Who says you have to pay an arm and a leg for a Windows tablet? Certainly not us, with plenty of great slates to be had if you look hard enough.
We decided to gather some of the better slates for under R5000.
Probably the most well-known budget Windows tablet line in South Africa is the Nextbook range, brought to the country by Microsoft last year.
The R1500 Nextbook 8 (review) features an Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM and an eight-inch 1280x800 screen, but it's actually a decent performer despite these modest specs.
The R3000 Nextbook 10 features the same specs (with a 10-inch 1280x800 display) but adds a keyboard dock into the mix as well.
Our only complaint is that storage space was at a premium over here, but microSD storage and external drive compatibility (for the most part) helps a ton.
Lenovo Yoga 2
Lenovo has stood out in recent years thanks to their great hardware designs, so you shouldn't be surprised to see their tablets here.
The Yoga Tablet 2 comes in two sizes, namely an 8-inch model and a 10.1-inch version - better yet, they're available in Android and Windows flavours too. So you could have an 8-inch Windows model or a 10-inch Android version. Or vice-versa.
As for specifications, both sizes are equipped with a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GBs of RAM, 16GBs of expandable storage, an 8MP/1.6MP camera combo and a built-in three-stage kickstand.
Price-wise, you're looking at a recommended tag of R3499 for the 8-inch model and R4499 for the 10.1-inch variant.
Asus VivoTab 8.0 M81C
One of the better budget-minded Windows tablets out there, the eight-inch VivoTab isn't a bleeding-edge device, but it gets the job done well.
The slate has a new 64-bit Intel Atom processor, 2GBs of RAM and 32GBs of expandable storage, along with a 2MP main camera and 2MP selfie shooter combo.
The VivoTab 8 is available from the Orange Store for a rather enticing R2400 price tag.
Danew i812 8-inch tablet
Looking for a R1500 Windows 8.1 tablet and you can't find the Nextbook 8 anyway? Then check out the Danew i812, available from Orange as well.
The tablet features a 1280x800 8-inch display, a quad-core Atom chip, 1GB of RAM and 16GBs of presumably expandable storage. We say "presumably" because it isn't clear whether the device has microSD storage or not. Then again, being a Windows tablet, it'll be compatible with external drives.
Either way, you're looking at a tablet that's pretty much identical to the Nextbook 8, down to the spec sheet.
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Dell's 8-inch tablet was critically acclaimed upon its launch, being one of the first devices to ship with the lean Windows 8.1.
But it's still capable now, thanks to the R3700 Orange price tag, Intel Atom processor, 2GBs of RAM, 32GBs of expandable storage and 5MP main camera (it has a 1.2MP front-facing shooter).
However, the Asus VivoTab 8 M81C might be a better buy, being cheaper and having almost identical specs (with a 2MP main camera and newer Atom processor).