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The 6 best tablets for getting work done in 2014

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At a Glance

The iPad Air is still an iPad, but it’s lighter and thinner, and twice as fast to boot.

Price when rated: $629
Lowest price: $720.00 via Newegg.com

Pros

  • Ten hours of battery life
  • Twice as fast as fourth-generation iPad
  • Light and thin

Cons

  • Still too big for long-term one-handed use
  • No Touch ID
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Price when rated: $249.00
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At a Glance

This Windows tablet delivers laptop-like performance, enterprise-level security, and multiple docking options.

Price when rated: $1081 (Configuration reviewed includes optional keyboard/battery dock, active stylus, biometric security, and smart card reader Other configurations also available.

Pros

  • Very fast
  • Top-shelf security and management features
  • Excellent IPS display

Cons

  • Somewhat thick
  • Touchpad on the optional keyboard is a bit finnicky
Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 (Security)
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At a Glance

Lenovo's latest productivity and business-oriented ThinkPad tablet checks all the right boxes on paper and is a joy to use in real life, but it suffers from a few ill-conceived design decisions.

Price when rated: Tablet: $599; Quickshot cover: $45; Tablet dock: $129; Ultrabook keyboard: $119

Pros

  • Strong performance
  • Good battery life
  • Beautiful 1920x1200-pixel display
  • Very thin and light

Cons

  • Ultrabook keyboard dock allows just one angle
  • Can run warm to hot with demanding apps
Lenovo ThinkPad 10
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At a Glance

Microsoft's Surface lineup just keeps getting better and better, with an improved screen for desktop use and an upgraded Type Cover for the road.

Price when rated: $1,300

Pros

  • Larger screen offers 38 percent more real estate for getting work done.
  • New Type Cover is much more stable than previous models
  • Battery life now quoted at eight, not six hours

Cons

  • Prices may still give one pause, especially versus a notebook
  • Microsoft eliminated free OneDrive cloud storage from Surface Pro 3
  • Stylus holder is awkwardly placed
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
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At a Glance

Spending $750 for an Android tablet seems exorbitant. But the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro offers a larger screen, excellent battery life, and access to the Android and Samsung app stores.

Price when rated: $750 (32 GB)

Pros

  • Large, vivid screen
  • Excellent battery life and performance
  • Office and videoconferencing apps are built in

Cons

  • No wired display connection
  • Flip cover doubles as a flimsy stand
  • Avoid using it for pictures
  • Exceptionally high price
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