Surface Pro

Looking for something that's like the Surface Pro but isn't quite the Surface Pro? We have you covered.

Microsoft's Surface Pro is the benchmark for the 2-in-1 PC. That much isn't really in doubt. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's the best, or that it's appealing to everyone. What if you want something else?

There are some great choices out there that pack a Surface-like experience into a different body. Here are some solid alternatives to the Surface Pro.

HP Spectre x2 (2017)

HP Spectre x2

The HP Spectre x2 for 2017 stands apart from the Surface Pro in a few key areas.

From our full review:

The Spectre x2's real strength, however, is in value. HP is not shy about boasting how much more affordable the Spectre x2 is compared to the Surface Pro – and it is significant.

The x2 is $600 cheaper than the Surface Pro at the high-end, and $300 lower down. Spectre x2 starts at $1,149. You're still getting seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, too, with 8GB of RAM, a higher resolution display than the Surface Pro and a pair of USB-C ports.

You'll also find the pen and keyboard included with the Spectre x2 (not so with the Pro), so you're getting the full experience out of the box.

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ASUS Transformer 3 Pro

Transformer 3 Pro

ASUS got a lot right with the Transformer 3 Pro.

From our full review:

On the whole, the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro is a hit. It looks great, it's got plenty of specs and it's a joy to use. It even gets the edge on the Surface Pro by having Intel RealSense, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

In other words, things that the Surface Pro should have, the Transformer 3 Pro does have. The USB-C Thunderbolt 3 connectivity allows all manner of desktop-class accessories to be connected, turning it into a full desktop PC or even a gaming machine with ASUS's eGPU.

The digital pen is excellent, as is the keyboard, and the Transformer 3 Pro is a complete package. U.S. availability seems to be lacking right now but in the UK it'll cost at least £749 ($967).

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Dell XPS 12

XPS 12

This 12-inch Core M-powered 2-in-1 has been around for a while, but it's still an absolute treat.

The XPS line is Dell's premium brand, where high-end hardware meets cutting-edge design and construction. The XPS 12 is no different. Its sleek body is complemented by a stunning display and tiny side bezels.

From our hands-on preview:

The Dell XPS 12 has a unique design with a magnetic connection for transitioning from laptop to tablet. The mobility base provides a full-size backlit keyboard and precision touchpad for working on the go.

It only has a single position when attached to the keyboard, but you'll forget about that when you're looking at its breathtaking 4K display. Throw in 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and USB-C Thunderbolt 3, and you have a serious portable PC. Prices start right now at $630 for the full HD model.

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Lenovo Miix 720

Miix 720

Lenovo successfully used the Surface blueprint to create its own range of 2-in-1s, and the Miix 720 is a solid all-arounder.

From our preview:

This update to the Miix 700 (introduced one year ago at CES 2016) is an update inside and out, and yet still instantly familiar — both to Surface owners and fans of previous Miix tablets. There's a lot that's carries over, from the 12-inch, 3:2 form factor to the kickstand that's mounted via a small pair of Lenovo's iconic watchband hinges that fold back to 150 degrees.

With seventh-generation Intel Core i processors and HD 620 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of solid state drive (SSD) storage, the Miix 720 is capable enough to be your everything PC, not just the one you take out and about with you. As with the Surface Pro line, this form factor doesn't mean you have to compromise. Prices start at $999.

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Samsung Galaxy Book

Galaxy Book

Replacing the older TabPro S, the Galaxy Book isn't actually a book in the same way most other manufacturers use the term. It's a 2-in-1 and not a tablet.

From our preview:

The Galaxy Book will come in two variants, one at 10-inches and the other at 12-inches. Both tablets are remarkably thin, clocking in at 7.4mm apiece. The 12-inch version sports a super AMOLED display, weighing in at 745g, while the 10-inch will feature a TFT-based display, weighing in at 645g.

The backlit keyboard also comes in the box with the Galaxy Book, giving it an immediate leg up on the Surface Pro. And you get a digital pen, an LTE model and some exclusive features if you happen to use one of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones.

Prices start around $600 for the base, 10.6-inch model.

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If you've got something to add to the discussion, there's a great thread in the Windows Central Forums talking about community members' favorite alternatives to the new Surface Pro.

Updated July 18, 2017: We added the latest HP Spectre x2 as one of our top alternatives to the Surface Pro.