Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Windows 8.1 Tablets Comparison

I made this list to easy your selection of these tablets.

ASUS T100:

10", 1366x768, 1.2 lb (w/o 1.2 lb keyboard), HDMI, USB 3.0 (on keyboard), 

HP Omni 10:

10", 1920x1200, 1.43 lb, Z3770, HDMI

Toshiba Encore:

GPS, 1 lb, 19,500 mWh, cannot be charged while using USB devices, HDMI, 

Dell Venue 8 Pro:

0.9 lb, 18,500 mWh, cannot be charged while using USB devices, dual-band Wi-Fi, too sensitive touch on some units,

Lenovo MIIX 2:

GPS, 0.8 lb, 17,500 mWh, can be charged while using USB devices, too bright at lowest brightness & poor blackness, 

All (unless specified above):

Intel Z3740 CPU, QuickSync (better than Z2760's compression quality), 2GB RAM, 32-64 GB eMMC, 8", 1280x800, 8-10 hours, Miracast, Windows 8.1, Office 2013 Home & Students, charge via USB (2.0), 

The bottom line: seriously lack of HDMI and/or USB charging while being used. Don't buy now, unless it is below $199 or 10" is not too large to you.


If you use traditional Windows applications and/or use remote desktop client, avoid 1920x1200 or higher on 8" and 10" Windows, because text will be either too small, too blurry or too messy.

This article will be updated while newer information available.


  1. do you think Windows is equally as good as Android or even better?

    1. Unless you have to run some Windows programs (such as Quicken etc.), Android tablets are still better and easier. For old people, Windows tablets are still way too complicated to use while they all can use Android without a problem.

      However, if price is really low, then a Windows tablet is worth to buy, because it can do far more things that Android can't, a home server, for example, casting Windows programs (such as 64码 that's unavailable on Android) to TV via Miracast, and other things.

  2. I'd like to share my unsatisfactory experience with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 in terms of note taking and PDF annotating. Despite tens of PDF apps and more noting taking apps (including S-Note coming with the tablet) on Android market, none of them compares to what's available on Windows 8 tablets (with active digitizers). The problem with Android is (1) lack of quality apps that support SPen input while finger scrolling, (2) they tend to lag whenever the file gets big (say 50 pages of PDF), (3) they tend to lag more on the high-res tablets like Note 10.1 2014, and (4) they lag even more when you open two windows on Note 10.1 2014. OneNote, Bluebeam Revu, PDF Annotator on the Windows platform are much more productive.

    Although you can do Android MHL --> HDMI --> VGA, it is less reliable than the VGA solution on Windows tablet. This makes a big difference in classroom and lecture talks.

    So I see the only reliable and productive tablet option of note taking and PDF annotating would be a Windows 8.1 tablet with an active digitizer.

    1. Yeah, Android and iOS tablets are not for serious work but entertainment. They are too expensive for sofa and toilet and it is stupid to carry them in addition to a laptop.

      So the only non-Windows tablet I have is the very first Galaxy Tab (7") and was using it as a phone, not as a tablet. Ever since I had a 5.5" large phone Note 2, I no longer have any interest in non-Windows tablet.

      For old people who cannot handle Windows, then they are usable toys.

      The S pen is nice but quite useless because only few Samung apps can take the advantage of it.

    2. I cannot agree with you more!

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