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Lenovo released their own versions of Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device

According to the CNET, More tablet than laptop, these hybrids put their own spin on Microsoft’s Surface Pro design and features.

 Microsoft’s Surface tablet PCs have come a long way since their 2012 launch, but the concept behind the design remains unchanged: A tablet that can convincingly double as a laptop.

BOTH THE HARDWARE AND THE WINDOWS OS HAD TO MATURE

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Both the hardware and the Windows OS had to mature, and it finally hit its stride with 2015’s Surface Pro 4. It instantly became the ideal that other PC makers should follow — and they did, as Lenovo, Samsung, Acer and others released their own versions of Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device.

Like the Surface, these 2-in-1s are Windows 10 tablet PCs with detachable keyboards, giving you a more laptop-like experience, whereas hybrids like Lenovo’s Yoga 910 or Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 are laptops that have screens that fold back 360 degrees so they can be used as a tablet. Tablet PCs typically have fewer ports than their laptop counterparts and don’t last as long on battery power, but they’re also slimmer, lighter and have active pen support, giving you a more natural feel than you’d get from a passive stylus.

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WHILE WE ARE EXPECTING THE SURFACE PRO 5

While we’re expecting the Surface Pro 5’s arrival this spring, there are several alternatives worth checking out right now. And since many were released after the Surface Pro 4, you’ll find updated features like USB-C ports and active pens with greater levels of pressure sensitivity.

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