Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Why bother with Surface Pro when THIS is available CHEAPER

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Max Peck View Post
    ThinkPads have always been superior. This one would knock the socks off a Surface.
    At 3.5lb, it would probably knock the socks off, and flatten, any tablet.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    It'd be an upgrade over the HP laptop I have at the moment, but it's basically the same price as the Surface Pro, and while it has a faster CPU and 4GB more RAM, I'm not sure it makes up for the fact it's heavier and larger (dimensions). Each his or her own, but if you're looking to replace a tablet with a dual-purpose computing device, this probably wouldn't be my first choice.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Almost everything is about marketing.

    It is why Aapl are able to get around 50% gross margin on iphones.
    Apple gets what they get because they built a solid fan base from good products. It started with the iPods. Those people, combined with the traditional Apple fans became the base for the iPhone and it just spread from there. And it's such a tight, big ecosystem, people are less likely to switch to a new ecosystem.

    Marketing can only get you so far. You still need good products.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Apple is slowly begining to bleed: Why Apple Is Losing Ground to Google and Amazon - Forbes.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    It's true, Apple's product design is quite good. I'd argue their products aren't really all that fantastic anymore compared to the competition, but they're good enough and they do have the ability to build a reality distortion field around their products because they earned that ability. Yes, marketing helped a great deal, but they were marketing great, well-polished products back then compared to any competition that may have existed. They don't have that today, but they still have good marketing and a user base that will (for the most part) continue to use those products iteration after iteration until something VASTLY better comes along that also provides a good migration experience. So far, that part hasn't happened.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    I'll tell you why the twist does not work for me. I bought the flip which is the same as the twist computer wise and it does not output a 1080p display to my monitor, so back it went. Also the battery life was less than 3 hr. I want one computer to be my legacy desktop, to travel with and to read books with. So I'm waiting for Surface Pro or Transformer Book with it's larger displays.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    With Surface Pro, you pay extra for the Pro edition of Windows 8, no bloatware plus the tablet form factor (extremely portable and space saver) and lastly, better support from Microsoft. Sure you can get an ultrabook or even the acer w700 tablet for a cheaper price, but it comes with bloatware, lackluster support and probably, compatibility issues. IMO Microsoft Surface pro is neither cheap nor expensive for its features.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
    With Surface Pro, you pay extra for the Pro edition of Windows 8, no bloatware plus the tablet form factor (extremely portable and space saver) and lastly, better support from Microsoft. .

    and we know they are good at it

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19


    For the price I don't think I'd bother. Give me my cheap little Win7 netbook over all of them.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #20


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    I think it's cool. It's an i7 for less than a MacBook Pro. Cheaper than a surface and comes with the keyboard, which I would need for a bunch of work. Sure, it's a bit heavier than a Surface, but that's apples to oranges. You have to compare it to carrying a Surface and a spare keyboard around to plug into the Surface. If all you want to do is read/browse content and perhaps have some light text input, then a tablet-only device would make sense. But for me, something like this unit would be cool.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Why bother with Surface Pro when THIS is available CHEAPER
Related Threads
It looks like Microsoft isn't asleep at the wheel, they might have some ideas going forward. Read on at the site, if you don't like smaller cheaper don't bother. Windows 8 hardware, take 2: Expect cheaper, smaller | Microsoft - CNET News
Sign in or don't bother in Software and Apps
There's another aspect of Windows 8 that I really dislike and that's the forced sign in to a Microsoft account before you can use certain apps. The calendar app is one that I've mentioned previously, which you can't load/access without signing in to the Microsoft account. Some people love putting...
Read more at source: Microsoft Surface Pro to have half the Surface RT's battery life | ZDNet
From Mark Minasi (long-time Winodws guru/trainer) Newsletter #103: 28 Days Below the Surface:* Looking at Windows 8 RT on Microsoft's New Tablet
4G -- Why bother in Chillout Room
Hi there I like the idea of 4G being standard on Windows 8 phones -- but in practice this is a total 100% irrelevance / waste of time and space. I can't understand what all the hype is over the 4G systems now being rolled out -- I NEVER surf the internet with a mobile phone unless it's on a...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook