The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.
The Toshiba Encore is the company's first entry into the new category of 8-inch handheld tablets designed for on the go use. Two different models of the tablet are offered, with a 32GB model selling for $329.99 and a slightly more expensive 64GB model selling for $399.99. Both models take an Atom-powered device and puts a full version of Windows 8.1 running at 32 bits in it, instead of the crippled Windows RT.
The Lenovo Yoga 8 tablet tries to compete with the huge market of Google Android-powered tablets and it does an overall decent job. It does have some downsides though, like sub-par performance and a lower-resolution display, but we did like the aluminum design.
The Lenovo Miix 2 is an 8-inch Windows 8.1-powered tablet that provides good performance in a small, lightweight size. The best part about it is that it runs the full version of Windows 8.1, not the lightweight, RT version.