Best Windows 8 Laptops, Tablets, Convertibles and PCs
Which is the best Windows 8 laptop, tablet or desktop PC for you? We've picked the top 10 devices to help you decide.
From Windows 95 all the way up to the still widely-used Windows 7, Microsoft’s operating system has reigned supreme in the home and office. However, in the last few years Apple and Google have seriously muscled in on Microsoft’s territory, with the two companies dominating the smartphone and tablet arenas, as well as making significant marks in the laptop and PC space.
The response from Microsoft has been to unleash its most revolutionary operating system yet in the shape of Windows 8. Its main purpose is to combine a new, more touch-friendly interface with the traditional Windows desktop to create the ultimate all-in-one operating system.
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Best Windows 8 tablet and laptop hybrid | Surface Pro 3
Best Windows 8 MacBook Air alternative | Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus
Best sub-£500 Windows 8 tablet and laptop hybrid | Asus Transformer Book T100
Best Windows 8 laptop for students | Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite
Best value 15-inch Windows 8 Ultrabook | Toshiba U50T-A-10F
Best 8-inch Windows 8 tablet | Dell Venue Pro 8
Best Windows 8 tablet and laptop hybrid for battery life | Sony VAIO Duo 13 hybrid
Best 4G Windows 8 tablet | Nokia Lumia 2520
Best Windows 8 laptop for gaming | MSI GT70 2PC Dominator
Best Windows 8 convertible laptop | Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
Best Windows 8 MacBook Pro alternative | Dell XPS 15
Compatible with tablets, laptops, laptops that turn into tablets and desktop PCs, Windows 8 is available in three versions. Windows 8 is designed for home PC users and Windows 8 Pro is a more business-focused version that adds an extra layer of security. Windows 8 RT is specifically designed for ARM-based PCs and tablets like the Microsoft Surface.
Windows 8 also aims to be a far more integrated operating system than previous versions of Windows. That means it will play nice with Windows Phone 8, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Microsoft has since updated Windows 8 bringing a host of new features, tweaks and fixes to the operating system. You can read all about the biggest changes in our Windows 8.1 review.
The company has also revealed that the next version of Windows will be called Windows 10, which you can already download in demo form to try out for yourself - here are our instructions on how to download and install Windows 10 Technical Preview.
As well as a host of all round improvements, one of its key aims is to address some of the complaints users had about the confusing crossover between the touch interface and the traditional desktop of Windows 8. Windows 10 is expected to be much better for desktop users and will be arriving at some point next year.
Since its arrival back in October 2012 the likes of Samsung, Dell, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba have all been busy ushering out Windows 8-packing devices. This has obviously made it a lot harder to keep track of the ones worth buying.
So, to help you find the perfect digital partner that doesn’t run on an Apple or Google OS, we've hand-picked the best Windows 8 laptops, tablets, convertibles and PCs to buy right now.
If you're not sure what the differences between the various types of tablets are, read our tablet buyer's guide.