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Recommend a Win 8 tablet/laptop hybrid for business/web design?

  1. #31


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
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    too expensive, I prefer throw $ 1200 on a XPS 13 Dell notebook, or a Mac air, $ 400 more but at least I can do serious work with it.
    And why couldn't you do serious work with the Surface Pro? It has basically the same specs as the base XPS 13 and Mac Air.
    Yeah, I don't understand why you're physically impeded from doing work. You have a tactile keyboard with a touchpad and mouse buttons. Connectivity is mostly same with the Surface Pro and the majority of ultrabooks, not even considering the Surface Pro is 10.6 inches of screen and makes it better for mobility.

    The XPS 13 at 1,200 has an i7, unless if you're running MAJOR things like daily Photoshopping, VMs, gaming, and the likes on it and using it more over a desktop, OK. But an i5 is rather exceptional for the vast majority of everything and is standard place for ultrabooks, even apple.
    A 10.6inch screen might be better for portability, but for actually using it to be productive I gotta say I would want 13 to 15 inches. A co-worker uses a mba11, and the thing is app small it's like trying to work on a Nintendo ds.

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  2. #32


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post

    And why couldn't you do serious work with the Surface Pro? It has basically the same specs as the base XPS 13 and Mac Air.
    Yeah, I don't understand why you're physically impeded from doing work. You have a tactile keyboard with a touchpad and mouse buttons. Connectivity is mostly same with the Surface Pro and the majority of ultrabooks, not even considering the Surface Pro is 10.6 inches of screen and makes it better for mobility.

    The XPS 13 at 1,200 has an i7, unless if you're running MAJOR things like daily Photoshopping, VMs, gaming, and the likes on it and using it more over a desktop, OK. But an i5 is rather exceptional for the vast majority of everything and is standard place for ultrabooks, even apple.
    A 10.6inch screen might be better for portability, but for actually using it to be productive I gotta say I would want 13 to 15 inches. A co-worker uses a mba11, and the thing is app small it's like trying to work on a Nintendo ds.
    Then a better solution, a Lenovo Yoga. It's 1,000 dollars.
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  3. #33


    As I hate about the XPS line. Slow cpus, no ability to dock, no hard drive activity light, no optical drive or ability to add caddy to media bay for second hard drive, no wired Ethernet port, ultra small form factors which are hard to work on, replacing batteries when they don't take a charge can be a real pain, giant touchpad without physical selection buttons so when I put down my thumb to click something my mouse moves and I either click the wrong thing or drag and drop files into other directories on accident....shall I keep going?
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    As I hate about the XPS line. Slow cpus, no ability to dock, no hard drive activity light, no optical drive or ability to add caddy to media bay for second hard drive, no wired Ethernet port, ultra small form factors which are hard to work on, replacing batteries when they don't take a charge can be a real pain, giant touchpad without physical selection buttons so when I put down my thumb to click something my mouse moves and I either click the wrong thing or drag and drop files into other directories on accident....shall I keep going?
    Then why even consider an ultrabook for your purposes? I'd just buy a decent laptop, preferably one with touch and a stylus.
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  5. #35


    I don't consider them for my own purchases. I had to purchase them for others art work and have had to support setting them up and have found all of these things that I cannot stand.
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  6. #36


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I don't consider them for my own purchases. I had to purchase them for others art work and have had to support setting them up and have found all of these things that I cannot stand.
    Are additional hard drives or optical drives something needed by everyone for use?

    By the way, I do believe there are hard drive lights on ultrabooks, just that sometimes they're on the side and not in easy view.
    This can't be done. I think this decision was really stupid.
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  7. #37


    On the optical drive front...I load the OS and image the machines. To boot from my win pe disks, or macrium boot discs, I have to get external drives, plug in cables and power, etc. Sure is nice when they just have a damn drive.

    Secondary drive not needed by many. But.when we put in SSD for best performance, storage space is limited. My laptop only has an 80gb SSD.

    the xps ultrabooks don't have hard drive led, or wireless led. I hate wondering if laptop it's doing anything or just dead when I cannot see a hard drive gronking away.

    And not having wired Ethernet is just a tragedy. I choose gigabit wired over wireless every time.
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  8. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    On the optical drive front...I load the OS and image the machines. To boot from my win pe disks, or macrium boot discs, I have to get external drives, plug in cables and power, etc. Sure is nice when they just have a damn drive.

    Secondary drive not needed by many. But.when we put in SSD for best performance, storage space is limited. My laptop only has an 80gb SSD.

    the xps ultrabooks don't have hard drive led, or wireless led. I hate wondering if laptop it's doing anything or just dead when I cannot see a hard drive gronking away.

    And not having wired Ethernet is just a tragedy. I choose gigabit wired over wireless every time.
    Wouldn't it be more better, perhaps, to take advantage of the USB ports on ultrabooks and use USB flash drives? Not only nicer, more portable, doesn't scratch, and have LOTS more space for less money, they're also faster than using disks to install or image puters. I would imagine it would take minutes to reimage a puter with USB 3, which is what ultrabooks carry by default.

    Now, if I should say so, all of what you say about YOU and YOUR preferences are what everyone should prefer?
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  9. #39


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    On the optical drive front...I load the OS and image the machines. To boot from my win pe disks, or macrium boot discs, I have to get external drives, plug in cables and power, etc. Sure is nice when they just have a damn drive.

    Secondary drive not needed by many. But.when we put in SSD for best performance, storage space is limited. My laptop only has an 80gb SSD.

    the xps ultrabooks don't have hard drive led, or wireless led. I hate wondering if laptop it's doing anything or just dead when I cannot see a hard drive gronking away.

    And not having wired Ethernet is just a tragedy. I choose gigabit wired over wireless every time.
    Wouldn't it be more better, perhaps, to take advantage of the USB ports on ultrabooks and use USB flash drives? Not only nicer, more portable, doesn't scratch, and have LOTS more space for less money, they're also faster than using disks to install or image puters. I would imagine it would take minutes to reimage a puter with USB 3, which is what ultrabooks carry by default.

    Now, if I should say so, all of what you say about YOU and YOUR preferences are what everyone should prefer?
    I use an esata dock with a 2tb Samsung hdd. for my images. Esata is faster than usb3, but of course the ultrabooks don't have esata ports like the latitude notebooks. My docks that I own are usb2 and esata combos.

    It's just the boot media that launches the imaging program that I am using which is on a CD. They could go on a usb stick, but I don't like using 2 and 4gb sticks for 200mb recovery utilities.
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  10. #40


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    On the optical drive front...I load the OS and image the machines. To boot from my win pe disks, or macrium boot discs, I have to get external drives, plug in cables and power, etc. Sure is nice when they just have a damn drive.

    Secondary drive not needed by many. But.when we put in SSD for best performance, storage space is limited. My laptop only has an 80gb SSD.

    the xps ultrabooks don't have hard drive led, or wireless led. I hate wondering if laptop it's doing anything or just dead when I cannot see a hard drive gronking away.

    And not having wired Ethernet is just a tragedy. I choose gigabit wired over wireless every time.
    Wouldn't it be more better, perhaps, to take advantage of the USB ports on ultrabooks and use USB flash drives? Not only nicer, more portable, doesn't scratch, and have LOTS more space for less money, they're also faster than using disks to install or image puters. I would imagine it would take minutes to reimage a puter with USB 3, which is what ultrabooks carry by default.

    Now, if I should say so, all of what you say about YOU and YOUR preferences are what everyone should prefer?
    I use an esata dock with a 2tb Samsung hdd. for my images. Esata is faster than usb3, but of course the ultrabooks don't have esata ports like the latitude notebooks. My docks that I own are usb2 and esata combos.

    It's just the boot media that launches the imaging program that I am using which is on a CD. They could go on a usb stick, but I don't like using 2 and 4gb sticks for 200mb recovery utilities.
    OK.

    I wonder though, there are 512 MB flash drives...
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