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Best Surface Pro Alternatives

While it's hard to argue that Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 is one of the very best 2-in-1 laptops right now, it's not perfect — especially for everyone. Yes, it's fast and finally offers a USB Type-C port, but its SSDs are slow and pricey, and battery life has gone down too.  

And although its $749 starting price is pretty attractive, you'll want to spend a bit more to get the $899 midrange model with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. And that price doesn't include the Surface Pro Type Cover ($129) and the Surface Pen ($99) separately, so you'll spend at least. That puts the true cost of a Surface Pro closer to $1,127, which is pretty pricey.

So to help in your search for your ideal machine, we've compiled a list of our favorite alternatives to Microsoft's Surface Pro. The Surface Pro is already helping your bottom line, as we still have Surface Pro 6 deals. If you want a more mobile Surface Pro, we've found the early Surface Pro X reviews — and they're all over the place.

HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)

1. HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)

What more could you want?

Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 / 4K | CPU: 8th Gen Core i7 | RAM: 8GB / 16GB | SSD: 256GB / 512GB | Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.1, headphone jack, SD memory reader | Battery Life: 12 | Weight: 2.8 pounds

Luxurious design
Outstanding battery life
Thin and lightweight
Vivid 1080p display
Class-leading keyboard
Powerful speakers
Display could be brighter
Bezels are a bit thick
Bloatware

If detachability isn't a must, but you want a nimble convertible with the brawn of theSurface Pro, the latestHP Spectre x360 is one of the top Surface Pro alternatives. Not only is it more stylish than the Surface Pro, but it features a stable hinge-based display that's a lot more lap-friendly than theSurface Pro's kickstand.And if the x360's gold accent-touched design isn't opulent enough for you,it offers an optionalsuper-high-res 4K display. At 2.8 pounds, though,it's noticably heavier than the 2.4-pound Surface Pro.

Read our full HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) review.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

2. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1

Dell's best convertible

Display: 13-inch, 1920 x 1200 | CPU: Intel Core i5 -1035G1 to Core i7-1065G7 processor | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | SSD: 256GB - 1TB | Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, headphone jack | Other: microSD memory reader | Battery Life: 10:57 | Weight: 2.9 pounds

Slim, ultraportable design
Strong performance
Bright, 16:10 display
Great battery life
Scant on ports
Shallow keyboard

The latest Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is a great update to that series, packing a lot of longevity. Its nearly bezel-free InfinityEdge display continues a strong tradition from the company, with good color output and brightness ratings (though the Surface Pro goes a bit above and beyond). 

Its epic 10-hour, 57-minute time on the Laptop Mag Battery test pushes it past its predecessor, with hours more life than the the Surface Pro 7 (7:52). On the downside, that model packs a 1920 x 1200-pixel screen that's less sharp than the 2736 x 1824-pixel panel in the Surface Pro.

Read our full Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review.

Lenovo Yoga C930

3. Lenovo Yoga C930

A lot to love, plus privacy

-Display: 13.9 inches 1080p / 4K | CPU: 8th Gen Core i7-8550U | RAM: 12GB / 16GB | SSD: 256GB | Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB 3.0, headphone jack | Battery Life: 10 | Weight: 3.1 pounds

Stylish, premium design
Thin and lightweight
Strong performance
Long battery life
Shallow keyboard
Display could be brighter, more vibrant

The Lenovo Yoga C930 —the best Surface Pro alternative—may not detach, but it's got so much to love that youwon't care.With over 10 hours of battery life and speedy 8th GenIntelCPUs, the C930 is both long-lasting and plenty powerful. It's also quote the looker, with an aluminum chassis that feels sturdy.Oh, and it tradesits predecessor's watchband hinge (which looked nice, but didn't do anything) for a soundbar that keeps your music sounding great, even in tablet mode. Oh, and a built-in pen slot means no losing your stylus.

Read our Lenovo Yoga C930 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

Android lovers get a good option

Display: 10.5-inch, 2560 x 1600 screen | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | SSD: 128GB | Ports: 1x USB Type-C, microSD memory reader | Battery Life: 8 | Weight: 0.95 pounds

Fast performance
Integrated S Pen charging
BookCover Keyboard has a touchpad
Powerful speakers
No headphone jack
Cramped keyboard
Battery life could be better

If you can work in Android — or in Samsung's desktop-like DeX mode— its Tab S6 tablet with attachable keyboard is a must see. Not only does its (optional) keyboard actually pack a touchpad, but the S Pen proves mighty useful with tricks for operating its camera from afar. And at just under a pound, it's super-light in your bag.

Read our full Galaxy Tab S6 review.

LG Gram 14 2-in-1

5. LG Gram 14 2-in-1

So light, so fast

Display: 14-inch,1920 x1080 screen | CPU: 8th Gen Core i7 | RAM: 16GB | SSD: 512GB | Ports: 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB Type-C, HDMI, headphone jack | Other: microSD memory reader | Battery Life: 11 | Weight: 2.5 pounds

Durable, extremely lightweight design
Great battery life
Strong performance
Vivid display with sharp detail
No Thunderbolt 3
Screen could be brighter
Weak audio

LG's consistently delivered exceptionally light laptops, and the Gram 14 2-in-1 isprobably its best stab yet. Combining terrific endurance (over 11 hours of battery life!) withspeedy performance and alight-but-durable design, this convertible might just convert you to believing in LG.But while we like its colorful, crisp display, that panel could stand to be brighter.

Read our full LG Gram 14 2-in-1 review.

HP Spectre Folio

6. HP Spectre Folio

Beautiful leather design

Display: 13.3 inches 1080p | CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8200Y / 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8500Y | RAM: 8GB / 16GB | SSD: 256GB | Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB Type-C, headphone jack | Battery Life: 10 | Weight: 3.4 pounds

Stylish, premium leather design
Extremely versatile
Excellent battery life
Surprisingly comfortable keyboard
Tinny audio
Middling performance

One of our favorite hybrids, the HP Spectre Folio's innovative look makes it one of the best Surface Pro alternatives. Detaching the display from the rest of the body is as simple as pushing the top of its display back and sliding the bottom until it lies flat against the deck.And unlike the weird secondary modes you get from other 2-in-1s, the Spectre Folio's presentation mode is actually useful, as it still lets you use the touchpad. Sure, this may require a little learning, but much like the Folio's leather surface, it's worth it.

Read our full HP Spectre Folio review.

HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm)

7. HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm)

Insane battery life thanks to mobile CPU

Display: 12.3 inches, 1920 x 1280 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | SSD: 128GB | Ports: 1x USB Type-C, headphone jack, Nano SIM, microSD reader | Battery Life: 15 | Weight: 2.7 pounds

Amazing battery life
4G built in
Comfortable keyboard
Beautiful display
Sluggish performance
Doesn't run some Windows apps

The Qualcomm CPU and LTE modem in theHP Envy x2 give it the gifts of ubiquitous internet and astonishing battery life. And not only does it last longer on cellular than it does on Wi-Fi, this detachablecomes with agreat keyboard and a gorgeous display. The only hiccups, though, arethat itsperformance is slower thanwe expect at this price, and its 32-bit system doesn't run some apps.

Read our HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) review.