1Apple’s New iPad
2RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
3Acer Aspire S3
Microsoft has said that it believes the Surface can bridge the gap between today’s tablets and Ultrabooks. Therefore, the Surface will go up against such Ultrabooks as the Acer Aspire S3. That device, while somewhat expensive, is an attractive device. It’s a strong rival Microsoft will have to overcome when the Surface launches.
4Dell XPS 13
In an odd turn of events, Microsoft has decided to position itself as a competitor to the Dell XPS 13. For decades, Microsoft and Dell have been strong partners, helping each other grow. Now, though, they’re trying to compete for consumer dollars in the mobile space. The Dell XPS 13 likely will be one of the first devices the Surface has to overcome when it launches.
5Apple’s MacBook Air
If Ultrabooks have made this roundup, why shouldn’t Apple’s MacBook Air? After all, that’s the device that kicked off the Ultrabook craze, and it’s the product that can match the Surface both in design and functionality. Look for the MacBook Air and Surface to be real competitors in the coming months.
6Pick a Chromebook, Any Chromebook
7Samsung Galaxy Tab Line
Although much of the focus on the Surface has related to its battle with Apple’s iPad, it’s just as likely that the Microsoft tablet will also have to contend with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line. Samsung’s tablets are leading the Android market, and could prove to be just as worrisome a competitor as Apple’s slate.
8Apple’s iPad Smart Cover
9Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is arguably one the products on store shelves right now that closely matches the Surface in features and function. The device acts on one hand as a tablet, but it can be docked into a keyboard to turn it into a small notebook. Microsoft is trying to do much of the same with its Surface, though the “notebook” integration comes by way of its cover.
10The Official Death of Netbooks?
It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft believed there was a real future ahead for netbooks. Now, though, it’s clear that’s simply not the case. With the Surface launch, Microsoft will put the final nail in the coffin of netbooks, thanks to their 10.6-inch displays and notebook-like functionality. So long, netbooks. It was nice knowing you.