The Top 3 Microsoft Surface Alternatives To Buy in 2020

Sarah Adedun Updated on April 22, 2020
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To purchase a Surface product such as the Surface Go, you must be willing to spend at least $500 with the highest which is Surface Studio 2 going for $3500. Therefore, if the price is not something you are a fan of, it will be best to seek for Surface alternatives.

When seeking for Microsoft Surface Alternatives, the best thing to look out for are the features. The Surface offers flexible 2-in-1 use, portability, fast processing and extended battery life. Based on the features, the following laptops satisfy some if not all the criterion:

Apple iPad Pro 2018Best Apple Alternative
HP Spectre x360Best All Round Surface Alternative
Lenovo Miix 630Similar Design

With several Microsoft Surface products on the market bearing different monikers, it becomes hard to tell whether Microsoft intends for it to be used as a laptop or a tablet. Let’s take a look at which category fits Surface products.

Best Microsoft Surface Alternatives 2020

Whether you are looking for an Apple replacement or a similar processor to that of the Microsoft Surface, we have you covered below:

Apple iPad Pro

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Slim bezels with High Display Refresh Rate

..The Apple iPad Pro 2018 is an alternative you should consider for the Microsoft Surface Pro devices due to its slim build and 120Hz display panel…

The Apple iPad Pro 2018 is an alternative you should consider for the Microsoft Surface Pro devices due to its slim build and 120Hz display panel. The tablet comes with lesser bezels surrounding its display and with its fast refresh rate, it will be hard to turn your attention to another device.

Apple also offers you the option of purchasing the tablet in two sizes like in the Microsoft Surface Book. You have the 11 inches and the 12.9 inches in the iPad Pro 2018 while the Surface Book offers 13.5 and 15 inches. So, depending on how large or how small you want your display to you can choose from the options offered.

Fast Processor with Face ID security

In terms of processor, the iPad Pro has the A12X which goes head to head with intel Core i5 and i7 present on all the Surface devices. There is also the use of Facial ID recognition like in the Surface Pro 3  and 6 which does not require you to type a password.

iOS Bottleneck with Pricey Tag

Unfortunately for the Apple iPad Pro 2018, the use of the iOS is not its strongest point as it makes it incapable of harnessing the capabilities of its powerful processor. The iPad more or less is more of an upgrade on a phone than it is a bridge to a laptop like the Surface Pro is.

Also, like pretty much every other Apple product, the Pro 2018 comes with its own pricey tag.

HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre X360

Similar hardware to Surface Pro at a lower price

..the same form as a Surface Pro with its 12-inch display but also improves by including unique colors, faceted edges and corners on the chassis….

To get the same type of features found in the Surface Pro but within budget, look no further than the HP Spectre x360. It offers the same form as a Surface Pro with its 12-inch display but also improves by including unique colors, faceted edges and corners on the chassis.

Unlike the Surface Pro where you have to purchase the keyboard and stylus pen separately at a costly price, the HP Spectre x360 offers these same features for $500 lesser.

High Performance

The Spectre x360 has a 4k screen, 1TB hard drive, 16GB RAM and an 8th generation Intel Core chip which all function well to load several tabs and perform tasks without any lag. The benchmark for its performance easily beats out what you get with the Microsoft Surface Pro but it falls short of the performance of the Matebook 13.

Extended battery use with great speakers

Although the HP Spectre x360 offers up to 12 hours of battery life, it is still one hour shorter than what the Surface Pro 6 offers. However, this is still better off than what the Apple iPad Pro 2018 offers.

The audio quality from the speakers are quite clear creating ample sound to fill a conference room. Therefore, it can be used for movie-watching,and music listening.

Enhanced Connectivity with Gorgeous Display

Another feature you have to look forward to with the Spectre x360 is the presence of USB-C ports which the Surface Pro lacks. But, similar to the Surface Pro is the stunning display of graphics and images but instead of Intel UHD Graphics 620 like the Surface Pro 6 it makes use of Intel HD Graphics 520.

Lenovo Miix 630


Flexible use and Upgradeability

Now, if you want a laptop replacement option like what the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 claims to be, you have the Lenovo Miix 630.

The keyboard is totally detachable from the tablet and it also has a stylus pen which can be used as a Surface Pro alternative for artists. The convertible nature of the tablet is what makes it one of the top competitors with Microsoft Surface Pros.

Also, there is the fact that the port selections are great with the presence of USB-A 3.0 ports, head jack, USB-A 2.0, microSD card reader and Thunderbolt 3 for charging. The Surface Pro does not have a Thunderbolt or USB-C.

Similar Design but lack of stability

…The Lenovo Miix 630 design draws its inspiration from the Surface Pro but with a few changes…

The Lenovo Miix 630 design draws its inspiration from the Surface Pro but with a few changes. For one, the material of the tablet is from magnesium and fiber.

Apart from that, the kickstand’s hinges is made from stainless steel which can extend up to 150 degrees. Despite the versatile nature of the hinges, making use of the kickstand while typing offers a shaky experience.

Included Keyboard but weak battery life

One thing we can be happy about is the fact that Lenovo throws in the keyboard for free unlike Microsoft which makes you pay for it with the Surface Pro.

The major con against this Surface alternative is the fact that the battery life does not match up to the Surface Pro 6 which offers up to 13 hours. The Lenovo Miix 630 can only offer up to 6 hours on a good day.

Picking The Best Microsoft Surface Alternatives 2020

Does the Surface Pro 6 Have a Fan?

Yesm the Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 6 is without a fan. However, the Core i7 version of the Surface Pro 6 has a fan due to the heat it generates.

Can I Connect HDMI Cables to My Surface Pro 6?

Yes, you can connect your Surface Pro 6 to HDMI inlets. All you have to do is make use of a docking station to connect a VGA or HDMI cable to the USB-C port of the Surface device.

Is The Microsoft Surface a Laptop or a Tablet?

In the past, it was quite easy to separate a tablet from a laptop due to build. However, in the present day, tech manufacturers like Microsoft are trying to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets.

The bulk often associated with laptop is steadily being chipped away to create slimmer designs such as the Surface Go and Book 2. The keyboards are also detachable leaving you with a body that seems more like a tablet.

If you were to now consider the first slogan used by Microsoft to market the first Surface products “the tablet that can replace your laptop”, then it is easy to conclude that originally, the Surface was a tablet. But, then, Microsoft moved to marketing the next set of products as “the most versatile laptop.”

The release of the new Surface Pro 6 saw a change in marketing as the manufacturer simply focuses on pushing the product as an “ultralight and versatile” bearing the capabilities of both a tablet and a laptop. Therefore, it is a hybrid product.


Looking for a suitable option for a Surface Device is quite easy if you know what you want. Whether you are looking for an affordable option or sharper display for artists, the market is filled with several alternatives as seen above.

Sarah Adedun
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Sarah Adedun is a technology enthusiast. When she is not reviewing tech products, you can find her sharing personal thoughts on Medium and researching ways to merge Finance and Technology together.

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