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Do More with More Connections – Top Tablets with USB Ports [2020 Update]

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Let your tab unleash its potential. Your tablet can do more for you than it says on the box. Use an accessory or connect other devices to it. It can be a multipurpose solution. If all your devices have a wireless connection – that’s great.

In case they don’t (which is more likely, to be honest), you might want them to have at least one USB port. So if you are considering a new device, get one of the top tablets with USB ports we have found.

Do We Really Need USB Ports?

Yes and no. Not everyone needs their tablet to have USB ports. However, there is a long list of reasons where they come in handy and anybody could fall in such situations.

Let’s remember that not all devices have Bluetooth or wireless connection yet. Some of those that do are not even that strong. Tablets have so many uses now and many of these require an accessory or another device.

Although many tablets come with detachable keyboards these days, many others don’t. Then how do you connect a keyboard that is not Bluetooth enabled? USB cable. What if you want to transfer files from your phone to your tab or vice versa? How do you connect them? Use a USB cable. You can also charge your phone that way.

Photographers can connect their cameras to tablets to transfer files for storage or editing photos. What do they need to connect the two devices? USB cable. Using pen drives is probably still the most convenient way of file sharing offline. What do we need to connect pen drives? USB ports.

Do you see the point of having USB ports on your tab?

Our Choices

Now that you see why we need them, here are our top picks for the best tablets with USB ports:

Tablet

RAM

Operating System

USB Ports

Battery

SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6

6 or 8 GB

Android 9.0 Pie (upgradable)

1 (type-C)

7040 mAh

Microsoft Surface Pro X – 13' Touch-Screen – SQ1 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive – Wifi + 4G Lte – Matte Black

8 or 16 GB

Windows 10 Home

2 (type-C)

5039 mAh

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd gen)

8 or 16 GB

Windows 10 Home or Pro

2 (type-C)

4900 mAh

Huawei MediaPad M6

4 GB

Android 9.0 Pie (upgradable)

1 (type-C)

7500 mAh

ASUS Transformer Mini 10.1

4 GB

Windows 10 Pro

1 (type-A), 1 micro HDMI, 1 micro USB

8000 mAh

Amazon Fire HD 10

2 GB

Fire 5.3 (customized Android 5.1 Lollipop)

1 micro USB

3830 mAh

Vankyo MatrixPad Z10

3 GB

Android 9.0 Pie

1 mini HDMI, 1 micro USB

6000 mAh

Samsung is one of the brands ruling over the tablet industry with its Galaxy range. The Galaxy Tab S6 has gained a lot of popularity worldwide and rightly so.


It has a sleek metallic design and a super slim body of 5.7 mm thickness. It is very light and can be easily carried everywhere.


Inside, it contains an octa-core processor for fast and smooth performance. This device runs Android 9.0 Pie (upgradable), with a variation of 6 GB or 8 GB RAM. You get 128 or 256 GB of internal storage and a dedicated micro SD slot to expand it further.


The 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera live up to the Samsung standards and produce quality images.

The tab has one USB Type-C port, which is super fast. There is a magnetic connector at the bottom for the keyboard, which you can buy separately. It comes with an S-Pen in the box that has multiple uses and can become your favorite digital pen.


The battery life is also great and you will find yourself using this device for both work and play.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 9.63 x 6.28 x 0.22 in (244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm)
  • Weight: 0.93 lbs (420 g)
  • Display: 10.5” (266.7 mm) Super AMOLED
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • RAM: 6 or 8 GB
  • Internal Storage: 128 or 256 GB
  • Battery: 7040 mAh
  • Ports: 1 USB Type-C, magnetic connector


What you might like about this device:

  • In my opinion, the design is flawless – super slim and light. If you are a student or even a teacher, you probably know the burden of carrying books every day. Did you ever imagine a full-fledged device like this might be easier to carry than your bundle of paper?
  • The battery life is great. Once you get comfortable with the keyboard, you might find yourself using this device for work, and then you will appreciate the large battery even more.
  • Display and audio are great as well.
  • It has a large RAM and tons of storage without using an external card


What you probably won’t like:

  • The absence of multiple USB ports might be the only downside to this device.

The Microsoft Surface Pro X is a super-slim device that is more of a 2-in-1 computer rather than a tab. Although they have introduced a different processor more suited to tablets in this one.


The Microsoft SQ1 processor this tab uses the ARM chipset that now supports Windows. It is not as powerful as Intel but works pretty well for a tab. It consumes less energy making the battery life longer.


There is sufficient RAM (actually much more than what tablets usually offer) for the tab to be suitable for multi-tasking.

The display looks clear and bright, and although Windows tablets may not be your first choice for multimedia, you will love watching movies on it. It includes an 11 MP rear camera, which is very rare in a tab and a 5 MP front camera.


A tablet with USB-C was hard to find even a few days ago, and this one has two. As great as that is, there are no HDMI or micro-USB ports, which are still quite useful.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28 in (287 x 208 x 7.3 mm)
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs (774 g)
  • Display: 13” (330 mm) Pixel Sense Display
  • Resolution: 2880 x 1920 pixels
  • RAM: 8 or 16 GB
  • Internal Storage: 128, 256, or 512 GB
  • Battery: 5039 mAh
  • Ports: 2 USB-C, 1 Surface Connect port, Surface Keyboard connector port


What you might like about this device:

  • The design is slim and light and looks very elegant. You will not only enjoy carrying this device but also showing it off at times.
  • The display resolution is great. Try watching a movie on this and you will know what we’re talking about.
  • The system – RAM, processor, operating system are all up-to-date and are somewhat above current tablet standards.


What you probably won’t like:

  • It is expensive for a tab, but they’ve tried to match overall features as closely as they could to a laptop. Although this is a high-end device, it might not be worth the current price.
  • Only one type of USB port.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptop is probably more popular, but its namesake in the form of a tablet has also impressed its customers. Released in 2018, the 3rd gen ThinkPad X1 tab is a powerful Windows 2-in-1 tablet computer that can be your daily driver.


It comes with the option of Intel Core i5 or i7, and RAM of 8 GB or 16 GB respectively. Just attach the detachable keyboard and you have got a laptop. It also comes with a battery-powered pen for artists.


The screen resolution is very high and the images are sharp and bright. There is 512 GB of internal storage. It is essentially designed for work, but this is a great device for both business and pleasure. However, you have to pay quite a high price for all that greatness.

There is an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera. You only get two USB Type-C ports on this device, which gives you a super-fast connection.


However, plenty of other devices and accessories still use type-A or micro-USB connectors. So if you happen to use one of those accessories, you will need to carry an adapter.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.9 x 0.35  in (304 x 226 x 9 mm)
  • Weight: 1.96 lbs (890 g, without keyboard)
  • Display: 13” (330 mm) IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 3000 x 2000 pixels
  • RAM: 8 or 16 GB
  • Internal Storage: 512 GB
  • Battery: 4900 mAh
  • Ports: 2 Thunderbolt ports ( for USB type-C connectors)


What you might like about this device:

  • The device has a sturdy design and is the kind that will last you years with minimal damage.
  • You get a speedy and reliable performance from this tablet. On top of that, this is a Windows device, so it is suitable for various types of work.
  • The screen resolution is a delight to look at, and the screen gets quite bright.
  • Accessories that come in the box are really useful.


What you probably won’t like:

  • It is quite slim but slightly heavy considering there are plenty of 13” (330.2 mm) displays that are lighter. It is still portable but might not be comfortable to hold in the hand for very long.
  • Very expensive.
  • Only one type of USB port.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd Gen) - 13in - Core i7 8650U - 8 GB RAM - 256 - 13" Touchscreen LCD - 2 in 1 Notebook - Fingerprint Reader - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Edition (20KJ0017US)
1.9GHz Intel Core i7 8650U - 8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM - 256 GB SSD TCG Opal Encryption 2; 13" IPS, LED-backlit, Touch screen 3000 x 2000 (QHD) - Intel UHD Graphics 620 -

Huawei has done a spectacular job with some of its tablets. The MediaPad M6 is one of those. Packed with Android 9.0 Pie, Huawei’s own EMUI 9.1 system, and an octa-core processor, this tablet is a real attention getter. The slim metallic body looks elegant and is light enough to carry around in your handbag.


This tab has a 10.8” (274.32 mm) IPS display, which looks as sharp as it is bright. Watching videos and web browsing is a treat on this device. There is a home button at the front that doubles as a fingerprint scanner.


The keyboard that comes in the box attaches quite firmly and is comfortable to use. Unlike other tablets with USB port and keyboard, this one did not compromise on other features.

There is a 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP selfie camera, both of which take great pictures. The audio on this device is pretty great, with both the stereo speakers and headphones. You only get one USB Type-C port, which is a pity. However, since it comes with its own keyboard, that’s one less thing you might want to connect using a USB port.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 10.12 x 6.69 x 0.28 in (257 x 170 x 7.2 mm)
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs (498 g)
  • Display: 10.8” (274.3 mm) IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Internal Storage: 64 or 128 GB
  • Battery: 7500 mAh
  • Ports: 1 USB-C, magnetic keyboard connector port


What you might like about this device:

  • The tablet is pretty great in terms of both hardware and software.
  • You get great battery life. The name is an obvious indicator that this device is most fitting for media usage. Since media usage requires continuous use of the display and speakers, this battery is well suited for this tablet.
  • Given the features, the pricing is a very pleasant surprise.


What you probably won’t like:

  • Just the one USB port.

We didn’t find anything else we disliked. If you do, be sure to let us know.

The Asus Transformer Mini is a great multipurpose tablet that is not ‘mini’ in any way. It has a 10.1” (256.54 mm) HD display and Intel Cherry Trail quad-core processor.


The design is simplistic, but it has an attached kickstand at the back that is commonly found in Surface tabs. The device is slim, light and the perfect size to carry on the road.


The bezels are somewhat thick, but the resolution of the display is great. This device comes with a detachable keyboard and a digital pen. The keyboard is pretty standard, but somewhat cramped owing to the size of the screen itself.


There is 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Battery life is really good, but charging takes quite a while.

You won’t notice the fingerprint scanner at the back instantly, so that is a nice surprise – and it’s pretty responsive too. A tablet with two USB ports may be really hard to find – this one has three. There is one USB type-A and one micro HDMI port, and one micro USB port for charging. This is, in fact, more than we can ask for considering many tablets don’t even have three.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.69 x 0.32 in (259 x 170 x 8.2 mm)
  • Weight: 1.74 lbs (790 g)
  • Display: 10.1” (256.5 mm) HD
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB (expandable up to 128 GB)
  • Battery: 8000 mAh
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0 Type-A port, 1 micro HDMI, 1 micro USB

What you might like about this device:

  • The design is pretty elegant and this display size is the most comfortable to use.
  • You get three different types of ports, which allow you to use multiple accessories at the same time.
  • You will find more affordable devices in the market, but this comes at a pretty reasonable price.

What you probably won’t like:

  • There is no rear camera. If that is something you would like to have in a tab (not that it matters because usually they’re mediocre), there is a 2 MP front camera for video calling, but that’s all you can use it for.

Amazon entered the tablet industry pretty late but came with a surprise. They launched some great budget devices in multiple sizes with their Fire range.


The Fire HD 10 is the 10.1” (256.54 mm) tab with a full HD display and somewhat average features. However, it has been one of the most-talked about budget tablets since its release and that was no surprise.


The device has 2 GB of RAM, but it runs so smoothly with its octa-core processor, you wouldn’t even notice that the RAM is actually below current standards. It runs Fire OS 5.3 and a customized version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, although the overall user experience is the same as regular Android.


You also get 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, which is expandable. The screen resolution is much better than its predecessors and the display gets quite bright.

Ideally fit for multimedia, light gaming, web browsing, and reading, this tablet has a battery life of 12 hours with medium to low usage (or so Amazon claims). There is a back camera and a front camera of 2 MP – and the quality is quite poor.


There is only one micro USB port, so this is not such a great a feature. Nevertheless, this is a pretty good budget device that you would enjoy using.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 10.31 x 6.26 x 0.39 in (262 x 159 x 9.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs (500 g)
  • Display: 10.1” (256.5 mm) Full HD
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal Storage: 32 or 64 GB (expandable)
  • Battery: 3830 mAh
  • Ports: 1 micro USB


What you might like about this device:

  • This is a great tab for entertainment and light usage. The price is affordable for all.
  • Sturdy casing – does not damage easily. So if you are looking for a device that both you and your kids can enjoy, this might be it.
  • Light and portable, this device is great for travel.


What you probably won’t like:

  • Camera quality is quite poor. They might as well have excluded the camera.
  • This is not suitable for heavy work or multi-tasking. You can use multiple apps together, but there are limitations to its 2 GB RAM.

Vankyo has been making tablets for a few years, but have mostly focused on budget device. The Vankyo MatrixPad Z10 is one of these. It gives you a light, chic device with a pretty good overall Android experience.


This tab has a quad-core processor and runs Android 9.0 Pie. It has the standard Android Pie layout, which looks pretty good. The 10.1” (256.54 mm) display looks pleasing, although it does not get very bright.


There is a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera – this isn’t something you will find in every tablet and the resulting images are quite nice as well. There is 32 GB of internal storage, which is expandable and you will find a dedicated slot for micro SD card on the side.

You get one mini HDMI and a micro USB port on this. This Android tablet with USB port has a pretty good battery life, even though you will not find yourself working on it – it is best for multimedia usage.  There are only standard apps and relatively updated software.


Check out the device specs:

  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.4 x 0.4 in (261.6 x 162.6 x 10.2 mm)
  • Weight: 1.23 lbs (558 g)
  • Display: 10.1” (256.5 mm) IPS LCD
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal Storage: 32 GB (expandable)
  • Battery: 6000 mAh
  • Ports: 1 mini HDMI, 1 micro USB


What you might like about this device:

  • The design looks and feels premium, although it is quite an affordable tablet.
  • It has a great battery life, especially compared to some of its high-end competitors.
  • Camera quality is great – not as great as the latest phones, but pretty good for a tab.


What you probably won’t like:

  • On some occasions, the tab was seen to slow down, while apps were being swiped or switched. The reason might be the fact that particular apps or multiple apps were running in the background.

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