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17 Best Surface Pro Alternatives in 2019

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Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2
Buy the Microsoft Surface Book 2 for $1,149 from the Microsoft Store

Buy the Surface Book 2 if you want a powerful laptop with a true keyboard dock and lots of processing power.

There are two Surface Book 2 models to choose from: The Surface Book 2 15-inch with a 3,240 x 2,160 15-inch display and a smaller version with a slightly sharper 3,000 x 2,000 13.5-inch display. A button press releases both displays and turns them into huge tablets with 3 hours of battery life.

Surface Book 2 models have all the latest hardware. Get a Surface Book 2 13.5-inch with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM for $1,199. That's double the RAM and way more processing power than what you get with the cheapest Surface Pro. This model supports a fast Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of storage, 16GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 2GB of dedicated RAM. 

Read: Which Surface Book 2 Should You Buy?


If you're really into gaming, the Surface Book 2 15-inch is the Surface Pro alternative you want. An Intel Core i7 processor with four processing cores and GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB of dedicated RAM provide all the power a solid gaming experience needs. This model also has a built-in radio for connecting Xbox Wireless Controllers and other accessories. At $3,299.99, this is the most expensive Surface Book 2 you can buy. 

Despite their differences, the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 are similar in some ways. Each Surface Book 2 has a touch-sensitive screen that’s capable of detecting pen strokes from the Surface Pen. Drop a Surface Dial on the display and on-screen controls appear in Adobe Photoshop, Groove Music and other apps available in the Windows Store. You log into the system with the built-in Windows Hello camera that sits just above the display.

Read: 15 Best Surface Book 2 Accessories


On the other hand, consider these internal upgrades as you choose between buying a Surface Pro 6 or a Surface Book 2. Surface Book 2 detects 4,096 different levels of pressure from the Surface Pen, making it the best option for professional artists. Also, Surface Book 2 has a USB Type-C port for existing docks and an SDXC card reader for offloading your phones and videos from your professional camera.  

Finally, expect spectacular battery life when the Surface Book 2 is docked to its keyboard base. According to Microsoft, they last for up to 17 hours of productivity together. Compare that to the Surface Pro 6's 13.5 hours of battery life. 

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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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