"This won’t hurt much." "Size doesn’t matter anyway." Life and gadget makers are full of platitudes.
Want to hear their latest favourite? "It’s just like a laptop." This time around, though, they might just be onto something. That’s because a tablet and keyboard combo gives you pretty much the same device as a laptop. Only it’s twice as lightweight and even better suited to your late night Netflix binges.
Better still, Microsoft isn't the only manufacturer churning out these Frankenstein machines any more. Google, Apple and Samsung have all weighed into this burgeoning bunfight with hybrids of their own.
Faced with a sudden abundance of choice, you’re probably wondering which tabtop is the one to buy. That’s why we’ve rounded all the major contenders up into one handy supertest so you’ll know whether to stick with a Surface Pro or spend your cash on one of its newfound rivals - these things don’t come don’t come cheap after all.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in figures: Screen: 12.3in 2736x1824 LCD • Processor: Intel Core M3/i5/i7 • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD • Operating system: Windows 10 • Battery: 5,087mAh • Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm
Microsoft Surface Book in figures: Screen: 13.5in 3000x2000 LCD • Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7 • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD • Operating system: Windows 10 • Battery: 2,387mAh (tablet) 6,800mAh (keyboard) • Dimensions: 312.3 x 232.1 x 22.8mm
Google Pixel C in figures: Screen: 10.2in 2560x1800 LCD • Processor: Nvidia Tegra X1 @ 1.9GHz • Storage: 32/64GB SSD • Operating system: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) • Battery: 9,243mAh • Dimensions: 242 x 179 x 7 mm
Apple iPad Pro in figures: Screen: 9.7in 1536x2048 LCD • Processor: Apple A9X @ 2.16GHz • Storage: 32/128/256GB SSD • Operating system: iOS • Battery: 7,306mAh • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
Samsung TabPro S in figures: Screen: 12in 2160x1440 OLED • Processor: Intel Core M3 @ 2.2GHz • Storage: 128GB SSD • Operating system: Windows 10 • Battery: 5,200mAh • Dimensions: 290.3 x 198.8 x 6.3 mm