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How The Surface Compares With The Other Hybrids

For a detailed look at how the Microsoft Surface compares to other hybrids on the market, here is a review of the features in these combination laptop-tablets. We look at 4 Windows 8 hybrids — the Microsoft Surface, Dell XPS 10, Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011 and HP Envy — and one Android hybrid, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011

The IdeaTab Lynx K3011 starts at $599 and has an 11.6-inch display which allows the optional keyboard to be full-sized. Lenovo, more than any other computer manufacturer, is exploring different form factors with the Yoga and the ThinkPad Twist. It has patents pending on the Twist. Other than the Microsoft Surface, this was the only other tablet I held. It feels well-engineered and oddly light, considering how big it is. The keyboard is docked with a click and seems sturdy enough. The 11.6 inch display allows the optional keyboard to be full-sized as well.

HP Envy

The HP Envy is on the pricey side, at $849 per tablet. HP doesn't give you an option to buy the tablet alone — the keyboard is part of the package. To get the real value from Windows RT, you need a keyboard. Unlike the others, it does not add a battery to the keyboard so battery life is limited to 7 hours. It also has an 11.6 inch display.

Like Dell, HP gives customers a wizard when purchasing from the website to upsell customers on items such as a docking station and port replicator. The USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Dual Video Docking Station offers dual video ports that deliver "beyond HD video and graphics" up to 2048 x 1152(1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI ) to two monitors. In addition it includes a DVI to VGA adapter.

Device Keyboard/Touchpad/Docking Station Dimensions Weight
Dell XPS 10 Detachable mobile keyboard dock- 92% full size keyboard with dedicated Windows soft keys Gesture enabled trackpad Tablet only: 9.2 x 274.7 x 177.3mm or .36 x 10.8 x 6.98 inches
Tablet only (WIFI): 635g / 1.4lbs.
Tablet only (LTE): 645g / 1.42lbs.
Tablet+dock: 1310g / 2.89lbs.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Detachable mobile keyboard dock Touchpad input 271 x 176.8 x 12.98 mm 680 gm
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 QWERTY Dock 300.9mm x 188mm x 9.48mm 18.7mm-24.5mm with dock attached 1.5 lbs. tablet, 3 lbs. with optional keyboard
Microsoft Surface Spillproof Touchpad Traditional Typepad 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in 1.5 lbs.
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 11.6-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768) 8.12 x 11.93 x 66 – 76" 3.1 lbs.

Device Battery Life Camera Sensors Wireless
Dell XPS 10 Not specified. Dell promises "all-day productivity" 2MP webcam (front) supporting 720p@30fps
5MP Auto Focus (rear facing)
AGPS (with LTE/HSPA+ configs)
Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0
LTE(USA) and global HSPA+ options
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 9.5 hours, 16 hours with keyboard dock 1.2 MP Front Camera, 5 MP Rear Camera G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz; Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 8 hours, 16 hours with keyboard dock 2.0M front camera G-sensor, ALS, Proximity sensor, E-compass BT 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Microsoft Surface Not specified. 31.5 W-h battery Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 Up to 7 hours Front and Rear Facing Cameras. 8 megapixel back camera Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth

Device Operating System Storage Options Processor RAM
Dell XPS 10 Window 8 RT 32GB or 64 GB
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage or
  • Qualcomm SnapdragonS4 1.5GHz DC processor with 64GB Flash Storage
Not Specified
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Android 3.2 Honeycomb O.S.(4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable) with Adobe Flash 10.2 support 16GB/32GB; Two USB ports, SD and Micro SD card readers NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.0GHz dual-core 1GB
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 Windows 8 RT 32GB/64GB Intel ATOM Z2760 (Dual Core 1.80Ghz) 2GB LPDDR2
Microsoft Surface Windows 8 RT 32GB/64GB Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 Windows 8 RT 64GB SSD Intel Atom Z2760 (1.80GHz) + Intel Graphics 2GB 533MHz LPDDR2 SDRAM

Device Ports Audio Display
Dell XPS 10 Micro-USB, Micro-SD, Micro-SIM, 3.5mm headset, 40-pin dock connector (supporting HDMI via adapter) Stereo speakers with dual digital array microphones 10.1-INCHHD Display (1366x768) with capacitive multi-touch
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Micro SD supports up to 32GB, Micro HDMI, Micro USB, 2 USB 2.0 (on keyboard dock) 3D stereo with max bass response with SRS premium sound IPS panel with 178 degree viewing angle made of scratch-resistant and super tough glass
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011/td> Micro SD supports up to 32GB, Micro HDMI, Micro USB, 2 USB 2.0 (on keyboard dock) Dual built-in stereo speakers, Dual digital microphone, 3.5mm Combo microphone jack 11.6" HD IPS display (1366x768 HD)
Microsoft Surface USB 2.0, MicroSDXC card slot, HD video out port, Cover port 2 microphones, Stereo speakers, Headset jack 10.6" ClearType HD Display (1366x768 pixels) 16:9 (widescreen) 5-point multi-touch
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 2 USB 2.0, HDMI Stereo speakers, Headset jack 11.6" HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768)

Device Price Keyboard/Docking Station Total Price
Dell XPS 10 $499 $180 $679
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 $399 $175 (Has built-in battery) $574
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 $599 $149 $748
Microsoft Surface $499 $119, $129 $618.00 – $628
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 $849.99 Keyboard Included $849.99

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