Originally Posted by xoleras
Originally Posted by Brutuz
Indeed, they've been around for years and are called laptops.
Seriously though, the Surface is a great idea with poor execution, I'd much prefer a Lenovo Yoga like design as it sacrifices less while still being almost just as portable.
Full size laptops aren't exactly portable. There is a rather large size / weight difference with laptops, ultrabooks and tablets -- some people prefer smaller and thinner devices such as ultrabooks. If you don't like the SP that's great - but this is where PC computing is headed; increasingly smaller, thinner, tablet-esque hybrid devices. I see SP as more of a concept, and i'm sure MS and other firms will improve upon and perfect it.
Full size laptops are really only useful for gaming, I have a fullsize HP laptop and don't really carry it around anymore. It's pretty much unusable on charge, it HAS to be plugged in. It doesn't even get a third of the 5-7 hours an ultrabook gets.
Except I'm not talking about full-size laptops, if I was I would be talking about budget ones (Core i3 + SSD and a laptop will fly for normal tasks) which are not "really only useful for gaming" considering the craptastic keyboard you can get for a Surface, and the prices of Ultrabooks...I got my Samsung laptop (15.6") for Uni and it only cost about as much as a normal Surface with Windows RT, to say that it's not useful for anything but gaming (Considering it's got what is essentially a HD4550, that's not its strong point) but I can get 3 hours of normal usage on it and it's been great for Uni so far, the Surface Pro would be utter crap thanks to its keyboard and set screen angle when in laptop mode.
If you only really want to browse the internet and play a few games? May as well get a cheap Nexus 7 or something, no point in having a keyboard for those, and the RT costs $250 more for nearly zero gain in those scenarios.
Want to spend less than AU$1000 and want to type a lot? Get a normal cheap laptop with an i3, put an SSD in it, the touch cover can never, ever stand up to a real keyboard and the amount of people who would benefit from going to an i5 in a laptop is very small, let alone an i7.
Want to spend more than AU$1000 and type a lot? Get an Ultrabook or proper convertible like the Yoga13/XPS12/Taichi/Thinkpad Helix, you don't have a craptastic touch keyboard then.
See what I mean when I say the Surface fits in a niche? The prices are from Australia, obviously, but as far as I can tell it applies worldwide.