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Best Tablets With Stylus 2017

Best Tablets With Stylus 2017
Apple iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S3 / Credit: Jeremy Lips

A stylus-equipped tablet is the perfect alternative to a traditional paper notebook. That's because digital notes can be backed up to the cloud, so they're safe and accessible from just about any device. With the right software, your digital notes can even be indexed and searched through using keywords. Here are the tablets with the best stylus support for 2017.

[For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.]

  • iPad Pro
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    • Price
      $799
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12.9 inches, 2732 x 2048 pixels
    • Processor
      Apple A9X processor
    • Ports
      Lightning connector, headphone
    • Battery Life
      10:04
    • Size
      12 x 8.7 x 0.27 inches
    • Weight
      1.57 lbs.
  • Surface Book
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    • Price
      $1,499
    • Display Size & Resolution
      13.5 inches, 3000 x 2000 pixels
    • Processor
      Intel Core i7 6600U
    • Ports
      USB 3.0 (2), SD, mDisplayPort, headphone
    • Battery Life
      12:29
    • Size
      12.3 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
    • Weight
      3.3 lbs., 1.6 lbs. (tablet only)
  • Surface Pro 4
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    • Price
      $999
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12.3 inches, 2736 x 1824 pixels
    • Processor
      Intel Core i5-6300U
    • Ports
      USB 3.0, microSD
    • Battery Life
      8:43
    • Size
      11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches
    • Weight
      1.73 lbs.
  • Miix 510
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    • Price
      $599.99
    • Display Size & Resolution
      12.2 inches, 1920 x 1200 pixels
    • Processor
      Intel Core i5 6200U
    • Ports
      USB Type-C, USB 3, headphone
    • Battery Life
      5:25
    • Size
      11.8 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
    • Weight
      2.7 pounds
  • Galaxy Tab S3
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    • Price
      $599
    • Display Size & Resolution
      9.7-inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels
    • Processor
      Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
    • Ports
      USB Type-C, headphone
    • Battery Life
      8:45
    • Size
      9.37 x 6.65 x 0.23 inches
    • Weight
      0.94 pounds

iPad Pro

 

Apple's iPad Pro was built or business, with productivity-boosting accessories such as a snap-on keyboard cover and a stylus, which is dubbed the Apple Pencil. The system comes in two sizes: the 9.7-inch version is the same size as the iPad Air, while the 12.9-inch version is significantly larger, which makes split-screen multitasking a lot more comfortable. Both models offer excellent pen support, with full pressure sensitivity and reliable palm rejection. Just remember that the iPad Pro is a premium system and one of the pricier pen-equipped slates on the market.

Key features:

  • Active stylus support (sold separately)
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Large display
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Fast performance

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

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Surface Book

What separates the Surface Book from other powerful laptop PCs is the ability to detach the 13.5-inch display and use it as a large tablet. The system comes with Microsoft’s excellent Surface Pen out of the box, letting you sketch and take notes on a digital canvas that feels expansive compared to smaller tablets. Creative pros can even attack the display to the keyboard dock in the reverse orientation to take advantage of the system’s powerful graphical capabilities while they draw or design with the pen.

Key features:

  • Active stylus (included)
  • Large 13.5-inch display
  • Keyboard dock (included)
  • Full Windows 10 operating system
  • Fast performance

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

Buy Surface Book on Microsoft.com

 

 

Surface Pro 4

 

The latest release in the Surface Pro line improves on last year's model, with a better keyboard; a bigger, 12.3-inch display; better security features; and an even better stylus. The new Surface Pen (which comes packed with the Surface Pro 4) offers twice the pressure sensitivity of last year's model. An eraser tip has also been added to the back end; it has a rubbery texture that makes erasing text on a digital screen feel more natural. The Surface Pro 4 isn't cheap, though; it starts at $899, with the Type Cover keyboard sold separately for $129. 

  • Active stylus support (included)
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Large display
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • Fast performance

Click here for a full review of the Surface Pro 4 on Business News Daily.

Buy Surface pro 4 on Microsoft.com

 

Lenovo Miix 510

Lenovo Miix 510 Credit: Jeremy Lips

The Miix 510 doesn’t actually come with a stylus out of the box, but is compatible with Lenovo’s $40 Active Pen, which transforms this 12-inch Windows tablet into a top-notch note taking machine with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The system is essentially a Surface Pro 4 clone, with a flip-out kickstand and a snap-on keyboard dock that comes included. And while we wish its lasted a bit longer on a charge, the fact that it’s more affordable than Microsoft’s slate make the Miix 510 an enticing option for stylus fans.

Key features:

  • Active stylus (sold separately for $40)
  • Flip-out kickstand
  • Snap-on keyboard (included)
  • Zippy performance

Click here for a full review of the Lenovo Miix 510 on Business News Daily.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Credit: Jeremy Lips

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 stands out for its superb AMOLED display that supports HDR content and the helpful and included S Pen. Using the stylus triggers a whole separate menu of Air Commands for taking notes or other shortcuts to Android 7. It comes in a gorgeous glass-and-metal design that includes a fingerprint reader for added security. And it pumps out some pretty incredible audio. We wish it lasted a tad longer on a charge and that it was a little less pricey, but it could be the Android productivity tool you’ve been waiting for.

Key features:

  • S Pen stylus included
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Bright display
  • Four AKG speakers
  • Home button with a built-in fingerprint reader

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

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HP Pro X2

HP Pro X2 Credit: HP
HP's Pro X2 612 G2 is your IT department's dream 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid. Not only is it tested to withstand dropx, dust and shocks, but it features a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display that will resist scratches. Plus, you can remove the back panel to get access to the removeable SSD and LAN and LTE components. It's remarkably affordable, at $979, and the keyboard is built with dedicated video conferencing keys for everything from screen sharing to disconnecting. 

 

 

 

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.