Since iOS 13.4, you can connect trackpads and mice to an iPad, making them more viable than ever as a laptop replacement. Heckler’s iPad Stand puts your tablet at just the right height for work and Zoom calls, and also is great when using MacOS Sidecar for a second screen. They also make a matching MacBook stand.
THE BEST Tablets
Apple’s premium tablets get a speed upgrade with the A12Z “Bionic” chip and Gigabit-class LTE, along with 12mp wide and 10mp ultrawide cameras, and a LiDAR scanner for enhanced augmented reality. The pricey new Magic Keyboard adds a trackpad, backlit keys, and a “floating” design with an adjustable viewing angle.
Want a bargain price on an excellent portable computer system? Look no further than this refurbished Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This 2017 model has a sharp 12.3″ PixelSense touchscreen display, 256GB of SSD storage, and a zippy Core i5 processor. It comes loaded with Windows 10 pro, and has a built-in kickstand.
Want an iPad cheap? While this iPad Mini 3 isn’t the latest tech from Apple, it’s still a great little system, with a 2048×1536, 7.9″ retina display, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi, and unlocked cellular connectivity. This brand new in box system is 52% off its original price in The Awesomer Shop.
This stand gives artists the ideal work surface for Apple’s tablets. The 20º angle and flush borders improve ergonomics and comfort for your wrist and arm. It has fold-out legs, a charging port, and a pencil cradle. They’re molded to each 2015 to 2019 iPad model for a perfect fit, and 2018+ iPad Pros hold in place magnetically.
Microsoft is betting big on multiscreen devices in with its upcoming Windows 10X operating system. One of the first devices to support the tech the Surface Neo, a tablet with dual 9″ screens, and the ability to convert into a small notebook computer with a keyboard and small secondary information display. Available late 2020.
Samsung’s powerful phablet comes in two sizes, the Note 10 at 6.3″ and the Note 10+ at 6.8″. Both models come with a new S pen with remote gesture controls, wide, ultra-wide, telephoto, and selfie cameras, the ability to add depth effects to video, improved stabilization, up to 1TB storage, and more. Plus, Verizon has a 5G model.
Lenovo has unveiled a prototype of its folding ThinkPad X1 touchscreen laptop. It has a 13.3″ 2K OLED display, a sturdy hinge, and batteries that are at the “bottom” half so it stays stable in laptop mode. The final version will come with a Wacom stylus and a keyboard when it drops in 2020.
The Google Nest Hub Max is home tablet with a 10″ 720p screen. It can show you your calendar, messages, reminders and more. It’s compatible with Chromecast streaming and has a camera for video calls – don’t worry, you can turn off the latter with a flick of a switch.
Apple upgraded the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with the same CPU that’s in its iPhone XS. Both tablets now also support the first-generation Apple Pencil stylus. The iPad Air now comes with a 10.5″ display, while the iPad Mini is 25% brighter than its predecessor.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S5e is built for all-day use and media consumption. It weighs just 0.9lb and is only 0.2″ thick. Its 10.5″ Super AMOLED display has a 2560×1600 resolution and is surrounded by thin bezels. It doesn’t have stylus support though. Drops 2019 for $399.
This compact computer has an 8″ 1920×1200 touchscreen. It’s powered by a 1.1Ghz Intel Silver CPU and has 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage. It has USB type-A, USB-C, HDMI and 3.5mm ports, and runs on Windows 10 or Ubuntu. An optional stylus is available.
The latest version of Samsung’s Galaxy Book now has Gigabit LTE for always-on connectivity. It also has a built-in kickstand, a 12″ AMOLED display, two USB-C ports, a microSD port, a 3.5mm jack and still comes with a keyboard and the S Pen stylus. Drops 11/2/18 for $1000.
Google’s big tablet features a 12.3″ 3000×2000 LCD display, stereo speakers, and runs Chrome OS, so you can enjoy a desktop environment right out of the box. It has two USB-C ports that support 4K output, and an optional keyboard cover. It comes in 4 CPU configs, up to a Core i7.
Microsoft is out to make tablets look like a bad deal with the new Surface Go. It’s a Windows-based 2-in-1 that has a 10″ 1800×1200 screen, 9h battery life, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot. It will be available starting 7/10/18 for $399. An LTE model will arrive late 2018.
This clicky mechanical keyboard captures the essence of classic typewriters. It works as a dock for tablets, offers both Bluetooth and wired connectivity, and its clever carriage knob doubles as a volume and backlight brightness control. Coming to Indiegogo June 2018.
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