Windows Transformer tablets are a cool way to staying in the work loop without tagging around a cumbersome laptop. Their smaller form factor and transforming powers make them less imposing hence more suited for a life on the go. I’ve gone through a couple of Windows tablet PCs to find out which is the best bargain for your money. The list is based on overall build, performance, and most importantly, battery life.
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Acer Aspire Switch 11 V
The Acer Aspire Switch 11 V sits at the top of my list courtesy of its perfect balance between cost and performance. You will get 128GB of onboard SSD, a capable 800MHz Core M 5Y10c mated to 4GB of RAM and integrated HD Graphics 5300. This coupled with an impressive 2.275 score on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional benchmark makes it one of the best Windows transformer tablets you can get within this price range.
Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft always has impressive hybrid designs that are as good on the book as they are in reality. The Microsoft Surface Book gives a captivating 3000×2000 display, up to 15 hours of battery life all packaged in a compact and light bundle suitable for a power user who is ever on the move. You must note that all the ports are on the keyboard section hence limiting its usability as a stand alone without the keyboard.
Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1
The Dell Latitude 13 7000 series is all you need if you need a standard laptop when docked and a tablet once you ditch the keyboard base. Docking gives you the power to adjust screen slant via a hinged dock just as you would with a laptop. There is a mini DisplayPort, security lock port, SD card reader and two USB 3.0 ports. The Latitude is a 13.3-inch touchscreen and packs 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SDD and an impressive processor-graphics back up. The storage and screen size is what makes this the perfect piece for a professional who still needs his or her laptop close at hand.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Though this might be too pricey for its worth in comparison to other members of my list, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 still looks sleek, impressive and lovable. The Surface Pen opens up a whole world of design and sketch capabilities while the size to screen ratio lets it pack a 12-inch screen into a smaller frame hence giving it a thin, premium bezel look. A staggering 2.4GHz Intel core i5-6300U and 8GB RAM is what sets this apart, making it the stuff of legend. It is a pity you have extra to get the Type Cover, which, in essence, is what makes this one of the best Windows transformer tablets.
HP Pavilion x2 Windows Transformer Tablet
This is a pure budget Windows OS tablet. This makes it light on speed and features but doesn’t deny it that sleek look that makes it easy and pleasant to tag along on a long trip. The HP Pavilion x2 has an Atom x5-Z8300 processor, Intel HD graphics’ and 2GB of RAM. This means that you can’t run heavy software like Photoshop but you can still do word processing and other productive tasks that don’t need a lot of processing power.
Choosing a transformer tablet is all about creating the balance between cost, features’ and looks. Tablets are meant to be an alternative to a bulky laptop and should rarely be as powerful – unless you are willing to pay more for the power you seek.