Best Surface Pro Alternatives


Microsoft Surface Pro is our favorite 2-in-1 demountable at the moment, but that does not necessarily mean it's the perfect choice for everyone. Despite having the best screen and detachable keyboard, the Surface Pro still has some weaknesses, such as limited overlap capacity, some ports and a mediocre battery life. It is also only configurable with the Intel 7th generation CPUs, while other 2 in 1 CPUs have newer 8th-gen chips.

And although its initial price of $ 799 is quite attractive, you'll want to spend a little more on getting the mid-range model of $ 1,099 with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid-state drive . And that price does not include the $ 100 Surface Pen or the $ 160 Cover Type. That puts the actual cost of a Surface Pro closer to $ 1,359, and that's not cheap.

To help you in your search for your ideal machine, we have compiled a list of our favorite alternatives for Microsoft's Surface Pro. [19659007] News and updates (April 2018)

  • The Surface Pro is now available with LTE, giving it the same ubiquitous connectivity as the Envy x2, but without the epic battery life.
  • We reviewed the HP Envy x2, one of the first removable 2-in-1s with the modern standby mode connected, where it downloads the email and other data in the background while the system is asleep.
  • At CES 2018, Lenovo unveiled the Miix 630, a 2 in 1 that should last up to 20 hours with a charge, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU.

Lenovo Yoga 920

The Lenovo Yoga 920, our favorite 2-in-1 notebook, offers the laptop and tablet modes you love on the Surface Pro, and lasts almost 5 hours longer than the removable Microsoft. While its sleek watchband-style hinge and brass design will catch your eye, its powerful eighth-generation Intel CPUs (Surface Pro is still jammed with seventh generation chips) will help you multitask as a master. Unlike Surface Pro, Yoga offers both traditional USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports and modern reversible USB-C ports. And at $ 1,299 with your keyboard (attached), it comes under the Surface Pro with matching accessories. The only real drawback is that with 3 pounds, it is a bit heavier than Surface Pro of 2.4 pounds.

Pros: 8th generation fast basic performance; Long battery life; Bright and colorful screen; Attractive design; Stylus included
Cons: Heavier than surface

Key specifications Display: 13.9 inches 1080p / 4K; CPU: 8th Gen Core i7; RAM: 8GB / 16GB; SSD: 256 GB / 1 TB; Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.0, headphone jack; Battery life: 12:22; Weight: 3.05 lbs

HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm)

The Qualcomm CPU and the LTE modem in the HP Envy x2 give you ubiquitous Internet gifs and an amazing lifetime of Battery. And not only lasts longer on mobile than Wi-Fi, this removable comes with a large keyboard and a magnificent screen. However, the only drawbacks are that its performance is slower than we expect at this price, and its 32-bit system does not run some applications.

Pros: Incredible battery life; 4G built-in; Comfortable keyboard; Beautiful screen; It works great
Cons: Slow performance; Does not run some Windows applications

Key Specifications – Display: 12.3 inches, 1920 x 1280; CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835; RAM: 4 GB; SSD: 128 GB; Ports: 1x USB Type-C, headphone jack, Nano SIM, microSD reader; Battery life: 15:05 (LTE), 14:22 (Wi-Fi); Weight: 2.7 lbs

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Starting at $ 999.00

Eve V

Not all competitors come from reputable brands. The upstart Eve V matches the initial price of Surface Pro of $ 799, but includes the removable keyboard and stylus for which Microsoft makes you pay (up to $ 260) extra for. We love its elegant aluminum design and its beautiful screen, which is almost as colorful as the Surface Pro, and offers even more brightness than the removable one. The Eva V comes with some warnings. Its battery life is about half an hour shorter than that of the Surface Pro at 7:30, and its Intel Y-series CPUs are not as capable as those of other machines. Still, if you can find it for sale, it's definitely worth taking a look at Eve V.

Pros: Magnificent screen; Elegant design; RGB backlit keyboard; Thunderbolt Port 3
Cons: Short battery life; Sporadic Availability

Key Specifications – Display: 12.3 inches 2880 x 1920; CPU: 7th Gen Core m3 / 7th Gen Core i7; RAM: 4 GB / 16 GB; SSD: 128 GB / 1 TB; Ports: 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, headphone jack, SD memory reader; Battery life: 6:59; Weight: 3 lbs

HP Specter x360

If you like the flexibility of the Surface Pro but want something more substantial, check out the stylish HP Specter x360, one of our best Surface Pro alternatives. One of its main advantages On the Surface Pro is its rigid and stable hinge, which allows it to sit on your lap much more easily than the Surface Pro based on the support foot. And if you want to splurge, you can even opt for a high-resolution 4K screen or HP SureView privacy screen, which is activated with a single click. The Specter x360 also offers a fingerprint scanner, which Surface Pro does not have (although it has an IR webcam for Windows Hello). The main disadvantage of the Specter x360 is that with 2.9 pounds, it is heavier than the 2.5-pound Surface Pro.

Pros: Elegant and easy-to-use design; Comfortable keyboard; Privacy of the Safe View screen; Handy fingerprint scanner
Cons: Heavier, thicker than Surface Pro

Key specifications – Display: 13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 / 4K; CPU: 8th Gen Core i5, / 8th Gen Core i7; RAM: 8GB / 16GB; SSD: 256 GB / 512 GB; Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1, headphone jack, SD memory reader; Battery life: 8:26; Weight: 2.9 lbs

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Starting at $ 949.00

Surface Book 2 (13 inch)

If you really want a Microsoft laptop, but one that is simply easier to use on your lap, Surface Book 2 is suitable for you. When it's time to switch from portable mode to tablet mode, all you have to do is click on a button on your keyboard and get the option to disconnect your screen. Not only does it outperform Surface Pro in ports (with USB Type-C and USB 3.0), but its screen is sharper and almost as colorful and bright. The best part of the last Surface Book 2 is its more than 13 hours of battery life, which means it lasts more than 5 hours longer than the Surface Pro (7:30). On the negative side, it is 0.9 inches thick (Surface Pro is 0.5 inches thick), and its initial price of $ 1,499 can put it out of your reach.

Pros: The best of the two worlds, Impressive battery life; Comfortable keyboard; Privacy of the Safe View screen; Practical fingerprint scanner
Cons: Expensive; Much thicker, thicker than Surface Pro

Key specifications – Display: 13.5 inches, 3000 x 2000; CPU: 7th Gen Core i5 / 8th Gen Core i7; RAM: 8GB / 16GB; SSD: 256 GB / 1 TB; Ports: 1x USB type C, 2x USB 3.1, headphone jack; SD memory reader; Surface Connect; GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU optional with 2 GB of VRAM; Battery life: 13:07; Weight: 3.6 lbs

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Starting at $ 1499.00

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Another solid option in the non-retractable 2-in-1 field, the Dell XPS 13 2-in -1 packages to love Its InfinityEdge screen, practically without bevel, continues with a strong tradition of the company, with good color output and brightness ratings (although Surface Pro goes a little further). At $ 999, the basic XPS 2-in-1 costs $ 60 less than the Surface Pro with its keyboard and stylus ($ 1,060). And with a time of 8 hours and 27 minutes in the Mag portable battery test, the Dell lasted almost an hour longer than the Surface Pro (7:30). On the downside, that model includes a 1920 x 1080 pixel display that is less sharp than the 2736 x 1824 pixel panel in Surface Pro.

Pros: Compact design; Comfortable keyboard; InfinityEdge vibrant screen; Awesome audio;
Cons: The camera is placed under the screen

Key specifications – Display: 13 inches, 1920 x 1080/3200 x 1800; CPU: 7th Gen Core i5 / 7th Gen Core i7; RAM: 4 GB / 16 GB; SSD: 128 GB / 512 GB; Ports: 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB Type-C, headphone jack; microSD memory reader; Battery life: 8:27; Weight: 2.7 lbs

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Starting at $ 999.00

Lenovo Miix 720

If you want a removable one that looks like the Surface Pro that does not make you choose between USB Type C and Type A, the Lenovo Miix 720 is a solid option. Its comfortable keyboard and vibrant screen come close to what you get from Surface Pro as well. Priced at $ 1,249 for a Core i7 CPU with 256 GB of SSD storage, 8 GB of RAM and a keyboard and stylus, the Miix 729 costs $ 510 more than a similarly configured Surface Pro. The only important problem is the duration of the battery. At 5 hours and 37 minutes, the resistance of this Lenovo is almost 2 hours less than that of the Surface Pro (7:30).

Pros: Bright and colorful screen; Comfortable typing experience; USB Type-C and Type-A ports; good overall performance
Cons: Battery life is below average; Reduction of the Shift key to the right

Key specifications – Display: 12-inch screen, 2880 x 1920; CPU: 7th Gen Core i5 / 7th Gen Core i7; RAM: 8GB; SSD: 256 GB; Ports: 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, headphone jack; microSD memory reader; Battery life: 5:37; Weight: 2.6 lbs

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From $ 1249.00

HP EliteBook x360 G2

If you are looking for a 2 in 1 that is ideal for business, the HP EliteBook x360 G2 is a solid choice. It has all the security options that your IT department could request (fingerprint reader, face recognition, smart card reader, vPro and TPM), as well as HP's SureStart technology for a self-healing BIOS. The 9-hour battery life of the X360 G2 means it lasts more than 1.5 hours longer than the Surface Pro (7:30), and its comfortable keyboard will help you write a lot during that time. Its biggest drawback is its screen, which is much darker than the Surface Pro.

Pros: Beautiful design; Long battery life; Variety of security options; Large keyboard
Cons: Comparatively weak display

Key specifications – Display: 13.3-inch screen, 1920 x 1080; CPU: 7th Gen Core i5 / 7th Gen Core i7; RAM: 8GB / 16GB; SSD: 128 GB / 256 GB; Ports: 1x Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.0, smart card reader, headphone jack, microSD memory reader, HDMI; Battery life: 9:17; Weight: 2.8 lbs

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Starting at $ 1895.00







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Henry T. Casey

Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College, a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in the publication and development of products at Rizzoli and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom & # 39; s Guide and LAPTOP wrote for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts and mastering his cold coffee process. Content governs everything around you.
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