I like the fact that the Asus has an SSD and a big HDD. The SSD is probably used as a caching device for the HDD. That gives you a good speed and plenty of storage space at the same time.
If I did not have 4 laptops already, I would buy it. At least there, Windows 8 would make more sense.
Are you in the market for a couple of 2007 Vista laptops ?? LOL The wife loves those and would not let me take them away from her. The other two are very recent i5 models with Windows 7. They all run on SSDs.
You could always try selling it at a pawn shop. A friend of a friend bought this HP TouchSmart AIO PC recently at a pawn shop that was selling it for 600, but the guy that bought it returned it as the hard drive died. They later sold it for 100 dollars. Actually, that might be a good route to take.... Hmmmm..... I'll have to look into that.
Physical Size is huge in comparison, even more so when you go to to tablet mode on the Pro.
The screen resolution is crap. 1366X768? Seriously?
Nearly two and a half times the weight.
I mean, its fine if all you want is a cheapo clunker of a laptop with weak screen res and weak hard drives. But don't pretend its the same quality and specs as the Surface Pro. Its not.
The 5400RPM HDD will be pretty fast with the 24GB SSD caching. The SSD is not a seperate unit on which you install Windows 8 - although it would easily fit if appropriately tuned.
On the screen resolution you have a point. that is not really fantastic but for normal usage it will suffice.
The weight is neither here nor there. Depends how you use it. I usually travel with the car, so a couple more pounds make no difference. And for a portable tablet I prefer the 7" form factor.
It is definitely not a clunker. The Surface Pro is an overpriced toy for the rich - nothing else. Once the hype is over, it will gather dust on the shelves like the Motorola Xoom did. From an initial price of $800+ it came down to $345.
Are you on the flip side saying that only the rich bought Macbooks? Because most of those have been traditionally higher than even the Surface Pro's current price point. A lot of people have paid more than that for their TV, and they weren't rich. A lot of people pay more than that for a full quality workstation(especially if a gamer). The very first computer I personally bought was $2000 back in 1993. Calling a $999 device a toy of only the rich is just being silly. Its just simply a matter of if its the computer that fits you, and if you have the money set aside to be able to buy it.
But if you go cheap, you get cheap hardware.. its always been that way. You really do get what you paid for.