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Best Business Tablets 2017 (and Why We Love Them)

What do you need in your next business tablet? Whether it's powerful performance, stylus support or just something affordable, there's a great work slate for you. Here are our top picks for 2016.

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

Microsoft Surface Pro 4




Operating system: Windows 10


With a supersharp 12.3-inch display, a handy kickstand and extremely powerful performance (check the chart below), the Surface Pro 4 is a work tablet that's hard to beat. It runs on the full desktop version of Windows 10, which means it can transform into a full workstation if you hook it up to a larger monitor at the office. It's also compatible with some great accessories, including the Type Cover keyboard and the Surface Pen, which lets you write directly on the display.

Key Features:

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

 Click here for a full review of the Surface Pro 4 on our sister site Laptop Mag.

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Apple iPad Air 2

Operating system: iOS 8

Great apps and top-tier hardware make the iPad Air 2 one of the best business slates around. Paired with any Bluetooth keyboard, the iPad Air 2 can become a pretty good tool for editing documents, taking notes and planning your workday. The 9.7-inch tablet is also extremely thin and light, so it's easy to carry on your commute. Plus, the Air 2 comes with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner, giving it a nice security boost. It's even better if you use a Mac at work, since iOS 8 lets you beam files and documents to your iPad instantly. The iPad mini is cheaper, but the iPad Air 2 is the better business slate since it gives you more screen room to work, as well as long battery life and a brilliant Retina display (check the chart below).

Key Features

  • 4G LTE capable
  • Long battery life
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Thunderbolt port
  • Keyboard (sold separately)


Click here for a full review of the iPad Air 2 on Business News Daily. 

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Note: The upcoming iPad Pro looks primed to dethrone the iPad Air 2 as the best iPad for business users when it launches this November. Apple says the slate was made with productivity in mind, so it sports a spacious 13-inch display and is compatible with a new snap-on keyboard that can effectively transform it into a laptop computer. It also pairs with the new Apple Pencil, an active pen that will let you take notes right on the iPad Pro's display using full pressure sensitivity.


Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro


Operating system: Android

Lenovo's new Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the perfect presentation companion, with a projector built into the tablet's rotating base that lets you beam slideshows and video onto walls. You also get long battery life, a roomy display and a handy flip-out kickstand that props up the device on your desk. The kickstand is especially handy if you pair your device with a Bluetooth keyboard for extended typing sessions.

Key features:

  • Projector
  • Kickstand
  • Split-screen multitasking
  • microSD card slot
  • Long battery life

Dell Venue 8 7000 Pro

Operating system: Android

Our favorite business slate with a screen smaller than 9 inches is the Dell Venue 8 7000. The gorgeous slate has a stunning, edge-to-edge display with a razor-thin bezel around three sides, plus long battery life and fast performance (check the chart below.) You can also buy Dell’s keyboard accessory, which will help you type out quick emails on the go. And since the Venue 8 7000 is incredibly thin and light, it won't weigh you down on your daily commute.

Key features:

  • Fast performance
  • Sharp display
  • Thin bezels
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Long battery life
  • Keyboard (sold separately)
  • Desktop dock (sold separately)


Click here for a full review of the Venue 8 7000 from Business News Daily


Asus Transformer Book T200

Operating system: Windows 8.1

Want a business tablet that comes with a keyboard out of the box? The 11-inch Asus Transformer Book T200 is our favorite slate with a pack-in keyboard; just snap it on to transform the T200 into a capable laptop computer. Since it runs on Windows, it's compatible with all the software you use on your office PC. You also get solid performance for everyday productivity tasks (check the chart below), and the ability to expand the internal storage via a hard drive bay on the bottom of the keyboard. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable 2-in-1 tablets around, making it a good bet for business users on a budget.

Key features:

  • Keyboard (included)
  • Hard drive bay
  • USB port
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Ethernet port


Click here for a full review of the Transformer Book T200 from our sister site Laptop Mag. 

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+



If longevity is your top priority, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ can't be beat. The 10-inch Android slate offers a beefy battery cylinder along one edge that provides an impressive 13 hours of battery life on a single charge, handily beating competing devices (check the chart below). Other highlights include a sharp HD display and a fold-out kickstand that lets you prop the slate up, which is especially handy if you pair the device with a Bluetooth keyboard. You also get strong performance microSD card slot for expanding the tablet's internal storage.

Operating system: Android

  • Long battery life
  • Kickstand 
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Keyboard friendly (not included)

Click here for a full review of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ from our sister site LaptopMag.

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10


The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 will last through the end of the workday and then some. The 10-inch slate ran for an epic 12 hours on our battery test, far outpacing competitors like the Acer Iconia Tab 10, which died after just 8 hours. Plus, you get decent performance, a sturdy, sleek design and a bright 10-inch display, all for just $198. It’s not the fastest sub-$200 slate around, and it offers a meager 16GB of storage, but we still consider Lenovo’s Tab 2 A10 to be the best tablet value for workers.

  • Long battery life
  • Good performance
  • Bright display
  • Affordable price

Check out a full review of the Lenovo Tab 2 A10 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.


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Coming Soon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017 Credit: Lenovo

At CES 2017, in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced some coming improvements to its ThinkPad X1 Tablet. We won't get to fully review it until March 2017, when the $949 system will go on sale. But in the meantime, we can tell you it will come with an improved battery and a new range of docking options, which still includes three detachable keyboards, a projector and a pen. But perhaps the most exciting is the durability upgrades Lenovo has made. The X1 Tablet will now be MIL-SPEC tested to offer military grade endurance throughout all sorts of settings. 

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

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.