Top 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets under $300 worth buying this year

Windows 8.1 tablets

If you’re looking to get a new Windows 8.1 tablet, but you’re thinking on buying one that is 8-inch on screen size, you just landed in the right place. This buying guide will help to narrow down your choices to the top three devices, yet small, running a full-blown version of Windows 8.1, and under $300.

The list I’m sharing today covers all the most important specifications and features you should consider to pick the 8-inch tablet right for you. So if you’re asking the question: “Which tablet is the best?”, look no further, you’ll find what you need right here.

Now if you’re looking for a Windows 8.1 10-inch tablet under $500, I’ll recommend you to check this previous buying guide.

8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets under $300

Dell Venue 8 Pro: May be I’m starting with the best 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet the money can buy today. The Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great device and it features an 8-inch 1280 x 800 screen resolution display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, micro SD Card Reader, micro USB port, over 8 hours of battery life, 1.2MP front-facing and a 5MP rear camera, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740D Processor running at 1.8GHz, and it only weighs 0.87 pounds. Priced at $299 and for the hardware configuration and operating system, this is perhaps the best mini tablet to buy.

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2: This is also a 8-inch tablet running the full version of Windows 8.1 and it packs a 1280 x 800 HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, micro SD Card Reader, up to 7 hours of battery life, 2MP front-facing and 8MP rear camera, a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail T processor running at 1.8GHz, and it only weighs 0.7 pounds. Priced at $299 shares pretty much all the features that the Dell Venue 8 Pro offers, so the decision here will be about brand, color, and weight as the Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 comes on silver and the Venue 8 ships on black color and it is relatively lighter.

Toshiba Encore 8: The Toshiba tablet offers an 8-inch 1280×800 screen resolution display, Windows 8.1, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, micro SD slot, Toshiba claims up to 14 hours of battery life — however I have my doubts –, 2MP front-facing and an 8MP rear camera, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 CPU running at 1.8GHz, and it only weighs 1.1 pounds. Priced at $329, perhaps is the most expensive tablet of this list, but it has great features worth considering. — keep in mind that Toshiba and other retailers are offering $30 off, which puts the tablet at $299.

Although there are many tablets out there on the market running Windows RT, iOS, and Android, it’s really important to understand that buying a Windows 8.1 tablet has the greatest advantage of them all, because you can install any application you want like Photoshop, iTunes, Chrome, Firefox, Office, and millions of other desktop applications — They won’t run as fast as the run on a desktop computer, but you’ll be able to get the work done –, and you’ll be able to load any drivers for peripherals such as printers, cameras, phone, etc., because it’s running a full version of Windows 8.1. Something that the competition cannot do or even the stripped version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows RT.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.