Best Gaming Tablets 2018 (UPDATED)
When it comes to the digital market of Tablets people are often left struggling with decisions to make. There are many people out there who might have the best PC at home but when they are on the go carrying the entire bundle is simply impossible and unimaginable. Of course, there are laptops out there to fix that problem. But what if you’ve already used up all your funds on that outrageous PC setup and don’t really want to shell out a lot of cash for another high-end laptop. Well then if you are stuck in a situation like that buying a Tablet could be a possible solution. Although there aren’t many options out there especially when it comes to gaming, we’ve managed to pick out the best options available for you to consider. Even though buying a tablet for a game might not be the first thing that comes to your mind. The devices listed below are built entirely for the purpose of gaming and to satisfy your cravings on the go. If you happen to be looking for something portable for on the go use or even if you just want something to play on by the end of this guide you would probably be left either with a new device on its way home or with the thought of purchasing one of them in the near future.
Best Gaming Tablet – Razer Edge Gaming tablet review
When it comes to gaming tablets it’s best when left to the experts. Razers “Edge” is perhaps one of the best tablet made entirely for the purpose of gaming. The tablet is as close as you can get to a gaming PC for on the go entertainment. Although a bit hard to find now the reason this device is number one on this list is the cause of the excellent reviews and performance back when it was released. It might be nearly impossible to get your hands on a brand new sealed piece but if you’re lucky enough you can bag yourself a used piece online.
The hardware of the device is quite sturdy and feels solid to touch. It might not be the fanciest design but it sure does stand out from the crowd. On the back of the device is an Illuminated design of the company’s logo. The device offers 4GB to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 256GB of solid-state storage, an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU and discrete NVIDIA graphics. The device houses two stereo speakers on the bottom edge accompanied by two peg holes which are used to lock the edge into this dock or controller accessories. These holes can also be found on the top of the device for the same reason along with the companies theme color (green) USB 3.0 port a 3.5mm audio jack, volume controlled and an illuminated power button. The device also accommodates a pair of keys to lock automatic screen rotation and activate Windows 8’s software keyboard. On the back of the device are two large vents for ventilation purposes and on the front of the device is the windows button along with a pair of microphones and a 2MP camera. The device lacks a rear camera.
When it comes to performance this device delivers what it promised. The device can handle a lot of loads when it comes to gaming and can deliver a PC like an experience to its user. The edge is most certainly one of the best gaming tablets and can take a lot of load with ease. The device runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8 so almost all PC games run on it. If you happen to be a fan of android games too running them with the help of an emulator won’t be a problem. The speakers on the device provide decent sound quality but for true in-game experience, a gaming headset is highly recommended. This device is the closest you can get to a gaming laptop and the add-on gamepad makes it all the more exciting. Once the gamepad is snapped on it gives you a whole new experience. Although holding such a big device might take some time to get used to, once you get the hang of it you’d be hooked on for hours. The gamepad has an option to accommodate an additional battery (needs to be purchased separately) and lights up green when connected to the device, the pad has thick long handles which offer good grip although the placement of the buttons are a bit odd and might take some time to get used to.The pad also features a rumble feedback and gives you a true gaming experience. Another remarkable feature of this device is the dock that’s available as an accessory. The dock comes equipped with three rear USB 2.0 ports, HDMI with 7.1 audio and headset jacks, and a sticky underside that keeps it in place. Once the edge is connected to the dock and the dock to the TV your simple tablet suddenly turns into a gaming console. The dock enables you to use the device as a gaming console and turns your TV into a big screen.
With all that said this device is perhaps one of the best (although old) gaming tablets ever made and getting your hands on one of them might be worth it. The device is available in various models where RAM, ROM, and graphics are concerned and other accessories like the doc and additional battery along with much more can be found on the company’s website. For a true gaming experience, this device is definitely something you should consider buying if you don’t mind it being a bit outdated.
Google Pixel C Review
Back when the Pixel C was launched by Google it was done without much hope for success. Being the device of its kind from google the device has certainly kept up to its name and has gained quite a fair amount of rivals. The device runs on Googles Android OS and is only 10.2 inches with a 2560 x 1800 display. The device has a premium build and aims to bridge the gap between Googles Chromebooks and Nexus’s slates. The keyboard dock turns the Pixel from a standard tablet into a hybrid laptop when connected. To make the most of the Pixel C you might want to add the Pixel C keyboard to your shopping list.
The design of the device is quite simple and nothing out of the ordinary. The device weighs around 500g and is surrounded by quite a thick bezel. The device lacks a physical home button which means no fingerprint sensor too. When in landscape orientation the power/lock key is housed on the left of the device accompanied by the volume rocker on the top left and a Type C USB port on the bottom of the same side. The Type C port present on the device has a lot more to offer than just charging and data transfer, with the help of this port you can power up and charge other mobile devices which can be of great help if your phone suddenly runs out of power and you’re stranded without a power supply. There are also dual stereo speakers on either side of the tablet, and a 3.5mm headphone jack completes the array of features on the right side of the Pixel C.The 8MP camera is present on the rear of the device along with the iconic Chromebook light bar shining in Google’s four trademark colors.
The Google Pixel C packs a 10.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1800 and a pixel density of 308ppi which leaves you with a crystal-clear display.For an additional price, you can supplement your Pixel C with a full-size keyboard, which has also been designed and built by Google, alongside the tablet. The keyboard has an automatic pairing feature so getting it to work won’t be a problem. Just make sure Bluetooth is on, and the Pixel will do the rest.The docking system works with the help of a heavy-duty magnet which means there are no latches or pins to line up here.The connection is surprisingly strong, and you can pick up the assemblage by either the keyboard or tablet without any fear that the two will come apart.
Performance from this device is quite outstanding. With The Pixels, Nvidia Tegra X1 ( a 64-bit quad-core chip processor )and 3GB of RAM a healthy blast of power are delivered into Google’s Tablet.With its crystal-clear display, Tegra X1 processor, Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM the Pixel C can guarantee you a solid gaming session. Load times are quick and playback is smooth. The keyboard offers better gameplay experience with some of the games and gives you a PC-like experience. The device houses an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front, although not the best the quality of the images are pretty decent. Where battery life is concern Google claims the Pixel C can go for over 10 hours on a single charge, although that depends very much on your usage.
Overall the Pixel C turns out to be one of androids Best tablets for both gaming and ordinary use. If you aren’t a fan of apple and feel that Google is a better option then this is definitely something for you to consider. The pixel comes in 32GB and 64GB variants and both models require the keyboard to be purchased separately.
Asus Transformer Book T11HA Review
Asus’s Transformer Book T100HA is one of the best devices out there when it comes to low budget gaming and performance tablets. This Windows 10-powered machine aims to offer users a fully functional tablet that can be converted into a laptop simply by docking into the bundled keyboard.
The tablet might not have the best design to offer but surely makes up for that performance wise.The separate tablet and keyboard sections are both made of a dark grey anodized aluminum and the Transformer Book has the standard, slightly pebble-like texture as seen on most of Asus affordable convertibles.The device measures in at 265 x 175 x 8.45mm and weighs 0.58kg.The ASUS bundled keyboard adds 10mm to the device’s thickness and a further 0.46kg to its weight – though even with this padding the Transformer Book T100HA is still far from backbreaking.The tablet as well as the keyboard has a polycarbonate back and might be a bit delicate when excess pressure is applied. The keyboard is quite small when compared to regular keyboards, but it surely makes up for this comfort wise.The trackpad is also nicely reactive and recognized one- and two-fingered gestures.
The T100HA comes equipped with a reasonable range of ports which include the microphone/headphone jack, microSD slot, micro HDMI socket and a USB Type-C charging port. And to back this up, the keyboard has a full-sized USB 2.0 port. The Type C port is quite a benefit as it speeds up the devices charge time.It can also be used as a regular port to connect external devices to the laptop. In these situations, it offers improved data transfer speeds compared to regular USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.The device also has a pretty decent 10.1-inch display to offer. The device ships with Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system. And a few of Asus’s software’s come pre-installed
Performance wise the device has a lot to offer considering its price. According to ASUS the T100HA’s “breezes through everyday tasks”, and delivers “twice as fast graphics performance” as previous Transformer Books.The device is powered by a quad-core Intel ‘Cherry Trail’ Z8500 processor accompanied by Integrated Intel HD Graphics and 4GB RAM, considering the devices price this convertible’s specifications are quite good and are backed up by reasonably impressive benchmark scores.The T100HA can offer decent gaming but if you’re looking for 3D gaming or high-end gaming then you’d be left with disappointment. But things like that can be overlooked based on the fact that that isn’t its sole purpose.
The Transformer Book T100HA is powered by a single 30Wh, non-removable battery. ASUS projected up to 12 hours video playback life.Although when in use the device offers up to 7-8 hours of back up with general use and can drain at a rate of 25% every hour while gaming leaving you with 3-4 hours of backup. The 5 megapixel rear and 2-megapixel cameras present on the device might not work wonders but they complete the purpose of being there. Depending on the cams for high-quality photos isn’t recommended but if used in emergencies it provides pretty decent photos. The front-facing cam is good enough for video calling and can be used to do so.The T100HA’s speakers are quite poor quality wise and have a woefully low maximum volume, the sound quality is fairly poor. The speakers’ low end is close to non-existent and most times require external speakers or headphones to fix the problem.
Overall if you’re looking for something cheap with decent build and performance this is definitely something you should consider. With its price tag, this is most probably one of the best windows 10 convertibles that can be used for gaming.
Apple iPad Pro Review – Top tablet for gaming
If you happen to be an Apple fan and prefer light gaming then this is definitely one you should consider. Although a bit old Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the best conventional tablet the company has made. It combines the power of the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the thin frame of the iPad Air 2. Although gaming might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of an iPad, this device packs some pretty sweet hardware and handles that pretty well. The only downside about this is that you are limited to the store.
When speaking about performance the device offers great speed when using apps or playing games. The device houses a 2.16 GHz processor accompanied by 2GB of ram. The display on the device is perhaps one of the best displays you can find on a Tablet. The device has apple retina display and has 264ppi pixel density similar to what can be found on their other device (the 12.9-inch model).The good thing about the iPad is that unlike most tablets in the market it has a remarkably good camera and can click quite amazing photos. If you’re looking to have this device carried around all day then you might want to reconsider as the battery on the device is not so great, after a few hours of gaming you’d be looking around for an outlet to juice it back up. A keyboard can also be purchased for the device from their list of accessories and could help increase your gaming experience. Other accessories include the “Apple Pencil” which is basically apple version of a stylus.
Overall if you happen to be an apple fan and want something small and for light gaming then this is definitely one you should consider. The camera is an added benefit and can be used for everyday purposes too. The device is available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants and 4G capability comes at an extra price to pay.
The new iPad is basically an upgrade from the previous one but with a slightly better performance so If you happen to be an apple fan and you’re looking for a new iPad or if you’re looking for something classy for good light gaming then the new iPad Pro might be what you are looking for. Thanks to its lower starting price, this is a great first iPad for someone new to the brand, or an opportunity to update from an older model that doesn’t support iOS 10.
As far as the design of the device is concerned apple didn’t get too innovative and the typical IPad design can be found. Inside the device is a 1.85GHz Apple A9 processor 2GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of memory. The new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the previous iPad, but this is not a problem as it can easily go unnoticeable if not closely observed. The performance of the device is slightly better than the previous versions so unless you’re looking for a new device or your old iPad is starting to act odd, upgrading isn’t likely recommended. Apart from that thing like the marvelous retina display and the excellent camera quality have also been improved. Gaming on this device could be quite fun with apple range of games from their store. Adding the keyboard to the device makes gaming on the device more fun. Apart from the tiny upgrade, everything else on the new iPad is similar to the old one. The battery on the device has been upgraded and promises around 12 hours with normal usage conditions.
This device is definitely one to consider if you are an apple fan or if you’re simply looking for something classy that’ll fulfill your need to game or multitask on the go. The device is available in a range of colors and memory options and apple also has a wide range of add-on accessories like the keyboard the apple pen and a few other accessories. This is definitely a must-have device if you’re looking for a gaming tablet with an excellent camera and you don’t mind sticking to the store games that Apple has to offer.
Morpheus X300 Gaming tablet
The Morpheus X300 is another one of those tablets designed for the purpose of gaming. This tablet offers more than a typical gaming tablet out there. The device is packed with 3D functionality and can take your on the go gaming experience to a whole new level. Whether you are looking for something that supports the go gaming or even if it’s just for a device to add to your collection the X300 is definitely something you should consider buying.
The device is quite different from your everyday gaming tablet. Around the body, you’ll find a micro USB port which can be used for charging and data transfer along with a Micro HDMI port. The also houses dual speakers along with a volume rocker and power button. The sides of the X300 is designed to hold the wireless controllers firmly yet continent to remove when not needed.
The X300 is powered by an Octa-Core A7 – Cortex ARM (1.7ghz) processor accompanied by an Octa-Core Power VR SGX544 MP2 – 700 MHz GPU. The device also houses 2GB of RAM along with up to 128GB of ROM additional memory can be expanded up to another 128GB via microSD. The display on the device is probably one of a kind the company claims that the x300 is the world’s first 3D/2D Android gaming console with detachable controllers. Hats right the device has a 3D ready 8 inches 1280 x 800 IPS Screen and can take your gaming to whole new level. The device also has a 4K micro HDMI port and can be used to connect to a TV to enhance your gaming experience. Out of the box, the X300 ships with Android 5.1.1 “Lollipop” and can probably be upgraded to the latest version. The device also features a unique 180 degree rotatable 8 MP camera so decent picture quality is an added benefit. The battery present in the X300 is a 5200mah Li-ion battery and with a full charge promises up to 5 hours of game time. The tablet weighs 0.65kg when the controller is connected and 0.48kg without the controller.
The performance of the Morpheus X300 is quite remarkable as the device delivers what it promises. With Android as its operating system you can access all the great mobile games, Movies, and Apps the Google play store has to offer. It can also do 3D Glasses-Free with its IPS display and with the Octa-Core processor and Octa Core GPU, it packs enough punch to be a great emulation station. Apart from being an amazing gaming tablet the Morpheus X300 can also hook up to your TV with the help of a dock and enhance your gameplay. You might be worried about how uncomfortable and inconvenient that would be unless you had a really long HDMI cable, but worry no more cause Morpheus has already thought of that. The company offers a “Controller jointer” which joins the controllers present on the sides of the device and makes it feel like a console controller again to enhance your gaming experience. The device goes from gaming tablet to gaming console in less than a minute.
If you’re a fan of Android and you’re looking for the perfect gaming tablet then missing out on the opportunity of getting one of this might be a shame. The device has a lot of features and power packed into its tiny body and can keep you entertained for hours at a stretch. Overall the X300 turns out to be one of the best gaming tablets and should definitely be something you should consider buying.
Microsoft surface pro Review
If you happing to be looking for a sturdy trustworthy tablet for both work and play, Microsoft’s soft’s new Surface Pro should be advice worth considering. Although gaming might not be the sole purpose of this tablet with the hardware that it packs, it should be able to handle some decent gaming with ease. This device can easily double up as a laptop and make your everyday work much easier. The device may be a bit on the pricier side but with the power and performance, it has to offer it’ll definitely be money well spent.
As far as physical appearance and hardware is a concern the device has a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 (267PPI) the device also has enhanced “Surface Pen” support. The Processor varies depending on the model you choose and they range from Intel’s Core m3-7Y30 to Intel’s Core i5-7300U and Core i7-7660U.The graphics also vary depending on the model you choose and the options offered are based on the processor you choose( Intel HD Graphics 615 (m3) Intel HD Graphics 620 (i5) Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7)). As far as RAM and ROM is a concern the company offers 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB of LPDDR3-1866MHz RAM and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD memory options, again all vary depending on the user’s choice. The device houses stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium support along with a USB 3.0 Type-A port a mini DisplayPort, a microSDXC card reader, a type cover port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The front-facing camera on the device is a 5 MP full HD camera and the back of the device contains an 8.0MP Full HD autofocus camera. The battery on the device promises up to 13 hours of run time and this can vary depending on one’s usage.
The device has a lot to offer when it comes to performance. Multitasking and gaming can easily be done without any hesitation. If you happen to get your hands on an emulator then the number of games that you can play on this device is endless. If you’re looking to play high-end pc games though then you might be in for a little disappointment. If you’re looking for light gaming or emulated gaming then the surface pro might be a great option. Other than that this device seems to be able to handle anything that comes its way. The battery on the device is 20% bigger than the ones found on older devices and seems to hold up pretty well.
Finally, if you’re looking for something classy and sturdy and you don’t mind the hefty price tag then the new Surface pro should be worth conceding. Although unlike the others this device may not be built for heavy gaming it sure can handles mid-range gaming and emulated gaming. The device also has a lot of accessories to choose from and it can give you a near laptop like experience when its keyboard is snapped on. This device might not be the best but should definitely be considered if you are looking for light gaming and reliability.
Linx vision 8 best tablet for gaming
The Linx Vision 8 is another tablet that is designed for gaming in mind. The Linx Vision 8 is produced by a small UK based company and looks similar to Microsofts surface. The Vision 8 gaming tablet is one that is designed to bring modern-day PC gaming and Xbox One streaming to the very palm of consumers’ hands. The Linx is powered by a 64-Bit Quad Core Intel Atom Processor and packs 2GB of RAM. The good thing about the tablet is that it comes with its own gaming cradle, so you needn’t worry about investing more in a joystick.
When it comes to the tabs hardware the device packs enough power to give the user the desired performance. The tab runs on Windows 10 Home edition and Packs 2GB of ram along with 32GB of storage and supports expandable memory up to another 32GB via microSD. The device uses an Intel Atom Cherry trail processor along with a 6000mAH battery. Other basic features that can be found on most devices include Bluetooth and aux connectivity and Front and rear cameras (2 megapixels). Although this might not seem like much the tablet has surprisingly good performance in both gaming and non-gaming scenarios.
But with outstanding performance comes a tiny price to pay. The device’s battery tends to drain fast. With heavy usage you can expect two to three hours of back up, but when on standby you can easily get around four to seven hours of backup. So keeping your adapter around when gaming might seem like a good idea. The only drawback that you might come across is the device’s storage. The Vision ships with 32GB of internal storage and an option to expand with the help of a memory card. Basing on the fact that the devices operating system (Windows 10) uses almost 20% of the storage this leaves you with very limited space if you’re looking to have lots of games. The device doesn’t have the best speakers to offer but this problem can easily be fixed with a good pair of headphones. The gaming cradle that the company has to offer fits perfectly around the tablet and doesn’t interfere with the headphone and micro sub-ports.The cradle features two lozenge-shaped handles. On the left is the LS, left trigger/bumper and the dpad, and on the right is the RS, right trigger/bumper, and AXBY buttons. The cradle is comfortable to hold and its rubberized grips feel similar to the Xbox Elite’s rubberized grips although it might take some time to get used to the controller and its button placement.
The base of the controller features a small slider which allows the user to switch how the controller acts. The controller can either be changed to act as an Xbox One controller or alternatively a generic third-party controller. This ensures maximum compatibility between older PC game titles and more modern titles.The Xbox streaming feature is an added benefit as it lets you stream your Xbox One games to your tablet and continues playing just like the PC version of the Xbox streaming app this ensures that you can keep your gaming session going anywhere in the house.
Overall If you are looking for a portable gaming tablet which runs on Windows 10 and supports Xbox streaming then the Linx tablet is a great device to use while away from your PC.As long as you don’t mind the limitation to a 32-bit operating system then this device might be worth your investment. This device is among the top few tablets that are designed entirely for the purpose of gaming and is guaranteed to deliver what it promises.
Nvidia K1 Gaming tablet
Among the few out there, the Nvidia shield K1 is another one of those tablets that have been designed for the purpose of portable gaming. Back when the tablet released it was perhaps one of the best in the market and had a lot to offer. Back when it was released by one of the best graphics cards manufactures the tablet could handle anything that came its way and was perhaps one of the best gaming tablets on the market. The device was mainly focused on gaming and turned out to be one of the best high-end gaming devices with multi-functionality.
Where design is a concern the tablet features a solid 8-inch 1,920×1,200 display. The tab also has speaker grids on the top and bottom of it. The top speaker of the device is cut in half by a 5-megapixel camera and a similar 5-megapixel camera is present on the back. The top of the device also has a micro USB port for charging and data transfer along with a mini HDMI port which can be used to connect the device to a TV. On the left edge of the gaming tablet, you’ll find two small holes where you can magnetically attach a folding cover and right edge you’ll be able to find the power button, volume controls, and a microSD slot that can support cards up to 200GB.
The K1 when out of the box runs a stock build of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Of the 16GB of internal storage, 11.24GB is available out of the box. Buying the device also gives you an option to join GeForce Now(billed monthly)Nvidia’s cloud service that streams popular PC games to the tablet.The app allows you to stream games at 1080p at up to 60 frames per second and can certainly give you a much better experience than what stock Android has to offer.
Performance of the device is outstanding as the device is powered by an ARM Cortex A15 CPU that clocks in at 2.2GHz, along with Nvidia’s own Tegra K1 192-core Kepler GPU and 2GB of RAM The K1 offers a lot more than what most tablets had to offer back when it was released. The device can also be connected to a TV and used along with a Shield controller to give you a much better gaming experience. The device’s camera offers pretty decent picture clarity and can be used to point and shoot when on the go. The K1 is packed with a 5,200 mAh battery and promises up to 6 hours of back up (this can vary depending on usage)
If you are looking for something that delivers quality and performance and doesn’t mind how old it is then the K1 might be a good device for you. Back when the device was launched it was one of the best of its kind and had a lot to offer. Overall if you don’t mind the Android interface and you just want a dedicated device to satisfy your gaming needs on the go then the K1 should be considered.
Samsung Tab S3 Tablet for Gaming
One of the first companies to enter the Tablet game is back with another device. Unveiled early this year Samsung’s new tab S3 is an excellent choice for those who are looking for all in on entertainment and gaming. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is slim and fashionable, with high-end specs and a bundled stylus. The device can also be paired with a keyboard case if what you want is productivity on the go. Although a bit on the costlier side this device delivers all you need for decent gaming and performance on the go.
Where design is a concern the device feature an all-glass back similar to most of their latest devices.The tab is also quite thin when compared to the other devices of its kind. The back of the device feels quite comfortable to hold and touch and isn’t slippery at all. The one bad thing about this device is that is so thin it fails to accommodate a silo for the stylus, which means you’d have to carry it about with the fear of losing it. The borders on the front of the screen are just about right when it comes to a thickness so triggering unwanted touch input on the screen won’t be a problem. On the front of the device, you will find Samsung’s trademark physical Home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor, The silver Samsung logo lies in its traditional top of the screen position. The device houses two speakers placed on the top and bottom along with the power and volume buttons on the right and a tray that can hold one Nano-SIM and one microSD card. On the bottom of the tab, you’ll find a USB Type-C USB port and a 3.5mm audio input socket. On the back of the device is the primary camera along with its flash and the default Samsung logo. All of this is held together by a metal frame.
Coming to performance the tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor which along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage(choose able when purchasing)The device has a Super AMOLED screen with an impressively high resolution of 1536×2048 pixels. The device has 6000mAh battery which means it can give you a decent amount of uptime before needing to charge it. With heavy usage, the device can give you around 4 to 6 hours of play time which is pretty decent when compared to other devices
Overall if you are looking for something light and easy to carry around and you don’t mind being limited to Android gaming then the Samsung tab S3 should end your search. The device comes with a set of accessories and packs decent features and performance when compared to other devices in its price range
After reading these reviews you should be left with much easier choices to make the guide contains tabs from various manufacturers and software environments and are all mainly designed to enhance your gaming experience.
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