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7 affordable Surface Pro 4 alternatives that won't break the bank

Love the idea of a hybrid but hate the price tag on the Surface Pro 4? Here are seven alternatives that will satisfy your appetite for a tablet hybrid device, without breaking the bank.

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Surface Pro 4 alternatives that will cost you less

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a sleek and powerful device, but the high-end design and specs carries a hefty price tag. The Surface Pro 4 with an i5 processor will cost you $999, that's without the keyboard. If you're looking to get a hybrid device, but perhaps already have a dedicated notebook or don't need a device with a lot of power, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives to the Surface Pro 4. Here are seven Surface Pro 4 clones that won't cost as much as the original and have specs that will please casual users.

Asus Transformer Book T100
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Asus Transformer Book T100

The most surprising thing about the Asus Transformer Book T100 isn't the fact that it's a solid tablet-hybrid device; it's the price. For under $300, you can get this Windows 10 device with 4GB of memory, a 64GB SSD drive and Intel Quad-Core Cherry Trail processor. It comes with a keyboard dock that works like a traditional laptop, you can open and close it like any clamshell design. The keyboard has a built in trackpad as well as a USB Type-C port; you'll also find a micro HDMI and Micro USB port built right into the tablet. It's incredibly light and portable, featuring a 10-inch tablet display and measuring just .72-inches thick. It's lightweight too, weighing in at just 2.28 pounds. Another perk of the Transformer Book T100 -- besides its low price -- is that it boasts a battery of life up to 12 hours; and with fast charging technology, you can get 9.5 hours of use on a 2-hour charge. It's the perfect portable device for when you want to travel light, but don't want to invest around $1000 for the Surface Pro 4.

Asus Transformer Book Chi
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Asus Transformer Book Chi

Another offering from Asus, the Transformer Book Chi is similar in design to the Transformer Book T100. It has the same keyboard-docking clamshell design, but its 12.5-inches rather than 10. You'll have a little more real estate on the screen, which is nice if you plan to use it regularly or in place of a notebook. It has an Intel Core TM processor, Windows 10, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It also features a full Micro USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI port as well as a micro SD card reader for expanded storage. Asus claims you'll get 8 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is less than the T100, but with the improved specs, it makes it worth it. The Transformer Book Chi starts at around $599 on Amazon, which will save you some money compared to the Surface Pro 4.

Toshiba dynaPad
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Toshiba dynaPad

Yet another clamshell tablet hybrid design, the Toshiba dynaPad is a stylish Surface Pro 4 alternative with solid specs. It houses an Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The 12-inch display, which detaches from the keyboard dock, features a full HD resolution and 10-point multi-touch technology. It measures just over half an inch thick and weighs 2.2 pounds, and that's with the keyboard attached. It comes in an attractive "sandy silver" color, which is similar to a light gold, and gives it a sleek unique finished compared to some of the devices on this list. In terms of price, it's one of the higher priced hybrids on this list at $650, but that is still $300 less than the Surface Pro 4 with an i5 processor.

Dell Venue 10 Pro
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Dell Venue 10 Pro

The Dell Venue 10 Pro is another great option if you want the hybrid features of the Surface Pro 4, but shy away from the price tag. Dell's hybrid offering has a clamshell design, so the tablet display is supported by the keyboard. It also flips around so you can use it in tent or stand mode and you can spin it all the way around so the keyboard rests against the back of the tablet, making it even more versatile than the Surface Pro 4's kickstand. It has a full-sized USB port as well as a microHDMI port, giving it great connectivity options. According to Dell, the Venue 10 Pro gets up to 11 hours of battery life with average use, and with its compact design measuring .39-inches thick and weighing 1.45 pounds, it'll make a great travel companion. It's a limited in RAM, however, with only 2GB, but it has an Intel Atom processor as well as 64GB of storage. The device starts at $369 without the keyboard, which can be purchased for an additional $124. You can also opt for the older version, which Dell still sells on its website; the only difference is a slightly lower screen resolution, but with the keyboard included, it's only $329.

HP Split x2 Ultrabook
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HP Split x2 Ultrabook

Another clamshell hybrid, the HP Split x2 Ultrabook is a 13.3-inch device that features a detachable tablet that docks into a keyboard stand. It has one of the more powerful processors on this list, ditching the mobile option for a 4th generation Intel Core i3, with the option to upgrade to an i5. With that better processor, however, comes a higher price tag; this device starts at around $549, which is still significantly cheaper than the Surface Pro 4. In addition to a better processor, the HP Split X2 has 128GB of storage, with the option to upgrade to 500B as well as 4GB of ram. It comes equipped with an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. They keyboard is also included, and it comes with a multi-touch trackpad and chicklet key design.

HP Split x2 Ultrabook
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HP Split x2 Ultrabook

Another clamshell hybrid, the HP Split x2 Ultrabook is a 13.3-inch device that features a detachable tablet that docks into a keyboard stand. It has one of the more powerful processors on this list, ditching the mobile option for a 4th generation Intel Core i3, with the option to upgrade to an i5. With that better processor, however, comes a higher price tag; this device starts at around $549, which is still significantly cheaper than the Surface Pro 4. In addition to a better processor, the HP Split X2 has 128GB of storage, with the option to upgrade to 500B as well as 4GB of ram. It comes equipped with an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. They keyboard is also included, and it comes with a multi-touch trackpad and chicklet key design.

Acer Aspire Switch 10
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Acer Aspire Switch 10

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 features the popular clamshell design that has dominated this list of Surface Pro 4 alternatives. It houses an Intel Atom Quad Core professor, with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You can expand storage using the microSD card reader and with a micro HDMI port and two full USB 2.0 ports, you won't have any problems with connectivity. The display is 10.3-inches, which should be enough screen space for casual users. Acer cites 8 hours of battery life on one charge, which is more than enough to get you through the day; it's also highly portable at 2.58 pounds and measuring just .3-inches thick. The Acer Aspire Switch 10 starts at just under $450, making it far more affordable than the Surface Pro 4.