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17 Best Surface Pro Alternatives in 2019



Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1

Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1
$899.99 from Lenovo

With its good looks, stunning battery life and always-connected internet access, consider the Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1 instead of a Surface Pro. 

Launched in mid-2018, the Miix 630 2-in-1 has a smartphone processor for a brain and Microsoft's Windows 10 S operating system installed. Because of that Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, you get up to 20 hours of battery life. Compare that to the 13.5 hours of video a Surface Pro 6 lasts through. Windows 10 S limits what you can install to apps from the Windows Store, but you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free if you find that too limiting. 

Read: Lenovo Miix 630 to Spark Surface Pro Regrets

The Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1 drops some legacy ports and features for newer standards. The USB Type-C port doubles as its charging port and only option for connecting extra accessories with a cable. Boost storage with the MicroSD card slot if you fill the tablet's 256GB of built-in storage. The Miix 630 doesn't have an Ethernet port. However, it does support Wi-Fi and LTE data. Use the LTE connectivity to browse the internet away from home without a Wi-Fi hotspot.

This Windows 2-in-1 best the Surface Pro in another way. It has a 13-megapixel camera instead of the 8-megapixel camera that's in the Surface Pro. So, if you are someone that takes photos with your tablet, this is the better device for your needs. The front-facing camera lets you sign into Windows 10 without typing your password.

Do expect videos to look less crisp on the Miix 630 than the Surface Pro 6. The Miix 630 has a 1,920 x 1,280 12.3-inch display. That's way less detailed than the 2,736 x 1,824 12.3-inch display on Microsoft's tablet. The screen detects 1,024 different levels of pressure as you write or draw with Lenovo's digital pen. 

When you buy the tablet, you get a backlit keyboard cover and the digital pen. 



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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.

  6. gt

    05/14/2019 at 5:06 am

    Microsoft Surface 2 is already dead. The company does not make it.

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