In Pictures: 13 new Windows machines that aren't Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has been consuming daily news cycles lately, but there are plenty of other manufacturers fighting for attention as we approach the Windows 8 launch day on Oct. 26. 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. After all, we only gave Surface RT 3.5 stars out of a scale of 5. We start our tour of Surface alternatives with the Asus Vivo Tab RT, shown here.

Lenovo Lynx

Lenovo's got something for everyone, including a tablet with a keyboard dock. It's super thin (0.37-inch thick) and weighs a mere 1.41 pounds (not including the dock). The 1366-by-768 display measures in at 11.6 inches and uses a 1.8GHz Atom processor to run a full version of Windows 8. This may be the perfect travel buddy with 8 hours of battery life as a tablet, and an extra 8 hours with the keyboard dock. The Lynx will be available for $599, plus an additional $149 for the keyboard dock.

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