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The best free parental control software 2017

It’s hard to imagine anything less child-friendly than an uncensored internet. A rabid wolf, maybe, or a playground floored with broken glass and razor wire. The more connected we become the more we need everybody online – and that means trying to ensure that our children aren’t exposed to the very worst content, ideas and behaviour that exist online.

Software can’t do everything, of course, but it can help to make parents’ lives much easier. These are our picks of the best parental control tools for Windows, macOS and mobile devices.

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Most parental control software is aimed at Windows, but Qustodio (think ‘custodian’) is also available for Mac, Android, iOS, Kindle and (weirdly) Nook.

The free version is one of the most comprehensive parental control apps around, enabling you to set rules and time schedules, block pornography and other unsuitable content. If you go for the paid-for version, you’ll also get SMS monitoring, social media features and per-app controls.

Its raft of features and support for a wide range of platforms make Qustodio the best free parental control software, but there are some other excellent free programs available, some of which may be better suited to your individual needs as a parent. Read on for our top choices.

Download here: Qustodio

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Download FamilyShield free

FamilyShield is a free service from OpenDNS. Its parental control tools automatically block domains that OpenDNS has flagged under the headings “tasteless, proxy/anonymizer, sexuality, or pornography”.

One of the big pluses here is that while FamilyShield can run on PCs and mobile devices, you can also apply it to your network router and filter all the traffic that passes through it – it’s just a matter of changing the DNS server numbers in your control panel.

This has the happy benefit of improving DNS lookup speeds on some ISPs. By filtering everything at the router level, every device on your network benefits from the filters.

Download here: OpenDNS Family Shield

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Download Kidlogger free

Nothing gets past Kidlogger. This free parental control software not only tracks what your children type and which websites they visit – it also keeps a record of which programs they use and any screengrabs they take.

If you’re concerned about who your kids might be talking to online, there’s even a voice-activated sound recorder. If your children are a little older and more responsible, you can pick and choose which options to monitor and give them a little privacy.

The free software only covers one device and lacks some of the sneakier features of the premium editions (including silent monitoring of WhatsApp conversations and the ability to listen to Skype calls), but it’s still a well-rounded tool if you’re concerned about your kids’ safety.

Download here: Kidlogger

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Download Spyrix Free Keylogger free

Keyloggers have something of a bad reputation online, as they’re often used by crooks hoping to capture passwords and bank details, but they can be a force for good too, and Spyrix Free Keylogger enables you to see what your children have been up to.

Although it’s dubbed parental control software, the free version of Spyrix really a monitoring program; it doesn’t stop the kids getting up to no good, but it does let you see exactly what they’ve done. If you want content blocking too, premium subscriptions start at US$59 (about £45, AU$75).

The absence of filtering means Spyrix might not be the best choice for younger kids’ computers, but it may be useful for older children if you suspect online bullying or other unpleasantness.

Download here: Spyrix Free Keylogger

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Download Zoodles Kid Mode free

The problem with many parental control apps is that they’re most effective for older children: while filtering adult content and other unpleasantness is obviously a good thing, there’s plenty of stuff that isn’t adult that can still scare younger children silly.

Zoodles (nothing to do with zucchini noodles) addresses that by combining filtered browsing and a dedicated web browser to create a walled garden: everything in it is safe for kids and there’s no risk of anything awful popping up.

In addition to Windows, Zoodles is also available for Mac, Android and iOS, and a brand new version is currently in development.

Download here: Zoodles

      

Download of the day – ApowerEdit

ApowerEdit is a brilliant video editor. It’s packed with powerful tools to make your projects look and sound amazing, and it’s so easy to use, even beginners will pick it up in minutes.

A one-year subscription to ApowerEdit usually costs US$47.94 (AU$60.17 £35.33), but TechRadar readers can sign up free for a limited time using the special offer code A9AAF-4A273-RC2HL-754E0 (see instructions below).

This offer ends on Sunday 1 October, so download and register your copy now.

How to activate your free VIP subscription

To get your free VIP account, download and install ApowerEdit, then launch the program. Select an aspect ratio to start a new project and you’ll be prompted to log in. Select ‘Log in & sign up’, then click ‘Sign up’.

Enter your email address and a password, then click ‘Sign up’. Enter the six-digit verification code that’s sent to your email address (if you can’t find it, check your spam folder), then click ‘OK’.

Now click the account icon (shaped like a person) in the upper right of the window, click your account name and click ‘Activate’. Enter the activation code A9AAF-4A273-RC2HL-754E0, then click ‘Confirm’.

Download of the Day is our pick of the best free software around, plus special deals exclusively for TechRadar readers. If you have any recommendations, please send them to downloads@techradar.com.

      

Facebook’s new feature helps connect blood donors with recipients

Facebook is rolling out a new feature to help connect blood donors with blood recipients in India. Ahead of the National Blood Donor Day on October 1st, this new feature on Facebook places a special post on the home page. Depending on the requirements, Facebook requests blood of certain group and in the required locations, and based on donor profiles, it sends out notifications to qualifying donors.

Leveraging the power of social media

Leveraging its social connect for a good cause, Facebook is trying to make it easier for donors, recipients and organizations to achieve their respective goals. Taking note of the fact that there is a shortage of safe blood in the country, Facebook has teamed up with health industry experts and non-profit organizations to make sure that this new feature is safe for donors as well as recipients.

Facebook will start letting users sign up as blood donors starting from October 1st, on the National Blood Donor Day. Facebook will display a message in the news feed to encourage users to participate in this drive. The social network notes that all information in this regard will remain private and set to “Only me” by default. Users will be given the option to share their donor status on their timelines, which could lead to other users in the network to also sign up as donors.

Blood recipients and organizations can create a post when in need to blood, in which they can share their requirements, area, blood type etc. Once Facebook has this data, it will then compare it with qualifying blood donors based on the blood type, location, quantity etc. If a blood donor is okay with the request, they can respond through WhatsApp, a call or through Messenger. The blood donor’s information remains private even at this stage, helping privacy conscious users donate blood without worrying about divulging their information.

It’s worth noting that users have been trying to connect with each other for a variety of causes, blood donation being one of them. Several user-created pages are dedicated solely for this purpose on Facebook and even on Twitter, helping connect blood donors with recipients. With the kind of tools that Facebook has, this attempt to connect two parties for such an important aspect is a good move that can be a win-win for everyone involved.

      

Best gaming laptop deals and offers at GITEX Shopper 2017

HP has a few gaming laptops on display this GITEX Shopper, and the first is the HP Omen 15CE002NE. Bundled with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card, it’s a decent choice for anyone looking for a gaming laptop that can pump out some decent performance while not breaking the bank.

Specs-wise you’re looking at an Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB + 2TB of storage, and a Full HD screen.

Sharaf DG is selling the HP Omen 15CE002NE at AED 5,999 along with a backpack, MS Office, headset, and antivirus.

The second in HP’s lineup is the HP Pavilion Power 15CB002NE. If you’re on even tighter budget, then this laptop is a good starting point. You get an Intel i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, 128GB + 1TB of storage, and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card.

Sharaf DG has the HP Pavilion Power 15CB002NE on offer for AED 3,999.

MSI has a number of laptops on offer, and the first is the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro. This laptop features an Intel i7 7700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB + 1TB storage, and a NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card.

MSI is selling the MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro at the reduced price of AED 5,699 – down from AED 6,499.

In addition to this, if you purchase a GE, GT, GS series laptop, you receive an MSI gaming headset, as well as other attractive bundles on certain laptop models.

The MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan is certainly a gaming beast, packing an Intel i7-7820HK processor, 32GB of RAM, 256GB + 1TB storage, and an NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card. It features a 17.3-inch UDH 4K IPS display for glorious 4K gaming, making it a sound investment for anyone who’s serious about gaming on the go.

MSI is offering the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan at the reduced price of AED 12,799, down from AED 13,799.

If you’re looking for an entry level gaming laptop, then consider the Dell Inspiron 7567, equipped with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card. It’s priced at AED 4,799 dirhams and comes with an AED 500 gift voucher, backpack, Razer Kraken headset and a Razer Abyssus mouse.

Style and performance is the name of the game for the Alienware 15 gaming laptop. It’s available in a number of configurations, depending on your budget. The starting model packs an Intel i7-7700HQ processor along with 16GB of RAM, 128GB + 1TB storage, and an NVIDA GTX 1060 graphics card.

Dell is selling the Alienware 15 for AED 7,999 it comes with a great accessories bundle as well as a 500GB wireless hard disk drive.

Another great entry-level gaming laptop is the Lenovo Y520. This 15.6-inch gaming laptop has an Intel i5-7300HQ processor, 1TB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card.

Jacky’s Electronics is currently selling the Lenovo Y520 for AED 3,099 which makes it super-affordable.

The ASUS Strix GL702 gaming laptop is another choice for a mid-range gaming laptop. It features an Intel i7-7700HQ processor, 24GB of RAM, 256GB + 1TB of storage, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with Full HD screen. That’s more than enough power to play most modern games on medium settings, so this is one laptop you’ll want to have a look at.

Jacky’s Electronics is currently selling the ASUS Strix GL702 for AED 6,999, down from AED 7,499. It also bundles with a Canon printer, 1TB external hard drive, backpack, mouse, and headset.

      

BullGuard now offers enterprise-grade security features to home users

BullGuard has unleashed new 2018 versions of its security software which are powered by a fresh anti-malware engine, with a major introduction to the top-end product in the form of a real-time home network scanner.

BullGuard Antivirus (the base product), BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection (the flagship offering) will all benefit from a next-gen anti-malware engine which is capable of blocking previously unseen malware thanks to behavioural detection (and is bolstered by cloud-based machine learning tech).

However, only Premium Protection benefits from the home network scanner, which runs automatically in real-time, proactively scanning the network (and indeed it’s capable of monitoring multiple networks simultaneously).

When a new device connects to the home network, the feature will perform a ‘deep scan’ to check the hardware out, and it can also assess whether a home network is vulnerable to hackers. This nifty scanner is an industry-first in terms of security products, BullGuard boasts.

Premium Protection also benefits from identity protection features to help keep your data safe online, and a new firewall.

Game booster

BullGuard Internet Security doesn’t have the home network scanner, but you do get that new firewall, along with an extensive suite of parental controls, plus a ‘game booster’ mode to ensure that any anti-malware activity doesn’t interfere with a gaming session (this is also present in the premium product).

BullGuard Antivirus is the entry-level offering which provides basic anti-malware protection, safe browsing alerts, and a vulnerability scanner that can warn you when software needs a security update (or when you connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi network).

All three products are available direct from the security company now, with BullGuard Antivirus priced at £24.95/$29.95 (1-year, 1-PC), Internet Security pitched at £49.95/$59.95 (1-year, 3-devices), while Premium Protection will run you to £69.95/$99.95 (1-year, 10-devices).

      

Here is how anyone can tweet in 280 characters right now

Twitter just doubled the character limit to English users from 140 to 280 in order to give the users “more characters to express.” Even though the news came as a surprise, Twitter says, the decision was made to test 280 characters after wide and thorough research across tweets from multiple languages.

According to Twitter, in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French”, and that is limiting user engagement in these regions.

“Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese. Also, in all markets, when people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting – which is awesome”, says Aliza Rozen, product manager at Twitter.

Unfortunately, this extended character limit is now only available to a small group of users, and chances are you are not one amongst those privileged ones. Twitter user Prof. 9 has discovered gives a simple hack through which anyone can now tweet in 280 characters, reports The Verge. So here is how to do it.

First, download Tampermonkey extension for your browser.

Secondly, add a script from GitHub to the Tampermonkey. To do that, visit this link and then click the “raw” button, and you will be taken to an installation page. Hit “install” to install the script to Tampermonkey and you are done.

Now all you have to do is visit twitter.com and start tweeting. Don’t forget to make sure the script is running in Tampermonkey. You can check that by clicking on the Tampermonkey icon on your browser bar and see if “Twitter Cramming” is turned on.

      

The best tablets you can buy in the UAE for 2017

Update: The new iPad Pro 10.5 has landed, and after going through our in-depth review process Apple’s latest slate has managed to break into our top 10 best tablets list. Find out where it places below (spoiler: it’s high, really high).

Best tablet 2017

The best tablets are all about combination, with most offering a decent keyboard and desktop-style experience to sound the death knell for laptops.

From Apple’s larger iPad Pro (now joined by the iPad Pro 10.5) to Android’s Google Pixel and Samsung tablets, there’s a lot of choice out there.

And unlike the best smartphones – Windows makes an appearance too.

In terms of how we decide which goes where, we rank them based on multiple elements including performance, battery life, screen quality and more, with price playing an important part too.

If none of the best tablets here take your fancy then head on over to our tablet reviews pages, where you’ll find in-depth reviews of many more models.

The best tablet you can buy right now is the new iPad (2017) with its crisp 9.7-inch display, punchy A9 power and a lower price tag than the tablet it replaces – the iPad Air 2.

The new iPad (2017) doesn’t reinvent the tablet, in fact it doesn’t differ much at all from its predecessor. The only real upgrade is the chipset, with Apple’s A9 heart giving the new iPad more power – however it’s the price which is the real winner.

There’s no 16GB model, with the iPad kicking things off at 32GB, and considering that’s cheaper than the entry level iPad Air 2 it offers serious value for money.

Read the full review: New iPad (2017)

  • What’s next? The new iPad has only just launched, so we won’t see a replacement for a while – but Apple’s iPad Mini line is in need of an update, so keep an eye out for the iPad Mini 5 in the coming months.

It’s a tough decision over whether the new iPad Pro is the best tablet in the world, or the more recent (and more basic) iPad – but the new Pro is in second solely on the higher price.

If you can see past that, or you really need a tablet that can truly keep up with any app you want to throw at it while using a dedicated Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, this should be the device you look at.

The new ProMotion screen adds an impressive layer of fluidity to daily use – if not strictly necessary – and the smaller bezels means you’re getting far more display in a footprint not much bigger than last year’s 9.7.

It’s an iPad for the professionals – but also one that media munchers will adore using.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 10.5

  • What’s next? It will likely be a long, long while before Apple launches any kind of new tablet, so if you’re in the market for one it’s between this and the new iPad for your money.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That’s still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

It does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike, this is a top choice and one of best Windows Laptop we’ve reviewed.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

  • What’s next? Microsoft has released the next version of Surface Pro and we will be evaluating that soon. Don’t be surprised to see it on this lost soon.

iPad Pro 9.7

We never do this, but the iPad Pro 9.7 is not dropping as far down our list as it offers something the Pro 10.5 doesn’t: a cheaper price.

The iPad Pro 9.7 offers a lot of the power of the larger iPad Pro, along with the Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, but brings it in a much more bag-and-palm friendly size. Oh, and those four speakers are just brilliant too.

It’s a decent laptop alternative for those trying to work out if they need the worry of a new Windows device, but only if you’re working on rudimentary files. Free access to Apple’s office suite helps a huge amount though, and it’s going to get the same iOS 11 upgrade that the other models will, making it a much more attractive laptop replacement for cheaper.

However, it is off sale now – so if you’re going buy one, be quick and shop around to see if you can get a better deal.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 9.7

  • What’s next? We’ve already had it: it’s the iPad Pro 10.5 and it’s very much worth a look if you want the snazziest tablet out there.

iPad mini 4

The best 7-inch tablet at the moment is definitely the iPad mini 4. If you like the look of Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro, but find them a) too big, b) too expensive or c) both, then you’re in luck as the diminutive iPad mini 4 gives you the best of Apple’s tablet world in a form factor that’s not only beautiful, but highly portable.

It lacks the Pro features of a keyboard or Pencil support (the latter would be really nice to have on this smaller display) but overall it’s got a decent screen upgrade and more than enough power to enjoy every day.

Read the full review: iPad mini 4

With an iPad-like design, the Asus ZenPad is something of a direct rival to Apple’s best tablets with an alternative operating system.

The screen is sharp and bright, and the power is decent – if not a well-known chipset running things.

The battery life and build quality aren’t quite up to Apple’s standards, but then again, neither is the price – a good option if you want a larger screen for less.

Read our full review: Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Google’s Pixel C is one of the best Android tablets. It has it all: a fantastic display, heaps of power and a premium design.

Plus, for those willing to splash the cash, the keyboard is a great accessory (and if you look around, there are some good low-cost alternatives).

It’s not quite a laptop replacement, but for those in the market for a truly premium Android tablet – look no further. That’s especially great as you can now download Android 7 Nougat software.

Read the full review: Google Pixel C

The iPad Pro won’t be for everyone due to the size and cost, but for those it does appeal to (and can afford it) you’re unlikely to find a better tablet for your needs, and you’ll swiftly find it indispensable.

It’s also worth noting that this 2015 model has been replaced by a much-upgraded version, complete with better internals and a nicer screen – although you can still buy the older variant from many retailers.

If you’re considering the iPad Pro (2015) then whether its graphics, multi-tasking or providing a pseudo-Mac experience when you’re away from the office the Pro is very capable.

Even the Pencil – hilarious name that we’re now getting used to aside – is an impressive tool for a particular niche. For the more professional user, or just one that cares about a larger, more expansive screen to work on, this is the best tablet out there and more than capable of replacing a laptop.

Read the full review: iPad Pro

  • What’s next? This tablet has been refreshed now, and we’re just waiting to get our hands on a final review unit to bring you a definitive verdict. For now though, you can check out our hands on: iPad Pro 12.9 review

The iPad mini 2 is a great tablet if you can get it for the right price – it’s one of the best budget tablets around.

The things you’ll miss are a better, clearer and brighter screen and improved design if you don’t spend the extra to go for the iPad mini 4 – but for many people, that’s perfectly acceptable and this slate is a great portal into the excellent world of iPads and all the great apps you get access to.

Read the full review: iPad mini 2

Tablet apps

As with today’s best smartphones, applications play a big role on tablets – once you’ve decided which of these tablets is right for you, check out our top app lists so you can get your fill of Temple Run, update your friends on Facebook and read the latest news, all on a bigger screen.

      

Internet Explorer can be exploited to read what you type in the URL bar

If you still use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, then you should be aware there’s a bug in the browser which leaks the URL (or anything else) you type into the address bar.

The problem affects the latest version of Internet Explorer and was discovered by security researcher Manuel Caballero.

As Ars Technica reports, the flaw allows the website the user is currently visiting to view any text they type into the browser’s address bar, with that text becoming readable as soon as they leave (i.e. as they hit the enter key).

This means that a maliciously-controlled website can exploit the bug to grab the URL of the next website that you’re visiting, or if you’ve typed text into the address bar, it will also snaffle that – because Internet Explorer will automatically convert that to a search (on Bing by default).

And the victim won’t be aware that this has happened, because they’ll simply be whisked off to whatever website or search they entered.

Time to move on?

Given the news yesterday that Windows 8.1 has been hit by a nasty bug which prevents users from logging onto their PC with a Microsoft account – and with no apparent ETA on a fix – maybe it’s time folks started seriously thinking about moving away from ageing Microsoft software.

Of course, if you are on Windows 10, it has the Edge browser as well as Internet Explorer, and the former is obviously where the software giant’s focus lies – particularly when it comes to security aspects.

As Caballero himself observes: “[Microsoft is] really moving forward regarding Edge, design bugs, and they even extended its bug bounty, which seems to be permanent now … but I still believe it is not acceptable to leave IE wide open.”

“In my opinion, Microsoft is trying to get rid of IE without saying it. It would be easier, [and] more honest to simply tell users that their older browser is not being serviced like Edge.”

Naturally some users are forced to go with Internet Explorer due to legacy issues with services or sites, but if you have a choice, it seems like an increasingly good idea to step up to a contemporary piece of software – whether that’s Edge, Chrome or Firefox, or indeed another alternative.

      

Indian Mobile Congress gets a headstart on the very first day

Indian Mobile Congress, country’s first Mobile, Internet and Technology expo kicked off on September 27 at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The event started off from 27 September to 29 September and will be attended by over 500 startups and over 2,000 delegates from India and other countries.

The Indian Mobile Congress will feature over 300 attendees from different sectors. The three day event will have 21 sessions with themes like Digital India, Internet Governance, Women in Tech among others. After the sessions, two startups will pitch their idea.

The event was attended by many big names like Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mr. Manoj Sinha, Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Mr. Kumar Manglam Birla, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal among others. IMC is expected to attract over 1,50,000 people over the three days.

The three-day event includes a conclave, an exhibition and an awards ceremony. Some of the prominent exhibitors of the Indian Mobile Congress are ISRO, Nokia, Google, Airtel, BSNL, Qualcomm, Mediatek, IBM and Idea among others.

The first day included the launch of Mediatek’s P23 in India, announcement of pre-5G trials by ZTE in collaboration with Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, launch of LG K7i smartphone with Mosquito away feature and statements from various dignitaries.

The second day will include presentations and discussion on India as the destination for manufacturing technology, blockchain and cryptocurrency and digital identity. The third day will include presentations on Cyber security, Internet of things and 5G future in India among other things.

The event will also include participation of embassies of eight countries- US, UK, France, Israel, Sweden, Finland and Philippines.

Speaking on the occasion Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI said, “The India Mobile Congress will be the marquee event of the country. We are sure that the deliberations will inform global policy and over the years, all stakeholders will look forward to this event for launches and releases of new technologies. Officials and senior decision makers from both the Government as well as the industry are present and tech companies will be displaying the best that this ecosystem has to offer.”

      

Top 10 best business tablets in 2017

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Buying the best business tablet for your needs can help revolutionise your productivity, allowing you to remain productive while out and about, without having to worry about lugging heavy gear around.

Many of the best business tablets can also replace your work laptop, as they come with components and processing power that enables them to perform as well as standard notebooks.

Android and Apple tablets have a host of apps that allow you to work on them, and of course, with Windows 10-powered business tablets, you can run any app or program you’d usually run on a traditional laptop or desktop PC.

Add a Bluetooth keyboard, and you’ll be able to work comfortably on these best business tablets for hours on end.

No matter if you rely on Windows, Android, or even iOS, there’s something worth recommending.

It’s only a matter of figuring out what your priorities are and what you need out of a tablet for your business. And to help you choose the best tablet, here’s our overview of the market at the moment, and the 10 tablets we’d recommend for the business user.

For the sake of clarity, we will only look at pure tablets, and detachables when it comes to convertibles. 2-in-1 hybrid models are closer to traditional laptops as their keyboard can’t be totally detached.

A higher resolution screen, a thinner design and a move to Intel’s more powerful Skylake processors all help to make this portable tablet a capable replacement for your laptop. Sadly, the Type Cover keyboard is still optional, but in reality it’s a necessity for this laptop replacement; come on Microsoft, bundle it already. The good news with the Type Cover in this fourth iteration of the Surface Pro is that it’s much improved this time around.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

iPad Pro

Apple took the iPad into uncharted territory here. The iPad Pro’s optional accessories add to the cost of the tablet, but the keyboard cover and Apple Pencil stylus make the iPad even more suited for business and creative users. The iPad Pro also debuted Apple’s new split-screen multitasking. It is, quite simply, a massively powerful tablet which can certainly turbocharge your productivity away from the desk thanks to a wide array of business apps – although we’d like to see more in the way of battery life.

Read the full review: Apple iPad Pro

Dell XPS 12

Even though the new XPS 12 takes its inspiration from the Surface Pro line, Dell’s keyboard dock is highly usable and is included in the cost of the slate. This laptop replacement also supports Dell’s Active Stylus for digital inking.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 12

Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet retains the water- and dust-resistant capabilities of the range’s previous models, making it a good slate for business users who may not need a fully rugged device. Add in the keyboard dock, and this tablet becomes a versatile machine for composing emails and writing documents on the go.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is probably one of the best designed convertible devices on the market, and one where engineers clearly had a great time building a slate that crams in so many features that it’s hard to believe that the X1 is so thin and portable. It bears all the hallmarks of a signature ThinkPad device: the finish, the red colour scheme, the Trackpoint, the shape of the Accutype keys, everything down to the ThinkPad logo at the back. Aficionados will love it while others might balk at the price – this is vintage ThinkPad at its finest.

Read the full review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Samsung has been very quiet lately when it comes to tablets with the Galaxy Tab S2 being the last significant Android model. Fortunately, Windows is undergoing a bit of a revival at the moment in the mobility segment, and the Galaxy TabPro S may well mark the comeback of the South Korean company as a more strategic partner for Microsoft. The TabPro S is one of the few Windows tablets to sport a screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio putting the slate in direct competition with the iPad Pro, and unlike Apple’s flagship device, its keyboard is bundled rather than optional.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Asus Transformer 3 Pro

Asus threw down the gauntlet to Microsoft with the launch of the Transformer 3 Pro. The device, which is the only tablet we know of that comes with 16GB of RAM as standard, easily surpasses the Surface Pro 4 in terms of sheer value for money although Microsoft’s flagship tablet remains the better known (and probably more trusted) of the two. Other than the standard keyboard, the Transformer also has a docking station, a stylus and even a trusted platform module (TPM) for improved security within an enterprise setting.

Read the full review: Asus Transformer 3 Pro

Getac RX10

Getac’s RX10 dares to go where no other tablet can thanks to its rugged design and bright screen. If your work takes you into the field, you’ll be thankful that Getac equipped this slate with a screen that’s readable even under direct sunlight. This slate will sustain a fair amount of hardship including being dropped, or assaulted with dust, water and much more. Plus it’s also light and very portable, despite being such a tough customer. As expected on such a device, there are also plenty of expansion options including hot-swappable batteries as well as a barcode scanner and an NFC/RFID card reader.

Read the full review: Getac RX10

Fujitsu Stylistic R726

Fujitsu certainly used the Surface range from Microsoft as its inspiration for the Stylistic R726, but then applied its own spin by making this convertible far more enterprise-friendly with a surprisingly (relatively) low price tag. An impressive range of accessories? Check. Extreme serviceability backed by a top notch aftersales warranty? Check. A plethora of ports and connection options? Check. Active stylus? Wouldn’t you know, that’s here as well. The R726 also has a first-class docking station and its detachable keyboard is a rather good one, and quality accessories certainly don’t do its case any harm.

Read the full review: Fujitsu Stylistic R726

HP Elite x2 1012 G1

Just like the rest of the competition, HP took inspiration from Microsoft’s playbook when building the Elite x2 1012, which clearly targets the business market. Like Fujitsu, HP made sure that its product was designed with enterprise users in mind. It is sturdy, undergoing a 12-point stress test, is very easy to upgrade and comes with a number of security features. There’s an active pen and a keyboard, and our reviewer said that typing on the latter was “as comfortable as it is on a real notebook”. Not everything about the design is perfect – such as the hinge – but overall this is a tempter with a great keyboard and screen.

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Chuong Nguyen, John McCann, Matt Hanson and Henry Casey also contributed to this article