Tablets that cover all your entertainment needs

Forget the old-school "home entertainment system”— you can get it all in something that weighs less than a notebook.

woman at a table with a tablet
Tablets for streaming, reading, and playing games.Brooke Cagle via Unsplash

Remember when a "home entertainment system" was a dumpster-sized television, a network of speakers, and at least four different disc players and game consoles? Thanks to the increased versatility and sophistication of tablets, you can now bring all that power with you from room to room, or car to train.

Selecting a tablet for maximum entertainment value—from reading ebooks to streaming movies to playing games—opens up a world of options and possibilities. Here are some that provide a lot of entertainment punch without weighing much more than a single pound.

Fire HD 8 Tablet

Fire HD 8 Tablet

All-in-one entertainment system.Amazon

The most striking thing about the Fire HD 8 is its 1280 x 800 LED display, which produces sharp, bright images with reduced glare. Amazon has also upped the internal storage capacity from the Fire 7, giving you 16 GB right out of the box (the memory is also expandable up to 400 GB via microSD card). A 2 MP rear-facing camera can capture 720p video, and the Fire offers up to 10 hours of mixed-use battery life. It’s primarily entertainment-focused—streaming, gaming, and music are its clear priorities—and it does it well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

A galaxy brain choice.Amazon

Boasting a gorgeous 10.1-inch display with full corner-to-corner HD and Dolby Atmos surround sound, you may not even need a traditional TV after this. The Samsung Galaxy tablet is slim and lightweight, and its large display—and upgradable memory that taps out at a hefty 512 GB—makes it conducive for photo manipulation and graphic design work. It also boasts a “binge-ready” extended battery life (which is about 10 hours, pretty standard for most tablets).

Dragon Touch K10 Tablet

Dragon Touch K10 Tablet

Best tablet is open for debate, but best name isn't.Amazon

It doesn’t have as immediately recognizable a name as Samsung or Amazon, but the Dragon Touch offers a lot of evidence to suggest it should absolutely be hanging among the bigger kids. Although its available and expandable memory is slightly limited compared to the other two (it maxes out at 128 GB), it features an impressive 10-inch, 1280 x 800 HD resolution touchscreen. It runs on an Android 8.1 operating system of up to 1.3 GHz with MTK 64-bit Quad Core CPU processor, making it pretty fast and responsive. It can connect to other devices via HDMI and plays nicely with other streaming devices like Roku TV.