Lenovo's Miix 700: Like a Surface Pro 3 but with a better, included keyboard

Do you like the Surface Pro 3 but wish it came with the keyboard? Consider the Lenovo Miix 700 which includes the accessory and offers a better typing experience.

I've said many times over the past year or so that Microsoft's Surface Pro product line is among the best hardware the company has ever made.

I always wished, however, that Microsoft included the detachable keyboard with a Surface Pro. Now somebody is.... sorta.

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Along with many new ThinkPads, Lenovo debuted on Wednesday the IdeaPad Miix 700 tablet.

I got my hands on one briefly and it looks very much like a Surface Pro 3, complete with integrated stand. The keyboard is not only better than Microsoft's but it's included: The starting price is $699 for a Miix 700, including the keyboard and it arrives in November.

While I like Microsoft's Type Cover, in just a short time using the Miix 700, I immediately preferred it. That shouldn't surprise: Even before Lenovo bought IBM's computer business, the devices were known for their excellent typing experiences.

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Lenovo will also offer an optional "active pen" stylus with the laptop when it becomes available.

On the outside, it would be easy to mistake the Miix 700 for a Surface Pro 3.

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Lenovo chose a similarly sized 12-inch display with 2160 by 1440 resolution. I needled a Lenovo representative by noting what the Miix 700 reminded me of, which got a chuckle and the accurate response of "Ah, but we have a fashionable watchband design on the hinge."

Lenovo is using 6th-generation Intel Core M processors to power the Miix 700 and says you can expect up to 9 hours of video playback. I'd guess traditional work activities to lower the run-time by about an hour or so.

The 2-in-1 device can be configured with up to 8 GB of memory and a 256 GB solid state drive. Additional options include Intel's Real Sense 3D camera tech and an integrated LTE radio for road warriors