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I am definitely looking forward to this. A tablet form factor with a full HD screen and full x86 compatibility? Sign me up!

Although I may wait for the haswell version.
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While I feel this is a step in the right direction. I'm going to hold off at least a year until they become much more power efficient and have more storage.
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although better battery life would be ideal why would anyone be doing anything serious and not have access to power anyway? the whole it doesn't have 10 hours of battery life is a non-starter for me. 4-5 hours is good. yes more is better but where will anyone be at where they will be using a device for 10 hours straight and not have access to a power source. are people really in the middle of the woods using a tablet????

even most airports now have charging stations and anyone can get a vehicle charger. what gives??!!??
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are people really in the middle of the woods using a tablet????

Me? Airports, Airplanes, cars, middle of the woods (camping and hiking), middle of the bay or Atlantic ocean (when I'm out fishing) ... I go all over. Humping a bunch of converters and charging equipment is counter to the whole point of a tablet. Right now, when I take my Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with me, I can just grab it and go. I don't have to take a bunch of stuff with me. If I have to think about taking a charger and/or static inverter (for the car or the boat), then I may as well just take a full blown laptop. Not only will a laptop be more powerful and have a longer batter life for the same price, it is much more versatile. For me, a tablet needs to be pretty much self contained and can be grabbed like a book and go. If I have to think about looking for shore power every 3-4 hours, I'd rather use my laptop and hump all the extras.
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While I feel this is a step in the right direction. I'm going to hold off at least a year until they become much more power efficient and have more storage.

I used to think this regarding the ipad but there generally isn't much need unless you're installing that many applications. You can use cloud streaming for media consumption and skydrive cloud storage for everything else.

You can also replace the internal SSD, or use a USB hard drive/optical drive.

Also, ultrabooks have battery life of roughly 6-7 hours on average - since this is using similar electronics, it isn't a far stretch to imagine similar battery life. That's fine by me, i'm not expecting all day battery life.
Edited by xoleras - 1/22/13 at 12:48pm
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although better battery life would be ideal why would anyone be doing anything serious and not have access to power anyway? the whole it doesn't have 10 hours of battery life is a non-starter for me. 4-5 hours is good. yes more is better but where will anyone be at where they will be using a device for 10 hours straight and not have access to a power source. are people really in the middle of the woods using a tablet????

even most airports now have charging stations and anyone can get a vehicle charger. what gives??!!??
I believe keeping it plugged in at all times defeats the purpose of a tablet being a MOBILE piece of computing hardware. Just saying.
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Everything about this sounds good except the price. TBH the price:value on tablets in general just isn't there. They aren't really as functional vs. ultrabooks. My UX32a was $700, has about 7-8 hours battery when used properly (i.e. power saver), a proper keyboard, ~300gb of storage, etc. While the tablet is cool, it's both more expensive and less useful.

Still, I'm really interested in trying the thing out. However, after trying the Surface RT, I cant help think that the whole tablet thing is more of a "toy" than a tool (same goes for the iPad, other tablets, etc.).
This is pretty much how I feel. rolleyes.gif If they were able to drop price a bit and dramatically increase battery life though, I would probably get one.
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I believe keeping it plugged in at all times defeats the purpose of a tablet being a MOBILE piece of computing hardware. Just saying.

I am not saying all times. but honestly most folks will have access to a power source within a few hours.

10 hours is nice but not mandatory. most (if not all) cell phones don't even have 10 hours of straight talk time.
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This is pretty much how I feel. rolleyes.gif If they were able to drop price a bit and dramatically increase battery life though, I would probably get one.

I guess ultrabooks are out of the question for you as well? The surface pro has full ultrabook functionality and will have similar battery life. Probably 7 hours.

I personally think the price is fine. The surface pro gives you full ultrabook features while having a better screen - and being in a hybrid tablet form-factor. It is also quite price competetive with many ultrabooks.

That isn't unreasonable for a device with full x86 compatibility. If you want better than that, you'll need a smart phone or tablet - obviously those devices are not as versatile and do not have ultrabook functionality or x86 compatibility.
Edited by xoleras - 1/22/13 at 1:08pm
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I own a Surface RT.... really like it... getting it for Free was even better. but I cant imagine paying for it or paying $900 for a few added features and the ability to run .exe, though that would be nice, not really for something I browse the interwebs with rolleyes.gif
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