A tablet that runs the Windows operating system. Windows tablets use an x86 CPU and run the same applications that any Windows desktop or laptop computer does, providing there is sufficient CPU power, RAM and storage. For example, gaming enthusiasts prefer a high-end Windows desktop or laptop (see gaming PC
). Graphics, video and scientific applications that are very intensive require a high-powered Windows desktop. See x86
A Tablet or Laptop?
Unlike iPads and Android tablets, which are generally stand-alone panels, Windows tablets often come with a keyboard that may or may not be removable. As a result, Windows tablets and laptops are very similar (see hybrid laptop
and convertible laptop
). Like any portable device, the difference is weight, screen size, CPU speed, RAM and storage.
There are numerous vendors of Windows tablets, and Microsoft sells its own line under the Surface brand (see Surface versions
). For Windows tablet history, see Tablet PC
. See tablet