The Surface Go is Microsoft's latest entry-level, baby Surface, and it's turning quite a few heads. It isn't the first small Surface, nor is it the only choice for someone who wants a small, highly-portable Windows 10 machine.
There are others out there, highlighting the strength of the Windows 10 ecosystem. These are your best alternatives to the Surface Go.
ASUS Transformer Mini
The Transformer Mini has been around for a while now, but at around $370, it remains a great little package.
From our review.
It's superb as a tablet, excellent with the keyboard attached, and a lot of fun to write and draw on.
It's powered by an Intel Atom x5 processor but comes 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and importantly includes a keyboard and digital pen, both of which are costly extras with the Surface Go. It's great to use as both a tablet and a mini-laptop and at a great price, too.
Chuwi SurBook Mini
Chuwi is a brand that does a lot right with high-quality, affordable Windows 10 devices. The SurBook Mini is its take on the Surface Go with a kickstand, optional pen and keyboard.
For $350, you get an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, alongside both USB-C and USB 3.0 Type A ports.
The display is "only" 1080p but at this size that's still excellent, and with the keyboard only another $56 you get a tiny laptop for not a lot of money.
Lenovo Yoga Book
The Yoga Book is a curious thing in so much as it's technically a laptop with a permanent keyboard, but it's also not really a laptop at all. The Halo keyboard is entirely touch-based, and can also be used as a digital sketchpad.
From our review:
If you're looking for Windows tablet built with the sketching artist in mind, or a compact tablet you can easily take on the go while leaving your big, powerful laptop at home, then Yoga Book is a great choice at a surprisingly affordable price.
It's powered by an Intel Atom x5, has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and in true Yoga fashion, the display can be flipped around to use as a tablet or to stand up to watch a movie on. You can now get one for around $330 with an included pen.
The original Huawei MateBook is easy to ignore as it's been out for a couple of years, but it was never a budget device to begin with. And now, prices are a lot closer to that of the Surface Go, making it a compelling alternative.
From our review:
Huawei made a decision here to go for thin, light, and powerful with an above-average display. While there are tradeoffs, I think these were the right ones for the majority of people who would consider buying this tablet.
The MateBook brings an Intel Core m3 to the table with a 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM and a stupendous looking 12-inch 2160 x 1440 resolution display. There's also a Windows Hello-supporting fingerprint scanner, as well as support for an optional digital pen and keyboard, all for around $500.
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