Looking for something that's like the Surface Pro 4 but isn't the Surface Pro 4? We have you covered.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 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 4.

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro

Transformer 3 Pro

ASUS got a lot right with the Transformer 3 Pro. In particular, it bests the Surface Pro 4 from a sheer hardware perspective.

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 from £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 7th 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, and Lenovo is right on top of that. Prices start at $999.

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Huawei MateBook


The MateBook was Huawei's first Windows 10 tablet, and it made an immediate splash. Its combination of style, super-thin form factor and good hardware meant it was impossible to ignore.

From our review:

All in all, the Huawei MateBook for 2016 could very well be the best Windows 10 tablet and PC experience to date but there are sacrifices. Whether it is better than a Surface depends on which you value more (design or performance), but make no mistake the MateBook is now firmly at the top of this category.

Huawei has an integrated fingerprint scanner on the MateBook for Windows Hello, as well as an optional USB-C dock, and a digital pen. Its keyboard isn't quite as good as the Surface Pro's, but it's very close. As a complete package, the MateBook is very easy to recommend. Now it's been around a little while, too, it's possible to get one for as low as $450, which is terrific value.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

TabPro S

The TabPro S is soon to be succeeded by the Galaxy Book, but until then it's still Samsung's premier tablet. Like the others on this list, it squeezes Ultrabook-class hardware into a sleek tablet with a stunning display.

From our preview:

The 12-inch Super AMOLED display carries a resolution of 2160 x 1400, which looks great. Inside, you have Intel's 6th-Gen Core M processor paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage. The Galaxy TabPro S is designed to easily be carried around, and it packs a 5200mAh battery. Samsung claims 10.5 hours of battery life per charge, with the ability to fully power up the tablet in just 2.5 hours.

It doesn't quite have all the power some of the alternatives here do, but it can be had right now at a decent discount over its list price. With neat software features, such as Samsung Flow, allowing buyers of Galaxy phones to use them as a security device for their TabPro S, it's well done. Prices have dropped quite a bit since launch, and you can now get one for around $550.

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