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Best Tablets With Stylus (Windows and Android)

Tablets offer tons of high-tech ways to take notes and save them for later. But when you want to jot down something quickly, digital keyboards can't match the speed or immediacy of good old-fashioned pen and paper. A great tablet, coupled with a digital stylus, gives you the best of both worlds.

You can buy a standard capacitive stylus that will work with almost any touch-screen device, but tablets with a built-in digitizer are better. They can detect how hard you're pressing with the pen, giving you far more precision and a better overall writing experience. With that said, here are our picks for the best stylus-equipped business slates.

 

Windows Tablets



 

If you can afford the premium price, stylus-equipped tablets don't get better than this. The Surface Pro 3 offers a big 12.2-inch display that gives you much more space than most competing slates. And while it comes in a variety of hardware configurations, all models are powered by a speedy Intel Core i-series processor, providing desktop-level performance on the go. The Pro 3 is also compatible with Microsoft's handy Type Cover keyboard, and it has a flip-out kickstand and a full-size USB 3.0 port. Plus, the included N-trig is just as good as a Wacom pen for jotting down notes with a high level of precision.

Key Features:

  • N-trig stylus (included)
  • Fast performance
  • Kickstand
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)
  • USB port
  • SD Card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort

Click here for a full review of the Surface Pro 3 on Business News Daily.

 

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The Surface 3 takes most of the Pro 3's best features and crams them into a slightly smaller, more affordable package. For $499 you get support for the same excellent N-trig stylus, in addition to a sharp 10.8-inch display and a handy built-in kickstand, plus support for a magnetic Type Cover keyboard. And while it's not as fast as the more premium model, the Surface 3 provides more than enough power for daily productivity tasks. It also lasts longer on a charge than the Pro 3.

Key Features:

  • Digitizer stylus (included)
  • Kickstand
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)
  • USB port
  • SD Card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort

 

Click here for a full review of the Surface 3 on Business News Daily.

 

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Lenovo's ThinkPad 10 is one of the best stylus-equipped slates out there, offering good performance, a sharp 10.1-inch display and long battery life. It's also compatible with a snap-on keyboard, as well as Lenovo's excellent desktop dock, so you link it to a larger monitor like a mouse, keyboard or monitor. And since it includes a Wacom digitizer, its pen support is top-notch. It's been more than a year since it launched, though, and Lenovo hadn't announced a successor at the time of this writing, so the ThinkPad 10 might soon be hard to find.

Key Features:

  • Wacom stylus (included)
  • 4G LTE capable (optional)
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)
  • USB 2.0 port
  • SD Card slot

Click here for a full review of the ThinkPad 10 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

 

 

Asus' VivoTab Note 8 is a good option if you're looking for a stylus-driven tablet that won't break the bank. At $329, it's one of the most affordable devices you can buy with a Wacom stylus. The Note 8 also has an 8-inch screen, making it one of the smaller slates on this list, so it's more portable but also more cramped to work on. Regardless, you still get zippy performance, long battery life and excellent pen support in a compact, affordable package.

Key Features:

  • Wacom stylus (included)
  • Affordable price
  • Long battery life
  • SD Card slot

Click here for a full review of the VivoTab Note 8 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Key features:Toshiba's new stylus-equipped tablet stands out as the most affordable 10-inch tablet with a Wacom stylus, starting at $399. The Encore 2 Write isn't the fastest or longest-lasting Windows tablet out there, and its relatively low-resolution display leaves something to be desired. Still, it's worth a look for budget-minded business users who still want strong pen support. In addition to its excellent stylus, the Encore 2 Write comes with some nice software perks, including Toshiba's TruNote app, which is good for saving and sharing notes, as well as a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.

  • Wacom stylus (included)
  • Affordable price
  • Mini HDMI port
  • Free year of Office 365

Click here for a full review of the Encore 2 Write on Business News Daily.

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The Venue 11 Pro 7000 doesn't come with a pen out of the box, but it is compatible with Dell's Active Stylus, sold separately for $30. Unfortunately, Dell's pen technology doesn't quite offer the precision of a Wacom or N-trig pen, but it's more than good enough for basic digital note taking. Stylus aside, the slate has a lot going for it, including a sharp 10.8-inch display and an Intel Core M processor that offers desktop-like power in a slim package. It's also compatible with Dell's snap-on keyboard, as well as a desktop docking station, making it one of the most versatile slates on this list.

Key features:

  • Active stylus (sold separately)
  • Fast performance
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Mini HDMI port
  • SD Card slot
  • Long battery life

Click here for a full review of the Venue 11 Pro on Business News Daily.

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Android Tablets



 

If you prefer Android to Windows on your tablet, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 might be your best overall option. The slate features a vibrant, 10.1-inch display and zippy performance, plus handy software features like split-screen multitasking; most Android tablets only let you view a single application at a time. You also get an active stylus that slides out from a slot on the side of the device, so you can jot down a few notes before stowing it again. And since it runs on Android, the Note 10.1 offers a better selection of touch-optimized apps than competing Windows slates.

Key features:

  • Active stylus (included)
  • Fast performance
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Keyboard (optional)
  • Slim design

Click here for a full review of the Galaxy Note 10.1 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Want a little more room to write? Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is just like the Note 10.1, but bigger. Like that slate, it offers a brilliant screen (measuring 12.2 inches this time), a slim profile and snappy performance. You also get the same active stylus that you can stow in a slot on the side of the tablet. One big software difference is that the Note Pro 12.2 lets you run up to four apps in split-screen mode, with each one occupying a quarter of the screen; the Note 10.1 only allows for two apps at a time.

Key features:

  • Active stylus (included)
  • Fast performance
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Slim design

Click here for a full review of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

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HP's Pro Slate 8 isn't your average pen-equipped tablet. In addition to supporting traditional stylus-on-screen writing with full pressure sensitivity, it also has the ability to capture ink-on-paper notes and instantly create a digital copy in real time. It works because the slate uses four microphones to pick up inaudible, ultrasonic frequencies emitted by HP's Duet Pen to locate its precise position in space. In addition to that bit of technical wizardry, the Pro Slate 8 also offers a premium design, long battery life and hardware-enabled security. But starting at $450, it's pricier than other 8-inch competitors.  

Key features:

  • Active stylus
  • Ink-on-paper note-taking
  • Premium design
  • Long battery life
  • Hardware-enabled security

Click here for a full review at the HP Pro Slate 8.

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If you're looking for the most affordable stylus-equipped slate out there, HP's Slate 7 Extreme might be it. The device, which launched early last year, can now be found for as little as $100 on sale. You get decent performance, a compact 7-inch screen and a slim design. Plus, the slate comes with an active stylus that lets you jot down notes right on the screen. HP even included a couple of note-taking applications of its own to help you get started.

Key features:

  • Active stylus
  • Affordable price
  • Compact design
  • SD Card reader

Click here for a hands-on look at the HP Slate 7 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

 

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Brett Nuckles
Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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