The best tablet PC for gaming?

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Whether its EA’s Real Racing 3, or the mindless finger-tapping craze that is Candy Crush, your tablet PC needs to be up to modern specs.

Thanks to Engadget’s very cool review aggregation system – which gives average scores collected from multiple reviews for a single bit of tech – we can present the best tablets for gaming, in a table. A tablet table:

Tablet iPad Air iPad mini (with Retina display) Asus Nexus 7 2nd Gen Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Screen size 9.7-inch 7.9 inches 7.02 inches 7 inches 10.1 inches 10.1 inches
Display resolution 2048 x 1536 2,048 x 1,536 1,920 x 1,200 1,920 x 1,200 2,560 x 1,600 1,920 x 1,200
SunSpider test 388ms 423ms 602ms 553.7ms 1069ms 1382ms
Battery life 13hrs, 45 mins 11hrs, 55 mins 7hrs, 14 mins 10hrs, 41 mins 9hrs, 36 mins 8hrs, 40mins
Price R8,999.00 (32GB with WiFi and Cellular) R7,899.00 (32GB with WiFi and Cellular) R5,999.00 (32GB with WiFi and Cellular) R5,199.00 (64gb with Wifi and Cellular) R9000.00 (32GB with WiFi and Cellular) R7,999 (16GB with WiFi & Cellular)
Engadget score 92% 92% 90% 85% 80% 82%

The SunSpider benchmark test was the common standard among all the tablets, so we added it in as a second ranking measure. Please note that the lower the SunSpider score, the better the performance.

It is no real surprise to see the iPad Air coming out tops in both the Engadget score and SunSpider test, and at a shade under R9000.00 its owners will feel somewhat vindicated in their purchase.

We stacked Engadget’s scores up against AnandTech’s tablet GPU benchmarking table and the iPad Air game up second best.

Above it was the Microsoft Surface Pro, which did not receive great reviews from Engadget and others due to its poor design choices and low battery life – and therefore does not come recommended despite its strong benchmark performance.

Below are the top 10 tablets according to the AnandTech GPU benchmark scoring:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro – 36,731
  • Apple iPad Air – 12,986
  • Apple iPad mini with Retina Display – 12,976
  • Google Nexus 7 (2013) – 11,882
  • Google Nexus 10 – 11,250
  • Apple iPad 4 – 10,418
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – 5,931
  • Google Nexus 7 – 3,130
  • Apple iPad mini – 2,914
  • ASUS VivoTab Smart – 2,895

Does a high-powered tablet tickle your fancy, or are they an over-priced waste of time? Let us know in the comments and on the forum.

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