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Best Tablet 2016: 10 best tablets you can buy

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Surface 3

8 of 10

Surface 3

Originally reviewed by Andy Vandervell 05 May 2015

The ultimate productivity aid

Key features:
  • 10.8-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display
  • 1.6GHz Quad-core Intel Atom processor
  • microSD, USB 3, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Microsoft has taken a long time to get the tablet right, but the Surface 3 is the one. A smaller, lighter and cheaper version of the Pro, the Surface 3 strikes a great balance between portability, performance and versatility. It's big for a tablet, but not too big, and it's just big enough to replace a laptop comfortably.

The screen is excellent and the battery will last long enough to get you through most days. Most importantly, it now runs a proper version of Windows, so it isn't so reliant on the sparse collection of Windows Store apps.

The built-in kickstand has three angles that are just right, while the keyboard (sold separately) is nice to type on. This isn't the fastest machine around, but it gets the job done most of the time and it's a joy to use on the go. You also have the option to use a Surface Pen for typing, though that's another optional extra.

Price: From £420

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