Windows 8.1 PC buying guide

With a new Windows 8.1 PC, you get a beautiful Start screen with live tiles that light up and keep you connected to the apps, people, and websites you love. You also get a great selection of built-in apps, with a wide variety of new apps available at the Windows Store. Most PCs built for the new Windows are touch-enabled and also work great with a mouse and keyboard, which means you can use your PC the way you want. Check out the variety of PC types that are available and see which one is right for you.

Tablets

A tablet running Windows

Blazing fast, with longer battery life to go where you go, do what you do, and never slow you down.


  • Take it to a meeting, or to a co-worker's desk. Show someone your work, give a one-on-one presentation, collaborate, and make changes on the fly.

  • Download books and use it like an e-reader without sacrificing multimedia-rich web browsing and PC functionality.

  • Watch movies and TV when you're on a train, on the couch, or in an airport waiting for a flight.

  • Use multi-touch HD screens and extended battery life for hours of gaming.

  • Move easily between Wi-Fi hotspots and 3G/4G networks.

Convertibles

A convertible running Windows

It's a tablet that can be turned into laptop, and it's designed to work as hard as it plays by offering a new level of flexibility.


  • Get all the productive power of a laptop with the portability and style of a tablet.

  • Take your tablet with you at the end of the work day, watch a movie on the train home, then snap it together and get back to your project.

  • Move easily between Wi-Fi hotspots and 3G/4G networks.

  • Play hours of Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja on your touch tablet then sit down for a serious game of Age of Empires in laptop mode.

Laptops

A laptop running Windows

Sleek, light machines with dazzling graphics and serious power.


  • A portable work station built to handle even the most powerful 3D design or video editing software programs.

  • Get the most out of your media with a mobile entertainment center that has the graphics, memory, and storage for HD movies, TV, music, and games.

  • Multiple ports for things like external hard drives, peripherals, Ethernet, and HDMI cables.

  • Get big sound out of a thin, light PC so your movies sound as good as they look.

  • Video chat with built in web cams.

Desktops and all-in-ones

An all-in-one running Windows

Big screens and loads of power and memory to get things done.


  • The perfect addition to your home office.

  • Huge screens with room for big projects.

  • Many are touch enabled with tilting screens for great gaming and app interaction.

  • Tons of memory and storage.

  • All-in-ones have full power with no tower.

  • Vivid displays and loads of processing power for rich multi-media and intense gaming.

Windows RT tablets and PCs

A tablet running Windows RT

Thin and light, with extended battery life, Windows RT PCs are designed for life on the go.


  • Get up and running in an instant with connected standby.

  • Your apps stay in sync even in sleep mode so things like email, chat, stock tickers, or news feeds, have the latest info.

  • Get Word, Excel and PowerPoint with Office Home and Student 2013 RT built in. *

  • Use multi-touch HD screens and extended battery life for hours of gaming wherever you are.

  • Help stay secure and up to date automatically with Windows Update, Windows Defender, and Windows Firewall.

* Some features and programs are unsupported. Office Home and Student 2013 RT is licensed only for non-commercial use (except in Japan). For more details, see the Office Home and Student 2013 RT product page.

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Windows 8.1 is designed to let you do what you want, the way you want.

Immerse yourself in the world of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT.

See what you can do with the world of apps at the Windows Store.

Discover new ways to personalize your PC with the new Windows.