Top 5 Best 12-inch Tablets & Detachables with Stylus Input

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Bigger 12-inch tablets or tablets with detachable keyboards that support stylus is a great tool for designers, creatives, students, businesses or simply your everyday user.


Here in this post we explore some of the best tablets with expansive displays that allow for more room to express yourself with the pen or simply to jot down some notes.

Top 5 Best 12-inch Tablets with Stylus Input

These machines are based on Windows operating system offering full desktop experience with the keyboard or tablet mode when detached or converted.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch iOS Tablet

The new iPad Pro 12.9 and now iPad Pro 10.5 are tablets from Apple that support stylus input. You will however need to purchase this separately. The devices has incredible power and with the right app, you can accomplish even the most complex work. The 12.9-inch model is the slimmest of all tablets in our line-up and with the Apple Pencil takes the iPad Pro’s capabilities and versatility even further.

With its 12.9-inch Retina display at 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution, everything looks sharp and crisp. The new generation device is even brighter making it least reflective and more visible in any lighting condition. The A9X processor is 1.8 times more powerful than the iPad Air 2 and can take on complex tasks like editing 4K video without a glitch. It also has double the graphics performance pushing fluid motion and effects and rendering detailed visuals without skipping. Apple promises to make the iPad even better with iOS 11. Definitely one to consider if you are an Apple fan and know your way around the iPad.

Microsoft Surface Book 13.5-inch Windows Detachable

Microsoft Surface Book boasts a 13.5-inch PixelSense 10-point multi-touch display with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels is the highest resolution tablet and at 13.5-inch it is also the biggest tablet in our list that supports a stylus, also known as the Surface Pen. It’s great for presentations, update excel sheets and create documents with ease. With 256GB solid state flash memory (option for 512GB and 1TB) and 8GB RAM (option for 16GB) coupled with either an Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor, this tablet is super fast.

When detachable, the display screen works in perfect harmony with Microsoft’s OneNote and Surface Pen. As mentioned before the standard unit without performance base averages up to 12 hours between charge. Finished in silver and made from magnesium alloy casing with a minimalist design with the only physical buttons being the power and volume, there is plenty to like. Surface Pen is available separately.

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) 12.3-inch Windows Detachable

The fifth generation Surface Pro launched in 2017, has the same profile as the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft claims that this new generation device offers 50% more battery life and 50% more performance. Using the proven kick-stand, now with even lower working pitch for Studio Mode, the higher powered models based on Core i7 supports Microsoft Surface Dial just like the Surface Studio desktop. Like its predecessor, the Surface Pro is available in a variety of processor, memory and storage combinations.

See below for your options:

  • Intel Core m3, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM
  • Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7, 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM

The tablet or rather laptop as what Microsoft would have you know with the tagline “The Most Versatile Laptop” has a high resolution 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) display that supports both Surface Pen and touch. The battery lasts up to 13.5 hours per charge enough to power you through the day and then some. The best part of the Surface Pro, like other Windows Tablets and 2-in-1 laptops in the line-up is that it lets you run full desktop apps. Pick the right package for your budget and the optional Surface Keyboard, Surface Mouse and Surface Pen and you have a complete all-in-one device, your laptop, tablet and desktop replacement rolled into one.

  • Display: 12.3-inch PixelSense 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) multi-touch 3:2 Display
  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel Core m3, Core i5, Core i7 processors
  • Memory & Storage: 4GB/8GB/16GB with 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage
  • Battery Life: up to 13.5 hours
  • Camera: 5MP front facing 1080p HD camera, 8MP rear facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
  • Dimensions & Weight:11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.5 mm) 766grams (m3), 786grams (i5 or i7)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-inch Windows Detachable

The predecessor to the fifth generation Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 4 is still available in the market at reduced prices. Even Microsoft Store is doing a deal, bundling it with Bower & Wilkins P3 Series 2 On-Ear headphones. Based on the 6th generation Intel processors, it still has plenty of life. If you can put up with shorter battery life and rather save some money, you can’t go wrong with the Surface Pro 4.

  • Display: 12.3-inch PixelSense display, Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI), Aspect Ratio: 3:2, Touch: 10 point multi-touch
  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7
  • Memory & Storage: 4GB8GB or 16GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB SSD Storage
  • Cameras: 5.0MP front facing HD camera, 8.0MP rear facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • Battery Life: 9-12 hours of video playback depending on configuration
  • Dimensions & Weight: 11.50 x 7.93 x .33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm), i5/i7: 1.73lbs (786grams), m3 1.69lbs (766grams)

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 PC 13.3-inch Windows HybirdSTYLUS INCLUDED

The hybrid PC has a 360-degree hinge, the HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13 flips from you conventional laptop to stand mode to tent mode to tablet mode effortlessly. The reason for it being on this list is simply because it comes with stylus and sleeve. It features the new 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB SSD, enough to take on anything you can throw at it.

Notable features include the razor-sharp 13.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1070 pixel resolution touchscreen to make it easy to zoom, flick, or tap your way through all your content and up to 16 hours battery life per charge to power you through all day and into the night. It does not stop there, the 2-in-1 PC comes equipped with Bang & Olufsen HP Audio Boost quad-speakers to match that screen for superb entertainment and gaming.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U 2.70GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.50GHz
  • Display: 13.3-inch diagonal Full HD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support
  • Memory & Storage: 8GB/16GB RAM memory and 512GB/1TB SSD storage
  • Battery Life: Up to 16 hours battery life
  • Camera: HP TrueVision FHD IR camera with dual array digital microphone
  • Dimensions & Weight: 307 x 218 x 13.90 mm and 1.32kg

ALSO: A bigger 15.6-inch HP Spectre 2-in-1 Hybrid PC is also available.

Asus Transformer 3 Pro T303 2-in-1 12.6-inch Windows Detachable – STYLUS INCLUDED

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro feels a little bulky than compared to say Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, Huawei Matebook or iPad Pro 12.9-inch. At first glance is looks a lot like the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 4 with those square edges, the kick stand and magnetic keyboard. It goes surface deep with a lot of fire power inside, the sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor and PCIex4 Gen 3 SSD storage and SATA3 interface. To push it further, you can even connect an optional ROG XG Station 2 for gaming grade graphics or Audio Pod for better audio with quad-speakers, 360° surround sound and 5.1 channel virtual surround.

It weighs a bit more compared to Surface Pro or Surface Pro 4, but not by a lot, at 800 grams and measures 8.35mm thin. The integrated metal kickstand has a 155° step less hinge and can go up to 170° angle. What really makes the Transformer 3 Pro stands out from the rest is the 3K display, packing 2880 x 1920 pixels with an extra-wide colour gamut of 121% sRGB and 85% NTSC for more vivid and accurate colours. The high-precision ASUS Pen with 1024 levels sensitivity lets you jot down your notes and ideas, annotate photos that you’ve taken with one of ASUS Transformer 3 Pro’s two cameras, front or back.

  • Display: 12.6-inch (16:9) LED backlit WQHD+ (2880 x 1920) 60Hz Glare Touchscreen with 85% NTSC
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 6200U Processor or Intel® Core™ i7 6500U Processor
  • Memory & Storage: 4GB / 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz SDRAM Onboard Memory and 256GB/512GB SATA3 M.2 SSD storage with multi-format card ready
  • Cameras: 2MP front facing IR camera and 13MP rear camera
  • Battery: 39 Whrs Polymer Battery with quick charge 60% in 60 minutes.
  • Dimensions & Weight: 298.8 x 210.1 x 8.35 mm (WxDxH), 800g

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