Originally Posted by geoxile
I've thought about the surface pro but a few things worry me. For one the price, which I expect to be close to that of ultrabooks (1000+), battery life, and the fact that it won't be able to handle most x86 art applications like Sai, photoshop, Artrage, illustrator, what have you in the battery saving low power mode.
Battery life and heat seem like a big issue for x86 slates and personally I'd like to wait for Haswell or Silvermont but they're too far away as I'm looking for something now.
I just looked at the ASUS VIVO and Samsung ATIV that was mentioned. The resolution for both are both pretty low and the hardware seems a bit old. I though Samsung would at least use their new Exynos soc for their own tablet but alas, and I can't seem to find anything saying it features a wacom digitizer. The ASUS VIVO with the atom doesn't seem like a good choice since Atom is incredibly weak, I don't think it can handle most art applications...
I'm expecting Surface Pro to be <$1000, probably in the $800 range for the 32GB model. (pure conjecture)
It'll be powered by a Core i5 3xxxxU variant, so it should have plenty of horsepower for demanding apps and the battery has roughly a 33% higher capacity than Surface RT. 1080p @ 10.6" is going to be pretty dense, too. If you are in a position where you can wait, I would advise you to do so until we start seeing previews or until its release in February.
From my experience playing with Surface RT, Microsoft has hit the ball out of the park with this one. I like what they've accomplished both on the hardware and software fronts - I have been won-over by Windows 8
That's my opinion, anyway.Edited by staryoshi - 11/3/12 at 3:24pm