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Windows 8 Pro tablets: Not a good laptop replacement

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    Windows 8 Pro tablets: Not a good laptop replacement


    Windows 8 Pro tablets: Not a good laptop replacement


    Summary: The Windows 8 launch is getting closer and many are looking forward to the tablets that will run the full version of Windows. Those looking to use one of these tablets as a PC replacement may be disappointed.

    By James Kendrick for Mobile News
    August 9, 2012 -- 13:46 GMT (06:46 PDT)




    As a tablet enthusiast I am looking forward to the Windows 8 slates that will start appearing later this year. The Microsoft Surface tablets look like capable entrants to the field, along with the just-announced ThinkPad Tablet 2.


    The tablets that will run Windows 8 Pro have attracted a lot of attention from many I have corresponded with due to the ability to run not only the apps written for tablets but also legacy Windows apps. Many I have spoken to plan to get a Windows 8 Pro tablet for that legacy support.


    I am hearing from more and more people that they see these tablets as laptop replacements. The Surface tablets will have a keyboard cover to turn it into a pseudo laptop, and others are likely to have similar accessories.


    Others who plan to get a Windows tablet tell me they want to use it as their sole computer. They expect accessories to be available to let them drop the tablet into a dock that is connected to monitors, speakers, keyboard, and mouse, turning the slate into a full-blown desktop system.

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    I cannot even imagine that the average person could use this Windows Pro tablet as their sole computer.
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    You have plenty of people out there who do nothing but browse the web, check the weather, email, and yap their mouths off on some social network site! You find them everywhere! They don't do anything else as far as run a full desktop and likely carry a smart phone that connects to Face Book as well as their email and wouldn't be looking for anything else.

    Now compare that to those who run a gaming laptop or simply spend a great deal of time with a laptop on the go if not sitting at a desktop who would shrug at 8 to start with and then gawk at several Tablet PC models while in a retail outlet. You can imagine someone thinking to themselves: "Pity the fools that buy into that crap!"

    The keyboard addon serving the dual purpose of a cover to protect the display screen is the selling gimic that would make the novice look at it as a full flavored laptop, notebook over going for any netbook. At least you can change the OS on a netbook however not be stuck with an embedded OS! Likewise with a regular laptop you can add the extras on you might while the sight of those..??? leaves you to wonder!
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    Well, duh...

    Depending on usage scenarios, no, a tablet won't cut it. It's ludicrous to think that one could play Metro 2033 on a tablet. Theoretically, you can if you drop a good couple thousand dollars but even then...

    I don't know, I have yet to see people use laptops as a desktop, where the only purpose in having one is just for the off chance you might be mobile and the only need is for the motherboard as it's connected to an external monitor with external peripherals. That would be a complete waste of a laptop.

    But then there is the consideration that comparing an ultrabook to a tablet pricewise. Do you want touch or a VERY thin laptop?

    Honestly though, there are some decent tablets that have the high end Intel processing power. So that makes me wonder, if you have a docking station, a stylus, and maybe a mouse, does that effectively do the job of a desktop (not a gaming rig, not a built rig, just the typical midday desktop), a laptop, and a tablet?
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    For some with laptops here they use a laptop as a desktop and they were given a dual scroll wheel type trackball 3 button mouse rather then fuss with the touchpads. It's a little versatile to have horizontal as well as vertical scroll rather then holding the left button and moving your finger constantly on a touchpad for the novice users in mind.

    The ultrathins and touchscreen devices are mostly for those who aren't looking for much to start with and wouldn't want to lug a carrying case around with them to school or work simply to check the mail or run a web search. That's where the attraction to the less involved smaller portables will be for the most part.

    Laptops on the other hand are often set up like a desktop with an external monitor as well as speakers when someone lacks experience in custom building or is simply on a tight budget and wants the larger display. You can then add on a cordless keyboard/mouse combo to sit back and relax away from the desktop if the external display just happens to be a tv/monitor combo. That can replace web tv easily too.
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    Even light users will eventually realize that trying to type e mail or anything productive is very frustrating and annoying on a tablet. Not only that the value for the dollar of a tablet vs the average netbook is HORRIBLE.

    It is all about marketing trying to make it trendy. Trendy it might be..... practical, logical, and economically intelligent? NOPE!
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    Actually, I use a tablet (Samsung Series 7) as my primary, only machine, for work. I am running Windows 8 on it, and I plan to get a pro Surface when it releases (mostly for battery life, although the device design is a factor). I do write code, I do debug, and yes, I do browse the web and receive and send email as part of my daily job . The article's author was mostly saying that Windows on a tablet isn't a good replacement because the hardware isn't up to the job and neither is Windows, and honestly, prior to Windows 8 software and hardware I would be lying if I didn't agree with that sentiment on all fronts. However, Windows 8 actually has proper touch support (yes, old apps will still be hard to use without a keyboard and mouse - primarily why hybrids and devices like the surface include such support), and proper touch hardware at launch (and not the crap we had with XP, Vista, and to a large extent, Windows 7).

    It just isn't a good idea yet, anyway, to compare hardware and software that wasn't designed as touch-friendly (OEM stuff from the XP->Win7 days, and the requisite OS on that hardware) as the reason not to use a touch-friendly OS on a device designed for it (Windows 8-logo'd hardware and that OS).
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    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    Even light users will eventually realize that trying to type e mail or anything productive is very frustrating and annoying on a tablet.
    I have an Asus Transformer Tablet running Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" sitting right next to me. But yet, here I am on my Dell E6400 running Windows 7. Imagine that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
    Even light users will eventually realize that trying to type e mail or anything productive is very frustrating and annoying on a tablet.
    I have an Asus Transformer Tablet running Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" sitting right next to me. But yet, here I am on my Dell E6400 running Windows 7. Imagine that.

    I do, indeed I do.

    Honestly I really do NOT believe some of the posters that claim they use a tablet as their primary device and use it to type e mails or anything else more than a short paragraph, I think they are lying.

    Most folks I know that have attempted to use tablets or smart phones in such a manner soon grow tired of trying and end up reverting back to a notebook or laptop.
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    Presently only see the RP on a VM until I get around to ? replacing Linux on the second drive! I still wanted to take a last look at the RP but somehow got busy with another 7 Pro build lately as well as examing a large number of remote desktop apps! The closest thing to portability will be the mini tower case with a carrying handle and usb WiFi adapter!
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