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.

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HP Envy x2

This detachable 11.6-inch tablet feels more like a conventional clamshell laptop when attached to its dock, using magnetic and physical latches to keep a firm, secure grip. However, detach it and enjoy a tablet with 1366-by-768 resolution and built-in accelerometer and gyroscope. This is HP's first dabbling in the tablet market since the failure of the TouchPad, but it looks like the company is coming out swinging.

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