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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Sony Tap 20

A small all-in-one desktop or an oversized tablet? It's really a tossup with the Sony Tap 20, which we awarded 4 stars in our review. The 20-inch, 1600-by-900 touchscreen looks good despite its relatively low resolution for such a large computer. A stand on the back allows it to function as a typical desktop, or it can be laid out on a flat surface to use as a large tablet. Avoid using it like a typical tablet, though. This thing weighs more than 11 pounds and is more than 20 inches wide, making it somewhat of a hassle. It may be a bit underpowered for a desktop, but at $880 it's a fun, and mobile, family PC.

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