Top tablets with keyboards

We've rounded up our top tablets that improve the user experience with native keyboard functionality.

The Microsoft Surface tablets feature colorful and innovative protective covers that double as keyboards. CNET

The rising popularity of tablets has some people ditching their laptops and desktops for a more portable experience, but the benefits of a full keyboard can still come in handy. The models on this list blur the line between tablet and laptop and are usually considered "hybrids."

The double-life of a hybrid appeases business professionals, students, and those who want more PC capabilities in a portable and -- sometimes -- more affordable package.

Here are our top recommendations for tablets with complementary keyboard options.


The Venue 10 7000 is one of the best Android-powered hybrids. Xiomara Blanco/CNET

Dell Venue 10 7000

The Dell Venue 10 7000 is the only Android tablet on this list. Despite its loner status, it's a great pick. The Bluetooth keyboard connects to the tablet using cog-like hinges, safely securing the two parts together. The solid construction is complemented by the Dell's swift and smooth performance. If you're into cutting-edge tech, it also packs a trio of depth-sensing cameras, which can make for some pretty cool photography projects.

Read the full review here.


This keyboard dock can work remotely. Sarah Tew / CNET

Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi

This Windows tablet rocks a high-end design with a low starting price. The Asus Transformer Book T300 is an affordable ultra-portable laptop with a keyboard dock that connects using magnets. One of the perks of this model is that its detachable keyboard can also work remotely via Bluetooth.

Read the full review here.


There are a variety of accessories for the ThinkPad 10. Sarah Tew/CNET

Lenovo ThinkPad 10

The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 is a Windows 8 tablet with a large variety of accessories and add-ons. Its Ultrabook keyboard eschews a traditional hinge construction, but it still feels laptop-esque, thanks to its small touchpad. Other accessories for the ThinkPad 10 include a dock and a proprietary cover.

Read the full review here.


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Microsoft added a battery-powered Bluetooth pen to the Surface Pro 3. Sarah Tew/CNET

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Since its inception, the Microsoft Surface tablet has been devoted to its keyboard cover. CNET's own Dan Ackerman even goes as far to call it the coolest part about using the Windows slate. Though it's sold separately, it's an essential accessory to the Surface experience. The revamped Pro 3 model features a larger, thinner screen and a Bluetooth pen. There's also the Surface 3, a less expensive and less powerful model, but it still touts the cool keyboard. Once available, the two Surface tablets can upgrade to new Windows 10 operating system.

Read the full review here.


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