Originally Posted by Jr Mouse
You don't think the price is also a downside? That's rather expensive for a "tablet" in this competitive market. Remember that's what MS is going to market this device as, so it's going to be cross shopped by consumers as such.
EDIT: Plus it's way too heavy to be used comfortably as a tablet, so why even bother designing it to be used as one? Just make it a thin and light laptop with a touchscreen and market it as such.
I'm just not sure I believe the Surface Pro going to make the type of inroads with consumers that MS desires. Too heavy and expensive for a tablet with shitty battery-life compared to the competition and not a strong enough product as a laptop.
I honestly don't know how well this will do with consumers. I could honestly see myself using it as a laptop replacement and if it's good enough as a tablet I don't need a second device. Do I really want to purchase both an ultrabook AND a tablet? I suspect a lot of people see the appeal of tablets and will be willing to compromise a bit but who knows...The specs are very strong and had it been available when I was in school, it would have been an instant buy.
Think about what that $1020-$1120 is buying you. Very few ultrabooks can match it on specs and no ultrabooks can match it on price for what you are getting. Not the MBA (the $999 version only has 64GB, is lower res, and has no inking capability) and not most ultrabooks on the PC side. And it's lighter than any of them. Yes, it's a bit thicker and heavier than a typical tablet but it's capable of so much more. Having said that, I love my X series thinkpad but the screen/resolution of it sucks and I've said for a while now that I won't buy another device that is lower than 1080p but the options are few and far between in the ultrabook category. Displays in that category generally suck. There's nothing to stop you from getting both touch and type covers. Yes, it's a little bit more money, but the type makes all the difference if you need to use it more as a laptop going on a business trip, for example, and the extra bulk/weight isn't as big a deal as it is on a daily commute.
I guess the biggest question you have to ask yourself prior to purchasing one is how will you use it and that's a bit hard for such a new type of device. Will you use it 80% as laptop and 20% as tablet or vice-versa or some other combo? I've never intended to use a tablet as my regular e-reader. I use a kindle for that. Technical books? Yes, but I am at a desk when reading those as opposed to standing on the subway holding it with one hand, where frankly even the surface RT or iPad are too heavy. Most people reading iPads on the subway for any length of time are seated and have the ipad propped up against their legs. And apparently it actually does work pretty well in bed so that you don't have to hold it up all that time... What you do is fold the keyboard back and that provides a flat surface for the kickstand to rest on. Still, I'd like to try it in a couple different positions. And it's obviously great for note taking, meetings, etc.
I'm holding off my decision until there's actual battery life tests though MS seems to be taking a conservative line on that question. I find it a bit strange that the MBA with a 1.2" large screen (and yes fewer pixels), consumes so much less battery than this tablet does. Both would have ivy bridge processors. Both have SSDs. Both have 4GB RAM. The Surface pro has a 7W-Hr advantage in battery capacity. Surely the digitizer for pen input doesn't account for that difference? I know that for haswell (intel's next gen chip coming out next year), intel is reading manufacturers of other components the riot act when it comes to how various other components on the motherboard behave in terms of power consumption. Has mac already done that? Maybe MS is making worst-case assumptions based on the poorly behaving legacy apps that will keep bring the CPU out of lower power states that most people will install on them? Windows 8 has actually made huge improvements to power management, so if it's only 4.5 hours to an MBA, i'll honestly be a little puzzled, because I don't see how there's that much difference on the OS level anymore.
For businesses, the Surface Pro is a no brainer, and I say that as someone that makes purchasing decisions. The Surface Pro is exactly what we've been waiting for in the enterprise.