10 Best Surface Pro Alternatives in 2020
Surface Pro With LTE
The ultimate Surface Pro 7 alternative with LTE and a proven track record is the 2017 Surface Pro. This model promises the same battery life as the Surface Pro 6 and connects to your data plan.
The Surface Pro with LTE battery lasts 13.5-hours on a single charge thanks to its 7th Generation Intel Core M3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. While the new processors in the Surface Pro 7 make it a nice upgrade, this older model may be a better buy for some users.
A few tricks make the 2017 Surface Pro great for artists. The screen can detect 4,096 different levels of pressure compared to the 1,024 levels of pressure the Surface Pro 4 offers. Tilt sensing lets artists get just the right angle with every stroke of their Surface Pen. Its kickstand opens as wide as 165-degrees, which Microsoft says is a better angle for artists to draw on a table. Drop Microsoft's Surface Dial on the Surface Pro's screen to quickly switch pen tip sizes or colors in a way that feels natural. You can customize the Surface Dial to change settings in other apps too.
With LTE connectivity, the Surface Pro can use a data plan to connect to the internet when you aren't at home.
It still has a MicroSD card slot, a USB 3.0 port, a MiniDisplay Port, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera. Models come with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
Unfortunately, this Surface Pro 7 alternative doesn't come cheap. The 2017 Surface Pro with Intel Core M3 processor costs $780 if you can find it. A model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of solid-state storage and 8GB of RAM is $1,299.
Read: Surface Pro Review: More Money, Less Problems
Remember to factor in the cost of accessories before you make your decision. A Surface Type Cover is essential if you plan to use this Windows 10 2-in-1 away from home. Those covers start at $129.99. You don't get a Surface Pen with the Surface Pro LTE. Count on spending $99.99 for that accessory.
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06/22/2016 at 1:02 am
No mention of the Cube i7 Stylus? Should definitely be on the list as a budget pick….
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.
09/16/2016 at 8:39 am
Acer switch alpha 12 is awesome. $649 on sale with pen and 2 gb flash drive
10/19/2018 at 9:29 am
The Acer has a unusable pen. It doesn’t work correctly with Onenote. It is a Elan / Synaptics pen and you get jagged and unusable notes from it. Better stick to a Wacom type pen. This is a known problem but Acer doesn’t do anything about it (other than dumping their tablets cheap).
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.
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.
05/14/2019 at 5:06 am
Microsoft Surface 2 is already dead. The company does not make it.
09/12/2019 at 6:06 am
While from a technical standpoint, the Eve V is a competitor, they have still not delivered to customers that have ordered 18+months ago.
Eve V is a scam – it should not be on anyone’s “buy” list under any circumstance & articles that promote it do not do the consumers any justice.