The 7 Best Tablets for Musicians 2020 – Our Pick
Tablets have become a pretty standard piece of equipment for a lot of musicians. You can use them to display lyrics and sheet music, play video lessons, or even use them as a portable mixer, MIDI controller, or backing track player!
In this article, we’re going to present to you the best 7 tablets for musicians currently on the market. Because there are tons of them on the market, it can become quite smothering to go through them all, so this list should make it a bit easier!
7 Best Tablets for Musicians – Our Pick
1. iPad Pro
iPad was the first tablet that became truly mainstream. This is a high-end, high-quality item that will cover you for almost everything you might need.
This model comes with a 12.9” screen and as for the memory you can choose from 128GB to 1TB models. As for the audio, you’ll get quality microphones and built-in speakers. You can use GarageBand on this, for example, to quickly arrange and record tracks.
The price is usually high for Apple products, but if you’re looking for great quality and endurance, you will get what you pay for with iPad Pro.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Another heavyweight contender in the tablet world, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is an Android-based tablet with premium features. It comes with a bright, AMOLED 10.5” screen, which you’ll easily see wherever you may be, light or dark. You can choose from 128 or 256GB of built-in memory, but you can also expand with up to 512GB of microSD card.
Because this is an Android model, you can find tons of different materials and apps which you might need in your music work. Also, since it has high-quality processors inside, it will take on even the most demanding software out there with ease.
This is a great upper-class model for people looking to spend a bit more but get a high-quality tablet that will last them for years.
3. Fire HD 10
And now moving on to the cheaper models. Amazon Fire HD 10 is Amazons take on the cheap, quality tablet. It comes with a 10” screen and as for storage you can choose from 32 or 64GB of storage, but you can always expand to up to 512 GB through microSD memory card slot.
Fire HD 10 has a bit smaller screen than the flagship models and is a bit slower inside. So, it’s not that good for music production on the fly, but it will be perfect if you’re looking for a cheap and sturdy tablet to take on to gigs and read spreadsheets or lyrics from.
It’s also quite lightweight and robust, and since it’s so cheap, you won’t regret it too much if someone spills the drink on it or something similar in the bar!
4. Surface Pro 7
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the latest in their popular line of light 2-in-1 laptops. It’s very lightweight, but because it runs on Windows 10, you could install a full DAW on this such as Ableton Live.
It has a 12.3” touch screen and you can pick from several different Intel processors. You can choose from 128GB to up to 1 TB of memory, with different RAM options available too.
Because this is tablet is so strong, you can easily use it for any work, from music production to recording on the road. With this quality however comes the price.
5. Huawei MediaPad M5
If you’re looking for a very compact Android tablet, this is definitely an option to consider. MediaPad M5 is an 8.4” HD screen, with 64GB of internal storage. It comes with a quadcore chip, giving you enough power to keep everything running smoothly.
A great addition to this small tablet is the audio segment. It comes with two built-in stereo speakers, tuned and produced in cooperation with Harman Kardon, a famous hi-fi company.
They will give you the best stereo sound you can get from the tablet, so if you’re looking to listen to something, it’s the best option apart from buying additional gear. Also, since it’s so small, you can easily carry it anywhere you want, without having to worry about it.
6. iPad Mini
And for the iOS contender on the smaller side of the tablet range, there’s iPad Mini. This is a smaller, cut-down version of iPad Pro, which will still pack quite a punch for the tablet of this size.
It comes with a 7.9” retina display and A12 biochip. You can get it in 64 or 256GB versions and like all Apple products, there are no expanding slots for the memory.
With the new battery, this model can endure for up to 12 hours of nonstop use. it has wi-fi and a cellular mobile connection, so you don’t have to worry about connectivity if you’re on the road and need to check something out online.
iPad Mini is a high-quality item and as such it’s very robust even though it’s small in size. You can safely take it on the road with you and use its versatility for anything you might need.
7. Fusion5 Ultra Slim Windows Tablet
We finish off this list with a very affordable entry. Fusion5 is an small, 10” tablet working on the Windows platform. It has 64GB of memory but can be expanded for up to 256GB through a microSD card slot.
Fusion5 is not a top of the line product by no means, but sometimes you don’t need the best the market has to offer. If you’re looking for a cheap, reliable, quality made tablet for the basic tasks then you should not look any further. With this price, you’re getting the best you can for the money you’re giving.
I would not expect you to be able to get any serious music production work done on this, despite the fact that it runs on windows. However, it’s still very useful for many basics tasks that you throw its way.
We hope that this article has helped you in getting a clear picture of what’s currently available on the market and also which items you should pick from each category.
From affordable tablets to the top-end options by Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft, this list should have something for everyone. It’s just up to you to check what you really need and what tablet would suit your needs the best.