Shopping for Tablets with USB Ports | Standard Size Connections

So you want to use a mouse or a keyboard with your tablet?Shopping for tablets with USB ports is the answer. Imagine how much time you could save and how much more accurate it would be using a real keyboard versus poking at a tablet screen. The cool thing is, nearly any USB device will work. In fact, you could even use a flash drive or even a portable hard drive. Get this, you can even connect a game controller to bring playing games on a tablet to a whole new level. Nearly any USB devices will work because the necessary drivers are usually pre-installed. We’re talking Plug-and-Play.

Top 3 Windows USB Tablets.

Lowest Cost (Windows 8)Great Value (Win RT)Top Performance (Win 10)
Winbook TW700

Microsoft Surface RT with Keyboard

Microsoft Surface 3

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Top 3 Android USB Tablets.

Note: It is getting increasingly more difficult to find a new condition Android tablet with a full-size USB port. Most people now buy an Android Tablet with a micro-USB and purchase a OTG cable or go with a 2 in 1 tablet such as the Asus Transformer.

Lowest Cost AndroidGreat ValueTop Performance
Acer Iconia Tab A200
Dragon Touch R10Toshiba Thrive AT105-T108
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Dual Boot (Both Windows and Android) USB Tablet, PC and Media Box Device

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On this site you will only find tablets with full-size USB Ports.

If you’ve been shopping for that perfect tablet with full sized USB ports, surely you’ve noticed they’re hard to find. Don’t fret, we’ve rounded them up and reviewed them for you. Obviously, it’s important that it has a standard size port, but I’m sure other details are important as well. Whatever that second most important factor is for you, with our detailed reviews, you can quickly find the perfect USB tablet.

Trying to find a tablet with a standard USB port is frustrating.

No USB PortWhy?

The biggest challenge is trying to sort the mini-USB tablets from those with standard connections. If you’ve tried, you’ll know that it’s not as easy as it sounds. Often a picture showing the connection on the tablet is not available and product specifications are misleading.

Stop for a moment and picture a USB 2.0/3.0 port in your head. Got it?

Most likely you were you thinking of the large rectangular connector, right?

So the problem is that when reading the specs of a particular tablet online, it willUSB-Confusion

often only say it has a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port. Sound as if it has exactly what you’re looking for, right?

USB 2.0 or 3.0 is simply the speed, not the physical size.

So which size port are you getting when it just says USB 3.0? Sometimes you end up with a full size, more likely it’s a micro-USB. Reading the technical specs is supposed to accurately describe the product in detail. Come on tablet manufacturers, tell us what we’re getting!




Win 8

When it comes to tablets, major decisions need to be made. We’re talking the OS, the number of full ports and the USB speed. You can go with an Android OS or Windows OS. With USB ports, you have USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 to choose from.

Android vs. Windows Tablets

Out of the all of the tablets sold, the majority run on Android. Engineered by Google, the popularity of the Android OS is because it’s open source. That means it can be installed on a variety of hardware at no cost to tablet manufacturers. This is in strict contrast to the Windows OS’s, which is not open source and is licensed for distribution (at a cost to manufacturers) from Microsoft.

That means not only are Androids more budget friendly, because of lower production costs and higher competition, they also have a larger selection of apps to choose from.

What about pricing?

Android tablets with USB ports tend to be under 500 dollars even including the top of the line models. This is completely opposite to Windows tablets which tend to start at 500 dollars and go up from there. If it comes down to having a smaller budget or if the availability of apps is important, the Android is the answer. When it comes to the lowest cost tablets with a full size USB, that would be the Toshiba Thrive AT105, the Dragon Touch R10 and the Prontotec 7.

Android Screen Size is Limited.

Nearly all Android full port USB Tablets have a 10 Inch Display. There is one with an 11 inch screen. If you’re looking for a larger display, a Windows tablet may be the best choice.

How common are standard size USB ports on tablets?

While Windows tablets usually include full USB ports, Android tablets rarely have them.

What Android OS versions support the larger USB ports?

Android OS versions are named after desserts and are released in alphabetical order. The versions of Android that support USB host within the OS are Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Android tablets with full USB are usually only found in Android OS versions Honeycomb or Jelly Bean. It really comes down to the manufacturer putting the standard size port on their hardware

When it comes to tablets with full-size USB ports, Honeycomb tablets make up the majority. Currently there are no tablets shipping with full size USB ports that come with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and two with Jelly Bean, the Dragon Touch R10 and Prontotec 7. They’re no tablets with Kit Kat that I could find.

Android Honeycomb.

Although Honeycomb is not the newest Android OS version, it’s a rock solid OS designed with tablets in mind. It has earned an excellent reputation and is well-respected OS. It works well with processor intensive tasks such as streaming videos and gaming. Keep in mind although many tablets ship with one OS, often they allow for upgrading to the next version.

Android Jelly Bean.

Android Jelly Bean provides performance improvements over previous versions as it uses the processor much more efficiently. Because of that, you get a longer battery life as it increases CPU processing only during periods when the screen is being actively touched. Other noticeable improvements include more efficient user interaction through new camera controls, quick settings, gesture typing and multiple user profiles.

Windows RT

Windows RT does not allow for installation of “normal” programs. If you’re looking to install programs such as PhotoShop or some other 3rd party computer program, go with Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro on tablets operates like a traditional PC; while on the other hand, Windows RT cannot install “normal” programs. It allows for the installation of apps from the Windows Store.

Why would you choose Windows RT over Windows 8 Pro?

Don’t be fooled, Windows RT does come with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint preinstalled on the tablet. You’ll find the programs you’re used to, such as Paint and Notepad, and have the normal Windows Control Panel. Windows 8 Pro tablets will usually last between four to five hours of constant use. Windows RT tends to last all day and if at idle or lightly used, a couple of days of use are possible. The desktop looks nearly identical to regular Windows 8 Pro so you won’t notice any difference there either. The RT tablets are also much thinner as they run cooler and lighter as well. The difference is by about a half-inch and half a pound in weight.

USB Tablets with Front and Rear Cameras

Nearly all newer tablets come with at least a rear-facing camera. Most tablets, especially higher end tablets will also include a front-facing camera as well. If you plan on using your tablet for Skyping or video conferencing, having a front side camera would be important. Camera quality is rated in Megapixels. The Megapixel rating of the rear side camera and front side cameras on the same tablet can vary as well. Generally, the rear side camera takes better pictures as the megapixel rating is usually higher.

What exactly is a Megapixel?

The quality of the video or pictures that the camera can take depends on the Megapixel rating. Well, a pixel is simply a dot and a Megapixel just means one million pixels or dots. Obviously the higher the number of Pixels, the better the picture or video. Also, some cameras are rated HD while others take pictures in a standard format.

If you plan on taking a lot of pictures or video or plan on doing video conferencing, the choice of tablets based on the camera(s) may be an important consideration.

Brand Name Tablet or off Brand Tablet?

Let’s look at a brand name like Acer.

The Acer brand name is well-known in the world of computers. They are known for a quality build and standing behind their products. They did not become the fourth largest computer manufacturer in the world by accident. Anything with the Acer logo on it is sure to bring you years of service and to please you throughout that period of time.

When it comes to Acer tablets, you will find a variety of mid-range and high-performance tablets and the choice between Android and Windows, all from one manufacturer. With Acer, you’d have no problem finding service or replacement parts.

Off Brand USB Tablets

With name brand tablets you’re also paying for a portion of all the advertising that company does. After all, the money has to come from somewhere. If having a name brand tablet is not important, going with an off brand tablet with great reviews is an excellent alternative. Just get one with a great track record. You don’t need to pay for advertising to have a great tablet. The disadvantage to off brand tablets is that service and parts are harder to come by. But honestly, at the price that you can pick one up and as fast as technology progresses, replacement cost is often less than repair. Just make sure to buy it from a reputable source.

Does the Apple iPad have a USB Port?

It’s a shame that Apple iPods, iPhones, and iPads with USB Ports do not exist. You’re not out of luck. Although Apple doesn’t include them, it does not mean that you cannot use one. You simply need a Lightning to USB port adapter or a docking station.

Currently, all of the adapters available provide a micro USB port. To get to a full-sized USB port, you would just connect an OTG cable. Now that you know that you need two different adapters, you may be thinking it’s expensive. It’s not; you may be looking at less than $15.00 for a full-size port considering the cost of the adapter and OTG cable.

Tablets with two USB ports, do they exist?

Currently we know of only 3 tablets that have two standard USB’s, the Dragon Touch R10 and the Acer Iconia Tab A200 and the Iconia Tab A500.

USB Tablets with a Full Size USB 2.0 Port

USB 2.0, which came out in April 2000 is rated at 480 Mbps, which was a massive improvement over the original USB of only 12 Mbps. It should be noted that although the transmission of USB 2.0 is rated at 480 Mbps, the actual throughput is technically 280 Mbps. The difference is used to maintain the connection.

USB Tablets with a Full Size USB 3.0 Port

A standard size USB 3.0 port, also referred to as “SuperSpeed”, is nearly indistinguishable from a USB 2.0. Visually, the difference is that the port is blue colored and sometimes has the initials “SS” for SuperSpeed for easy identification. USB 3.0 full-size ports are blazing fast at 10 Gbps, that’s 10 times faster than USB 2.0!

When it comes to full-size USB 3.0 on tablets, at this time they are only found on tablets that are running the Windows OS. USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and the even older USB 1.0. The obtainable speed will be determined by the speed of the device that is attached to it. In other words, if you want blazing fast speeds you would want to use USB 3.0 peripherals. It’s not a big deal when it comes to keyboards and computer mice as it won’t make any noticeable difference.

Are there any Androids with a full size USB 3.0 Port?

Currently, all Android tablets we have found all have USB 2.0 ports.

Did you know that a single USB port has the theoretical ability to support 127 devices?

Chances are you may only need to connect one device at a time. If you have a few full size USB peripherals that you want to use at the same time, like a separate keyboard and mouse and only have 1 standard size USB port, a USB mini hub would be the answer. Most mini USB hubs do not require external power as they pull power through the port itself and like the name suggests, the hub is small in size. Mini USB hubs are great because just like tablets, they are great for an on the go portable lifestyle.

Do you have a tablet with a mini USB connection and wish it was a full-size USB?

A OTG or On-The-Go cable might be just the trick. An OTG Cable will transform a micro-USB connection to a full-size connection on most tablets and smartphones.