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Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Pro: Choosing the right tablet


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There is a diverse array of tablet options to daze and amaze shoppers this holiday season. Microsoft has a solid contender with its current Surface tablet, but it runs the more limited Windows RT operating system that was designed for use with ARM-based processors. I’ve already examined how the Surface RT beats the iPad, and how the iPad beats the Surface RT, but how what about tablets that run the more powerful Windows 8 Pro OS?
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Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Pro: Choosing the right tablet | PCWorld
 

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It's a good description of the differences of the usual tablet vs the full powered Windows 8 tablet.
I'm seeing many compare the price to a standard low level tablet. The full power x86 tablets do much more and cost more, as should be expected.
I think the Windows RT does much more than the standard tablets out there, for a reasonable price.
It all depends on what you are going to use a tablet for, everyone has different needs.
 

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I bought a Surface RT and have been very pleasantly surprised by it and it certainly ticks all the boxes for me. :D
 

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what peripherals come with it, like usb ports, any vga ports? with the surface running windows 8 Pro. I need to get a windows 8 laptop after January for my business and if the Surface windows 8 comes with ports like a laptop I might consider that instead
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One problem. I need to connect it to a projector that runs VGA , or it is useless to me
Do they make a cable that goes USB to VGA ? If so then it might just work otherwise I will get a laptop
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The Gigabyte S1080/S1081/S1082 come with a VGA port as standard, plus a whole lot of other ports.
 

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I think Windows RT would be awesome, but Microsoft stripped out so many features and is relying on third party support that doesn't exist.
 

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The Gigabyte S1080/S1081/S1082 come with a VGA port as standard, plus a whole lot of other ports.
I do not see one running windows 8 pro, unless it has not come out as of yet
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Well, if anyone is wanting a smaller 7 or 8 inch screen Windows RT tablet or such, wait until the Windows Blue update comes out. A rumor is out that the Blue update will have Windows 8 optimized for smaller 7+ inch screens. Which is kind of nice, it'll make Windows RT the first non-smartphone OS to be installed on tablets that have been using ios and android smartphone OS's, as well as the capabilities of RT. But Office on a 7 inch screen is totally different thing....
 

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Ahhh it is an adapter. So it goes on the VGA cable
 

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The Gigabyte S1080/S1081/S1082 come with a VGA port as standard, plus a whole lot of other ports.
I do not see one running windows 8 pro, unless it has not come out as of yet
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I'm running Windows 8 Pro on my S1080 right now.
I looked at the 1082. It has windows 8 pro
How do u like it? Does yours run fine?
What do u not like about it
 

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I looked at the 1082. It has windows 8 pro
How do u like it? Does yours run fine?
What do u not like about it
The specs of the S1082 kind of dissapoint me, though I'm no specialist on these, but moving to a slower (and more power hungry?) Celeron processor than the faster Atom in the S1080/S1081 and dropping the USB3.0 seems retrograde, but they have upped the RAM capacity and screen resolution.

Windows 7 and 8 both run fine in the S1080, but I had to spoof the resolution so that Windows 8 apps would function. Mine's currently a dual boot configuration while I ponder which way to go. Windows 7 is my defaut OS and everything works very well indeed, much better than I had anticipated. The Gigabyte is one of the most full featured tablets I could find, which I can effectively use as my desktop while out and about.

There's only one thing that annoys me about the tablet and that is that the BIOS is locked down, so it's difficult/impossible to make maximum use of the internal mini PCI-E socket. You can really only use the Huawei 770/770W HSDPA/GPS card. I tried some other GPS cards and they would not work. I don't know if it will work if you use cards that perform other functions; such for additional storage, which would be good.
 

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Funny no one is really selling the 1082 yet. Amazon still has the 1081. I want to see how competitive in pricing it will become. I do not need it till January anyway
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If I had to choose between the S1081 and S1082, I'd take the S1081. It has a faster processor, up to 4GB RAM, USB 3.0 (this is really good) and still with all the other bells and whistles, at a very good price. You can switch relatively easily between screen resolutions if you really want to use the Modern apps, so the lower inherent screen resolution of the S1081 isn't a deal breaker. If you primarily use the desktop, then nothing is lost.
 

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