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 TLBHD.com, 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.
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.
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 Smart – see 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.
Acer Iconia W510 – see 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.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 – see 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.
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?
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.
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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.