Best 10 inch laptops and Windows tablets in 2015

In this post we’re going to talk about some of the best 10 inch Windows tablets and mini-laptops available in stores these days.

Several years ago, everyone was crazy about netbooks: small and affordable 10 inch laptops that could handle everyday tasks and movies, while running for many hours on a charge.

Things have changed now, as netbooks were more or less replaced by tablets, which are more compact, lighter and easier to use, while still being able to do pretty much the same things netbooks could. Of course, there are many things we could say about the fall of netbooks and the rise of tablets, but in this post we’re only going to talk about the 10 inch mini laptops still available in stores these days and the 10 inch slates worthy of your attention.

As all similar posts on, this article is not a top, it’s merely a list of products you might find good enough, based on what you need from such a device and your budget. I constantly update the post, but if you have any questions about certain products that are not included in here, drop me a line in the comments section below.

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s what you’ll find in this article:

Best netbooks and 10 inch mini laptops

Nobody makes netbooks anymore these days, but there are still some decent 10 inch laptops available in stores and we’re going to talk about them in this section.

The Asus 1015E is the last surviving member of the EEE PC family. It’s available in several configurations, selling for between 200 and 300 bucks, and looks exactly like the older EEE PCs, with a soft rubbery case, a chiclet keyboard and a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 px screen. The entire thing is powered by an Intel Celeron processor, with 2 GB of RAM and a 320 GB HDD, runs Windows 8 and goes on a charge for more than 6 hours. You can use the 1015E for browsing, text editing, some movies and even very light games, and that, the small form factor and the low price makes it a perfect laptop for kids.

Anyway, you should see this link for more details on the Asus 1015E models, including specs, pictures and some users reviews from those who already bought one of these.

The Acer Aspire One AOD270 is the only Acer netbook still available in stores, but unlike the Asus above, it’s exactly how it was when first launched: packs an Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, 320 GB of storage and Windows 7 Starter. In non-geeky words, it will be able to deal with light everyday tasks and some movies, but will choke with heavy multitasking, complex software or games. That’s why the D270 isn’t exactly worth the $280 asked for it these days (details in here), but if you can get it cheaper, it could be a good option.

The Acer Aspire One D270 and Asus 1015E are some of the last netbooks you can find in stores these days

The Acer Aspire One D270 and Asus 1015E are some of the last netbooks you can find in stores these days

How about the 10 inch netbooks you might find used? Well, I’d keep an eye on things like the Toshiba NB505, the Asus EEE PC 1025C or the HP Mini 10. Or if you’re after something a little bit fancier, the HP Mini 5103 or the Asus 1018P can be some great little machines, with metallic casings, sleek and light bodies and some extra features, like touchscreens or fingerprint readers.

But don’t forget that buying used computers can be risky, so only go for these if you’ll find them really cheap and you know what you’re doing.

Business 10 inchers: HP Mini 5103 and Asus EEE PC 1018P

Business 10 inchers: HP Mini 5103 and Asus EEE PC 1018P

Best 10 inch Windows tablets

As I was telling you in the beginning, tablets killed netbooks in only a couple of years, as they are more compact, lighter and can handle everything a netbook could back in the days, from software like Office and Photoshop, to videos and even games. On top of that, tablets come with a touchscreen, so at least in theory, are more comfortable to use. They lack a physical keyboard, but you can buy matching ones if you plan on doing a lot of typing on them.

We are talking about Windows based tablets here, which are not as popular as Android slates or the iPads, but are more versatile and can run the software you’re already familiar with from your PC, if that’s something you’re interested in.

Anyway, here are the most interesting 10 inch Windows tablets of the moment.

Asus Transformer Pad T100 – starts at $399 – to be updated – see this link for more details in the meantime.

Dell Venue Pro 11 – starts at $499 – to be updated – see this link for more details in the meantime.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – starts at $899 –  to be updated – see this link for more details in the meantime.

Asus Vivotab Smartsee this link for more details – it weighs 1.4 pounds, it’s only 0.5 of an inch thick and sells for $400. It’s motorized by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and it runs Windows 8, which means that it’s compatible with all the pieces of software you’re already using on your PC, from Photoshop to Microsoft’s Office suite. Asus also offers a Bluetooth keyboard and a smartcover for this one, but those will cost extra.

The Asus VivoTab Smart offers plenty for the money

The Asus VivoTab Smart offers plenty for the money

Acer Iconia W510see this link for more details – the Acer W510 is in many ways similar to the Asus slate above. It packs the same hardware, features and a similar screen, in a solid body and a slightly slimmer case than the one of the VivoTab. Acer also offers a latchable keyboard dock, with an extra battery and more ports, that pretty much transform the W510 into a small compact laptop. However, the tablet and the docking sell together for a little bit under $600, and that’s a bit expensive.

The Acer Iconia W550 is sleek and comes with a docking station

The Acer Iconia W550 is sleek and comes with a docking station

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2see this link for more details – this is Lenovo’s take at a Window 8 10 inch business tablet. Much like the ElitePad above, this one packs a a digitizer and you’ve got plenty of accessories to choose from for it, although not as many as with the HP. On the other hand, you can get a 4G version of the Tablet 2. That aside, this Thinkpad tablet is more compact and lighter than the ElitePad, without sacrificing the build quality and the sturdiness. It’s also slightly cheaper than the 900, as you can get the tablet for about $470, and the tablet with the pen for about 100 extra.

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2

Other 10 inch tablets worth mentioning

We’re not going to get in depth, I’ll tell you more about tablets in some future articles. For now, we should mention some of the other 10 incish tablets worthy of your attention.

For starters, there are all the good Android tablets. If you want something really fancy, the waterproof and extra thin Sony Xperia Tablet Z could be it, but it’s pricey, starting at 500 bucks.

At $400, there’s the Nexus 10, with powerful hardware and a high resolution screen, plus Vanilla Android, unspoiled by any third party preinstalled apps and tweaks. If you’re into Samsung, then you can have a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, built on an Intel platform, thus capable of running for a long time on each charge.

The Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 is an awesome budget pick, stating at only $300. For that, you’re getting a FHD screen, good performances, decent battery life and great speakers, as you’ll find out from my review here on the site.

Last but not least, there’s the iPad, the oh-so popular iPad. I’m not going to argue if it’s better than the Android tablets, but I do have to say that it has a couple of aces in its sleeve: the vibrant retina display, the sleek body, the ultra-snappy performances and the entire iOS ecosystem backing it up, with high quality apps and many great games especially designed for the high density screen on this device. For me, the iPad is still the best 10 incish tablet you can get these days, but it is pretty expensive, starting at $500, so it might not fit everyone’s bill. What do you think?

The other 10 inchers: Android tablets and the iPad

The other 10 inchers: Android tablets and the iPad


As you saw, there aren’t many options for 10 inch mini laptops these days, but you can still find several ones that sell for as much as $300.

There are however a bunch of 10 inch tablets running Windows that you can get, and these are a bit more expensive, but also more compact and lighter, thus easier to carry around.

Last but not least, if you don’t really need a tablet for work, the iPad or perhaps on of the top Android slates available in stores are definitely worth a look. But we’ll talk more about that in some future posts, like I already said.

Anyway, if you found this post useful, make sure to share it around, there are some buttons on the left side of the content. And if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help. Besides that, if you’re looking for more powerful mini laptops, you could also take a look at my lists the recommended 11.6 inch and 12 inch devices.

Aright, that’s about it. Thanks for your time and hopefully this post will help at least some of you pick the best 10 inch laptop or the best 10 inch tablet that can fit your taste, requirements and budget.

About The Author

Andrei Girbea, aka "Mike", Editor-in-Chief at I absolutely hate carrying around heavy stuff, that's why I'm fond of mini-laptops and portable computers. I'm primarily using such devices and have been testing them for many years now. Get in touch in the comments section below.


  1. cole June 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    so i’ve been reading netbook reviews for days and i’ve narrowed it down to an asus.
    i have a few questions though and was hoping that you could help out.
    i’m thinking either 1025c/1025ce or the 1015b.
    i understand that if i upgrade windows then i can put more than 1 gb of ram inside?
    is this true for the 1025 series as well?

    and i don’t really care about the price, i’d just like to get the best computer.
    which one would you recommend?

    • Mike June 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Cole, unfortunately with the 1025c/ce things are complicated and it’s very very difficult to upgrade the memory. If you can find the new Samsung NC110 with Intel Atom N2800, i think that’s the one I would recommend right now

  2. qasim July 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    well, very good post. kindly tell me something about dell notebooks. is it good to purchase dell mii 10 or similer one.

    • Mike July 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      I don’t have a lot of experience with Dell mini laptops so i can’t tell you many things about them. They are good, i just find them a bit too bulky and overpriced. If you’re interested in a particular model, post it in here and maybe I can provide some extra insight on it.

  3. Maxkidd August 7, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Hi Mike!

    Samsung NC110 with intel atom N2600 or HP Mini 210 with intel atom N2800?
    Is the 1.6Ghz vs 1.86Ghz be a huge difference? (i.e. slower speeds)


    • Mike August 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I’d take the HP. It’s not really a big difference between the two, but the N2800 also comes bundled with faster graphics and at this level, every bit of extra speed counts

  4. purnima August 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    hi Mike, this is really a very informative site :)
    i need ur help, actually i am a researcher and need a netbook for writting thesis so netbook should have nice kyeboard, portable, faster browsing speed, cheaper, good storage capacity and in different colours…… plz help me in selecting it

    • purnima August 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      what do u think about Asus EEE PC 1015PN

      • Mike August 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        It’s good, but it’s an older generation laptop. You should also Check the Samsung NC110 or the HP 5103, they have very good keyboards as well

      • purnima August 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        thanx mike… :)

  5. john September 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Do you know if the Asus 1025 machines can stream 1080p HD video smoothly from the BBC’s iplayer website? If you’re not in the UK you may not be able to test this but I’m trying to identify a machine that can do this and has long battery life. (If it’s not too sluggish without upgrading memory, that would be an advantage too.) But I’ve had little success in finding a website that gives information on streaming iplayer. Have you been able to try it? Any recommendations would be welcome.

    • Mike September 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Hey John, sry, i can’t test that particular player since I no longer have the 1025s around. In theory the 1025ce with the N2800 and 2 GB of RAM should handle that easily… in practice, I don’t know, there might be issues with these third party players.

      I for one tried youtube and vimeo, 1080p, and they worked fine. But I don’t know what o say about that. I know that HD Hulu was a bit sluggish on this platform though, but at the time I tested these, the drivers were still quite young

  6. john September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Just to clarify my earlier post, the reason I want to stream 1080p video is to feed it onto an HD television. (Obviously, the benefit of 1080 video is going to be imperceptible on a 10 inch netbook screen!)

  7. Ruby October 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I heard that there is a mini notebook 10 inch from dell it comes with core i3. Is this true and if so would you please give me the number of the module. VERY USEFUL ARTICLE BIG THANKS

    • Mike October 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      no, there’s no 10 incher with a Core I processor, you’ll only find those on 12 inch and bigger devices. Plus some expensive 11.6 inchers

  8. Flytrap7 November 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Any sign of the 1025B or 1025BX from Asus yet? I keep checking back on this page every few weeks.
    I’m looking to replace my aging Eee 901 with something that can play HD video, has USB 3 slots, and upgradable memory.

  9. Miki November 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Mike, what is your opinion on the MSI notebooks?

    • Mike November 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      I’m not really fond of them but there are some decent models. Which particular MSI laptop are you looking at?

  10. April January 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Hey Mike, great site!

    I’m looking to buy a 10in netbook with an n2800 processor. I can’t decide though between these brands:


    Out of those listed, assuming they’re all dual-core with n2800, which would you recommend? I’m not too picky about the keyboard, but would like good battery life.

    And do you think it’d be better to buy them brand new, or used?

  11. saito August 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    So can someone tell me if it’s comfortable to write articles on this gadget, I would prefer it if can sort me out.

  12. Lee Burnham October 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I have enjoyed your articles and intend to start following your work more carefully. I realize this is a lot to ask but advice would be appreciated.

    I teach online at the University of Phoenix and travel a lot.

    I bought an Acer Aspire One Netbook with an extended battery. So awesome for using on the plane and it would last me for an entire day of travel. Just sometimes a little small for my eyes in my old age (71). I decked it out with a custom stick-on wood grain surface (from and really loved it.

    Then I was enticed by my son’s ASUS Transformer Android tablet. I bought one and gave my Acer to my grandson. I love my tablet which also completely made my Kindle Fire obsolete. I read on it, email on it and also teach online with it BUT I have somewhat changed my responsibilities in a way that requires me to edit a lot of MSWord documents. I can’t do that on my Android Tablet.

    So because I was in a pinch financially I ran down to the pawnshop and bought another Acer Aspire One machines for $90.00 and use it to edit – but it is a little small. But it is easy to stick in my briefcase and pull out on the plane.

    I had thought to replace them all with a new windows 8 tablet but oh ouch, the money they want. I looked at the Surface Pro2, the Dell and the Lenovo. Decided that replacing my beloved Android Tablet with a Windows 8 tablet is probably not going to happen soon as they all seem to have drawbacks. So the next step is to find a reasonable replacement for my little Acer Aspire. But with what?

    What is the best 11.5 or 12 inch machine mainly for ms word editing and use on the plane when I travel as an adjunct to my Android Tablet? Options?

    Lee Burnham Ph.D.
    Rocky Mountain Center for Human Development
    University Faculty and Dissertation Chair

  13. Sam foong December 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hi, pls suggest me to choose a notebook.
    I need the thin and light model but it must consist of USB port also.
    Very confusing.
    Friend suggest me to buy imac air.

  14. Pamela May 23, 2015 at 3:01 am

    What do you think of converting a cheap Chromebook to Ubuntu Linux. I need something cheap to write on off-grid. There are advantages to the ubiquitous Android, like news and weather casts, but not really for writing. I want the keyboard. I also want to stream things like YouTube and Pandora which I think Linux will. Last I heard Netflix won’t Linux stream–no biggy, but. . .

    • Andrei Girbea June 5, 2015 at 12:44 am

      Or you could just get a small Windows laptop like the Asus X205TA. I’m not sure all Chromebooks could run Linux, you’d have to double check in advance.

      • Pamela June 5, 2015 at 3:18 am

        Since Chrome OS and Android are both based on Linux it should be possible to run Linux. Whether they are Ubuntu version of Linux compatible might be an issue. These small Chrome OS machines are basic and keyboard based — less drives and things so there is a better chance available drivers would work. Chromebooks can be had dirt cheap and there is no bloatware. I like the lean and mean idea but I think I might fold in favor of the more ubiquitous Windows or Android which are favored by things like Netflix and your local news.

  15. Pamela June 6, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Forget Linux. Turns out Chrome OS developers have been working towards making Chrome OS work off-line– adding to it’s original on-line cloud based function. If you do want to run Linux –run it on Crouton on top of Chrome OS and your drivers will work and you’ll have both. Intel chips are more supported in Linux– If you are a serious Geek and need Linux, look for that. But I think that I am going to be happy with just Chrome OS.

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