when connected to the tablet gives you additional USB-Type C, USB Type-A, VGA and HDMI ports.

While Huawei has fixed some of the problems of its predecessor, the new Matebook also has some persisting quirks. The hard drive is pre-partitioned which meant it can’t be upgraded. The 5-hour battery life is also quite short. Finally, the CPU performance is quite poor, unless you turbo boosted it.

Overall, the Huawei Matebook E is still a pretty decent budget tablet that you can use for a lot of purposes. If you want a better performing model check out the Huawei Matebook E Signature Edition.

Display: 12-inch IPS; 2160 x 1440 resolution
Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5-7Y54
Graphics: Intel Graphics 615
RAM: 8 GB DDR3
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Battery Life: 5 hours
Weight: 2.43 pounds

Pros:

  • Crisp and very responsive touchscreen
  • Thin and very portable
  • Comfy keyboard
  • Includes a USB adapter

Cons:

  • Horrible trackpad
  • Needs angled keyboard

6. Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320

According to the report of Common Sense Media, almost one in two children owns a tablet. The 10-inch IdeaPad Miix 320 seems to be targetting those demographics because of its relatively small size. While your children might be playing with it a lot, this tablet can also be converted into a functional laptop, albeit you need to have really small fingers to type on comfortably. It’s also one of the most affordable 2-in-1 devices in the market.

Under its plastic casing is a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom X5-Z8350 processor which can be turbo boosted up to 1.92 GHz. Lenovo also provided it with an Intel HD Graphics 400 and 4 GB worth of RAM. The specs can pretty much play most mobile games at decent FPS. It also comes with a 128 GB eMMC which is plenty enough if you are just doing Internet browsing and playing movies. The 9-hour battery life also means you can enjoy it longer without it being plugged.

The 10.1-inch screen has a decent 1200 x 800 resolution which is OK but has subpar clarity. You are also limited to the quality of your videos since it can’t play the crisp 1080 pixel quality. On the positive note, it produces great color quality at the 95-percent sRGB rating and has a brightness of 218 nits. These figures are slightly higher than most Chromebooks. Likewise, the onboard Dolby speakers produce good quality sounds that are loud enough to be fully heard in a small room.

Despite its size, Lenovo had found a way to fit some important ports like two USB 2.0, a USB Type-C, micro HDMI, headphone jack and a Micro SD slot. The device also has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP webcam. Another noteworthy attribute of this tablet is its good heat management.

Display: 10.1-inch; 1280 x 800 resolution
Processor: 1.44 GHz Intel Atom X5-Z8350
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400
RAM: 4 GB DDR3
Storage: 128 GB eMMC
Battery Life: 9 hours
Weight: 2.31 pounds

Pros:

  • Clean and crisp sound
  • Long battery life
  • Long battery life
  • Doesn’t get hot above a comfortable threshold

Cons:

  • Cramped non-backlit keyboard
  • Paltry display

7. Microsoft Surface Go

A Windows tablet list is never complete without a representative from its makers Microsoft. The Surface Go is a gorgeous convertible tablet that brings perhaps the best Windows 10 experience because of its seamless user interface and navigation. You can think of it as a smaller and less powerful version of another successful Microsoft product- the Surface Pro.

Its design also follows the shadows of the other Surface line-up especially its amazing kickstand. It has, however, prominent round edges compared to the Pro’s angled and stark edges. On board, is a 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Pentium Gold processor which is paired with an Intel HD Graphics 615 and 8 GB RAM. Microsoft also threw in 128 GB SSD storage to sweeten the deal.

The tablet’s 10-inch screen boasts 1800 x 1200 resolution which is close to the crispy 1080 pixel level. While that may not be the best display on its category, it still offers ample of pop. Its brightness of 415 nits easily overshadows the 245 nits of an average budget laptop. Likewise, its also color accuracy is also off the charts at a 129-percent sRG rating.

The optional backlit keyboard is easy to use and has a decent key travel of 0.9 mm. But don’t expect to hit your usual Word Per Minute (WPM) while typing on its small keys. The type cover is sold separately, same with the Surface Pen. This tablet only has one port- a USB-C. For connectivity, though, you have the usual Bluetooth 4.2 and an 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. Furthermore, I also have a 5 MP front webcam and an 8MP rear autofocus camera.

At a glance, this tablet is already a great tablet but it does have a few issues. The biggest of which is a lackluster battery life of only 6 hours. The screen should also a bit lighter to reach that 1080 pixel sweet spot. Finally, Microsoft still doesn’t want to include the Surface Pen and type cover as part of the package.

Overall, the Microsoft Surface Go is an excellent choice for students who want a budget tablet which they can also use for basic computing and taking notes.

Display: 10-inch PixelSense; 1800 x 1200
Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Pentium Gold
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 8 GB DDR3
Storage: 128 GB SSD
Battery Life: 6 hours
Weight: 1.15 pounds

Pros:

  • Pristine design
  • Reasonably priced
  • Impressive display and speakers
  • Excellent GPU

Cons:

  • Accessories still not included
  • Short battery life

8. NuVision 8

How small can a tablet go? Well for the NuVision its 8 inches! This mini tablet is also incredibly thin at 7.62 mm. Its very portable and can fit into almost any type of bags. Despite its low cost, the manufacturers still were able to give it a semi-premium design and a durable chassis. While its incomparable to a Surface Pro or an iPad, you will surely get more for its price.

On its core is a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor with an integrated Intel HD Graphics. NuVision also has equipped it with 2 GB worth of RAM and 32 GB SSD storage. While this might not be as impressive as more powerful components, this tablet can do pretty much what its larger counterparts can do. If you just want to watch a movie, check your Social Media account and other basic tasks, then it won’t encounter any performance problems.

The 8-inch display might be small, but it has a Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution. Hence, you can watch videos on a higher quality than some budget 10-inch tablets. While the display is quite bright, it’s not recommended for outdoor use especially while being exposed to some sunlight. One rare feature that this tablet has is a capacitive Windows key opposite its webcam. You can use this key for several functions such as waking the device and going to the Start screen.

For connectivity, this tablet has a Micro USB port for charging and OTG devices, HDMI for external memory, a microSD slot for added file storage and a headphone jack. Sadly, its touchscreen doesn’t have pen support.

This tablet, however, also has a few disadvantages brought primarily by its size. The battery life is at a disappointing 4 hours. The cameras are also awkwardly positioned. Finally, surfing the Internet is not as pleasant as a Windows 10 desktop since everything you see is shrunk. Clicking on links and other small elements of a website can also be frustrating.

Overall, the NuVision 8 is a great choice for people who are always on the go who wants a tablet that can fit even in the smallest of bags.

Display: 8-inch IPS Full HD; 1920 x 1200 resolution
Processor: 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB SSD
Battery Life: 4 hours
Weight: 2.65 pounds

Pros:

  • Very affordable price
  • Easy to carry around
  • Pixel dense display
  • Plenty of ports

Cons:

  • Short battery life
  • Awkwardly positioning of cameras

Cheap Windows Tablet Buying Guide

Choosing a Windows tablet is much easier because you have your work cut down for you since you know what OS you are getting. When it comes to buying this tablet it all boils down to three factors, which are:

1. Tablet’s Size

Tablets come in different sizes from the 8-inch minis to the more standard 12-inch models. They also vary in thickness and other dimensions. The largest tablet in the world is even 42-inch big. Overall, the size determines its portability and affects other factors such as pixel density and the amount of port it could have.

2. Function

Tablets also have different functions. Those with crispier and vivid display, for example, are geared to watching movies and artistic tasks like image editing. Meanwhile, there are also those which offer comfortable keyboards aimed for typing and even low to mid gaming. Some tablets are also more suitable for mobile gaming and for browsing. Before buying the tablet, decide first what its primary function is- for travel, media, business, browsing, etc.

3. Balanced Specs

While your tablet will not perform just as fast as your laptop or PC, you should also consider some of its specs such as the processor, memory, graphics, storage and most importantly battery life. All of these factors will eventually contribute to your overall experience with the device. Also research the price of accessories, such as the stylus pen and mobile or cover-type keyboard, if it’s reasonable or not have.

Whether you are a fan of Windows OS on a tablet or not, there is no denying that this formula works. With the emergence of 2-in-1 convertible laptops and the further development of Windows to adapt to numerous devices, it might be high time to invest on a tablet that runs on a PC platform system.