Tablets:

Best budget tablets of 2014

Updated

Sometimes "the best" just isn't in the budget. We've collected our favorites of the tablets priced substantially less than the iPad and its high-end competition. For parents, if your kid is obsessed with getting an iPad, be sure to consider the Apple iPad Mini. It's currently the cheapest way to enter the iPad world.

Dell Venue 7

The Dell Venue 7 is one of the best small tablet bargains. The larger Venue 8 is just as capable, however there are other 8-inch slates that offer more features for the same price.

Price: $149.99 Check prices

3 stars Good

Amazon Fire HD 6

The smooth performing and feature-filled Amazon Fire HD 6 is unrivaled in the bargain tablet category.

Price: $79.00 - $99.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Asus MeMo Pad 8

The Asus MeMo Pad 8 is an affordable slate with tons of features, but if performance is king, faster options can be had for only $30 more.

Price: $149.00 - $241.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Armed with a powerful processor and Amazon's exhaustive content library, the Kindle Fire HDX delivers incredible value for its price, especially for Amazon Prime members.

Price: $169.00 - $229.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C

With Asus' slickest user interface yet, included keyboard, and a competitive starting price, the small but chunky Transformer Pad TF103 is an attractively affordable tablet hybrid.

Price: $249.00 - $329.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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