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Good alternatives to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Microsoft recently unveiled the newest member of the Surface product line, the Surface Pro 3. The new tablet is bigger than earlier versions, and is available in various configurations.
The biggest change from early models, aside from the 12-inch display, is the availability of Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The fastest processor turns the Surface Pro 3 into a real laptop replacement when paired with a keyboard cover.
The Surface Pro 3 ranges from $799 to $1,949 depending on the hardware configuration. The new Type Cover keyboard is an extra $129.99.
Surface Pro 3 configurations:
Processor Intel Core i3, i5, i7 Display 12-inch (2,160 X 1,440) Weight 800gm (1.76lbs) Memory 4GB - 8GB Storage 64GB - 512GB Battery 9 hours Price $799 - $1,949
The Surface isn't the only Windows hybrid, a number of them have been on the market for some time. There are models with different screen sizes, and keyboards that are full laptop docks. We've searched the web and come up with the seven best alternatives to the Surface Pro 3. Only models with detachable screens and good keyboard options were considered.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10
Lenovo has produced a business tablet worthy of the ThinkPad brand. The ThinkPad 10 is a tablet that coupled with the Ultrabook dock turns into a full laptop.
The high-resolution display has wide viewing angles, a must for a tablet. The light weight of the ThinkPad 10 makes it a very good tablet, and coupled with one of the optional keyboards it becomes a solid laptop replacement.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 configurations:
Processor Intel Atom Processor Z3795 SoC Quad Core Display 10.1” (1,920 x 1,200) IPS Weight 598gm (1.31lbs) Memory 2GB - 4GB Storage 51GB - 128GB Battery 10 hours Price $599 up
Asus Transformer Book X300
The Transformer line from Asus has been around for years, starting with Android and now with Windows 8. The X300 is heavy but that's expected in such a large tablet.
The full laptop dock has a battery that extends the life of the tablet with its own battery.
Asus Transformer Book X300 configurations:
Processor Intel Core i5, i7 Display 13.3-inch (1,920x1,080) Weight Tablet: 0.95kg; Dock: 0.95kg (with battery) Memory 4GB Storage 320GB - 500GB HDD with 128GB SSD Battery 8 hours Price $1,499