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.
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.
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
Detachable mobile keyboard dock Touchpad input
271 x 176.8 x 12.98 mm 680 gm
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011
300.9mm x 188mm x 9.48mm 18.7mm-24.5mm with dock attached
1.5 lbs. tablet, 3 lbs. with optional keyboard
Traditional Typepad 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in
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"
Dell XPS 10
Not specified. Dell promises "all-day productivity"
2MP webcam (front) supporting 720p@30fps 5MP Auto Focus (rear facing)
Accelerometer Gyroscope Compass AGPS (with LTE/HSPA+ configs) ALS
Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 LTE(USA) and global HSPA+ options
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