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Tablets

Top tablets with keyboards

We've rounded up our top tablets that include native keyboard functionality to make typing easier.

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The convenience of carrying around a compact tablet instead of a laptop has some people ditching their old notebooks 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 -- usually referred to as "hybrids" or "two-in-ones."

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.

Microsoft Surface Laptop

The new Surface Pro has better battery life.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

The new Surface Pro's keyboard is a must-buy. Microsoft's latest tablet-hybrid model is its best effort yet, despite the meek updates to the latest version. The keyboard is superslim and barely adds girth to the tablet, yet it still successfully doubles as a cover case.


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The Dell XPS 13 has an extremely reasonable starting price.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Interested in something that's a full-time laptop and part-time tablet? The Dell XPS 13 two-in-one is a good pick. It's a 13-inch Windows device with a 360-degree hinge that lets you fold back the screen into a makeshift tablet. For a hybrid tablet/laptop, it's very thin and light, and its superthin bezel beautifully maximizes its screen space.


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The Galaxy TabPro S comes with a snazzy keyboard case that offers two comfortable typing positions.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

This Samsung Windows tablet does you a solid and includes its magnetically attachable keyboard cover in its base price. The Galaxy TabPro S has a stunning display in a wafer-slim chassis. It's one of the better values for a skinny, keyboard-toting Windows tablet.


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This HP also has a stylus.

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HP Elite x2

Like the Samsung above, this HP tablet also comes with the keys. However, HP's keyboard is impressively comfortable to type on and lifts at an angle for a more ergonomic typing position. The 12-inch Elite x2 includes a fingerprint sensor and a nonproprietary USB-C charger that can power other devices as well.


Google Pixel C

The Pixel C's keyboard is one of its best assets.

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Google Pixel C

If you want an Android tablet with a keyboard, Google's slate is your best bet. The Pixel C ($500.00 at Amazon.com) always gets the latest software updates from Google first, and its sold-separately keyboard magnetically attaches so strongly, it stays connected even if you hold it upside down.


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The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is one of the best 2-in-1's available for the money.

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Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12

The Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 is a solid two-in-one with a thoughtful design. It has a detachable, full-size, backlit keyboard that gives great tactile feedback. While it's a great deal for the price, if you want to draw and edit, you should go with something that has a better screen and stylus.


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One of the most imaginative tablet keyboards.

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Lenovo Yoga Book

The Yoga Book doesn't get points for having the most ergonomic or comfortable keyboard, but it is by far the most innovative one we've seen in a long time. The completely flat keyboard of the Yoga Book can quickly transform into a Wacom sketch pad with the press of a button. When used as a keyboard, the outlines of the keys light up and haptic feedback lets you know your tap was felt. And it comes in Windows and Android versions.


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