How To Buy A Windows 8 Tablet? Factors To Be Considered

In a previous article, we talked about Windows 8 tablets being of three major categories. Before you think of how to buy a Windows 8 tablet, you need to know what is available in the market. In that article, we talked about three categories:

  1. Intel Core processors
  2. Intel Atom processors and
  3. ARM based processors, also known as Windows 8 RT

In this article, we focus on the factors that you need to consider before you buy any Windows 8 tablets. For the previous related article, see the link towards end of this article.


How To Buy A Windows 8 Tablet

Basically, it is just two factors: your budget and purpose for buying the tablet. We’ll give priority to “purpose” here. Budget can be adjusted and the market can be scanned for vendors who provide the type of tablet you need, at your budget.

Be it a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet for individual or an organization, the idea behind research on how to buy a Windows 8 tablet is to get the most out of your money without having to compromising on computing power and mobility. We want as many features as we can get within our budget. And we can go ahead make some changes to our budget if we come across a real good deal. While Microsoft has its own line of tabs now, there are many third-party vendors selling tablets and convertibles so it becomes easy for you to get just the type you want for yourself or your organization.

Whatever be the purpose of buying a new tablet be, your needs can be classified into the following:



  1. Computing power: How many resources are required by applications you plan to use on the tablet; what could be the battery backup; and if at all the machine can install and run the required applications easily. Stuffing in an application on to a tablet that barely meets the system requirements is not feasible. For example, if an application says min memory should be 1.5 GB and you buy a tab having just 1.5 GB memory, you won’t be able to use that application effectively.
  2. Mobility: This is related to more of freedom from the traditional type of computing where you are bound to a particular place to work and play. More mobility may mean less computing power as you need a better battery life. Mobility also means eliminating the need for additional peripherals such as an external keyboard (ex. for heavy data entry) or mouse (ex. for creating graphics). Lighter work would not need external peripherals and should be good enough to play games using the built-in input devices (games is just an example).


Going by the above classification of your needs, your choice should be one of the following:

  1. I Need A Powerful Tablet – With Customization Abilities: If you need to run resource intensive applications, go for Intel Core. Surface Pro satisfies the criteria for many. You may want to check the Surface Pro Specifications at The Windows Club. And since the applications may need better precision work (in case of creating graphics etc.), you may need external mouse or a stylus. That would mean, good computing with limited mobility. Of course you are mobile as long as you do not need any external peripherals.
  2. I Need To Stay In Touch 24/7: If you are more into checking emails, social media, light office work and similar stuff that does not require much of typing and precision devices, ARM Systems are for you. Microsoft came up with Surface RT for such users. Third party vendors would call it Windows 8 RT tablets.
  3. I Wish To Play On The Go: Considering you are a gaming addict or use applications that require higher computing power but at the same time, you need better mobility, go for Intel Atom Processors. Atom is better than RT but a little less powerful compared to Intel Core.

I guess the above explains how to buy a Windows 8 tablet: the essential factors to consider before buying one. If you have anything to add, please comment.

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