There’s no reason that you shouldn’t consider Surface Pro 4 alternatives when shopping for your next Windows notebook or tablet. Devices that look and work like the Surface Pro 4 sometimes offer longer battery life, more storage, new connectivity options and cost less.
They do all that while keeping the same design that Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 has. These devices have keyboard covers for typing documents and interacting with Windows with a touchpad instead of their touchscreen. You can install Microsoft Word, iTunes and every other desktop app that you use on your laptop or desktop today. Many Surface Pro 4 alternatives have USB ports, two cameras and let you use a digital pen to write things down.
Not all alternatives are direct copies. Some have a USB Type-C port, so that you can sync your smartphone or connect to a dock with a single cable that works on other devices. A few dump the Surface Pro 4’s Windows Hello camera for a fingerprint reader that’s more convenient when using them as a tablet instead of a laptop. No Surface Pro 4 can connect to a Mobile data network, but some of its rivals can.
Many of these devices cost less than Microsoft’s $649.99 entry-level model does. Hardware makers include pens and keyboards with some Surface Pro 4 alternatives. This lets users get going with their new tablet without extra purchases. Compare that to the $129.99 you must spend on a Surface Type Cover to get the best experience possible. Windows 2-in-1s that don’t cost less have faster processors and more storage than you can get in Microsoft’s tablet for the same price.
Here are the 7 best Surface Pro 4 alternatives. These devices will get you a Surface-like experience, without some of the pitfalls of buying a Surface Pro 4.
Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives
- Huawei MateBook
- Samsung Galaxy Book with Windows
- ThinkPad X1 Tablet
- HP Spectre X2-c012dx
- 2017 Surface Pro
- Asus Transformer Mini T102HA
- Lenovo Miix 510
Huawei MateBook - $549
The Huawei MateBook has an attractive price and two configurations for shoppers to pick from.
This machine offers 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 processor for just $399. More expensive configurations add an Intel Core m5 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid state storage.
Buyers that like clean design will love the Huawei Matebook. Its sleek metal frame has just a USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard. It doesn’t have a kickstand on the back. Instead, users snap the cover accessory onto the bottom to hold the screen up. The 12-inch 2160 x 11440 display dominates the front, and machined aluminum covers the back.
You will need to factor in the cost of the digital pen and the keyboard with your purchase. The MatePen is just $49.99 from the Microsoft Store. The keyboard, which has a kickstand for propping the device up and backlit keys, costs $99. For comparison, a Surface Type Cover costs $129.99, and the Surface Pro 4’s pen sells for $59.99.