Looking for a 12-inch Windows tablet to rival that of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3? There aren’t many at this display size so picking one will be easy.
Those that are would certainly not come up to the premium price tag of a Surface Pro 3. They also have the added advantage of adopting newer generation Intel processors the latest Core M, super efficient mobile processor that allows for even smaller and slimmer design as it does away with the need for active cooling.
Best 12-inch Windows Hybrid Laptops (Convertible Tablets and 2-in-1 PCs)
So what are the other convertible tablets and 2-in-1 PCs in the 12-inch Windows hybrid laptop category, here is our quick list:
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12-inch Tablet with Optional Keyboard 2-in-1 PC
- ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi 12.5-inch Convertible Tablet & Laptop 2-in-1 PC
- Acer Aspire Switch 12 12.5-inch Convertible Tablet & Laptop 2-in-1 PC
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-inch Tablet with Optional Keyboard 2-in-1 PC
- HP Spectre 12 x2 12-inch
- Dell XPS 12 12.5-inch
- Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 12.5-inch
And, here is how the convertible tablets and 2-in-1 PCs compare:
The Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 are the only tablet with integrated kick back stand. While the keyboard is available to purchase separately, to complete the 2-in-1 experience, we would recommend buying this at the point of purchase.
- 12-inch Full HD touchscreen display (2160 x 1440) – HIGHEST RESOLUTION
- Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor (4th Gen)*
- 4GB or 8GB memory and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD storage – MORE MEMORY & STORAGE OPTIONS
- Up to 9 hours battery life – BEST BATTERY LIFE
- Dimensions & Weight: 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.36 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 9.14 mm), 1.76lbs (0.79kg)
*Processor & Storage Pairs:
64GB/Intel i3 version:
4th generation Intel Core i3-4020Y 1.5GHz with Intel HD Graphics 4200
Here is your typical Asus Transformer convertible tablet with detachable keyboard. This is easily the most elegant Transformer to date with metallic effect edges on both the keyboard and tablet, slim bezel and clean rounded corners.
- 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen (1920 x 1080)
- Intel Core M-5Y10c 0.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.0GHz – NEW MOBILE CPU
- 4GB memory and 128GB SSD storage
- Up to 8 hours battery life – GOOD BATTERY LIFE
- Dimensions & Weight: Tablet + dock: 12.51 x 7.54 x 0.64 in (317.80 x 191.60 x 16.50 mm) and 3.19 lbs (1.44 kg), Tablet only: 12.51 x 7.54 x 0.29 in (317.80 x 191.60 x 7.60 mm) and 1.60 lbs (0.72 kg) – LIGHTEST & SLIMMEST TABLET
The Acer Aspire stands out from the rest with its detachable keyboard that forgo the touch pad, this would mean one would rely solely on the touch screen for pointing, scrolling and clicking or carry a separate wireless touch pad or mouse. The keyboard detaches from the base allowing the screen to stand on its own in laptop mode giving its users the ability to move the keyboard further away from the screen much like a wireless keyboard. However, without a track pad, the screen will have to be positioned at touch-reach.
- 12.5-inch Full HD Touch Screen (1920 x 1080)
- Intel Core M-5Y10a Dual-core 800MHz – NEW MOBILE CPU
- 4GB memory and 60GB SSD storage
- Up to 6 hours battery life
- Dimensions & Weight: 317 x 220.6 x 16.5 mm, 1.4kg
Surface Pro 4 [NEW]
The biggest and baddest of the Windows 10 tablets in our line-up has to be the latest Surface Pro 4 tablet from Microsoft. As with its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4 is available in 6 variants. Starting from Intel Core m3 with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage and topping with Intel Core i7 with 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, the Surface Pro 4 is bound to be a big hit with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed and Surface Pen included.
- Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor 6th Generation – MORE PROCESSOR OPTIONS
- 12.3-inch PixelSense display 2736 x 1824 pixels (267ppi) 3:2 aspect ratio – HIGHEST RESOLUTION
- 4GB RAM with 128GB Storage (Intel Core m3 and i5), 8GB RAM with 256GB Storage (Intel Core i5 and i7) or 16GB RAM with 256GB/512GB Storage (Intel Core i7) – MORE MEMORY & STORAGE OPTIONS
- 8MP rear autofocus camera with 1080p HD video recording, 5MP front HD camera
- Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Full size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port, Surface Connect, microSD card reader, headphone jack, stereo speaker with Dolby Audio, Microphone.
- Sensors: Ambient light sensor • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer
- Dimensions & Weight: 11.50 x 7.93 x .33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm), 786grams (i5/i7),766grams (m3)
- Surface Pen included, Surface Pro 4 Type Cover or Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID sold separately.
HP Spectre 12 x2 12-inch – PREMIUM
Designed for those who appreciate beauty and performance as much as practicality, the new Spectre x2 brings this sleek, sandblasted aluminum design to life with a range of smart, innovative features. The unique kickstand is made from durable stainless steel and rotates 150 degrees adjustable for any viewing angle. It is held seamlessly in the body of the tablet with a slide button when not in use. To make the Spectre x2 incredibly thin without compromising durability or battery capacity, an advanced precision manufacturing process called CNC (Computer Numerical Control) is used to carve the tablet from a single piece of aluminum.
- Intel Core M3, M5 or M7 6th Generation Processor
- 4GB or 8GB RAM with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD storage
- OS: Windows 10
- Display: 12-inch Full HD 1080p 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
- Battery life: Up to 11 hours
- 5MP Front camera TrueVision Full HD Webcam, 8MP Rear camera with Intel RealSense 3D
- Thinness: .31″ (8 mm)
- Weight: 1.76 lbs. (840 grams)
- Active Pen Ready
XPS 12 is the only high-performance Ultrabook to feature the elegant flip-hinge design. Whether you’re browsing your favorite blogs in tablet mode, or answering emails and preparing presentations in laptop mode, XPS 12 is built around your life. It has a Full HD 12.5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Powered by Intel Core i5 with 4GB of memory and 128GB of fast SSD storage, there is a lot going for it. The model we looked at has an Intel Core i5 3317U clocked at 1.7 GHz with Burst Frequency up to 2.6 GHz.
- OS: Windows 10
- Display: 12.5″
- Battery life: Up to 10.0 hours
- Thinness: .28″ (7.11mm)
- Weight: 1.68 lbs. (762 grams)
After much success with the Satellite Radius 11, Toshiba introduces the bigger Satellite Radius 12. The 12.5-inch display pumps out the highest number of pixels at Ultra HD 4K with a resolution of 3840 X 2160 pixels. That’s 325 pixels per inch. Colour is calibrated by ChromeTune which is Technicolor colour certified and features Toshiba TruBrite, IPS Technology and Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. Under the hood it is powered by Intel’s 6th generation processor, the Intel Core i7-6500U clocking in at 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 that pushes the burst speed up to 3.1GHz and comes with 4MB of L2 cache. The 2-in-2 laptop comes with 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD storage as standard.
- OS: Windows 10
- Display: 12.5″
- Battery life: Up to 8 hours
- Thinness: .61″ (15.5mm)
- Weight: 2.85 lbs. (1.29 kg)
If you are after a smaller 7 to 10-inch tablet or bigger convertible tablets, sometimes known as hybrid laptops, use the links below: