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2-in-1 Tablet: The Best 8 Tablets Now Available

2 in 1 tablet

Two-in-one tablets are taking over the markets. The idea of having one product serve as both a tablet and a laptop is to save money, enhance portability and increase convenience. With so many out there competing, it can be difficult to narrow down your search. Well, you needn’t search much longer.

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This list is the result of a tremendous amount of thorough research. In order to provide quality, accurate and unbiased reviews, both consumer and expert opinions are considered when coming to conclusions. This list focuses on hybrid tablets rather than hybrid laptops, so only detachable keyboard options have been considered.

Top 8 2-in-1 Tablets

In order to simplify your search, here are the best 2-in-1 tablets to choose from.

Microsoft Surface Pro (5th Gen) (Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 Processor.
  • Memory: 4GB RAM.
  • Storage Capacity: 128GB SSD.
  • Display: 12.3-inch PixelSense Screen.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro.

Overview

This Microsoft tablet takes the crown. It has more affordable options to suit your performance desires and stellar performance. Disappointingly, the Surface pen is no longer a part of the package as it was in previous models.

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Improved keyboard
  • Classy, durable design

Cons

  • No accessories included
  • Short battery life
  • No Thunderbolt or USB-C ports

Acer Switch Alpha 12 2-n-1, 12" QHD Touch, Intel Core i5, 8GB Memory, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, SA5-271-55WD & Stylus
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz (Up to 2.8GHz)
  • 12" QHD Touchscreen (2160 x 1440), Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 8GB LPDDR3 Memory, 256GB SSD, No Optical Drive
  • USB 3.1 (Type-C) port
  • Windows 10 Home, Up to 8-hours Battery Life

Overview

The Acer Switch can be considered the budget Surface Pro. It performs well for what it costs. It does come with a lot of bloatware, however, meaning it has unwanted manufacturer software that takes up disk space.

Pros

  • Includes keyboard
  • Vivid display
  • Great performance for the cost

Cons

  • Bloatware
  • Mediocre battery
  • Feels a little cheap

HP 1JD32UT#ABA Zbook 15 G4 Workstation 15.6" Notebook - Windows - Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz - 8 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD, Black
  • Confidently take on your workday with our durable and highly High reliability HP ZBook 15 that has gone through 120,000...
  • Designed for demanding workloads, our HP ZBook 15 is engineered with the latest Intel Xeon processors, 3D graphics,...
  • Made for the most demanding workloads, the HP ZBook 15 is used by NASA to help push the boundaries of science and...

Overview

The Zbook is a splurge 2-in-1 for creatives. It’s more than a tablet; it’s an entire workstation designed for those who want more of a creative touch.

Pros

  • Quality build
  • Amazing pen tools
  • Remarkable performance

Cons

  • Below average battery life
  • A little heavy

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB), Silver
  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 Features a 8th generation Intel Quad Core i7 Processor, 512 GB of storage, 16 GB RAM, and up to...
  • Enhanced Graphics performance with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
  • The fastest Surface Book yet, with 4x more power
  • Vibrant PixelSense Display: now available with a new 15" touchscreen. Weight : Starting at 4.2 pounds including keyboard
  • Four versatile modes of use and new USB-C port

Overview

Out of all tablets on this list, the Surface Book 2 is the one that feels the most like a laptop rather than a tablet. It also has the longest battery life of all the tablets that were reviewed. For those who want more of a laptop and less of a tablet, this will be your top choice.

Pros

  • Solid build and design
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Excellent keyboard

Cons

  • Wobbly screen
  • Surface Pen not included
  • Limited storage for the price

Overview

It comes with a keyboard and stylus, which is always a plus. It sports a high battery capacity and a great display. However, for what it costs, the design isn’t as great as expected.

Pros

  • Keyboard and stylus included
  • Long battery life
  • Great screen

Cons

  • Wobbly display
  • Some parts feel cheap
  • Design doesn’t live up to price

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet, 12" Full-HD+ IPS Touchscreen w/Active Pen, Intel Core m7-6Y75 Dual-Core 1.2GHz, 256GB Solid State Drive, 8GB DDR3, 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Detachable Keyboard, Win10Pro
  • Get reliable performance from the Intel Core m7-6Y75 processor 1.2GHz (Burst up to 3.1GHz) 4MG Cache
  • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 (on-board) memory, with a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB, 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
  • Enjoy a 12” Screen with Portable Entertainment with a Stunning Display: Whether for work or leisure, the high...
  • ThinkPad Keyboard Perfection: The X1 Tablet features the detachable keyboard with the legendary ThinkPad design. The...
  • With the detachable keyboard snapped into place, the X1 Tablet is only 1.1 kg / 2.4 lbs.

Overview

The Lenovo X1 has one of the best keyboards in the game. It has several different port options to suit your needs. It’s geared towards professionals, but the overall performance is uninspiring for the price tag.

Pros

  • Amazing keyboard
  • Multiple ports
  • Great screen

Cons

  • Mediocre battery
  • No proper housing for stylus

Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 FHD 12.3in Touch Laptop PC - Intel Core i5-7300U 2.6GHz 8GB 256GB SSD Windows 10 Professional (Renewed)
  • This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...
  • Intel Core i5-7300U 2.6GHz (up to 3.5GHz, 3M Cache) Processor
  • 8GB DDR3 SDRAM - 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
  • 12.3" FHD Touchscreen Display (1920 x 1280) with Microphone/Camera + Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • No Keyboard | Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (64-Bit)

Overview

A great laptop replacement from dell for basic computing. However, the more high-end options are very expensive.

Pros

  • Bright screen
  • Multiple ports
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Uncomfortable keyboard
  • Weak speakers
  • Kickstand feels awkward on lap

Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 128GB) (MCZ-00001)
  • High res 10 inch PixelSense: Display designed to be viewed, touched, and written on
  • Lightest surface yet, starting at 1.15 pounds. Touch: 10 point multi touch
  • All day battery life, with upto 9 hours of unplugged power. Ambient light sensor
  • Runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode, streamlined for security and superior performance
  • Includes multi tasking USB C, fast charging surface connect, and headphone jack. Use it in Laptop, Tablet or Studio Mode

Overview

Though it attempts to be a smaller, cheaper Surface Pro, it doesn’t quite live up to expectations. However, it’s a solid, affordable tablet for basic computing and browsing.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Affordable
  • Sturdy build

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • No full-size ports
  • Doesn’t come with keyboard and stylus

The Verdict

Microsoft has been at the lead of the pack with 2-in-1 tablets for many years with their Surface series, and the Surface Pro doesn’t disappoint. For the best overall choice, the Microsoft Surface wins. However, the HP Elite X2 1012 G2 is an excellent choice as well. The professional design of the Elite X2 is sure to appeal to those in the business world. It feels luxurious to the touch and performs incredibly well but with a slightly disappointing battery. Nevertheless, it is an excellent overall choice for its stunning display, port availability and the fact that it comes with a keyboard and stylus. It performs just slightly less than the Surface Pro with matching features, but it is thinner in design. If you’re shopping on a budget, the Acer Switch Alpha 12 or the Microsoft Surface Go will be your best choices.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Review : An In-Depth Look of Its Features and Specs

asus zenpad 3s 10

Mobile devices have taken over the world.

According to research, as of 2016, people accessed the internet more on their mobile devices than on their laptops and desktops. The reason is simple, mobile devices are simple to use and, well, they are mobile. This means you can access, not only the internet but do a bit of work while on the go as well.

And that is why mobile device makers are scrambling to create the mobile devices that can afford users the best experience while they are on the go. Given, many of them are doing an excellent job, like the iPad, which is the benchmark for all tablets. Others, well, let’s just say they still need to go back to the drawing board. And we won’t name any names here.

But one tablet that seems to have gotten a lot right is the Asus ZenPad 3s 10.

What’s so special about this Taiwanese tablet?

Let’s get into our Asus ZenPad 3S 10 review and see exactly why Apple is running for their money (and why you should run and grab the Asus ZenPad 3S 10).

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Review – Apple Imitator or Real Threat?

They say imitation is the best form of flattery. But for Apple, there’s no flattery in the Asus’s imitation. This is one of the few tablets that are actually managing to make the iPad make a run for its money. What is Asus doing right (and wrong) in this innovative slate?

Let’s start by looking at the spec sheet first.

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Spec Sheet

A brief look at this 10 inch tablet's spec sheet will give you a glimpse into what this must have (especially for Android fans) slate packs in its tiny frame.

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7" (2048x1536), 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 5MP Front / 8MP Rear Camera, Android 6.0, Tablet, Titanium Gray (Z500M-C1-GR)
  • 9.7" IPS Display (2048 x 1536) with ASUS TruVivid technology for better visual experience.
  • MTK MT8176 Dual-Core 2.1 GHz +Quad-Core 1.7 GHz , 64bit
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB Onboard Storage
  • 8M/5M Dual Camera; 1 x microSD Card slot, support up to 128GB SDXC
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Specification

Weight: 15.20oz

Dimensions: 9.47 x 6.44 x 0.23 inches

OS: Android Nougat

Screen size: 9.7-inch

Resolution: 1536 x 2048

CPU: Mediatek 8176 Turbo Dual CA72 2.1GHz + Quad CA53 1.7GHz

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 32GB/64GB

microSD slot: Yes, up to 256GB

Battery: 5,900mAh

Rear camera: 8MP

Front camera: 5MP

For those who understand the acronyms and figures, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a pretty attractive tablet just by looking at the spec sheet.

But for those who don’t know what all that means, let me decipher the spec sheet so you can see what it all means when it comes to everyday use.

Design and Build Quality


One thing the iPad is known for is its exceptional build quality that few can dare match (and still make a profit). But the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 comes pretty close. Let’s see just how close.

Design-wise, it’s pretty obvious that Asus borrowed heavily from the iPad. But if you don’t mind a lookalike, you’ll definitely love this slate. One thing that Asus did better than Apple on this tablet is making it easier to handle and use by making it slimmer and lighter. Weighing a mere 15.2oz (its rival the Apple iPad Air 2 weighs 15.4oz) and width a super slim profile of 0.23 inches, this is one slate that will be comfortable to hold (even for prolonged periods of time).

When it comes to build quality, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 oozes of premium quality with its aluminum shell, metallic edges, and brilliant front glass panel. This is one of those few tablets on the market that actually feel as good as they look.

In the true essence of less is more, Asus kept the design of the ZenPad 3S 10 simple. The only thing to disrupt the uniformity of the back is an Asus logo and the rear camera. The front is a bit busier as it sports an oblong fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the tablet (when held portrait), and a back and recent app capacitive buttons flanking it.

The left edge features a micro SIM slot, while the right edge houses the power/lock button and the volume rocker. The top is clean save for a 3.5mm headphone jack while the bottom edge has a USB-C port nestled between 2 stereo speakers.

This is one design that was truly well executed. Kudos to Asus for such a simple, yet elegant design.

Display and Resolution


ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7' (2048x1536), 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 5MP Front / 8MP Rear Camera, Android 6.0, Tablet, Titanium Gray (Z500M-C1-GR)

Speaking of the glass, the display is one of the best features on this tablet. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 sports an impressively bright 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536-pixel (2K), IPS display that affords you crisp pictures and rich, vivid colors. The display is so gorgeous it actually swallows you into the images and videos you’ll be watching.

When put to the color gamut test, the ZenPad's panel managed to reproduce 113 percent of the sRGB gamut, beating the iPad Air 2 which scored 100 percent). It also beat the average for tablets, which stands at 94 percent. Compared to the Huawei MediaPad M3, however, it came trailing behind as the MediaPad scored an impressive 123 percent, meaning it emits even more colors than its rivals.

Sadly, though, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 didn’t do so well on the Delta-E test as it scored a 4.2 (closer to 1 is better). The Delta-E is a test of color accuracy, and Asus’ results show that the colors may be slightly off. The MediaPad fared better again as it scored a 2.6, which however is still not as good as the mainstream average of 2.3.

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 really shines in the display department as it emits 426 nits of brightness, way better than the mainstream average of 347 nits and also better than the iPad Air 2’s 368 nits. The Huawei MediaPad M3 slightly edged it to register 427 nits.

Whether you’re gaming, streaming, or simply admiring your photos, the display on the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is one display you won’t mind staring into for prolonged periods of time, especially with its blue light filter for night viewing.

Performance


Performance is everything when it comes to user experience. After all, a beautiful tablet with a poor engine is nothing short of a waste of money. 

Equipped with a powerful MediaTek MT8176 Turbo CPU that packs both a dual-core 2.1-GHz processor and a quad-core 1.7-GHz processor, you can’t expect anything but smooth performance. That, coupled with 4GB of RAM helps the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 deliver fantastic speeds. Scrolling through websites and transition through apps is buttery smooth and snappy, even when you have multiple tabs open.

And for that quick game during your smoke break, you’ll find that the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 handles games quite well, with popular games like Asphalt 8 running without any stutter at all. This is all thanks to the PowerVR GX6250 GPU which is capable of reaching speeds of 700MHz.

The tablet earned 3,608 on the Geekbench 4 test, beating the category average of 2,994.

At no time will you feel the need for more processing power with this snappy tablet as booting it up, switching between apps, and doing whatever you love doing on a tablet is fast – there’s absolutely no lag at all. For example, when tasked to open a 5.8MB PDF file, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 took 7 seconds while its main contender, the Huawei MediaPad M3 took 3 seconds longer.

If you are looking for a premium looking tablet with powerful performance and yet at a fraction less than the category price, then the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is definitely a tablet to consider.

Cameras

One of the biggest letdowns of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is the average camera performance – both the 5MP front and 8MP rear cameras. Although a tablet is not primarily a memory-capturing device, people do use them to do so, and the times they do, a good camera would serve the occasion better.

Don’t get me wrong, the cameras are not horrible, they are just your average camera. The front one is good enough for making video calls while the rear one is good enough to take decent photos – as long as there is plenty of light. Yes, unfortunately, Asus forgot to include an LED flash.

However, the camera application tries to redeem the average camera performance as it has many features and settings that can help to improve the images.

Audio

For the audiophiles, however, the story is completely different as the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has quite an amazing pair of speakers. Featuring some pretty powerful speakers and support for high-res audio, the ZenPad is capable of pumping out enough volume to fill a large conference room without compromising the sound quality.

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 comes with a sound adjustment app aptly named the AudioWizard. This app definitely works some serious magic as far as sound is concerned with its several presets namely, Smart, Music, Movies, Gaming, and Vocal. AudioWizard also has extra settings for in-ear and over-ear headphones, a preset for the Asus EL33 earbuds, and support for the Hi-Res Audio (HRA) standard.

Battery Life


When it comes to mobile devices, one feature that can make or break the deal is the battery life. You do want to move around with your device after all.

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 doesn’t offer the best battery a tablet of its caliber can have, but the 5900 mAh battery it comes with is decent enough to last you a good 10 hours (according to Asus). However, in real life with continuous web browsing, the battery managed to last 8 hours and 9 minutes.

That is actually a very good score, although it doesn’t beat the iPad Air 2’s 9:20 (a pretty hard battery life to beat) and the Huawei MediaPad’s 8 hours and 40 minutes run.

With all that being said, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has a battery life that won’t really let you down as 8 hours between charges is more than enough to see you through the day, especially since you probably won’t be browsing the web the whole day.

The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 – Exceptional Value for Your Money. The bottom line – the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a great tablet.

If you are looking for a tablet that won’t let you down (except in the camera department), then this is it. this is a tablet that is well-able of delivering exceptional performance and a great looking design all at an affordable price point.

The proper definition of value for money.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been wondering which tablet you should go for, this is it.it will definitely serve you well whether you are looking for an extension of your office or simply looking to use it browse the web.

iPad Pro 12.9 : The Comprehensive Product Review

ipad pro 12.9

Apple has been a big name since the introduction of its first computer. Through the years, it has made an impact on the industry by introducing the famous iPod, iPhone and iPad. The company has a knack for making customers loyal and hooking them on the unique Apple technology. For some people, the only device is one with an apple on it.

The iPad line has gone through many transformations throughout the years. The most recent incarnation is the iPad Pro second generation. There are two options in this line. We want to talk about the iPad Pro 12.9. This tablet really stretches the limits and turns a typical tablet into a viable replacement for a laptop, allowing users more portability than ever.

Find out more about this tablet. Discover how it compares to others. See the good and the bad about it. Read through the specifications to get to know more about it. Get a complete picture of what to expect from the iPad Pro 12.9.

Information On the iPad


Apple has done very well with matching consumer need when it introduces new products. The company listens to what people want and delivers. When it comes to tablets, people are wanting something that is more functional. They want something that is highly portable, light and able to be used in multiple ways. With the iPad Pro line, consumers get just this in a 2-in-1 format.

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The iPad was first put on the market in 2010. The newest option, the second-generation iPad Pro, was released in 2017. The iPad Pro 2 offers two size options, both of which are designed to make this easy to use as a laptop since the focus on this line really is to provide more computing options in the tablet.

What makes Apple truly unique is it is very exclusive. The iPad runs the iOS mobile operating system, which is also used on the iPhone. This operating system has its own app store and design. This is compared to Android, which is used by most competitors and uses the Google Play store for apps. For most people, there is a clear choice between the two, and they tend to stay loyal. However, Apple is very good at creating buzz and creating a good vibe about its products, which helps it to stay on top.

The iPad Pro 12.9 option is unique itself because it is the biggest tablet of the forerunners in this field. The size is exceptionally helpful for those who are aiming to use the tablet as a laptop more so than a tablet. Many convertible options fall short here and do not provide the screen size that makes it functional to use the tablet as a laptop.

Specifications


The iPad Pro 12.9 provides you with the ultimate experience for converting from tablet mode to laptop. The screen size is ideal for computing and leaves you feeling as if you get that true laptop experience. In addition, you also get the exclusive Smart Connector, which allows you to connect a keyboard in one simple step. Just connect and work. It disconnects just as easily. These two points alone put the iPad ahead when it comes to offering the best experience in a 2-in-1 tablet and laptop.

iPad Pro 12.9

You can choose from 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB when buying. The tablet has 4 GB of RAM and a 2.34 GHz CPU. For graphics, you get a 12-core PowerVR Series 7XT. It features dual-channel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. When making your purchase, you can choose to just get Wi-Fi connectivity or you can add cellular for additional functionality.

The screen is made for being on the go with all the different things that could pose problems. The antireflective coating means it is much easier to use this tablet anywhere without having to worry about glare. It also is smudge resistant thanks to the oleophobic coating. Plus, it has a scratch-resistant coating and is fully laminated. The resolution is 2732 x 2048 for sharp, clear images. You get LED backlighting and True Tone with a wide color display. The display has a 120 Hz refresh rate and ProMotion. It is also multi-touch and you can use stylus's with the product.

Finally, the camera is made to the highest standards to offer the quintessential Apple experience. It has some improvements worth noting, including noise reduction, local tone mapping and face detection. You get a six-element lens with a sapphire crystal lens cover and hybrid IR filter. It also has 3x digital zoom, auto HDR and a True Tone LED flash. The camera has exposure control, autofocus and 4K video recording. You can take advantage of some options as well when taking pictures or capturing video, including time lapse, slo-mo, burst mode and timer mode. It also offers panorama up to 63 MP. Lastly, it has backside illumination and geotagging.

Pricing


You can buy the iPad Pro 12.9-inch device directly from Apple or from almost any retailer that sells electronic, computing or mobile products. The pricing is going to be fairly consistent no matter where you buy it, though. Sometimes a retailer may offer discounts or sales, but keep in mind that Apple products are known for being high priced. You may get a slight discount buying refurbished or used if you are looking to save some money. You can also get credit from Apple if you turn in an old device.

Do keep in mind that you can getting additional protection for accidental damage and access to technical support for two years by adding AppleCare. 

Comparison


Comparison shopping can help you to ensure you buy the right product that meets your needs. Typically, you would compare products of the same price or within the same price range. However, when it comes to the iPad, it is more expensive than the competition. So, we were unable to make that comparison. We also ran into trouble trying to compare by size because nobody else makes a tablet as large as the iPad Pro 12.9. So, we settled on just comparing the iPad to its closest competitors.

Apple iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray) - 12.9" Display
  • Retina Display
  • ATX chip
  • iOS 9
  • Apps for iPad
  • Slim and light design

Screen:

12.9 inches

OS:

iOS

Apps:

Apple Store

As the most expensive tablet on the list, there are high expectations. People who buy the iPad do so because they trust Apple and are loyal to the brand. Even those who do not have loyalty to the brand cannot help but notice all the good reviews Apple products get, which often helps to sway them to make the switch. Furthermore, Apple has amazing build quality and does a great job of making the tablet user-friendly. At this size, it also makes it very convenient to take advantage of the convertible feature and use this as a functional laptop.

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Screen:

10 inches

OS:

Windows 10

Apps:

Microsoft Store

The Surface is a serious competitor to the iPad because it is designed to operate as a 2-in-1 as well. However, where this tablet lacks is the OS, which is bulky. This means it can lag and even slow down. It is nice for using Microsoft Office, though. Plus, Microsoft does have excellent build quality. It is smaller, though, with the 10-inch screen being the maximum size available. However, it does come with the keyboard, which will cost you extra with the iPad.

Samsung (SM-T830NZKAXAR) Galaxy Tab S4 10.5-inch 64GB WiFi Tablet, Black Bundle with Tablet Stand, 10-inch Screen Protector, USB-A to USB-C Cable, S4 10.5 Keyboard and 64GB Memory Card
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5" WiFi Tablet Black 64GB
  • 64GB Internal Storage; offers huge storage space for storing your multimedia files
  • IN THE BOX: Power Adapter - S Pen - USB Cable
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5" WiFi Tablet Black 64GB - Deco Gear Universal Tablet Stand Black - Deco Gear...

Screen:

10.5 inches

OS:

Android 8.0

Apps:

Google Play Store

The Galaxy Tab is not as popular as the iPad, but Samsung is respected for quality products. The smartphone in this line, for example, is a top seller. This tablet does have some good aspects, such as the long battery life and the amazing display. It also is lightweight. However, it does have low RAM, which could limit its function.

Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 8 GB) - Black - (Previous Generation - 7th)
  • 7" IPS display; 8 or 16 GB of internal storage (up to 256 GB with microSD)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Alexa enabled
  • 1 GB of RAM

Screen:

Seven inches

OS:

Fire

Apps:

Amazon App Store

The Kindle does not function as a 2-in-1. It is really just a tablet. Any use as a laptop is limited. It also only comes in a maximum seven-inch screen. However, price-wise this is a bargain. Amazon also offers amazing specials from time to time that offer an even more discounted price. The Fire does have issues with running slow, but if you just want a tablet and don't want to spend a lot, it can be the best value.


Pros and Cons


Since the iPad is a pricey product, you want to be sure you are getting your money's worth. Knowing how people review this item is helpful. We wanted to compile the information we found in reading through countless user reviews of this product so you can see at a glance the pros and cons. We made sure that we ignored bias and took reviews with a grain of salt. Some people review items right after buying and do not take the time to go beyond initial opinions, which can cloud the review. Another common issue is people who review and rate products based on outside factors, such as delivery. This drags things down, too. We looked through reviews with these things in mind. We understand we had to weed through them to get to the truth. Below we present our findings stripped of bias and including only the most accurate information that give a true idea of the iPad Pro 12.9.

Pros

  • Screen size is great for multitasking and using this as a laptop
  • Fast processing
  • Beautiful display
  • Smooth operation
  • Great sound
  • HDR support

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Won't match everyone's laptop needs
  • Charging is slow unless you buy an upgraded charger
  • Cannot use an external mouse
  • Apple products do tend to slow when new models are introduced

Conclusion


The only real downside to the iPad Pro 12.9 is the cost. However, when buying an Apple product, you know you will pay more. This brand gets away with higher pricing, though, because it delivers. When we look to the competition, they all have some operating issues. Apple does well with producing a product that functions as it should with minimal issues.

The iPad is fast. It runs smoothly. It is built to function well in either tablet or laptop mode. The operating system isn't bulky, which helps with the speed and overall function. It also is user friendly. Furthermore, people like the iOS. They are often very familiar with it and feel comfortable using it. Plus, Apple does a good job of connecting to its customers in a way that instills trust. People know when they buy an Apple product that they can believe in the product.

The only hesitation we have about the iPad Pro 2 is that a new version is expected soon. Typically, when Apple introduces a new version of a product, the older versions run slower and begin having issues. At this price point, it should really be expected that the product will last for a long time and not have these issues. While we cannot say this will happen, it is a good idea to be aware of the possibility.

Overall, though, we do recommend the iPad Pro 2 in the 12.9-inch size if you want a true convertible tablet. It does provide great functionality as a laptop. While it may not meet everyone's needs, it should do a pretty good job for most people.

RCA 7 Tablet – Voyager II: A Good Choice for Families and Beginners

Close up of hands woman using her tablet pc in restaurant - RCA 7 Tablet Voyager II: A Good Choice for Families and Beginners

It can be tough to choose the right tablet for your needs, especially if you’re looking for something the whole family can use freely. Not only do you need to find a tablet with power to handle your applications and games, but you also need a tablet with a long battery life so you can enjoy those apps and games for a while.

The RCA 7 Voyager II is a great family tablet because it’s small, lightweight and inexpensive, so you don’t have to worry if you drop it. If you need a new tablet to keep your family entertained on those particularly slow days, take a look at our review of the RCA 7 Voyager II tablet to see if it’s the right fit for you.

What is a 7" Tablet?

When shopping for tablets, you have your choice among numerous different sizes, including 7”, 8”, 9”, 10”, 12” and 13” tablets. Obviously, the biggest difference among these tablets is the physical size of the screen, but that size difference affects many other things, as well. For starters, while portability is a big selling point for tablets, a 12” tablet is harder to lug around.

However, there are some benefits to buying a larger tablet. For instance, 7” tablets often have the weakest hardware because they simply aren’t big enough to fit large hardware inside. Conversely, manufacturers can fit a fairly large processor and battery into 12” tablets, which gives them a big performance boost over their smaller counterparts. Larger screens also provide a high-resolution display.

If both performance and portability are important to you, you can always opt for something in between a 7” and 12” tablet, such as a 9”. That way you can still easily take your tablet from one place to another without worrying about whether it will stay charged or be able to handle more demanding tasks.

What Is the RCA 7 Voyager II?

RCA makes a number of budget tablets, most of which come in smaller sizes but still pack a punch. The RCA 7 Voyager II may not be the fastest tablet or have the longest battery life, but what it offers in all-around functionality for its price is hard to beat. This is a fairly basic RCA 7 tablet that looks like other budget tablets such as those from Acer and Amazon. It may be a little bit outdated in terms of technology and software, but the RCA 7 Voyager II is still one of the best entry-level options on the market.

Because this is a smaller, cheaper tablet, it makes for a great family device. You can buy a capable tablet that you can hand to any relative without worrying about him breaking an expensive computer. This is truly one of the best-selling points of the RCA 7 Voyager II, which also gives you access to the Google Play Store so you can download and buy all sorts of great games and apps.

RCA 7 Tablet Voyager II Specifications

RCA Voyager II Tablet 8GB Quad Core Android 5.0, Black, 7"
  • Android 5.0, Lollipop Simple to use right out of the box
  • 1.4GHz processor For web browsing, music, video, email & games
  • Built-in 8GB memory Storage for plenty of apps and media; 1GB RAM
  • Front facing webcam For video conferencing with family and friends
  • Download apps from Google Play store Hundreds of thousands of downloadable apps

As important as it is to read a few reviews before deciding on a tablet, the best thing you can do is compare the tablets you’re looking at by the numbers. Most manufacturers have spec sheets for their tablets, so you can easily compare some of the different features such as the processor, battery, RAM, storage space, storage expandability, camera quality and more. Here’s what you need to know about the hardware inside the RCA 7 Voyager II.

Basic Hardware

The first thing you want to look at with a tablet is the hardware that determines how well it performs and how useable it is. First off, you’ll need a powerful processor, which the RCA 7 Voyager II provides in the form of a 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU. As far as RAM goes, you get a measly one GB of DDR3L memory, but that should be enough to handle things like browsing the internet, playing basic games, listening to music and watching videos. RCA doesn’t make any mention of the specific processor used in the 7 Voyager II, or what kind of video card it has, but at a glance it appears that the RCA 7 Voyager II is more than capable of handling the average user’s needs.

Operating System

When you’re buying an Android tablet—especially an older model—you need to know which version of the Android operating system you will be getting. The newer your Android OS is, the more likely you will be able to download your favorite games and apps and access newer features. Unfortunately, the RCA 7 Voyager II comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is really outdated. While you can probably upgrade the OS a bit and shouldn’t have a problem with day-to-day tasks on an older operating system, there may be some games and apps you flat-out can’t install.

If app accessibility and up-to-date features are important to you, you might want to consider one of the newer low-budget tablets on the market that gives you access to a more current operating system.

Apps

RCA tablets use Android operating systems that get their apps from the Google Play Store. For the most part, you should be able to find just about any app in the App Store on Google Play, so making the switch from an Apple device to the Voyager II isn’t too difficult. However, there may be some apps that aren’t available, so check before you buy.

The real drawback with apps on this RCA 7 tablet is the fact that its older Android operating system doesn’t give you access to all the newest apps and features available on other Android tablets.

Battery

RCA doesn’t provide a whole lot of specific information about this tablet, and that includes the battery. While you can assume the Voyager II contains a lithium-ion battery that will degrade over time with use, RCA doesn’t actually give the mAh number for the battery. However, it does estimate that your RCA 7 Voyager II tablet should be able to run for about six hours on a single charge, though that will depend heavily on your settings and what you’re actually using your tablet for.

As far as battery life goes, the RCA 7 Voyager II is fairly average. Some tablets may last a bit longer, but six hours is fair when you’re talking about a 7” tablet.

Webcam

Despite its small size, the RCA 7 Voyager II tablet isn’t necessarily made to be used as a portable camera, which is why you won’t find much camera function in this tablet. While most tablets have both front and rear cameras (and sometimes multiple rear cameras), the RCA 7 Voyager II only has a two-megapixel front-facing camera that allows you to video chat and take decent-quality selfies. This isn’t a huge problem since tablets aren’t used for taking pictures all that often, but it’s something to note if a good camera is important to your family.

Display

The RCA 7 Voyager II doesn’t have a great display, but it’s display is pretty much what you’d expect from a tablet this size. The screen measures 7.1” from corner to corner, which means you don’t have a ton of room to work with when watching videos, drawing or browsing the web. A 1024 x 600 resolution further exacerbates this problem, although the small size of this tablet is part of what makes it so great—and affordable.

How the RCA 7 Voyager II Compares

The RCA 7 Voyager II is far from the best tablet on the market. If you are thinking about buying something else, take a look at some other similar tablets to see how the RCA 7 Voyager II stacks up against the competition.

Apple iPad Mini 4 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Silver
  • 7.9-inch Retina display with antireflective coating
  • A8 chip
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera
  • Two speaker audio
Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 8 GB) - Black - (Previous Generation - 7th)
  • 7" IPS display; 8 or 16 GB of internal storage (up to 256 GB with microSD)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Alexa enabled
  • 1 GB of RAM
ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176CX-A1-BK 7-Inch Tablet (Black)
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...
RCA Voyager II Tablet 8GB Quad Core Android 5.0, Black, 7"
  • Android 5.0, Lollipop Simple to use right out of the box
  • 1.4GHz processor For web browsing, music, video, email & games
  • Built-in 8GB memory Storage for plenty of apps and media; 1GB RAM
  • Front facing webcam For video conferencing with family and friends
  • Download apps from Google Play store Hundreds of thousands of downloadable apps

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Reasonably powerful
  • Easy to travel with
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Lack of RAM
  • Bad camera
  • Outdated Android operating system

The Verdict: A Good Choice for Families and Beginners

Not everybody wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a tablet they’re only going to use occasionally. If you’re looking for a good entry-level tablet or something you can share with your entire family, the RCA 7 Voyager II is one of your better choices. The biggest downsides to this tablet are its display resolution and the outdated Android operating system, but neither of these cons should prevent you from buying this RCA 7 tablet.

If you’re looking for an affordable quad-core-powered tablet that allows you to easily add extra storage with a microSD card, the RCA 7 Voyager II offers everything you need. The only people who won’t like this tablet are those who need top-level performance.

Ugee Tablet: Comprehensive Comparison and Buying Guide

Shenzhen Ugee Technology Development Co., Ltd. was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 1998. Since then it has been involved in the growth of the tablet technology. A center for sales and marketing was established in Guangzhou, China, in 2003. Soon after, the company started selling pen compatible tablets throughout the country. The touch technology in Ugee pens was able to detect up to 2018 levels of pressure by 2014, and up to 8192 levels were supported by 2019.

The company has also launched an online drawing school to help young digital artists hone their craft. Ugee’s product distribution has expanded, and now it operates globally supplying the technology that drives many e-signatures, animated films, digital artworks, and other designs.

Product FAQs

What Is the Ugee Tablet?

Ugee offers two different types of tablets, which they have labeled as “Graphic Tablets” and “Pen Display” tablets. The difference in these two options comes down to how user drawings are displayed. The “pen display” type of tablet shows what the user does with the included stylus directly on the surface of the tablet itself, emulating the feeling of pen or paintbrush on paper or canvas.

The graphic tablet, on the other hand, is a surface with which the stylus can interact; however, instead of displaying the pen’s strokes directly on the tablet itself, the image is displayed on a connected computer through the use of a digital illustration software. Each of these different types of pen tablets can be used by any graphic artist, and usage often comes down to preference between the types. If the artist has a predisposition to one style or the other, don’t worry because we will be covering both styles of Ugee tablets in the scope of this article.

What Does the Ugee Tablet Do?

Graphic tablets are input devices that let users emulate hand-drawing with a stylus. Almost everyone has used a stylus when creating a digital signature when making a transaction, and that is what the Ugee tablet can do. Graphic tablets differ from standard tablets such as the iPad because graphic tablets are designed specifically to receive input from the stylus. For that reason, they will not be able to download apps that one might expect with a computing tablet. Many digital artists find working with graphic tablets to be a pleasant experience and a great alternative to a regular pen and paper or another physical medium.

How Does the Ugee Tablet Work?

There are five different ways graphical tablets can be constructed:

  • Passive tablets use technology that is focused on the use of electromagnetic inductions as the horizontal and vertical wires of the tablet are simultaneously transmitting and receiving data. An electromagnetic signal is received by the stylus; this changes the tablet to enter receiving mode as it begins to read the signal from the stylus. Many newer tablets also couple this with pressure sensitivity which can manipulate different parameters of the input, such as creating broader strokes.
  • Active tablets have compatible styli that contain all of the electronics necessary to transmit a signal to the tablet. Usually, they have larger pens due to the electronics, as well as the necessary inclusion of a dedicated battery. Since active tablets are constantly ready for pen input, instead of constantly switching modes, there may be less jitter.
  • Optical tablets use styli that include small digital cameras with pattern-matched imaging on the tablet.
  • Acoustic tablets have sound generators that are incorporated into the design of the styli, and the acoustic signal can then be received by two microphones on the tablet itself. More advanced applications of acoustic tablets can recognize input in three dimensions.
  • Capacitive tablets operate by electrostatic or capacitive signals. Capacitive tablets are not only able to detect when the stylus is directly on the tablet, but also when it is hovering over it.

Where Can Users Buy the Ugee Tablet?

Graphic tablets can usually be purchased in most retail locations that sell consumer electronics. They can also be purchased from a wide variety of websites.

How We Reviewed

We believe that it is important to provide accurate and honest information when it comes to the purchase of a new tablet. For that reason, we find it necessary to fill potential users in on our review process. First, we thoroughly research the product down to its most minute detail. Then, we compare the product specifications with the thoughts and opinions of consumers who have already purchased the product. In this way, we can develop a clear understanding of the true nature of the tablets in order to provide information on the best Ugee tablet. We also provide a list of the pros and cons of each item to help develop an honest picture of each tablet on our list.

Top Ugee Graphic Tablets

UGEE M708 V2 Graphics Drawing Tablet, 10 x 6 Inch Large Drawing Tablet, 8192 Levels Pressure Battery-Free Pen Stylus, 8 Hotkeys, Compatible with Windows 10/8/7 Mac Os Artist, Designer, Amateur
  • UGEE M708 graphic drawing tablet, features 10 x 6 inch large active drawing space with papery texture surface, provides...
  • Battery-Free presise pen stylus with 8192 pressure sensitivity allows you to draw accurate lines of any weight and...
  • Compatible with Windows 10 / 8 / 7 and Mac OS 10.8.0 or above; Driver program works with creative software such as...
  • 8 customizable express keys on the side for short cuts like eraser, zoom in and out, scrolling and undo, provide a lot...
  • Easy to set up, user-friendly for right and left hand user with the pen holder and extra pen tips, ideal for...

Key Features

The Ugee M708 offers a large screen that lets users flesh out all of their creative ideas in one location. This model provides a fluid drawing experience with little to no lag. The stylus can sense 2048 different levels of pressure, providing the ability to easily control the details in any drawing, and the paper-esque surface of the tablet gives users a tactile experience that closely emulates natural drawing. The device is also built to support both left- and right-handed artists. The device is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS.

Pros

  • The Ugee M708 is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop, CC, Illustrator, LightRoom, Corel Painter, Autodesk, MAYA, Pixologic ZBrush, Macromedia Flash, Comic Studio, and SAI.
  • The tablet is designed to accommodate left-handed artists as well as those that are right-handed.
  • The stylus has an eight-hour battery life when fully charged and comes with eight different nibs.
  • The Ugee M708 is an affordable option for digital artists.

Cons

  • Some users may prefer a tablet that displays the image on the drawing surface.

Ugee HK1060 Pro Graphic Drawing Tablet with 10 x 6 Inches Drawing Area-Black
  • High configurations, 10 x 6 inches large drawing area, 2048 levels pressure sensitivity, 5080LPI resolution, 230RPS...
  • 2048 levels pressure sensitivity pen, with mouse and eraser functions, like a real pencil drawing when sketching on the...
  • 8 User-Defined express keys, can be customized the functions in the driver.
  • 4 Non slip mat on the bottom of the tablet, much more stable, can avoid slipping.
  • Good compatibility, can compatible with various drawing software, for example Adobe Photoshop,Photoshop CC, Illustrator,...

Key Features

The Ugee HK1016pro is equipped with a 10-inch by 6-inch drawing area and offers eight physical buttons that can be customized in order to tailor the digital drawing experience to the user’s personal needs to perfect their workflow. The tablet itself includes an anti-slip rubber grip on the bottom surface which makes it easy to hold for long periods of time. The 2048 different levels of pressure sensitivity can give user’s art even greater detail, and the tablet is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS.

Pros

  • Large drawing area prevents damage from repeated sites of pressure that can occur on smaller surfaces.
  • 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity allows even greater detail.
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Z-brush, Comic Studio, Smooth Draw, Illustrator, Manga Studio, and more.

Cons

  • Some artists may prefer pen display tablets.

Ugee HK1060 Pro Graphic Drawing Tablet with 10 x 6 Inches Drawing Area-Black
  • High configurations, 10 x 6 inches large drawing area, 2048 levels pressure sensitivity, 5080LPI resolution, 230RPS...
  • 2048 levels pressure sensitivity pen, with mouse and eraser functions, like a real pencil drawing when sketching on the...
  • 8 User-Defined express keys, can be customized the functions in the driver.
  • 4 Non slip mat on the bottom of the tablet, much more stable, can avoid slipping.
  • Good compatibility, can compatible with various drawing software, for example Adobe Photoshop,Photoshop CC, Illustrator,...

Key Features

The Ugee 2150 features a large 21.5-inch display in 1920 x 1080 resolution. The tablet includes 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and contains a dual stand for maximum support and a stable drawing experience. The device is also equipped with multiple different inputs, such as a USB port, HDMI-in, DVI-in, and VGA-in for connecting to other devices.

Pros

  • Quick and convenient physical buttons are located on the side of the device for easy navigation.
  • Many different inputs allow connection to other devices.
  • The dual stand provides stability for working at any angle that the user prefers.
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    Compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Comic Studio, SAI, Infinite Stratos, 3D MAX, Autodesk MAYA, Pixologic ZBrush, and more.

Cons

  • Some users may prefer the more natural experience offered by graphic tablets.
  • Pen display tablets are generally more expensive than graphic tablets.

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Key Features

As with Ugee’s other tablets, the 1910B offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for high detail. The 1910B is equipped with a 1440 x 900 display that makes user’s art crisp and clear. Along with the vivid display, artists are sure to enjoy the accuracy of the stylus on the 1910B with no latency or chopping. Additionally, the built-in stand will ensure that the tablet is stable while the user is in creative mode.

Pros

  • The vivid display of the 1910B allows all of the colors and detail to show through in everything that the user creates.
  • It is compatible with Windows and Mac OS.
  • It is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Photoshop CC, Illustrator, SAI, 3D MAX, Pixologic ZBrush, Autodesk Sketchbook, Autodesk MAYA, and more.
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    2048 levels of pressure sensitivity give creations even more detail.

Cons

  • Pen display tablets are usually more expensive than graphic display tablets.

The Verdict

After a thorough review, we would be comfortable recommending an Ugee tablet to any artist that has an interest in creating digital works. For those who want a more tactile experience, the M708 and HK1016pro are wonderful options. On the other hand, for artists who prefer a more immediate response to their actions that closer mimics natural hand-drawing, the Ugee 2150 and the 1910B should definitely be considered. The dual stands on the pen display tablets is a great feature that allows artists to work at whatever angle is best for them. Additionally, these tablets have large screens, both being 19” or more.

Something should also be said about the compatibility that Ugee has incorporated into these devices. Each model is compatible with its own plethora of software, while each is also perfectly functional with both Windows and Mac OS platforms. Moreover, the 2150 even offers multiple inputs for even more connectivity with other devices. Ugee may not have the name recognition of companies like Apple’s iPad Pro, but these devices do the job for digital, graphic artists of any caliber, and may leave them without the temptation to take a moment’s break to be distracted with what’s happening online.

The graphics and pen display tablets offered by Ugee give artists the tactile experience that they want when they are creating digitally, and the products that Ugee sells feel more like an extension of the artist in the way that a pen or paintbrush might be. The tablets never feel like a medium that needs to be worked through in order to create something, but instead, they feel more like a part of the artistic evolutionary process.

The blend of organic and digital with these Ugee tablets means that the devices are instantly familiar, making digital artists instantly comfortable. Even with the little bit of a learning curve that is required with a new device, these tablets let users work how they want to without the confines of the physical world. Also, depending on the type of artist that uses the tablet, they can have the ability to connect directly with existing software, or to take a pen display tablet with them wherever they go. Creation with the Ugee tablet has no walls.

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