These are the best alternative laptops of the moment

Traditional laptops are not always practical. They take up quite a bit of space and are relatively heavy, so you can't just take these devices with you. Furthermore, the battery life of many notebooks is disappointing. Fortunately, there are now excellent alternatives that offer the same or even better specifications. Welcome to the world of convertible and detachable tablets!


Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Price: from € 1.049,-

A detachable tablet has a detachable keyboard, so you can quickly convert the device into a laptop. The Surface Pro 6 understands this trick perfectly, because the separately available keyboard is easy to connect and disconnect. The price is a bit of a shock; the cheapest version costs more than a thousand euros. This model includes 128 GB of SSD storage, 8 GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor. Important highlights are the razor-sharp 12.3 inch touchscreen with 2736 x 1824 pixels and the long battery life of up to 13.5 hours. Microsoft sells this beautifully finished product in black and platinum versions.

Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR (81H9001NMH)

Price: € 569,-

Detachable tablets are usually quite pricey, but luckily there is a great alternative. A convertible tablet has a fixed screen that you can completely flip. In this way, products from the extensive Lenovo Yoga 530 series function as both a tablet and a laptop. The affordable 81H9001NMH runs on a reasonable AMD dual-core processor and contains 4 GB of RAM. In short, enough computing power to perform daily computer tasks on the full-HD screen of 14 inches. A fast SSD with 128 GB storage capacity is available for storing data.

Acer Chromebook Spin 13 (CP713-1WN-39C5)

Price: € 749,-

A convertible tablet with Chrome OS as a laptop replacement may not be obvious, but it is perfectly possible. Acer develops machines with sufficient computing power with its Chromebook Spin 13 line. For example, the CP713-1WN-39C5 has an Intel Core i3 processor with two computing cores and 4 GB of RAM on board. Products with better specifications are also available within this series for an additional fee. With this type, consider only 32 GB of flash storage. Chromebooks are therefore mainly intended to work in the cloud with Google services. The sharp 13.5-inch IPS panel offers enough space for this.

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 (TP412UA-EC069T)

Price: € 649,-

If you are looking for a nice alternative laptop, it is wise to take a look at the Vivobook Flip 14 line from ASUS. The hinges of the folding screen are very robust, so that the product lends itself well to frequent use. Furthermore, the screen has thin edges for laptop terms. This limits the size of the device. The TP412UA-EC069T runs on a modest Intel Core i3 processor, but VivoBook Flips with (much) more processing power are also available at an additional cost. This model also offers 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD storage and a 14-inch full-HD screen.

HP Specter x360 (15-ch025nd)

Price: € 2,578.99

Do you want an extremely powerful tablet/laptop combination and are you willing to pay a lot of money for it? Then maybe the Specter x360 15-ch025nd is for you. This impressive device includes a 15.6-inch touchscreen with 4K resolution and a decent video card from AMD. In short, even playing games is possible. An Intel Core i7 processor with four computing cores and two memory modules of 8 GB each keep everything running smoothly. You use a fast 2 TB SSD to store data. HP includes a neat stylus so you can draw on the touchscreen.

Medion Akoya (E2221TS-A64H4)

Price: € 279,-

Medion proves that a convertible tablet does not necessarily have to be expensive. However, keep in mind modest specifications. This product therefore only functions as a real laptop replacement if you mainly surf the web and send e-mails. A simple Intel Atom processor is at the helm of this system. In addition, the Windows machine includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of SSD storage. Because of the 11.6-inch screen, the housing is rather compact, so you can easily take this device with you. The resolution of the touchscreen is 1366 x 768 pixels.

work tablets

iPad Pro

Price: from € 899,-

With the iPad Pro, Apple has a worthy laptop replacement in its hands. First of all, the Retina screen is quite large for tablet terms, namely 11 or even 12.9 inches. In addition, the device contains eight processor cores and 4 GB of RAM to handle all the calculations. Think carefully about how much storage capacity you need, because that makes a big difference in price. You can choose between 64, 256 and 512 GB of digital storage space. There is even a version with 1 TB storage capacity. This most expensive model also has more RAM (6 GB).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Price: € 649,-

Samsung's best tablet is currently the Galaxy Tab S4. Despite its compact size, the crystal-clear 10.5-inch screen has a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels. In addition, with eight processor cores, a relatively powerful chipset is built in. For the installation of Android apps, the available flash storage of 64 GB is usually sufficient. If you also want to store photos and videos, you can add a micro SD card. Especially for those who perform simple computer tasks, you will come a long way with this fast tablet.

Microsoft Surface Go

Price: from € 449,-

The entry-level model of the Surface Go costs 449 euros, where you have access to 64 GB of storage space and 4 GB of ram. For an additional cost of 150 euros, you can double these values. A Pentium processor with two computing cores forms the engine of this tablet. On a 10-inch screen, doing extensive PC tasks is of course easy, although the high resolution of 1800 × 1200 pixels offers quite a bit of work space. An additional advantage is the feather-light weight of just over half a kilo, so you can easily take this Windows machine with you everywhere.

Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro

Price: € 538,-

The MediaPad M5 Pro is a tablet that offers great value for money. A fast processor, a 4G SIM card slot and a razor-sharp 10.8-inch display – it's all there on this solid touch computer. There is 64 GB of flash storage available for the storage of Android apps, but you can also add your own micro SD card. It is neat that Huawei supplies a stylus, while you have to pay for it separately with most other tablets.

Tablet Accessories

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio

Price: € 199 / € 219

With the Smart Keyboard Folio, you can transform an iPad Pro into a full-fledged laptop. Make sure you purchase the correct version for your screen size, because there are editions for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch model. In addition to the keyboard function, this product also serves as a protective cover. Close it and the iPad Pro is well protected on the front and back. There is no need to charge this keyboard or connect it via bluetooth. Thanks to the so-called Smart Connector, this handy helper works immediately.

Logitech Slim Combo

Price: € 119,-

Owners of a regular iPad can also connect a keyboard. This is how this Slim Combo works on Apple tablets of the fifth and sixth generation. It is necessary to charge the battery, but it will last for weeks or even months. The keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, after which you can get to work immediately if you wish. It is nice that Logitech has provided this accessory with illuminated keys. Finally, use the adjustable stand to determine the desired angle.

Surface Go Signature Type Cover

Price: €99.99 (black edition)

The Surface Go is equipped with Windows 10, so you may be used to operating apps such as Word and Mail with a keyboard. Connect the Surface Go Signature Type Cover via the magnetic interface, after which you have keys, a touchpad and a protective cover in one fell swoop. The keyboard is backlit, so you can do your work in the dark.

Microsoft Surface Dock

Price: €229.99

With the Surface Dock, you can use any Surface device as a full-fledged desktop. You can connect as many screens to this hub using two video ports. You can also use fast internet via gigabit ethernet and connect all kinds of peripherals via four USB3.0 ports. Finally, you can connect a pair of headphones to the Surface Dock using the 3.5mm audio output. A very handy accessory, although Microsoft asks quite a bit of money for it.

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