Best Asus Tablets

Updated July 2019
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Buying guide for best ASUS tablets

Last Updated July 2019

In a tech hardware market that’s often dominated by big names like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung, there’s a smaller company that has quietly built a reputation for making high-quality budget gear: ASUS.

ASUS makes an assortment of electronics, but it’s perhaps best known for its tablets. The company offers a wide variety of models; in addition to the ZenPad line of tablets, ASUS has also partnered with Google to develop Google-branded tablets for those who prefer the company’s no-frills version of the Android operating system. And while each different product line caters to specific use cases, all ASUS tablets have plenty in common: they’re all dependable, easy to use, and more affordable than competing models from bigger companies.

Are you ready to find the right ASUS tablet for you? Here’s everything you need to know to make an informed purchase decision — the features that are worth paying extra for, the ones that aren’t, and what you can expect for your money. Take a look at our favorites, too.

If you’re a movie buff or audiophile, be certain the ASUS tablet you get supports DTS Headphone:X, a new surround-sound technology. It takes movie, TV, and game soundtracks and creates virtual soundscapes, so the audio feels like it’s coming from all around you.

Key considerations

ASUS makes a wide variety of tablets, so to help with your search, start by answering these questions.

What size screen do you need?

Your first consideration should be screen size, because that decision will have the biggest impact on both cost and performance. Tablets with seven- or eight-inch screens are lighter, have longer battery life, and are typically fast enough for casual use. Tablets with screens that are ten inches or larger create a more vibrant picture but don’t last as long, but they are fast enough to be a handy companion for work. Our best advice is, if you’re looking for a casual device for apps and media, go with a smaller model. If you need a big, beautiful screen or you plan on using your tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard, get one with a bigger screen.

The sweet spot of ASUS tablets

The ZenPad 10 tablet offers the perfect blend of features and design at a solid price point. The supersize HD screen makes streaming video look great and it pairs perfectly with a Bluetooth keyboard for productivity. For this money, it’s hard to find a better value on the tablet market.

 

Do you need a tablet that supports LTE?

Some ASUS tablets work with wireless carriers, so you can stay connected to the internet when you’re away from WiFi the same way you do with your smartphone. While using LTE requires a paid wireless plan, it can definitely be worth it if you need to take your ASUS tablet with you everywhere. If you’re in the market for an ASUS tablet with LTE, make sure you’re aware of which models are carrier-locked: many will only work with one specific wireless provider, such as Verizon.

Do you need a tablet that doubles as a laptop?

In addition to tablets, ASUS also makes two-in-one laptops: laptop computers that include touchscreens. ASUS two-in-one laptops are often Chromebooks, which run Chrome OS, an operating system based on the Google Chrome browser. If you’re looking for a tablet that lives a double life as a laptop, look closely at the company’s two-in-ones. You’ll need to pay a little more, but you’ll get a lot more power for your money.

If you have kids, get an ASUS tablet with ZenUI, an app that helps parents manage their kids’ screen time and access to the internet.

ASUS tablet features

Not sure how to compare different ASUS tablets? Pay attention to these specs:

Connectivity options: Older ASUS tablets use a standard microUSB cable for charging and transferring files from your computer, while newer models require USB-C cables. It’s only a matter of time before USB-C becomes the new standard, but that will take years.
 

Onboard storage: Every tablet has internal file storage, the space you use to save your documents, photos, movies, and music. Decide ahead of time where you’re going to store your content  — on your tablet, in the cloud, or on removable storage like a microSD card. If you don’t plan on storing a lot of content locally, you don’t need more than 16 GB or 32 GB of file storage. If you do, look for a tablet with 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard file storage.
 

Operating system: Most ASUS tablets run the Android mobile operating system, but a few models (and most of their two-in-one laptops) use Chrome OS instead. Think about which platform you’re more comfortable with before buying, and make sure you’re getting your OS of choice. Our recommendation: if you plan on using your tablet for casual use, stick with Android. If you plan on using your tablet for work or school, find one that runs Chrome OS.

EXPERT TIP

If you write a lot with your tablet, get a Bluetooth keyboard. It makes it much easier to type and get work done, and it can turn your tablet from a handy device into your own personal workstation.


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EXPERT TIP

Add mini apps called lock-screen widgets to your ASUS tablet to easily access common tasks and key information. These can display basic information on your tablet’s lock screen, such as local forecasts.


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ASUS tablet prices

Inexpensive: If you spend between $50 and $150, you’ll find the entry-level ASUS tablets and refurbished high-end models (sometimes referred to as “renewed”). Unless you know who’s doing the refurbishing, we recommend buying a new tablet. If you need a smaller tablet for basic web browsing, you can find a good value in this price range.

Mid-range: If you spend between $150 and $300, you’ll find the best ASUS tablet options. Tablets in this price range come in all sizes and in both Chrome OS and Android varieties. If you’re looking for a big, beautiful tablet, you don’t need to spend more than this.

Expensive: ASUS tablets that cost more than $300 are usually part of two-in-one tablet/laptop computers. If you want an ASUS tablet that’s also got enough muscle under the hood to power a proper laptop, you’ll need to spend at least this much.

Tips

  • Clean the screen. Keep a microfiber cloth handy to make sure your ASUS tablet’s screen always looks its best. It’s easy to get fingerprints and smudges on the screen, and that can make everything harder to see. Wipe down your tablet periodically with your microfiber cloth so you can enjoy every last pixel.
     
  • Install updates. When you first set up your ASUS tablet, go to the Settings app and install any available updates. In many instances, Google or ASUS has made important updates available in between the date of manufacture and the date of purchase. Run all of the checks and make all of the recommended updates before you do anything else. 
     
  • Buy a case. If you’ve got kids, or you’re worried about dropping your ASUS tablet, get a rugged case to keep it safe. Tablets are durable, but they’re not that durable. If you’re worried about accidentally damaging your ASUS tablet, look for a rugged case. Many cases are made to provide shock protection and keep the tablet internals safe.

Chromebook without the book

Tablets running Google’s Chrome OS are fairly rare, but the CT100 definitely makes a case for using the browser-based OS on tablets. It’s super light and fast on its feet, and it comes with a military-grade enclosure built to withstand rough treatment. If you need a tablet that doesn’t compromise on speed but still offers you an affordable option for everyday use, this is the one to get.

Other products we considered

If you need a tablet that can put up with a lot of abuse, we recommend the ASUS Chromebook Flip C213SA. It’s a two-in-one, so it’s part tablet, part Chromebook, but it’s also part tank. With a rugged, spill-proof exterior, it’s built to handle any situation. Our favorite parts: at 2.7 pounds, it’s ridiculously light, and it uses the newer USB-C standard cables. If you’re looking for an ASUS two-in-one that’s more computer than tablet, consider the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302. It’s a Chromebook with a gorgeous 12.5-inch screen and an all-metal design that makes it easy to mistake for a MacBook. But the big deal is the Intel processor, which makes it a formidable laptop that can keep up with much pricier competition. If you’re looking for a tablet with enough power to also function as a laptop for work or school, this is one of your best options.

If you want to take a screenshot with your ASUS tablet, hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. That takes a snapshot of whatever’s on the screen and adds it to your local photos.

FAQ

Q. Can I install custom versions of Android on an ASUS tablet?
A.
It might be possible with some models, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Some tablet enthusiasts enjoy putting unique versions of Android on their tablets, but ASUS tablets include a locked bootloader, which makes that difficult or impossible in most cases. If you’re looking for a tablet that lets you try out different versions of Android, consider a different manufacturer.
 

Q. Do ASUS tablets run “stock” Android, or does ASUS include its own apps by default?
A.
ASUS includes its own apps on most of its tablets. In most cases, these apps can be uninstalled or ignored. Aside from that, in the past, ASUS partnered with Google to make Google-branded tablets, which run an unmodified “stock” version of Android.
 

Q. Can I use an ASUS tablet as an e-reader?
A.
Absolutely. All ASUS tablets support popular e-reading apps like Amazon’s Kindle app for reading digital books.

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