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.

Asus Vivo Tab RT

The Vivo Tab RT starts as a stand-alone tablet, but transforms into a hybrid device with a keyboard dock in a $599 bundled deal. It has a lot in common with the Surface RT, as both devices run the Windows RT operating system, which we find to be somewhat of a kludge compared to the full version of Windows 8. The unit sports a 1366-by-768 display and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, just like Surface RT, but adds a much better camera to the mix. And thanks to its smaller screen size (10.1 inches vs. 10.6 inches), the Vivo Tab RT weighs a bit less than Surface RT -- 1.3 pounds to Microsoft's 1.5 pounds (keyboards not included).

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