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.


At 12.5 inches, this 2-in-1 is on the larger side. Sarah Tew/CNET

Toshiba Portege Z20t

If you're more interested in a laptop than a tablet, the Portege Z20t is up your alley. The 12.5-inch hybrid comes with a Wacom digitizer and houses Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI ports, as well as a microSD card slot. The keyboard dock also has full-size RGB and HDMI outputs and two USB 3.0 ports.

Read the First Take here.


Portable and professional. Sarah Tew/CNET

HP Elite x2

This HP hybrid isn't for elitists, like its name suggests, but it is geared towards businesses. The HP Elite X2 runs Windows 8 and houses an Intel Broadwell processor. One of the biggest bonuses is that it includes features required by many IT departments -- something not all tablets offer. At 11.6 inches, it's fashionably slim -- but durable -- and when paired with its detachable keyboard, it only weighs about 1.2 pounds (540 grams).

Read the First Take 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. Once available, the tablet can upgrade to new Windows 10 operating system.

Read the full review here.


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