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5 Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives in 2017

There’s no reason that you shouldn’t look into Surface Pro 4 alternatives when shopping for your next Windows notebook or tablet. Some offer longer battery life, more storage, new connectivity options and cost less than the Surface Pro 4 does.

Like the Surface Pro 4, these PCs are for users looking to work and play on the same device. The best Surface Pro 4 alternatives have touch screens and gyroscopes for playing games. Their screens are spacious and detailed enough to watch a movie or television show on for hours. Some are thin enough that they can replace a large eBook reader.

Working on them is as simple as attaching an accessory and opening a program. Keyboard covers allow users to begin working on a term paper in minutes. Microsoft Word and other programs let their owners collaborate on presentations and projects instead of relying on apps with missing features. Surface Pro 4 alternatives have digital pens for note-taking and organizing information.

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What Makes the Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives

The best Surface Pro 4 alternatives find a way for the different activities that you’d do on a notebook and tablet to coexist. It takes well-designed hardware and neat software tricks to get this balance just right.

Displays are an excellent example of the compromise that a replacement for Surface Pro needs. Productivity requires lots of multitasking, and multitasking goes better when you have a big enough screen for two programs to run side by side. Screen resolution matters for entertainment lovers a little more than size. They want a screen that has lots of detail for their movies and television shows. The device must be portable. The best Surface Pro 4 alternatives have screens that balance these priorities.

This balancing act factors into what ports and extras are present in each Surface Pro 4 alternative. USB Type-C ports allow device makers to create very thin tablets. The thinner a Surface Pro 4 is, the more comfortable it is to hold. USB Type-C works with displays, phones and docks. On the other hand, full-size USB ports work without dongles and accessories. They also require a device to be thicker than it would be with USB Type-C.

Hardware makers and Microsoft have software tricks for balancing these priorities and making better Windows 2-in-1s. Lenovo devices can dim their screen and change their hue to make reading on them closer to reading on paper. Windows 10 has a Tablet Mode that increases the size of apps and programs to make them friendlier for touch. Makers of Surface Pro 4 alternatives can build support into this.

Read: Surface Pro 4 Review: The Best There Is

Here are the best Surface Pro 4 alternatives. Each of them uses hardware and software tricks to provide a great entertainment and productivity experience.

Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives

  1. Huawei MateBook
  2. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
  3. Samsung Galaxy Book with Windows
  4. ThinkPad X1 Tablet
  5. HP Elite X2 1012

Huawei MateBook - $399

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Huawei MateBook - $399

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 eager for a Windows 2-in-1 without lots of extra ports and distractions may like this device. Its metal frame has just a USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard. The front is dominated by a 12-inch 2160 x 11440 display, putting what you're working on or watching at the forefront of your experience.

Read: Huawei MateBook Review: If iPad and Surface Mated

You’ll need to factor in the cost of the digital pen and the keyboard because neither of these comes with the Huawei MateBook. They, like the tablet itself, are cheaper than what Surface offers. The MatePen is just $49 from the Microsoft Store. The keyboard, which has a kickstand for propping the device up and backlit keys, costs $99. A Surface Type Cover costs $129.99. The Surface Pen sells for $59.99.

[ Buy the Huawei MateBook for $399 from the Microsoft Store ]

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  2. Dustin

    06/22/2016 at 1:02 am

    No mention of the Cube i7 Stylus? Should definitely be on the list as a budget pick….


    • Travis Pope

      09/16/2016 at 7:05 am

      Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look into this one for sure. Adding a few budget picks here wouldn’t hurt.


  3. Fran

    09/16/2016 at 8:39 am

    Acer switch alpha 12 is awesome. $649 on sale with pen and 2 gb flash drive


  4. Mugereki

    10/05/2016 at 2:16 am

    I was also going to add acer switch alpha…in my opinion i think its the most affordable and has greater value compared to the rest.


  5. Mihai

    12/01/2016 at 8:23 am

    Hi there. I was wondering which of the mentioned models have at least 2 outputs that can be used as audio out simultaneously. I’m considering buying one of these devices, for basic mixing. One for cue and at least one for out.


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