Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 00:39 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Efforts are split between models in which keyboards detach from screens, ones in which the keys remain attached but can be hidden behind displays, and traditional fixed clamshell designs." None of these really float my boat. They work with clunky connectors and weird hinges, while I'd much rather have Surface's nice magnetic connection. On top of that, Surface just looks way better than this stuff. Pretty clear why Microsoft felt the need to make their own hardware.
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RE: Why so different
by Alfman on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 02:43 UTC in reply to "Why so different"
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No, you are not the only one.

I would have been a big fan of the original touchscreen tablets with integrated swivel keyboard. I longed for one entering college and the fact that it could function as both a tablet and laptop without crippling laptop functionality was awesome. But cost had always been the biggest detractor for me and probably millions of other technology seekers. If only they had been cheaper, it would have been enough to build up a healthy ecosystem back then.

Today's tablets have become affordable, which made them popular enough to build sustainable ecosystems. So I am pleased to finally have them, unfortunately though they often don't cut the mustard as a primary computing device - most modern tablet owners will still need access to another PC.

Edited 2012-09-03 02:45 UTC

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