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Best Tablets With Stylus 2018

Best Tablets With Stylus 2018
Apple iPad Pro and Galaxy Tab S3 / Credit: Jeremy Lips

Editor's note: Samsung recently announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 ($649.99+), which the company is calling a "new 2-in-1 Android tablet designed for people who want to do more on the go — from home to the office and everywhere in between." The 10.5-inch tablet is being positioned as a laptop alternative thanks to its built-in DeX mode, S Pen (included in the purchase price), and Book Cover Keyboard (sold separately). We haven’t tested the Galaxy Tab S4 yet, but it may find its way onto our best picks list in the future; the bundled deals on Amazon are priced competitively and Samsung’s hardware is typically well-built and business-friendly.

A stylus-equipped tablet is the perfect alternative to a traditional paper notebook. 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 2018.

iPad Pro
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  • Price
    $799
  • CPU
    Apple A10X processor
  • RAM
    2GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12.9 inches, 2732 x 2048 pixels
  • Battery Life
    10 hours (claimed)
Surface Pro (2017)
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  • Price
    $799
  • CPU
    Intel Core m3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12.3 inches, 2736 x 1824 pixels
  • Battery Life
    13.5 hours (claimed)
ThinkPad X1 (2nd Gen)
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  • Price
    $793.91
  • CPU
    Intel Core m7-6Y75
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12-inches, 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    5:23
Spectre x2
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HP
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  • Price
    $403.60
  • CPU
    Intel Core M3-6Y30
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Display Size & Resolution
    12-inches, 1920 x 1280 pixels
  • Battery Life Tested
    5:01

Apple's iPad Pro was built for business, with productivity-boosting accessories such as an optional detachable keyboard cover and an optional Apple Pencil. The system also comes in a smaller, 10.5-inch model. Both models offer excellent stylus 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.

In addition to having a higher base price, business users should keep in mind that the Apple iPad Pro doesn't come with a keyboard or a stylus – both must be purchased separately, which will run you around $268 (if you buy Apple) for both.

Read our full review of the iPad Pro.

The Surface Pro (2017) is a great choice for business users who want a powerful tablet with an optional stylus and an optional detachable keyboard. The latest Surface Pro is available for preorder now, and it's pricy: The entry level model is $799, but we recommend upgrading to the $999 model that comes with an Intel Core i5 processor. While previous i5 models came equipped with a stylus, but now all accessories are sold separately, so you should factor that into your budget before you buy.

What we like best about the Surface Pro is the fast performance, split screen multitasking, large display and low latency. Of all the tablets on our list, the Microsoft Surface Pro comes closest to being a true laptop killer.

Read our full review of the Surface Pro

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Credit: Purch

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes in a variety of configurations, and depending where you purchase it, the stylus may or may not be included. When sold separately you can typically pick up an Active Pen for around $30.

If you require more horsepower under the hood, you can find configurations with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU. We recommend at least a Core i5 if you plan on using this tablet for heavy business use (or if you plan on using this tablet to replace your laptop). The main downside to this machine is the weak battery life, which clocks in at just over five hours.

Read a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

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The entry level specs of the HP Spectre x2 aren't super impressive, but the starting price is low and there are lots of upgrades available (CPU up to an Intel Core i7 and RAM up to 16GB).

If you opt for a low-end model, just bear in mind you'll probably still need a laptop or desktop for serious multitasking work. five-hour battery life on this tablet also leaves a lot to be desired, but the display is stunning (1920 x 1280 pixels), the keyboard is comfortable enough for all-day typing sessions, and the sleek 2-in-1 design is among the nicest on the market. In fact, at first glance it's tough to distinguish this HP from its much more expensive Microsoft competition.

As with other tablets, make sure you know what is and what isn't included, because not every Spectre x2 comes with a stylus (about $50 when purchased separately).

Read a full review of the HP Spectre x2 on our sister site, Laptop Mag.

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Business.com team in 2017.