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17 Best Surface Pro Alternatives in 2019



HP Spectre X2-c012dx

HP Spectre X2-c012dx
Buy the HP Spectre X2 from HP for $1,149.99

The new HP Spectre X2 looks amazing. If you prefer to buy a PC from a trusted hardware maker, this Surface Pro alternative is worth adding to your list.  

This model replaces the original HP Spectre X2, and has some upgrades based on the feedback HP received. An updated kickstand provides up to a 165-degree viewing angle when in Laptop Mode. The wider angle makes the new Spectre X2 easier to write on, according to HP. Thanks to a durable plastic shell, the keyboard cover won't wear as quickly as the Surface Pro's soft Type Cover does. You get this keyboard and the digital pen with the HP Spectre X2-c012dx, saving you money on accessories. 

Read: 9 Best Surface Pro 4 Keyboards & Why You Need One

Expect great performance and a solid display from this Windows 2-in-1. Models come with an Intel Core i5 or an Intel Core i7 processor. Intel’s Iris Plus 650 graphics let this Surface Pro alternative handle graphically complex tasks better than the Surface Pro. The 12.3-inch 3,000 x 2,000 display is three times as sharp as an HD display is and is slightly sharper than what the Surface Pro 4 offers. 

Charge the HP Spectre X2-c012dx for 30 minutes and you can work or play for 4 hours. A full charge gets you 8 hours of battery life. For comparison, the Surface Pro 6 lasts 13.5 hours. If it charges at the same rate as the 2017 Surface Pro expect a 50% charge in about an hour and a full charge in about two hours.

You get more ways to connect your favorite accessories with the HP Spectre X2. Two USB Type-C ports let you connect to a monitor and other accessories with a single cable. Better, if you ever upgrade from the Spectre X2, your cables and dock will work with your new device. HP includes an adapter to turn one of the device's USB Type-C ports into a USB Type-A port. That's the port that mice, printers, cameras and older accessories use.  

You need a $199 Surface Dock to connect the Surface Pro to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and charge with a single cable. That dock only works on Surface devices, so you're stuck with Surface if you want to keep using it. 

Finally, the 13-megapixel rear-facing camera on the back of the HP Spectre X2 easily takes better photos than the 8-megapixel camera on the Surface Pro. You can sign in with Windows Hello using the front-facing camera.

The HP Spectre X2 starts at $1,149.99. A second model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state storage costs $1,229.99.



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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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