The 8 Best Business Tablets of 2021
Portable powerhouses for all your work needs
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More and more professionals are using tablets for work rather than traditional laptops or desktops, and with good reason. Their lightweight and compact design make them great for traveling, and most tablets are equipped with the latest processors, high-capacity solid state drives and hard drives, and improved security.
As well, some tablets not only have Wi-Fi capabilities but also offer LTE cellular data connections. Improved OLED displays and high-resolution screens give you better color ranges and detailing for precise artwork. Whether you're a creative professional or a loyal Apple user, here are the best business tablets available today.
Best Overall: Microsoft Surface Pro X
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is an excellent 2-in-1 tablet. Powered by an updated SQ1 processor and Windows 10 Home, you'll get quick access to files and apps you need for work. There's also 8 or 16GB of RAM and the choice between 128, 256, and 512GB of memory storage. Even more, the tablet features LTE cellular data connections so you can work without an internet connection. With a 13-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth capabilities, you can connect the Surface Signature Keyboard and Surface Pen to the device.
This tablet, which has a folding kickstand on the back, measures just 7.3mm thin and weighs under 2 pounds—making it slim and lightweight for travel. The rechargeable battery gives you up to 13 hours of use on a single charge.
Best for Creative Professionals: Wacom Cintiq 16
Ideal for digital artists, animators, and 3D modelers, the Wacom Cintiq 16 is a 15.6-inch display with 1080p full HD resolution and over 16.7 million colors. It also comes with a battery-free pen that draws power from the tablet. The pen features two programmable side buttons for quick access to frequently used brushes or settings in art programs like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Paintshop Pro.
The tablet has folding feet that give you 19 degrees of incline for more comfortable drawing. The screen also features a scratch-resistant and anti-glare coating for protection and increased visibility. To charge the device, connect it to your Windows PC or Mac with a 3-in-1 HDMI cable.
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Best for Travel: Google Pixel Slate
For anyone who often travels for work, the Google Pixel Slate is the perfect tablet. It runs on ChromeOS for a streamlined experience and is powered by an 8th generation Intel Core m3 processor for plenty of power. The tablet has 8GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD for blazing-fast boot times and access to your files and programs. It weighs 1.6 pounds and measures 7mm thin, so you can slip it into a laptop or carry-on bag. With a 12.3-inch screen, the tablet supports split-screen and multi-window browsing for seamless multitasking.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you to connect wireless keyboards and stylus pens to the tablet. It also has two USB-C inputs for connection to wired peripherals, headsets, and an external 4K display. The battery gives you up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Best Budget: Lenovo Chromebook Duet
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a great, budget-friendly option. It runs on ChromeOS for a streamlined work experience and access to apps like Google Docs and Google Sheets right out of the box. Powered by an 8-core MediaTek Helio P60T processor, the tablet has 4GB of RAM and a 128GB hard drive for storage. With Bluetooth, you can wirelessly connect the included keyboard and other peripherals.
There are also USB-C ports for hardwired connections and to charge the battery. Along with a 3.5mm audio jack, the tablet has both front- and rear-facing cameras. Plus, it has a battery life of up to 10 hours.
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Best Splurge: HP Spectre x360
If you're looking to invest in a 2-in-1 business tablet that will last for years to come, consider the HP Spectre x360. It's available with either a 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch screen that supports 10-point multitouch inputs, as well as a 4K resolution display. You can also choose between 10th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8 or 16GB of RAM, and 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB solid state drives. If you work with graphics and art, you can opt for integrated Intel Iris graphics or a discrete GeForce MX330 graphics card.
A built-in fingerprint reader also protects your personal and work data from unwanted access. With Alexa built-in, you can set reminders, add meetings to your calendars, and instantly launch apps using voice controls. Lastly, get up to 10 hours of battery life with this tablet.
Best for Apple Users: Apple iPad Pro
Perfect for loyal Apple users, this 11-inch iPad Pro boasts edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display technology for true-to-life color. It's powered by an A12X chip and can perform up to 5 trillion processes a second, giving you unparalleled speed and power over previous iPad models. With iOS 12, you'll get access to new features like Group FaceTime for virtual meetings, as well as split-screen windows for multitasking.
The tablet's front-facing camera uses Face ID for password-free protection, while the rear-facing camera can shoot video in 4K at both 30 and 60fps. You can choose Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi/LTE models for internet access without a network. There are also memory storage options available from as low as 64GB to 1TB. The battery gives you up to 10 hours of use.
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Best HD Display: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
With a high resolution of 2560 x 1600, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 wins points for superior detailing. The 10.5-inch AMOLED display gives you unparalleled color volume, range, and contrast. The tablet is powered by an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and runs on the Android 9.0 operating system. Although it has 128GB of memory storage, there is a microSD card slot if you need more space. It also comes with an S-Pen as well as Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant built-in.
You can control other smart devices in your home and even make calls with this tablet. A fingerprint reader ensures your work and personal data are protected. With both Bluetooth and USB-C connections, you can use wired and wireless peripherals like keyboards and headsets. Better yet, the battery gives you up to 15 hours of use.
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Runner-Up, Best HD Display: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha
The Samsung Galaxy Book Flex Alpha tablet uses a QLED screen, giving you 1440p HD resolution and an exceptional color range. It's available with either a 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch touchscreen, and the 360-degree hinge lets you quickly switch from laptop to tablet mode. You can choose between 10th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, 8 or 12GB of RAM, and 256 or 512GB SSD.
With an HDMI port, you can connect your tablet to an external display for presentations or working across different monitors. Along with an HD webcam, there's a dual-microphone array and Alexa built-in with this device. The fingerprint reader also allows you to protect your data and personal information from unauthorized access. Plus, the battery gives you over 18 hours of use on a single charge.
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