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That's the problem with it right there. What is it supposed to be? Are they trying to make a stripped down laptop or an upsized smartphone? Upsized smartphone seems to work decently; look at the iPad (though that could be the fanboys skewing the numbers a bit). But a stripped down laptop that doesn't use x86, meaning minimal app support, is sure to fail. Ultrabooks run Windows just fine with full support for any program out there, and with Intel apparently requiring companies to put touchscreens on ultrabooks using their components, there's not even a niche for it to fall into.

Look at the quote I was responding to, and see I was responding about the Surface Pro (x86 tablet), not the RT.

Tablets are in some ways more convenient than the ultrabook form factor, especially if you're using it mostly on the go for watching videos, checking email, etc. It has its niche. Holding a ultrabook while walking is more cumbersome than holding a tablet.

I was not aware Surface Pro was x86, but still, my other points stand. A tablet, marketed with the keyboard in about every ad, turns into a stripped down laptop in the public's eye. I would rather bring my phone around if it's just for web browsing and e-mail. If I need Office or similar, I'd rather have the ultrabook, if only for a scissor switch keyboard instead of almost a touchpad. The ability to improve the hardware and modify the software helps too, though most end users won't care much about those. I'm not sure what you mean by cumbersome. I carry my laptop by one corner of the palm rest with the screen open and with only one hand sometimes and it never feels cumbersome despite being bulky, somewhat heavy, and very unbalanced. It could be my massive hands, but I don't see you gaining much mobility.
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I was not aware Surface Pro was x86, but still, my other points stand. A tablet, marketed with the keyboard in about every ad, turns into a stripped down laptop in the public's eye. I would rather bring my phone around if it's just for web browsing and e-mail. If I need Office or similar, I'd rather have the ultrabook, if only for a scissor switch keyboard instead of almost a touchpad. The ability to improve the hardware and modify the software helps too, though most end users won't care much about those. I'm not sure what you mean by cumbersome. I carry my laptop by one corner of the palm rest with the screen open and with only one hand sometimes and it never feels cumbersome despite being bulky, somewhat heavy, and very unbalanced. It could be my massive hands, but I don't see you gaining much mobility.

You really need to do some proper research.

Surface Pro runs full Windows 8 with full customization of software, and you can install Linux or Hackintosh should you be so inclined to do so.

Many ultrabooks are not user upgradeable.

Your preferences do not mean that is everyone else's preference. Do not force your views as if everyone thought the same as you. If I was sitting down on the train, bus, or on a plane, the tablet form factor is what I would prefer. Especially on planes, the flip down tray isn't very good for using a ultrabook or laptop. You can hold it by one hand, but having a tablet supported by your entire arm with just holding the top is far easier.
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lachen.gif Fanboys before the RT release were so bad.... Hilarious.
 
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