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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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

The ThinkPad Twist is just one of Lenovo's new zesty-named devices for Windows 8. This one takes on more of a laptop feel -- with a twist. The 12.5-inch, 1366-by-768 display can turn 180 degrees and then close down, covering the keyboard for a tablet experience. The 3.5-pound unit (yes, heavy!) has a starting price of $850 for the standard specs, but has plenty of upgradeable options. Show off your Twist at the next office meeting and reserve your seat at the cool kid's table.

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