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Which Windows tablet do you own?


strollin

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#41
I think the Surface 3 should sell well. It has much of the Pro 3's capability at a lower cost. Besides using a quad core Atom as opposed to the i5 cpu, a major difference is the micro USB power port. The dedicated power connector on the Pro 3 allows for charging as well as for connecting to the docking station.
 

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#42
Yeah, no matter how you slice it, and as much as I like my Surface RT, I'm looking forward to a speed increase in whatever I upgrade it to. That and increased screen resolution, and maybe a couple other things. But honestly, the quality of the Surface RT screen is great, even though it's only 720p, and the battery life is very respectable. But technology marches on.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built/assembled myself
    CPU
    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866
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    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X Windforce
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    On-board audio
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    Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD
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    2560 x 1440
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    Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
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orlandotek

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#43
I still think the Surface 3 is overpriced and under-powered. It should be $299.00 if they want to REALLY eat into the iPad market.

What's up with just a 1.6Ghz quad core? Cost savings? It needs to be beefier than that. The tablet needs to dazzle and shine..not just get by. The original Surface was painfully under powered, and overpriced as well. Don't they learn from the mistakes of their past??

Oh well..just my 2 cents. That and $2.00 might get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Nokia Lumia 2520
    CPU
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
    Memory
    2GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    10.1"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB SSD
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    Asus Case
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    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
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    Bornd Bluetooth Mouse
    Browser
    IE 11

msdos622wasfun

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#44
I'm thinking that maybe the Surfaces are what Microsoft might think of (and what some tech pundits have called) as "aspirational devices." In other words, it's something that's built really well, pretty, free of crapware and is something that just gets people to walk in the door, ooh and awe at, and then start looking at the ecosystem. They might buy the more expensive tablet with the Microsoft name on it, but then probably more of them are going to buy the cheaper mainstream Windows tablets. And either choice is going to ultimately make Microsoft happy.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built/assembled myself
    CPU
    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X Windforce
    Sound Card
    On-board audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
    Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3
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    Corsair HX850W
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    Cooler Master HAF XM
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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theveterans

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#45
I still think the Surface 3 is overpriced and under-powered. It should be $299.00 if they want to REALLY eat into the iPad market.

What's up with just a 1.6Ghz quad core? Cost savings? It needs to be beefier than that. The tablet needs to dazzle and shine..not just get by. The original Surface was painfully under powered, and overpriced as well. Don't they learn from the mistakes of their past??

Oh well..just my 2 cents. That and $2.00 might get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
Don't blame Microsoft, Intel just provides a mediocre performing x86 CPU. If MS used a Core M on this, it would've essentially cost as much as SP3.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Surface Pro 3
    CPU
    Core i5 4300U @ 1.9 GHz
    Motherboard
    Surface Pro 3
    Memory
    8092 MB DDR3-L 1.35 V SDRAM @ 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400 @ 200 MHz
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built-in 3:2 display
    Screen Resolution
    2160 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    256 GB SSD + 128 GB micro SD
    PSU
    36 Watt power brick
    Cooling
    Active
    Keyboard
    On Screen Keyboard
    Mouse
    Surface pen
    Internet Speed
    300 / 20 TWC
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    IE 11 Metro, IE 11 Desktop
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    Windows Defender

Berton

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#46
It would be nice to have more power in a Tablet but there's always a trade-off concerning power requirements, more powerful equals more heat.
 

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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    2 Customs and 3 OEM/Brands
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    AMD and Intel

OldGuyGeek

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#47
I have the original Yoga 13 and a Toshiba Encore Mini 7" tablet. Love them both.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel I-7 860
    Motherboard
    Asus P7B
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 580
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer (Primary), Asus (secondary), Sony TV (third)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128GB SSD Windows 8 Boot Drive
    WD Black 1 TB (2 ea)
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    WD Black 500GB
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    MS 1000
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    MS Flip
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    Verizon FIOS 35/35
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msdos622wasfun

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#48

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom built/assembled myself
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    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
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    ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866
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    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X Windforce
    Sound Card
    On-board audio
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    Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
    Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3
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    Corsair HX850W
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    Cooler Master HAF XM
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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OldGuyGeek

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#49
Well, his biggest issue is that for $120 you could get a better tablet at a slightly increased price. I got it on sale for $79 last year. It's now back up to $110 on the MS Store. I doubt that would have bought it at that price. Probably would have went with some of the other tablets I was considering.

But now that I have it, it's great, Even at my old, decrepit state, I can still read it fine for what I do. Sure the desktop stuff is small, but that's going to happen on any tablet around 7-8 inches. But for Win Apps, like news or mail or anything like them, it's great. I read my mail and calendar on my Windows 928 phone every day, but the increase size on the Encore makes quite a difference.

Not ever buying an Atom based system before, I was pleasantly surprised at the speed. Works quickly and flawlessly. HD space? I got a Samsung Ultra microSD card with 32GB for a lousy $17 bucks.

Finally, I also bought a Microsoft TV adapter. I hooked it up to the TV and sure enough the Encore attached to it as a wireless display and I can browse the web and do other stuff via the larger screen TV.

I suppose a larger, more expensive tablet would be great, but I think this fits most of my needs, if not all.

Here's a video I did back in December 2014

https://youtu.be/4F8eG33A_Ag
 
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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel I-7 860
    Motherboard
    Asus P7B
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 580
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer (Primary), Asus (secondary), Sony TV (third)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston 128GB SSD Windows 8 Boot Drive
    WD Black 1 TB (2 ea)
    WD Red 3 TB
    WD Black 500GB
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    MS 1000
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    MS Flip
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    Verizon FIOS 35/35
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    IE 11, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari
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msdos622wasfun

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#50
That's cool. Hey if you're happy with it then that's all that matters. It really doesn't seem so bad for the money. Honestly, I'm a big Paul Thurrott fan, but I think sometimes ... sometimes ... he can be a bit stubborn with his viewpoints. It helps to hear another side of the story.

Looks like you've got a nice channel going as well on YouTube. :)
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built/assembled myself
    CPU
    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X Windforce
    Sound Card
    On-board audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
    Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3
    PSU
    Corsair HX850W
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF XM
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    Stock
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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orlandotek

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#51
Well, the Surface 3 might not be as under-powered as I thought.

I just picked up a NEW IRULU W1002 from Ebay for $215.00 (though now it's at $279.00)...it has a similar processor..here is from the product page--


Intel® Baytrail-T CPU processor whose main frequency is 1.33GHz-1.83GHz. Based on TURBO CORE technology, supporting Turbo Boost and quad-core four-thread techniques...

The tablet is VERY impressive. Quicker then the older Asus i5 tablet I had a few months ago. Solid build with lots of ports and nice screen. Came with a magnetic keyboard similar to what you would buy for the Nokia 2520.

It could be a tad thinner and lighter but for just $215.00 I am overjoyed with the tablet.

The processor in the Surface 3 is more beefy so it should be great for most users. I still think the $499 is a bit much. Or at least include the keyboard.

Ebay is selling out of these fast at the $279.00 price and Amazon originally had them at $245.00 but then they were also at $279.00 and now are sold out, as well.


 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Nokia Lumia 2520
    CPU
    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
    Memory
    2GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    10.1"
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    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB SSD
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    Asus Case
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    Microsoft Wedge Keyboard
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    Bornd Bluetooth Mouse
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robinb9

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#52
I have 3 tablets
1 asus vivotab running windows 8.1 64 bit, 64 gigs 1 gig memory
1 Surface pro 3.0 128 gigs 4 gigs memory i won on microsoft community connections contest
1 Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series running windos 8.1 pro 4 gig memory 500 gig hs intel pentium, which I absolutely love. I got it when it first came out, now it has a icore 3. Mine runs great and i give it its all. I have recommended this all in one to 6 clients and they love it. It is light, you get the best of a tablet and laptop and it holds its own, i highly recommend it.
 

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System One

  • OS
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell Optiplex 390, 380, 3 Vostro Laptops (7 computers in all)
    CPU
    desktop/laptop
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    4gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    atm randioum
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    350,250
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#53
Might as well keep this thread going...

I know that just recently I was singing the praises about my original Surface RT, and trying to be objective, because I admit, it was never a tablet that was going to win any major performance awards, but I thought I'd mention that I decided I reached the end of my patience level with it, and I upgraded to an Acer Aspire Switch 11 with a Core i3.

Now, I don't regret the 2+ years that I owned the RT. I mean, overall it was a good first try at what Microsoft was trying to do, and I still maintain that it might be okay for someone with very simple needs (I traded it in at Best Buy -- maybe they can refurbish it and find it a nice home). But now that I wanted to get into a mode where I started using it as a hybrid, that is, a small notebook, the performance bottlenecks started to annoy me. Plus I found it just a tad small.

The Acer Aspire Switch 11 that I upgraded to blows it away in the benchmarks that I tested. The screen is about an inch bigger, so that's nice, and it's also full HD. The keyboard is nice to type on, and it's got all the ports I need. I love the twisting, detachable screen. 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD.

So far everything is going really well. It's a Signature Edition that I bought through the Microsoft Store. Sure, there are some minor things I could criticize, like the subpar battery life that it gets compared to the Surface. But all in all I think it's a great package. With tax and shipping, it was even slightly less than a Surface 3 without keyboard (I don't know how long that $200 discount is going to last, however).
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom built/assembled myself
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    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866
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    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X Windforce
    Sound Card
    On-board audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD
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    2560 x 1440
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    Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
    Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3
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    Corsair HX850W
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    Cooler Master HAF XM
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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stupops

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#54
Just to keep it going - I upgraded from my surface rt to a surface 2. Much the same. Bit snappier and the screen is a wee bit better. Preferred the black casing tbh. Was looking at a pro but then I think why do I want the hassle of a laptop in a tablet? I have a windows 8 laptop - RT suits me fine in tablet form. Strange you never see people on andriod or ipads making the same fuss as windows users that its not a 'full fat' experience.
 

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    windows 8.1
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#55
Just to keep it going - I upgraded from my surface rt to a surface 2. Much the same. Bit snappier and the screen is a wee bit better. Preferred the black casing tbh. Was looking at a pro but then I think why do I want the hassle of a laptop in a tablet? I have a windows 8 laptop - RT suits me fine in tablet form. Strange you never see people on andriod or ipads making the same fuss as windows users that its not a 'full fat' experience.
Yeah I was, at one point, close to upgrading my Surface RT to the Surface 2, but I never pulled the trigger on that.

And the tide turned with my experience with the Acer Switch 11 that I bought. Turned out it had a defect -- it was turning off at random times, and this was confirmed by a technician at the Microsoft Store (bad motherboard, or bad chip on the motherboard). Long story short, got a refund, and walked out with an Asus T300 Chi! Had to spend a bit more, but I think it's a better device.

I probably would have kept the Acer had there been no problems, so it's funny how things work out sometimes.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom built/assembled myself
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    AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    Memory
    16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X Windforce
    Sound Card
    On-board audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD
    Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3
    PSU
    Corsair HX850W
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    Cooler Master HAF XM
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    Stock
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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    Logitech MK520 wireless
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    22 Mbps
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    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes

stupops

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#57
Just to keep it even more going I wish I had upgraded sooner. The Surface 2 is so much quicker and snappier than the original. Good work and to be had at a decent price these days!
 

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    windows 8.1

pparks1

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#59
Wife has iPad Air, son has iPad mini, daughter mostly uses my MacBook Pro. I might splurge on a surface pro 4 when they come out. I've git a Surface Pro 1 at work, but I don't really care much for it.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
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    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
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    stock
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    ABS M1 Mechanical
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    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
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    15/2 cable modem
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dperecky

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#60
originally purchased a 8" WinBook TW802 Tablet even though i read the reviews beforehand about quality. I just chalked it up to their bad luck. Maybe it was... dunno. All I know is that the power jack started to get loose, after a month. Yes, I could take it for a replacement, but my data is on it, and foolishly, is not encrypted. I read that they are made by a major computer manufacturer. But the company does not put their logo on them. Could be a bad sign.

Upgraded to a Surface 3 (not Pro)... mostly for the quality. It's expensive, but I feel like I'm saving money by not going Pro. I like the 10.9" screen. I find it much easier to type on. I'm not sure I want the MS keyboard that's designed for it.... as I really like how quiet it is right now. i.e. in just using the on-screen kboard.

Going from an 8" screen to a 10.9" and to 10 touch-points makes, for me, a big difference in the ease of use of the tablet experience.

:)
 

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System One

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    s: XP, Win7, Win8, Ubuntu
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Laptop - recommended brand.
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    1 currently- laptop monitor
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    Have XP Virt. Mach. on Win7.
    // 2-7-2015 - Purchased cheap Win 8.1 tablet. So far, it's amazing. Update: 5-24 - Switched to MS Surface 3. it's just a better way to go.

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