There’s finally a Start button, smarter search, improved multitasking and a broader array of compelling apps. But Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 OS really shines if you have a great tablet or hybrid to go along with it. After all, the software is tailor-made for touch and 2-in-1 devices, not traditional clamshells. With so many manufacturers launching new products in so many sizes and configurations, it can be pretty tough picking the right tablet or hybrid for your needs and budget. Here are the models we’re most excited about.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 promises to pack a punch for business users. With its Intel 4th-Generation Core Series Haswell processor and a speedy SSD, this slate should beat many Ultrabooks. More important, the Surface Pro 2 is expected to last a lot longer on a charge. Other highlights include a vibrant 1920 x 1080, 10.6-inch display, an active stylus and your choice of two covers with built-in keyboards. An optional docking station that supports external displays up to 3840x2160 pixels in resolution means this could be the only PC you need.