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Best 10 inch laptops and Windows tablets in 2018

By Andrei Girbea , updated on January 30, 2018

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.

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

Wrap-up

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.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. This project was born as part of my search for capable mini-laptops that I could easily lug around to work, and still provide the performance that I'd need on a daily basis. I'm primarily using such ultracompact devices and have been testing them since 2006.
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Andrew

Great article. Very informative.
Thanks

I think I am going to but the Toshiba. Why didn’t you review any samsung models though?

terry

great review! i’m choosing a netbook for my birthday and was having a hard time finding a clear cut comparison between the top netbooks. i think i’m going to choose between the toshiba and the asus 1005PE-P~~

terry

ps. does the asus 1005PE-P only come in black and blue? that’s what it looks like on amazon…

Andrew

I just got the Asus1005PE-P and I’m mostly satisfied with it. I wish the keyboard was a bit bigger though.

terry

it’s like you read my mind with the white and pink lol
if you don’t mind me asking, would you recommend the asus 1001p or the 1005pe-m or the toshiba (putting aside the price differences)?
and what’s the 1005ha?

thanks for your help!

Brian

What are the main differences and things to consider between the Asus 1005PE-PU27 and Toshiba NB305-N410? I can’t decide between these two. Thanks.

Gwen

Thank you very much… find it very informative. I’ve been reading reviews with regards to netbooks and trying to compare them. am choosing between Toshiba’s NB305 (brown) and the Asus 1005PE-PU27…. but now added another one on my list… HP5102… guess i should wait for awhile… thanks again…

nina

Looking for a netbook mainly for international travel. Must have long battery life – very long plane rides. Looking at the Asus 1005PE-P and the Toshiba NB305. As an ex-IBMer how does Lenovo play in this field? Price: could go up around $500. Anything new on the horizon worth waiting for???

Cesia

Hi! I found a deal: Samsung N150 Netbook Intel Atom N450 for $280. What can u say about it? Is it better than Acer?

Picture Regain

Your blog give me whole information about netbooks, which is very helpful to me to choose best 1o inch netbooks. But I think it is expensive for what you can offer.

sam

What a useless review i just wanted to know the top 10 ranked in order

Annan

“What a useless review i just wanted to know the top 10 ranked in order”

That wouldn’t be a “review”!!!!

I think it’s an excellent review of the leading netbooks at the moment.

Gardash

Hi,

In September I’m starting with Lawschool, and I feel a netbook would come in handy so that I can make notes during lessons. I’m not organized enough for paper-notebooks;).

Since I will only be using it for taking notes during lectures (and check my email, etc.) I have to important specs:
1. Comfortable for typing
2. Light-weight

What netbook would be my best pick for September 2010? (doesn’t necessarily be included in the list @review)

Thanks!
Gardash

Gardash

Thanks! However, according to a review I found, the Asus 1008 only lasts for 3-4 hours with a single battery.. that’s a bit on the edge for me. Anyother recommendations?

(I still have to check the Toshiba out btw)

trav

I’m looking for a netbook and one of my big items is the embedded broadband which I have now in my laptop with Verizon.
Are there any netbooks that have this feature?
Assuming most of the other features are available.

NED

I’ve searched 4 long b/4 I met ur site.I wish U culd also take on UMPCs and MIDs & smartphones.Please try a review on samsung N230 10” netbook.Also tell us where to get 6 cell battery version of this samsung.Thanks.You’re my best so far.

earlymusicus

Considering that all these things are built in China by people being paid slave wages, these corporations could lower the prices on these netbooks. They still cost too much, IMO, especially when you consider it probably cost the corporation $8 in a day’s wages for a Chinese slave factory worker to stick it together!

rochelle

i currently own a toshiba satellite that’s been doing great these past two years (the only repairs on it so far was for water damage in the hinge after some severe flooding) so i am looking to get another toshiba for my first netbook.

even with the newer models coming out from other manufacturers, do you think the NB305 is still a superior choice? also, what would you rather purchase: an NB305 or a Vaio W? do you have any other model suggestions from other japanese manufacturers (sorry, it’s a personal fetish/failing :D)?

i’d appreciate any input — thanks!

Amie

thank you for this update.cannot wait when’ll be upgrade for Toshiba Mini Machine..

thib

there a bit too much info to be fair (you first talk about price, then autonomy, then design, then confort)…but I recon this is a Huge help in this netbook jungle. Thanks Mike for the review.

Since I’m really looking for massive autonomy and maximum storage capacity could you advise the latest “good deal”(for a reasonable price 250-350 euros)?

Hugh

I know this is off the mark, but how does the iPad compare to netbooks generally? This site is extremely helpful. I struggle with comparisons of tech and you’ve brought it down to a level I can begin to grasp. Thank you.

Harsha

which is the best netbook on basis of overall performance. I am having lot of confusion in selecting the netbooks. As per reviews, ASUS 1015PEM seems to Good. Any any one can justify on this.

Sweetud

Mike, I should commend you for taking the time to share your knowledge here. Keep up the good work.

Renee

Thanks so much for this – we’re new to the idea of netbooks, but after our 10-year-old asked for a laptop (for online gaming, YouTube watching), this seems like the route to go. Of course we’d like to pay as little for it as possible – which netbook would fit that bill? Seems from your reviews all would be equally qualified. I’m not worried too much about battery life – he can plug in and play near an outlet.

Again, thanks for your write up. This is the best place I’ve found so far, and appreciate that you’re updating your info.

Randy

What are your thoughts on the overall performance/value of the Samsung N230 Series N230-11? Amazingly thin netbook, for sure…

Brad

VERY nice Mike and the updates are much appreciated to keep it current. May I suggest a spreadsheet format summary to more easily compare features across computers?

Ed

Great review, really helped me narrow down choices! I’m considering ASUS 1015PEM for my 10-yr old, what is difference between 1015PEM-MU17 ($329) and 1015PEM-PU17 ($369)?

Ed

I believe the differences are: no bluetooth in MU17, shorter battery life (10 hrs MU17 vs 13 hrs PU17); and no USB 3.0 port in MU17 (MU17 has 3 USB2.0, and PU17 has 1 USB3.0 and 2 USB2.0).

Amazon.com was sold out of the MU17 on 12/16, but has them back in stock today!

Ellen

What about the quality and ussefulness of EZ netbook with supposedly suggested retail for 499 offered free with IHeater purchase plus shipping?

aminiesta

hai mike,i’m little bit confuse about asus 10 inch netbook.what are the differences among EEEPC 1001P
Asus 1015PED
Asus 1015PEM
Asus 1015PN .

ckk

With the new mini Netbooks introduced at the 2011 CES, would you recommend Toshiba or HP (price range in the 300’s)? Thanks–

Chris

I am struggling to find a netbook review that focuses only on touch screens. It seems that the touch/non-touch is the first decision point in choosing a netbook. It is frustrating to sift through reviews that don’t apply to my search.

Amber

I see that you are now recommending the Asus 1015PEM over the Toshiba NB305. Can you tell me which one is smaller/weighs less of the two? I am assuming that they are Wi-Fi capable, or is there anything extra I need to get in order to make them Wi-Fi capable? Also, if I am ordering on Amazon, can I upgrade to 2GB through them? – I am unsure of how to do this.

Amber

With regards to the Asus 1015PEM, would you recommend the PU-17 or the MU-17?

Mazzy

How About Inspiron Duo ?
It’s 10″, HD LCD, Hybrid with tablet mode. Nice built. It’s on expensive side, but good quality N550/2GB/320HD/GPS.

Mike H

Haven’t read anything about a netbook with ability to play video smoothly. Don’t really care about price but large hard drive and at least 2 gb mem would be good. USB ports. 8-11 hours battery. Any recommendations. Was told to look for video memory 256, systek bus 667 mhz, intel graphics media accelerator but bottom line is I just would really like a recommendation for a small netbook 10 inch screen, big hard drive that can play video smoothly and is light weight. thanks

Mike H

Forgot to mention that Asus 1018 was choppy video and I returned it.

mike

Mike H

Thanks Mike. I really did want a small netbook. Do you know if the Asus 1015PN can play video from a website like Hulu. Looking for a small device to travel with bring movies or connect to hotspots and watch movies from sites like Hulu. Or… should I wait 6-8 months for some next generation of better mini netbooks. Thanks

Mike H

I look forward to hearing back from you on the performance of the AMD Fusion and what devices have that built-in. I’ve marked my post here to email me when you send an update after seeing the performance yourserlf. One final question. Do you know why the Asus 1015PN would play Hulu video smoothly when the 1018PB I tried was really choppy?

Charlie

Hi, I’m in the market for a netbook and have since read many reviews. What would you recommend? And what’s the difference between Asus 1015PEM and Asus 1015PN?

Cheers.

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