You need to be clear, rather than saying Surface Pro, as that's a Billism. However, you over-estimate the desire of the common man to own a tablet that can run full Windows programs. It's simply a fact of life that they don't and never will. The world of apps, provided by the likes of Apple and Android, are more than enough for the vast majority of people.
All that Windows 8 tablets will do is replace some, but not all laptops (not by a long shot). There are still significant functional advantages of a laptop over a tablet, even those with a detachable keyboard, for them to retain superiority. Just one example is the weight imbalance of a tablet with lightweight keyboard vs a laptop.
Don't forget, the tablet and lightweight laptop market seems to be sitting anywhere between 10'-13". With a laptop, you have much greater engineering and design versatility. Consider also that designs for paper-thin, flexible, screens are well underway, and think of what you can do with one of these attached to a platform that contains all the hardware, keyboard, trackpad and whatever else. The screen could potentially be any size and attached to a small form-factor platform. It would make a tablet look somewhat passé.
Not forgetting also EYE technology which could be used in lots of cases as an alternative to TOUCH where people have a resistance to using touch devices or where for traditional applications where touch on a large external monitor isn't practical.
For instance having TWO screens I could see immediately the advantages of using EYE control to shift between the two displays rather than with a mouse (with large screen I wouldn't be able to use touch as the screen would b too far away to Swipe them to shift between the displays).
Today is sponsored by the word "versatility". Not only is the SP a full PC it is the best form factor for versatility. Make it what you want at any given moment.
I think the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Ultrabook does a pretty good job at this as well. A little more price though.
Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 15 Mar 2013 at 08:12.
All this from a guy who actually bought a Windows tablet, he must have been the only one in the world to do that and that's why he's pist.
~yawn~... this latest tripe is based on the word of unidentified microsoft employees....
I'm here to help Windows.
I can honestly say that I have used a ton of tablets over the years, and the Surface Pro is really the only one that has really fit me well. But that was to be expected, it's a full PC inside of a small box. I can run everything that I am used to running and I don't have to get used to anything new (as I am already used to Windows 8).
It's not 100% perfect, and it is rather expensive, and screen space (while looking great) is very limited and you need a flat surface if you plan to use one of the additional keyboards. I'm using it right now for this very post...(in keeping with full disclosure, I am using the optional Type cover keyboard...it's the only way that I can really be proficient with the device).