The big, wide world of Windows 8 hardware
13 new Windows machines that aren't Surface RT
By Alex Cocilova | Techworld | Published: 17:44, 25 October 12
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has been consuming our daily news cycles lately, but there are plenty of other manufacturers fighting for attention as we approach the Windows 8 launch day on 26 October. Luckily, Microsoft's partners (we can still call them that, right?) are all providing some truly unique and intriguing hardware options. They're not getting the attention of Surface RT, but who knows, maybe one of the following 13 machines is really the new Windows device to beat.
Acer Iconia W700
This 11.6-inch, 1920-by-1080 device screams tablet. Note the design: no clamshell apparatus in sight. Nonetheless, the W700 has the components of an ultrabook. For extra productivity, it comes equipped with a Bluetooth keyboard and a dock that props it up to 70 degrees. The dock also does a decent job of holding up the W700 in portrait mode. Unfortunately, a high resolution on a small screen leads to tiny text, scroll bars and icons in desktop mode, making the W700 difficult to accurately use in some scenarios. Still, it's not a bad setup for $799 with some upgradeable options.