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  1. #31


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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    My 15.6" laptop already runs W8 well, and is superior to the Surface in almost every way.

    And isn't a WHOLE lot bigger.

    It's my current 'portable' as this laptop most certainly isn't.

    No, a small Android is all I want in a tablet (don't NEED on at all).

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  2. #32


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Seriously right now people, this is a TABLET PERSONAL COMPUTER RUNNING WINDOWS 8 PRO!!! NOT AN IPAD OR AN ANDROID!!!
    Seriously Coke Robot, do people really want a fully functional computer in a tablet form factor? I don't. Tablets to me are far less functional than a laptop and therefore should also be far less expensive than a laptop. I'm not sure I would be willing to pay $1,000 for something with a 10" screen and so many other tablet style limitations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Does your ipad or android tablet run Office 2013 Pro or iTunes to manage your ipad or iphone, or allow you to convert video files, or be able to run bittorrent clients (ipad), or data recovery software, virtualization software, Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD 2013, or even allow for some light Steam gaming? I'm going to answer this because this is such a stupidly easy question to answer:

    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And does anybody care about converting video files or bit torrenting from their tablet, or running virtual machines. Ummm....no. And good luck virtualizing machines with small amounts of hard drive space and RAM. I don't forsee too many people attempting to use Photoshop or AutoCad on a damn tablet.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Seriously right now people, this is a TABLET PERSONAL COMPUTER RUNNING WINDOWS 8 PRO!!! NOT AN IPAD OR AN ANDROID!!!
    Seriously Coke Robot, do people really want a fully functional computer in a tablet form factor? I don't. Tablets to me are far less functional than a laptop and therefore should also be far less expensive than a laptop. I'm not sure I would be willing to pay $1,000 for something with a 10" screen and so many other tablet style limitations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Does your ipad or android tablet run Office 2013 Pro or iTunes to manage your ipad or iphone, or allow you to convert video files, or be able to run bittorrent clients (ipad), or data recovery software, virtualization software, Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD 2013, or even allow for some light Steam gaming? I'm going to answer this because this is such a stupidly easy question to answer:

    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And does anybody care about converting video files or bit torrenting from their tablet, or running virtual machines. Ummm....no. And good luck virtualizing machines with small amounts of hard drive space and RAM. I don't forsee too many people attempting to use Photoshop or AutoCad on a damn tablet.
    Define multifunction that people are in demand for. Last I checked, Ethernet isn't one. An optical drive can be done without. Look at ipad sales, people are putting cash (in some cases bodily organs) over fist to buy a 500 dollar ipod touch. Then, some go out an pay an extra 150 usually for an added keyboard to do things like....I don't know using the notepad?

    To me, phablets are one thing. They're what have defined tablets as being impotent. Tablet PCs are another thing. In all honesty, a tablet PC is just a laptop with usually a five inch smaller screen without a keyboard attached all the time. THAT right there is what makes a tablet so much more portable. It's awkward to carry around a laptop, let alone the possible damage that can be done to a moving hard drive.

    So you're telling me that the ONLY thing that tablets are good for are doing literally NOTHING more than what a smartphone does? I'm sorry, but I'm not going to shell out 400+ dollars for that just for the off chance I want to read an news story in the park. I'll make use of my Windows Phone. If I'm going to shell out 800+ dollars, I BETTER be able to convert video and music files to put on an ipad or iphone or my Windows Phone; as well as being able to use AutoCAD or Photoshop. See, I don't personally have a laptop. I've used and lived by a desktop for most my life. I've been in the market for a laptop for a year or two now as I'll be using it for college classes when I go back. I don't really want a 500 gig hard drive as mechanical drives aren't the best solution for ultra portability, and I just don't really require 500 gigs when I will have terabytes in my desktop. If I'm going to shell out 800+ dollars for an ultrabook, it better be portable and light and easy and convenient to use. It better have software that allows ME to do what I want to do, whether it be something on the Desktop or a metro app. But alas, there isn't an ultrabook or laptop that has fit the bill. Now comes along the Surface Pro, that has the hardware specs I want such as the stylus and the i5 processor as well as flash storage, has a keyboard cover that I can take off and use as a cover and isn't in the way and doesn't add bulk to the whole package. For a total of 1,000 dollar, yes it's expensive as balls. I can buy a Lenovo Yoga for with that, but again I don't want the keyboard there. I want to be able to whip it out like a notepad and write something down. I can then use it create an AutoCAD drawing and carry it over to my desktop. I can use it recover data off damaged hard drives if I want to go to that extent.

    It's the flexibility that it offers that is so attractive. I've meet someone once that actually paid 1,000 dollars on a 64 gig ipad, a third party keyboard, a case and cover, and a couple other accessories to make it work like a tablet PC that it is not. For that same money, he could had bought a laptop, but again he probably doesn't want that added bulk and want it as a companion device or such. I believe he ended up buying that Lenovo Yoga we were looking at. So tell me, the Yoga is a laptop/ultrabook, does that offer added functionality that I sacrifice with a tablet PC?
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  4. #34


    If they are actually the amount of space they claim to provide then maybe. It's probably going to dedicate some of the GBs to the operating system. But I'd rather work on a desktop as nice as this having wacom infused. At that price I might as well get a real desktop to replace one of my older computers.
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  5. #35


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    My main reason for wanting a tablet was to avoid the necessity of needing a laptop as I travel a lot --and as I'm quite large (height wise etc) space especially when travelling "Cattle class" on planes is a premium --couldn't possibly use a 17 inch laptop

    However the price is just not worth it to me --especially as Office isn't thrown in --- on the surface pro.

    with Office it *might* just be worth it however I can do a certain amount of Office stuff on my smartphone using Kingsoft Office which does a passable job of readiing and editing WORD, EXCEL and Powerpoint files.

    Works on Android tablets too --FREE application.

    Download Kingsoft free office software for Android

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #36


    Posts : 902
    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Grotesquely over priced. They will not be challenging apple or android whatsoever. Best they can hope to achieve is "also ran" status.... and even that is a stretch....


    And then there's this...

    Microsoft halves Surface RT production orders - report
    Last edited by Rickkins; 30 Nov 2012 at 08:41.
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  7. #37


    England
    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1 PRO 64bit


    Ultra portable full blown pc is what i need..surfacd pro fits the bill...so ill buy this one regardless of the price for my Revit and Cad on the go......... Besides thats what "most" apple fans do..£500 ipad to surf the internet and visit facebook
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  8. #38


    Palm Coast FLorida
    Posts : 370
    Windows 8 Pro ($39.99 upgrade)


    microsoft is heading down a slippery slope, at the end is going to be a big surprise, that being nobody really cares, they don't have an fan base like apple has, it isnt going to work.
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  9. #39


    England
    Posts : 39
    Windows 8.1 PRO 64bit


    When that time comes..all of us will be using OS X!...Me, Ill be going back to "Abacus"..no recharging needed. Lol!
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  10. #40


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    So you're telling me that the ONLY thing that tablets are good for are doing literally NOTHING more than what a smartphone does?
    Yes, that is what I am saying. People have very much simplified what they typically use a computer for, and it's social networking, email, youtube videos, etc. Tablets have been getting cheaper, and cheaper and cheaper. Some spring for the iPad for the experience, others waited for the price to come down and have now moved to nexus 7 tablets or kindle fire's, or the new Nook HD. I don't see many of these people spending $900-$1200 for a tablet that is more like a PC.


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If I'm going to shell out 800+ dollars, I BETTER be able to convert video and music files to put on an ipad or iphone or my Windows Phone; as well as being able to use AutoCAD or Photoshop.
    I can see wanting as much functionality as possible when you outlay that much cash. I just do think average joe's are going to spend the cash. These people would most like buy a $500 laptop and a $200 Kindle Fire and have devices that can be used by 2 people at the same time in their household.
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