Microsoft Surface Pro Hands-on Impressions From Ces
Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:37 PM
There is always a bit more lag.. ("The slightest bit of lag", to quote the article), when I use the pen with a Metro App, such as OneNote or FreshPaint.
However, on the desktop there is no lag. This is a Wacom digitizer, however... If MS went with N-Trig it might be crappy. If they have their own technology (which might be the case since there are a lot of propriertary parts on Surface) it might be great. 15 days or so till we know for sure, right?
Here's hoping they got it right. the creative set might finally move a little bit away from Apple if they had reason to (storyboarding, drawing, animating, notes, etc).
Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:45 PM
When lounging in our TV room alone, she places the SurfaceRT next to our 60" TV, connecting HDMI and AUDIO... then she sits back in her recliner with a Bluetooth KB and mouse.
She does not play games... she does not code... she does not do CAD work.
She DOES manage our schedules... she DOES stay in touch with dozens of friends... she DOES compose documents, spreadsheets, notes from a class she is taking... The SurfaceRT/WindowsRT is a perfect match for probably 90% of the users out there. I guess it's just easier for some people to get on the technology bigot's bandwagon.
I can only assume that the limitations of WindowsRT compared to Windows8 must be so painful for you, based on your comments... that you must absolutely DETEST Android and iOS.... as they don't come even close to Windows8 Pro's functional capabilities.
So.. Each device has it's place... for you, that sweet spot is a Wintel world.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:19 AM
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:50 AM
That's probably why the Surface Pro is called "Pro": because it's not meant for leisure usage, but a professional one...
The Surface RT is for leisure usage - excepting games, like Ultra Note Books -, but it's a poorly designed product: it definitely cannot stand comparison with competitors. If your wife is happy with hers, good for her.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:57 AM
That's what the RT was for. Although more than Android tablets, in the long run RT will probably be the better investment, particularly if you need MS Office.
The Surface Pro far exceeds what any Android tablet can deliver and is far more functional than iPads for business use.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:07 AM
A tablet that has just as good specs, more capable and (I believe) slightly smaller than the MBA for roughly the same price (as most ultrabooks as well)?
Sounds about right to me. This isn't an iPad, it's a full blown computer.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:11 AM
ahh..the Apple sheep he says......enjoy your souped up Honda Civic pal...it does pack more horsepower than a BMW 335i.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:24 AM
Nay sayers saying it is expensive? They are looking at the tablet part, not the full tablet PC entirety. This is a tablet and a laptop rolled into a tablet package. I would honestly gladly pay for one if it included the above paragraph. Gaming is a plus which I believe this device can do.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:44 AM
I still hear the odd one squeal, but I sense a resignation among them, that Apple is again in catch-up mode.
Yes, I know, there are the few MS DOS stalwarts - but I guess even they will soon appreciate supermarkets: one no longer needs to go into the woods and kill a bear when hungry!
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:44 AM
It's also worth noting how young people are using Win8 without complaining too. Not only have I been reading stories like this but I switched my kids PC to Win8 and they never missed a beat or complained. Even my 5 year old took right to it. My point is that the biggest crowd complaining on the woes of Win8 are the oldest ones or don't like change at all.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:47 AM
My Surface RT works just fine, and was $500 cheaper, but thanks for the advice.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:39 PM
Poorly designed? How so? The screen is top notch as is the fluid nature of the OS.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:39 PM
And BECAUSE the processor is different, obviously, your old Windows Intel x86 compatible apps won't run in ARM's based RT. Not even in a virtual machine, since ARM processors are too underpowered to simulate Intel (conversely Intel can virtualize ARM just fine).
It is not a crappy OS, it simply won't run legacy Intel apps, just like IOS won't run Intel or PowerPC OSX apps, just like Android won't run Intel Linux apps. Please, let's be technical in these technical websites. Don't trash an OS because there are no legacy apps written for the processor it runs in.