Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in tablets.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review

The original Surface Pro was far from perfect, but Microsoft has committed to making it great. Has the effort paid off, and can the Surface Pro 4 bring new ideas to the increasingly stale 2-in-1 category? See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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Asus VivoTab Smart Review

  • Light, comfortable to hold, solid build
  • Less expensive than the competition
  • Runs full Windows 8 and older programs
  • Long battery life
  • No full USB input port
  • Underpowered Atom processor
  • Cameras unimpressive
Our Score 7

Dell XPS 10 Review

  • Covered in soft-touch paint for fingerprint-free…
  • Included dongles for full-sized USB and HDMI ports…
  • Good battery life
  • Touchscreen and keyboard make Windows RT usable
  • Keyboard dock doubles battery life and adds…
  • Heavy for a mobile device
  • Shallow and small keys
  • Awkward location of micro USB port
  • Expensive
  • Average screen resolution
Our Score 6.5

Kobo Arc Review

  • Tapestries provide a novel way to interact with a…
  • Smooth, speedy performance
  • Good display with wide viewing angles
  • Pre-loaded apps are well curated
  • No Bluetooth or HD output
  • Display attracts smudges
  • Running Android 4.0, not latest version
  • No microSD slot
Our Score 8.5

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

  • Excellent Dolby sound
  • Great access to Amazon content
  • Clear HD screen
  • Great battery life
  • Lockscreen ads are blatant and annoying
  • Amazon goes overboard upselling products
  • Interface is laggy at times
  • Limited to Amazon services & content
  • Amazon email/calendar apps don’t match…
  • No homescreen customization
Our Score 6

Microsoft Surface Pro Review

  • Excellent build quality
  • Display is extremely bright
  • Only one USB port
  • Type Cover is terrible and overpriced
  • Heavy and thick for a tablet
  • Below-average endurance
  • Runs slightly warm
  • Poor value
Our Score 5

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Review

  • Stylus included
  • Runs Windows 7 and Vista applications
  • Full USB port
  • Good 8.5-hour battery life
  • Tiny Windows 8 menus
  • Underpowered Atom processor
  • Cameras unimpressive
  • No decent keyboard attachment
  • Microsoft Office not included
Our Score 7

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Review

  • Beautiful, high-resolution screen
  • Excellent reading experience in e-books, comics…
  • Smooth performance
  • Comfortable, light design
  • Well-designed interface
  • Proprietary connection port
  • App and multimedia selection lags behind…
  • Uninspiring speakers
  • Not as open and unrestricted as stock Android…
Our Score 8

Acer Iconia Tab W700 Review

  • Great 1080p display
  • Pleasing bundled keyboard
  • Good battery life
  • Fast
  • Affordable
  • Dock could be better
  • Bulky tablet design
  • Windows sometimes doesn’t scale well
  • Poor sound quality
Our Score 7