With their portability, impressive specs and array of sizes, tablets are still a popular choice of PC product for consumers.
Here Jade Burke takes a look at the latest devices on the market as well as a host of accessories to match.
Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MA6 Performance Model (pictured)
The Toughpad 4K is the world’s first 20-inch tablet with an image quality four times better than Full HD. The 4K-screen offers a clearer viewing display and offers rugged capabilities, designed to withstand business environments thanks to its magnesium alloy frame and glass fibre casing. It comes equipped with Nvidia Quadro K100M Graphics, 16GB RAM and Intel Core i7-3687U vPro 2.1 GHz Processor.
- Windows 8.1 Pro
- Bluetooth 4.0, 4K Ultra high resolution
- 5MP rear camera.
Lexibook Tablet Advance
Users can access the Lexibook video store where they can access the latest cartoons and video for download for children. Parents can make use of the advanced parental controls whilst content can be viewed across the 8-inch screen. It operates on Android 4.1 and features 8GB of internal storage.
- Android 4.1
- 8GB storage.
STM bags DUX for iPad Air 2
Distributor: Computers Unlimited
Tested to meet the US Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests, this rugged case helps to protect the iPad Air 2. The patented magnetic closure saves battery life and can fold into viewing and typing modes, plus its reinforced corners also protect iPads from bumps and drops.
- Clear polycarbonate back
- Reinforced corners, magnetic closure
- US Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tested.
S-118BTBluetooth connected speaker system
This speaker from Dynamode connects to iPads and other tablets via its Bluetooth 2.1 connection with a range of up to 15 metres. By using ClearSound acoustic technology, bass and treble is clearer across all frequencies. It features Chameleon LED – a relaxing LED light display and comes with a Li-ioN battery.
- Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity
- ClearSound technology,
- Built-in USB connection.
SRP: £27.99 plus VAT
Hannspad SN14T72B Quad Core Full HD IPS tablet PC
Distributor: Entatech, Exertis, Tech Data
Hannspree’s Tablet PC features a 13-inch Full HD display and runs on Android 4.4. IPS technology is also available with the tablet, along with 2GB RAM and Quad Core performance. 16GB of additional internal storage is available, while users can capture images with the front-facing 2MP camera and rear 5MP camera.
- Bluetooth 4.0
- IPS technology
- 10-point multi-touch
STM bags Link
Distributor: Computers Unlimited
Designed to carry any 10-inch tablet, the Link also has room for additional items thanks to its variety of pockets. It comes equipped with a magnetic closure drop pocket for easy access to other items. Plus, the strap can be adjusted for either cross-body or shoulder carry.
- Range of colours
- Carry 10-inch tablets
- Additional internal pockets.
Proper waterproof tablet cases
This patented waterproof case is designed to protect tablets from water, sand and dirt. It features a transparent front, allowing users to continue touchscreen use, as well as a large back window for taking pictures. The cases are available for 7-inch and 10-inch sized tablets and come with a pair of waterproof headphones.
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Keeps out dirt, sand and dust
- Transparent front.
SRP: From £13
Prestigio Multipad Visconte 3
Prestigio’s Multipad comes packed with an Intel Celeron Dual-core processor and Intel HD Graphics. It runs on Windows 8 and features a 4000mAh battery with more than four hours of video playback time and 150 hours standby time. Users can also capture images with the 1MP front-facing camera and use of the 32GB/64GB internal SSD.
- 10.1-inch screen
- Micro 3.0 USB port
- HDMI output.
I-Onik TW 8 Windows 8.1 White
Distributor: VIP Computers
This tablet from I-onik features a 1280x800 IPS screen display with LED backlighting. 1GB of memory is available with the tablet along with 16GB of internal storage, while 32GB of external memory is available with a microSD/SDHC. Users can also capture images with the rear-facing 5MP and the front-facing 2MP camera. The tablet is available in both 8-inch and 10-inch screen sizes.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 16GB internal storage
- Micros 2.0 USB port.
Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover for iPad Air 2
A smart magnetic slot comes with the Logitech keyboard cover, allowing users to tilt their iPad into an adjustable typing angle. It has iOS shortcuts and well-spaces keys, plus a magnetic clip attaches the keyboard cover to an iPad, protecting the screen. The Lithium battery included also lasts for up two years while the Ultrathin wakes up the iPad when the cover is opened.
- Lithium battery
- iOS shortcuts
- Auto wake and auto sleep.
Multipad Consul 7008 4G
Users can view content across the Multipad’s 8-inch IPS display with 1280x800 pixels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processors help to provide faster speeds, while the Quad core graphic card Qualcomm Adreno 306 provides clearer videos. 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM is available along with a 2MP rear camera.
- 3700mAh Lithium Poymer battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- MicroUSB 2.0
Griffin Survivor Slim Air 2
The Slim helps to protect the iPad 2 from drops of up to two metres, using a shatter resistant polycarbonate shell ringed with a silicone bumper. The bumper helps to absorb shocks whilst the screen shield protects displays when in use. A built-in kickstand is also available, which locks in place to hold the iPad in place.
- Flexible button covers protect controls
- Protects against wind, rain and dirt
- Built-in kickstand.
Tactus Vitrifender tempered screen protector
Distributor: Tech Data
This tempered glass screen protector is available for both the iPad Air and Mini, which is three times harder than PET film. The glass screen has been designed to withstand bumps and drops to scratches. An oleophobic coating is also included that reduces fingerprints and dirt, making the screen easier to clean.
- Oleophobic coating
- Three times harder than other screens
- Available for iPad Air and Mini.
SRP: From £24.99
KBD-BT-SBluetooth Mini Keyboard
Using Bluetooth wireless technology, users can connect this keyboard to their tablet with a connection of up to 10 metres. The keyboard features extra application keys for Apple devices, while the size has been reduced. 78 keys are included and it is powered by x2 AAA batteries.
- AAA battery powered
- Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity
- Full-size QWERTY keyboard
SRP: £25.99 plus VAT
Trust Primo Folio case with stand
This case has been designed for both seven and 8-inch sized tablets, which can also prop up devices thanks to its integrated stand. The stand can also be used as a protective cover to help protect tablets from scratches. An elastic closing strap helps to keep the case in place, while the soft inner lining also protects devices.
- Elastic closing strap
- Soft inner lining
- Protective case.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and 3 accessory bundle
Distributor: Ingram Micro
Users can connect their Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and 3 to a projector or display with this adapter bundle. The kit contains a MiniDisplayPort VGA, a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, as well as a USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter. The mini DisplayPort adapters support PC resolutions up to 1920x1200 and HDTV resolutions up to 1080p.
- StarTech adapters
- Projector and display connectivity
- Available for the Surface Pro 2 and 3.
Asus Nexus 7 tablet
Distributor: VIP Computers
Over 2.3 million pixels are packed into the 7-inch display for the Nexus 7, with an ultra-high 323ppi. The tablet comes equipped with aQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB RAM, while videos and images can be captured with the 1.2MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear-facing camera.
- Optional 4G LTE, 280g. 2.3 million pixels
- 7-inch display
- Fraunhofer Cingo mobile audio technology.
Kensington Blackbelt 1ST Degree rugged case for iPad Air
The BlackBelt case has been designed to meet military-grade MIL-STF-810G testing for greater protection, while the rubberised material makes it easy to grip. A raised bezel also helps to protect the screen, while functions such as ports, cameras and controls are unobstructed.
- Clear protective back cover
- Rubberised protective layer
- Unobstructed port openings
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
An Intel Core i5 -4310U vPro Processor comes with this fully rugged tablet from Panasonic. It has been designed to withstand drops, spills and hard knocks, and has a water and dust resistant rating of IP65. It comes with up to 10 hours of battery life and features 10-finger multi-touch display and a digitizer pen.
- 180cm drop resistant
- Windows 8.1,
- Intel HD 4400 graphics, 1.1kg
Linx 7 tablet
1GB of RAM is available with this 7-inch tablet from Linx, along with 16GB of internal storage. Two separate cameras are available, including a 2MP front-facing camera and 2MP rear-facing camera. An Intel Atom Quad-Core processor 1.83 GHz provides faster speeds across the windows 8.1 OS.
- HDMI output
- 1GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage upgrade available.
Revotuff iPad case
Distributor: Tech Data
Tested to exceed US Department of Defense durability tests, this case can protect both the iPad Air and Mini from drops and bumps. The reinforced corners help to shield devices, while the 360-degree rotating arm provides six different viewing and typing angles. It is available in black and features a detachable silicon cover.
- 360-degree rotating arm
- Six different viewing angles
- Detachable silicon cover.
Asus T100TAM-BING-DK016B Transformer Book tablet
Distributor: VIP Computers
A detachable keyboard is available with the Asus’ T100, while users can make use of the 10 hours of battery life available. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote all come pre-installed with the tablet, which has a 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch display. Content will be displayed across the 1366x768-pixel HD display that features in-plane switching (IPS) technology.
- Intel Bay Trail Quad-Core processor
- Intel HD graphics
- 1.2MP camera, IPS technology
Acer Apire Switch 11 NT.L69EK.001
This Windows 8.1 device comes equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, providing shock and scratch resistance. It features a 4th generation Intel Core Processor and built-in graphics for fasting loading and smoother video playback. The chiclet keyboard can also be detached, while the optional Acer Active Pen can be used on the touchscreen.
- 4GB RAM, 60GB SSD
- 11.6-inch LED screen
- Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1.
SRP: £399.99 plus VAT
Lexibook Disney Cars and Princess tablet
These Disney themed tablets for children feature a 4.3-inch touchscreen display and run on Android 4.4. 4GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi is also available, while users can customise images with the photo-editing tool included. With Lexibook Protect, parents are able to secure the internet browser and other applications.
- 4.4-inch touchscreen
- Android 4.4 OS
- 4GB memory
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