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 Iconia W3 has a special way of sticking to its keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET

Acer Iconia W3
The 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 is charming, with its clever design and great battery life. Yet, the Iconia W3 keyboard is lackluster in performance. Ultimately, its redeeming qualities lie in its status as an 8-inch Windows 8 hybrid. Read the full review.


Typing while using the touch screen is a trendy way to multitask. Sarah Tew

Asus Transformer Book T100
If you miss Netbooks, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is the tablet/laptop hybrid you've been searching for. The 10-inch slate runs full Windows 8.1 and starts at $399. The keyboard -- which is included -- feels cramped. However, it's one of the best budget "laplets" around (that's the new laptop/tablet term I'm trying to coin). Read the full review.


The Dell Venue 11 Pro may boast a cocky name, but it's got the performance to back it up. James Martin/CNET

Dell Venue 11 Pro
With plenty of configuration options possible, the Dell Venue 11 Pro is one heck of a tablet. Its sharp, full-HD display and long battery life are its shining specs. However, the keyboard dock isn't as impressive; it suffers from laggy functionality and high pricing. The Dell Venue 11 Pro is more of a tablet with keyboard accessory, than hybrid (or laplet, as some people are starting to call them). Read the full review.


The models in Asus' Transformer lineup tend to look similar, but new releases appease fans with relative internal upgrades. Josh Miller/CNET

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
Asus is no stranger to releasing tablets with complementary docking keyboard accessories. Though the Transformer Pad TF701T packs speedy, smooth performance and useful extras, its keyboard dock could up its game. It's a little cramped to type on, and the bulky design wouldn't turn any heads on the runway. Read the full review.


See? Swiping while typing is totally in. Sarah Tew/CNET

Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Like a security blanket, the Microsoft Surface 2 keeps its cool keyboard cover -- now with backlight keys, if you're afraid of the dark too. The Surface Pro 2 boasts a long battery life and zippy performance, but the unsung hero of the unit is the keyboard. Dan Ackerman even said it is among the best tablet accessories ever. Read the full review.


I don't know about you, but this tablet/laptop hybrid looks like something Bruce Wayne would use. Sarah Tew/CNET

Sony Vaio Tap 11
The Sony Vaio Tap 11, which runs Windows 8.1, packs a large high-resolution screen and an Intel Core i-series CPU. It's one of the most viable portable PC replacements, as well as one of the thinnest and lightest. The included Bluetooth keyboard simply sits nearby and can snap on with a -- rather weak -- magnetic connection. It also ships with a stylus for all of your John Hancock needs. Read the full review.


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