A laptop, no matter how slim, isn't as portable as a tablet. And a tablet – even the mighty iPad – can't do everything a full-size laptop can. The Microsoft Surface, a sleek, PVD-cased touchscreen slate with a built-in kickstand, bridges the divide between the two. It offers standard tablet functionality but runs Windows 8 applications like a real PC. And the Surface's protective smart cover features a keyboard and a touchpad so typing doesn't have to entail pawing at its beautiful 10.6-inch screen. [Price TBD; microsoft.com]
The 2014 Adventure Issue
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