Microsoft Surface Pro 4 alternatives
|Samsung Galaxy Book 12, 12.0 inch, 754 grams (1.66 lbs)|
The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 is a quality, productive 12-inch Windows tablet option which comes in at about 1.2 KG with the keyboard. We haven't fully tested this but remain in close contact with Notebookcheck for information. Their tests have been very positive.
|Google Pixel Slate, 12.3 inch, 725 grams (1.6 lbs)|
The first of the Google tablet-focused ChromeOS PCs aiming at entry-level computing to high-level processing, all on the Chrome operating system with Android app capability and Chrome OS optimisations for the tablet. It competes with many mobile PCs and yet doesn't use a classic desktop operating system. We've always liked the simplicity, security and stability of Chrome OS and the breadth of Android apps within it so if you're not focused on video editing, this could be an efficient choice of PC.
We like the fact that there's a 48Wh battery in this, and it weighs just 725 gramms. This is one of the lightest 12.3-inch tablets you can buy with that sort of battery capacity.
|Fujitsu Stylistic R726 Tablet, 12.5 inch, 789 grams (1.74 lbs)|
The Fujitsu Tablet Stylistic R726 with a 12.5 inch anti-glare display transforms into a full performance and full productivity notebook by attaching the slim magnetic keyboard. It has a magnesium-aluminium case which gives it durabiltiy for business professionals on the move. It can be used with a digital pen to take notes or signatures on the tablet. Enterprise-grade connectivity like 4G/LTE and security features like encrypted drives and NFC-based authentication allow you to do your job wherever you want; all in confidence that your data is secure.
|HP Spectre x2, 12.0 inch, 830 grams (1.83 lbs)|
The fabulous looking HP Spectre x2 is another Surface-like tablet (but cheaper) with a cpu choice of Core m3, m5 and m7 processors. It will be competing with, among others, the recently launched Surface Pro 4 - the x2 can be configured with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and a solid-state drive with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage albeit the Full HD display is less than the Surface Pro 4's 2,763 x 1,824. There is a firm looking metal kick stand. Reports suggest the sound is very good partly due to the Bang & Olufsen 4 speakers and their positioning.
|Microsoft Surface Book, 13.5 inch, 725 grams (1.6 lbs)|
The Microsoft Surface Book offers a premium 2-in-1 experience all the way up to graphically intensive scenarios. An optional Nvidia discreet GPU pairs with Skylake processors and there's a 16 GB RAM option too. A Surface docking port is provided for the external Surface Dock. Pricing starts at $1499.
|Teclast x2 pro, 11.6 inch, 844 grams (1.86 lbs)|
So following on from their 8 and 9.7 inch dual boot devices Teclast have introduced a large tablet - the X2 Pro - which has a full HD 11.6 inch screen which is also able to boot Windows 10 or Android 4.4 (5.1 expected) and has a generous 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage options.
|Fujitsu Arrows Tab Q665, 11.6 inch, 795 grams (1.75 lbs)|
Fujitsu's first Core M device is the Arrows Tab Q665 Windows tablet targeted at the enterprise market - solid in construction (also waterproof and dustproof to IP58 standard) and security. You can get it with a choice of Core M-5Y10C or M-5Y31 CPUs, 128 or 256GB SSD and 4 or 8GB RAM. As usual with enterprise divices from Fujitsu it will be expensive if it comes to Europe - upwards of 1200 euros but it does have top notch components.
|Cube i7 Windows, 11.6 inch, 840 grams (1.85 lbs)|
It's the first Core M tablet from China - Cube's i7 is a large 11.6 inch IPS screen full HD tablet. Nicely made and solid in its metallic blue shell as you might it expect it ressembles other windows tablets in looks. It has the latest gen8 HD 5300 graphics and comes in 3G or 4G options and an optional keyboard.
|HP Elite x2 1011 G1, 11.6 inch, 780 grams (1.72 lbs)|
The HP Elite x2 1011 is a dockable Windows 8 (64 bit) tablet based on the Intel Core-M processors with optional vPro. Manufacturer claims 10.5 hours of battery life. Keyboard options include the Power Keyboard a full sized backlit island keyboard with battery - this has Forcepad with image sensor and multi-touch gestures enabled. Power keyboard is 780g. Travel keyboard option.
WiGIG is included. WiGIG dock and 4g are options.
|Lenovo Thinkpad Helix 2, 11.6 inch, 794 grams (1.75 lbs)|
The 2nd-generation Lenovo Helix 2 is much lighter thanks to the Intel Core M CPU. The docking keyboard includes a 26Wh battery (total over 60Wh in under 1.4KG of convertible tablet is impressive) and includes a digitizer. The 11.6-inch screen comes in a useful Full HD resolution and the pricing isn't as high as you might expect for such a flexible 2-in-1.
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