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Old 04-02-2013, 08:23 PM   #41
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Here's Walt Mossberg's review of the new Dell laptop/tablet for Windows 8.

He likes some things about it, but panned it for size (too thick/heavy) and battery life.

I still think he's being a bit tough on this machine and the concept in general. It sounds like a darn good full-function laptop (that you could use extensively for serious work, etc) and which could also do the tablet stuff, though in a bigger form factor. It weighs about 3 pounds, which is still a lot lighter than the (cheap, functional) laptop I take on the road.
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:11 PM   #42
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With the MS announcement today and the new version of the Surface launched. Anyone have one or planning to buy? I like the idea of a tablet replacing the laptop need. They are claiming that is mission accomplished. Anyone have experience using it with an opinion on if it can elimiante the need for a desktop/laptop?
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It's more of a Ultrabook competitor, in terms of price and weight, than a tablet.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:30 PM   #44
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Had anyone bought the Surface Pro ? Any first impression please ?
I've had the Surface Pro (Version One) for about 7 months and I have been very happy with it.. It's replaced my laptop and my iPad - a nice all-in-one device. I especially like the digitizer, the pen "writes" smoothly enough that I can doodle in Photoshop and use the OneNote like a pad of paper. A huge difference from the iPad "fat finger" writing. I also like that I can run my regular software on it, no cheesy "apps." The USB port allows me to plug it right into my TV and watch Hulu (using an HDMI Adapter). I can also use Overdrive to get books right from the library and use it as an e-reader. I've got Office 365 and can easily pop open a powerpoint or Word doc on the go, and I've even connected it to projectors for business meetings without any problems.

I kept my old laptop as a backup, but haven't needed to pull it out.

It's not a perfect device:

1. The screen is too small to work on it comfortably for long periods. (I use my desktop during the workday.)
2. It's not loud enough. If I play a video while I'm cooking dinner, the stovetop fan drowns out the audio.
3. No hdmi port and only one USB port.
4. A tad too heavy.
5. Limited space - I have Office, Photoshop, and Indesign installed - but I've run out of space to install big Adobe apps. I think I can expand the storage a bit via an SD card, but haven't tried.

It sounds like a lot of my quibbles will be fixed in the next version, so I may need to upgrade.

Hope this helps.

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I've had the Surface Pro (Version One) for about 7 months and I have been very happy with it.. It's replaced my laptop and my iPad - a nice all-in-one device. I especially like the digitizer, the pen "writes" smoothly enough that I can doodle in Photoshop and use the OneNote like a pad of paper. A huge difference from the iPad "fat finger" writing. I also like that I can run my regular software on it, no cheesy "apps." The USB port allows me to plug it right into my TV and watch Hulu (using an HDMI Adapter). I can also use Overdrive to get books right from the library and use it as an e-reader. I've got Office 365 and can easily pop open a powerpoint or Word doc on the go, and I've even connected it to projectors for business meetings without any problems.



I kept my old laptop as a backup, but haven't needed to pull it out.



It's not a perfect device:



1. The screen is too small to work on it comfortably for long periods. (I use my desktop during the workday.)

2. It's not loud enough. If I play a video while I'm cooking dinner, the stovetop fan drowns out the audio.

3. No hdmi port and only one USB port.

4. A tad too heavy.

5. Limited space - I have Office, Photoshop, and Indesign installed - but I've run out of space to install big Adobe apps. I think I can expand the storage a bit via an SD card, but haven't tried.



It sounds like a lot of my quibbles will be fixed in the next version, so I may need to upgrade.



Hope this helps.



SIS

Yes, that helps a good bit. If version one works that well for you then I'd assume the new version 3 works even better and may address some of your quibbles.
Thanks SIS
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You might be able to get a decent laptop, maybe ultra book AND an iPad or Android tablet for the price of some of the Surface Pro 3 SKUs.

All in one is easier to carry if you needed to take both a tablet and a laptop. But if you could get away with just a tablet on trips or for an outing, a tablet by itself is even easier to carry.

This thing is 1.8 pounds, which may or may not include one of the optional (?) keyboard covers. Most tablets are well under a pound now.
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This thing is 1.8 pounds, which may or may not include one of the optional (?) keyboard covers. Most tablets are well under a pound now.
I've been very negative on the surface pro in part because of it's larger size, crappy keyboard, and a kickstand which aesthetically makes me want to puke. But it appears that surface pro now has support for the wacom pressure sensitive stylus (not sure when it got this but I don't think it was available initially). Combined with the larger screen size, this might be a good alternative to a wacom cintiq (which itself runs 1-2k depending on size). I don't have much experience using graphics tablets but I can see how this could be a killer feature.
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Microsoft still faces an uphill battle in the tablet market. Surface sales reached $494 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 50 percent increase year-over-year. But the company loses money on each device it sells, and its business pales in comparison to Apple’s iPad, which had sales of $7.6 billion in the most recent quarter.
I've used Windows and Office for about 20 years, but a Zune in tablet form?
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It's had the digitizer in the Surface Pro since the beginning.
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