The Surface Pro is Microsoft's Windows tablet equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 8 Pro. There are a number of alternative devices on the market, and today we will take a closer look at three recent arrivals: the Acer Aspire P3, the Lenovo Yoga 11s and the Toshiba WT310. All three run on the latest Y-generation Intel Core processors.
Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) were developed with touchscreens in mind. The new interface works well with touch, but classic Windows software such as Microsoft Office still runs best in the desktop environment, along with a normal keyboard and mouse or touchpad.
The ideal combination manufacturers are looking for is the perfect balance between tablet features and a keyboard. There are different interpretations as to what the best approach is for this. Microsoft has two special touch and type covers that turn its tablet into a laptop. They work fine on a hard surface, but are too flexible to function properly on your lap. Therefore, the Surface is not a complete alternative to the traditional laptop.
Another approach is the hybrid, a laptop with a removable screen. Examples of this type of design are the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro, the ASUS Transformer Book TX300 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. The advantage of this type of model is that you can put an extra battery inside the keyboard, and a longer battery life is certainly useful for these energy-sapping Windows tablets.
The three convertible tablet/laptops we are reviewing today are new products. The Acer Aspire P3 has a starting price of around £550, the Lenovo is more expensive at £700 and the Toshiba costs around £619 (excluding VAT). You can read the rest of Competition for the Microsoft Surface Pro: Acer Aspire P3, Lenovo Yoga 11s and Toshiba WT310 on Hardware.info.