Leaked Dell Windows 8 Tablet Specs Seem Weak
Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:07 PM
It's a tablet. You have to be able to hold it in your hands, and use it for hours.
Light battery, light parts, thin, cool to the touch. That's the successful formula.
You can't put thigh burning notebook graphics and CPU into it, because it would burn your hands, any more than you could power that junk with a light enough battery.
Fans and vents? And use it in bed, in the bathroom, etc.? They suck in dust and hair. In the 'real world', ports and holes collect crud from daily use.
You have to accept compromises to make it work.
Unfortunately, where this becomes a EPIC FAIL is all the bloat-tastic desktop windows software being written assuming they have lots of RAM and a super-fast, multi-core CPU, and a big monitor. So don't come cryin' to me if your Adobe CS6 doesn't run worth a damn on it, because it won't.
BTW, these would all be VERY desirable specifications for a desktop PC, not so very long ago. CS3 would probably run just fine on it, though. Because at the time it was shipped, dual core was 'top of the line', and 1GB was more common. CS2 would run quite well.
So scrounge around in your closets for the 'old' versions of software, assuming they'll even run on Windoze 8, and you might have some success. Of course, in a couple of years, maybe some of these more bloaty software titles will lose some weight.
Or they'll just continue to bloat up, expecting the tablets to become more powerful. Of course, desktop PCs will perpetually become more powerful well ahead of tablets. So don't expect many 'new' desktop software releases to work on a desktop-compatible tablet released in the same year. At least, not on a thin, light tablet that you could actually hold, like a tablet. No killer PC games for you.
On the plus side for M$ Office fans, Microsoft has been scraping the cruft off of Office (probably looking forward to this leaner new world). But if you were going to use it for word processing and such, you'd probably be happier with a notebook.
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