Best Surface Pro 4 Alternatives

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Microsoft's Surface helped set the standard for 2-in-1s, and the new Surface Pro 4 wants to stay ahead of the pack with a stunning PixelSense display, faster performance and a much improved Type Cover. But the competition isn't standing still. Everyone from Apple and Dell to HP and Lenovo is aiming to knock the Surface Pro 4 off its pedestal ─ and each foe has its own secret weapon.

Do any of these would-be Surface Killers have a shot? Here's how they compare.

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  • roman i. drozd Says:

    I received Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft to test this item. In your presentation of alternatives I don't understand a few things:
    1. No clear information about Stylus (Pen) possibilities in alternative models. The Pen decides about many useful applications, especially for musicians and painters, etc.
    2. Start price of Dell XPS12 is minimum 1300$...

    I explain - this test makes a sense with items having Pen and Touch screen. Only in this situation your test can be reliable.

  • Hifihedgehog Says:

    Btw, you forgot to mention that the MIIX 700's keyboard can also operate wirelessly.

  • Hifihedgehog Says:

    Did Lenovo raise the starting price for the MIIX 700 or something? It was announced as $699 several months ago.

  • Shakes Says:

    Can you please explain to me how the iPad Pro's pen is better? The only supposed advantage is the tilt thing... Nothing else. Meanwhile the Surface Pen has better battery life, can control some functions of the device and has an eraser

  • Jonathan Becker Says:

    I just bought a Toshiba z20t hybrid, and find that it is both a better hybrid than the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. Between the trackpoint on the keyboard, the matte screen, the battery in both the base and tablet, a full range of ports on the tablet, and TWO Wacom pens, it's a very substantial machine. It may not be "Skylake" or whatever, but I think the CPU is sometimes irrelevant compared to the usage scenarios.

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