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17 Best Surface Pro Alternatives in 2018

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There are Surface Pro alternatives that offer lower prices, more battery life, more storage and include the accessories you need for a Surface Pro experience on the go. You can pick up one of these Surface Pro 6 alternatives if you need additional features, can’t spend $899 or you just don’t like the options. This list also includes excellent Surface Pro 4 alternatives and Surface Pro 5 alternatives.

The Surface Pro 6 is a great device, but there are some excellent rivals you should take a look at before you choose it as your next device, including other Surface Pro devices.

Surface Pro alternatives deliver longer battery life and more ports while keeping the same design as Microsoft’s Surface Pro. These devices have keyboard covers for typing documents and interacting with Windows with a touchpad instead of their touchscreen. Every Surface Pro  alternative that we recommend can run Microsoft Office 365, iTunes and every other desktop app that you use on your laptop or desktop today. The best Surface Pro 6 alternatives have USB ports, two cameras and a digital pen for you to take notes and draw with. Many of them also include USB C ports.

Many of these Windows 10 2-in-1s cost less than Microsoft’s latest model. That’s what really makes them exciting. Some of these more affordable models include a Pen and a keyboard cover, which are all extra on the Surface Pro 6. This lets you get going with your new tablet without extra purchases. Compare that to the $129.99 you must spend on a Surface Type Cover to use the Surface Pro as a laptop away from home. The Surface Pen costs another $99.99. The cheapest Surface Pro you can buy today starts at $799 for the Surface Pro 5 and $899 for the Surface Pro 6.

The Windows 2-in-1s that are pricier come with faster processors and more storage than you can get in Microsoft’s tablet.

Here are the best Surface Pro alternatives with your best options to buy instead of the 2017 Surface Pro or the Surface Pro 6.

Here are the best Surface Pro alternatives with your best options to buy instead of the 2017 Surface Pro or the Surface Pro 6.

Some of the best Surface Pro alternatives are essentially clones that are cheaper and have a different logo on the back. Other rivals are more durable and stylish. Many of these Windows 2-in-1s use USB C and Thunderbolt 3 ports to sync your smartphone or connect to a dock with a single cable. A few rivals dump the Surface Pro’s Windows Hello camera for a fingerprint reader that’s more convenient when using them as a tablet instead of a laptop. You cannot get a Surface Pro 6 LTE yet, but you can find integrated LTE on the best Surface Pro alternatives.

As you consider these alternatives to Surface Pro, keep these things in mind. Microsoft replaced the Surface Pro 4 with the 2017 Surface Pro, aka the new Surface Pro, in early 2017. This was essentially the Surface Pro 5.  The Surface Pro 5 delivered a more sensitive screen, longer battery life and as of early 2018 was available with LTE connections. You can still buy the 2017 Surface Pro alongside the Surface Pro 6. The Surface Pro 4 is not readily available anymore.

Microsoft replaced the Surface Pro 4 with the 2017 Surface Pro in May of 2017. It’s more sensitive to pressure as you write or draw with the Surface Pen and lasts longer between charges. It’s also more expensive and still doesn’t include the accessories and extra ports that other Surface Pro 4 alternatives do. It’s harder to find a new Surface Pro 4 now that this model is for sale. Microsoft doesn’t sell them on its website anymore.

If cost is why you’re looking for Surface Pro alternatives, use Microsoft’s Student and Military Discount to save money on the Surface Pro 6. This discount gets students, parents, teachers and military personnel 10% off any Surface. The military portion of this discount applies to active duty, former and retired service members and their families. With this savings, a Surface Pro 6 starts at $809.10 instead of $899. That’s pretty generous compared to other store discounts. Parents of kids in school as young as kindergarten age can use this discount. Check out the best Surface Pro 6 deals to look for savings.

Also, you can save money on the Surface Pro by buying a certified refurbished 2017 Surface Pro from the Microsoft Store. Models start at $679. Expect to see refurbished Surface Pro 6 models available in a few months.

With Surface All Access you can buy a Surface Pro starting at $47.87 a month for 24 months with $0 APR. This includes a Type Cover and Office 365.

Read: 56 Best Windows 10 Apps in 2018

Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives

  1. Huawei MateBook
  2. Samsung Galaxy Book with Windows
  3. 2018 ThinkPad X1 Tablet
  4. HP Spectre X2-c012dx
  5. 2017 Surface Pro
  6. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA
  7. Lenovo Miix 510
  8. Surface Go
  9. Lenovo Miix 720
  10. Dell Latitude 7285
  11. Surface Book 2
  12. HP X2 210 G2 Detachable PC
  13. Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1
  14. Asus Transformer Pro T304UA
  15. Eve V
  16. Lenovo Yoga Book with Windows
  17. HP Envy x2 12-e011nr

Original reporting by Travis Pope.

Huawei MateBook

Huawei MateBook
$378.00 from Amazon

The Huawei MateBook's low cost is what makes it a solid Surface Pro alternative. 

This Windows 2-in-1 offers 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 processor for just $378. An enhanced model has an Intel Core m5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256 of solid-state storage for $459.98. 

Factor in essential accessories and you save even more. The MatePen, this 2-in-1's digital stylus, is $49.99. That's $20 less than Microsoft's Surface Pen. The Windows 2-in-1 detects 2,048 different levels of pressure as you write or draw with this stylus. The Huawei Matebook's keyboard costs $99.99. That's $30 less than the Surface Type Cover. It acts as the Matebook's kickstand. Backlit keys let you see what you're typing in the dark.

You still get a premium-looking Surface Pro 6 alternative with all the right ports when you buy the Huawei Matebook. A USB Type-C port, a headset jack and a connection for its add-on keyboard sit on its rounded aluminum edge. The only thing breaking up the aluminum design is the 12-inch 2,160 x 1,1440 display on the front. 

The Huawei MateBook is rated at 9 hours on a charge, which is less than the Surface Pro 6. 

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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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