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. These are our top picks, based on Laptop Mag’s rated reviews.
When plugged into its included keyboard dock, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 changes from a light, 1.2-pound tablet into a laptop that will last up to 12.5 hours. The 10.1-inch IPS display (1366 x 768 pixels) offers a bright picture and wide viewing angles, which are great for watching movies and playing games. And when it's time to get to work, you'll appreciate the bundled copy of Office Home & Student 2013. At $349, tablet hybrids don't get much better--or more affordable--than this.