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Microsoft Surface Pro versus the competition

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Microsoft Surface Pro

By some standards, the Microsoft Surface Pro is the best-ever hybrid of tablet and laptop, combining a full windows 8 OS with an Intel Core i5 CPU, and a best-in-class detachable keyboard cover.

But, at over $1,100 if you include a 128GB SSD and the keyboard, it’s also very expensive, especially if a slim Windows 8 touch-screen ultrabook, Atom-powered tablet, or something non-Windows-based would work for your needs.

The following is a quick survey of the major alternatives to the Surface Pro, from other Core i5 tablets to Apple’s new 128GB iPad.

Windows 8/Core i5 tablets (Example: Acer Iconia W700)
The closest competitors to the Surface Pro are other tablets and hybrids with Intel Core i5 processors — essentially full-featured ultrabooks squeezed down to tablet form. Acer’s Iconia W700 fits the bill, and includes a space-age-looking dock, as does Samsung’s new Smart PC Pro 700T.

Strengths: Mainstream power and performance

Weaknesses: High prices, shorter battery life

Windows 8/Atom tablets (Example: HP Envy X2)
Trading out the Core i5 for an Intel Atom processor gives you much-improved battery life (more than 10 hours in some cases), but also drops down the performance significantly. Prices for Atom tablets and hybrids are lower, but probably not low enough considering the difference between an Atom-powered system and one with a Core i5. Other current examples include the Acer W510, the Dell Latitude 10, and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. Prices generally run $500 to $800, with keyboards and docks included at the higher end of that range.

Strengths: Excellent battery life, lower prices

Weaknesses: Weak performance

Windows RT/ARM tablets (Example: Microsoft Surface RT)
Only a handful of Windows RT products have been announced, much less released, with the main one being the Microsoft-branded Surface RT. It has a similar name and looks very similar to the Surface Pro, which may lead to consumer confusion.

Strengths: Includes Office software, good battery life

Weaknesses: Sluggish performance, limited app selection, can’t run off-the-shelf Windows software

iOS/Android tablets (Example: 128GB Apple iPad)
Maybe you don’t need Windows at all. If your tablet is mostly for video streaming, casual gaming, e-book reading, and other consumption tasks, one of the current breed of larger-screen, high-capacity tablets might be right for you. Apple’s recent upgrade of the iPad to 128GB of storage puts it in the same category as most ultrabooks when it comes to capacity. But, the inflated price may make a Windows 8 product more attractive. For significantly less, you can try a 10-inch Android tablet, such as the new Google Nexus 10; however, its SSD options are limited.

Strengths: Easy to use, tons of inexpensive apps and media services

Weaknesses: Not considered productivity tools by most, limited to app store software

Is Microsoft’s Surface Pro the ultimate tablet? Or would you be better served (or save money) with one of the alternatives listed above?

[source:cnet]

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5 comments

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    what exactly are the pros and cons of getting one??? will they ever stall?? what type of gas would you use??? could it be E85 ??? will the effect hybrid cars have really really make a difference?? could they be worthwhile??? maybe you have used a hybrid taxi or bus??? what exactly are your emotions on em??? do tell darlings

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    what exactly are some different brands/kinds of compounds aside from the Toyota Prius?

    (if you’re able to include their mpg’s inside your answer you might have the ability to get 10 points!)

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    who produced the hybrid vehicle so when maybe it was made?

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    i must do that for homework for tomorrow, and that i do not have an idea how you can answer it!

    Explain why your competition between creatures of the identical species is much more intense compared to competition between different species?

    please can someone assist me to i dont desire a detention!:'(

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    Explain why parasitism and competition are thought density dependent factors that control population growth.

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