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 8.1

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.

  • Enjoy hours of gaming with extended battery life and multitouch HD screens.

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

Two-in-ones

A two-in-one running Windows 8.1

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

  • Get all the productivity of a laptop with the portability of a tablet.

  • Watch a movie on your tablet while you commute to work, then snap a keyboard in place and get to work on a project when you arrive at the office.

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

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

Laptops

A laptop running Windows 8.1

Sleek, light machines with dazzling graphics and serious power.

  • 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.

  • Tackle big projects on a portable workstation built to handle the most powerful and demanding programs.

  • Stress less with multiple ports for things like external hard drives, peripherals, Ethernet, and HDMI cables.

  • Enjoy premium audio so your movies sound as good as they look.

  • Connect with friends over video chat with built-in webcams.

All-in-ones and desktops

An all-in-one running Windows 8.1

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

  • Stylish space-saving designs make them a perfect addition to your home office.

  • Plenty of memory and storage for big projects.

  • Vivid displays and loads of processing power for rich multimedia and intense gaming.

  • Many are touch-enabled with large tilting screens for hands-on interaction.

Windows RT tablets and PCs

A tablet running Windows RT

Thin and light Windows RT PCs are built 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, and news feeds have the latest info.

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

  • Enjoy hours of gaming wherever you go with extended battery life and multitouch HD screens.

  • Stay more 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.

See more

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.