Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th May 2014 17:48 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. Like the previous Surface tablets it still includes a kickstand, but Surface chief Panos Panay says it's designed to remove the conflict of buying a laptop or a tablet. The kickstand on the device is multi-stage, and the device is just 9.1mm thick. "This is the tablet than can replace your laptop," claims Panay. Microsoft has moved to a 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3 with a 3:2 aspect ratio and HD display, but the new tablet also has thin bezels with a silver and black design. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders on the Surface Pro 3 tomorrow starting at $799.

It's an amazing piece of hardware, and Microsoft really deserves praise for the amount of power it has managed to pack in such a slim and light package, but the same could be said of the previous Surface Pro - and that one hasn't exactly taken the market by storm either. The problem, is software - something Microsoft was remarkably hush-hush about during the unveiling.

Something else Microsoft was hush-hush about: Windows RT and ARM. No new RT/ARM-based Surface device, and I have a feeling that particular experiment has met its end today.

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RE[2]: amazing?
by unclefester on Thu 22nd May 2014 04:10 UTC in reply to "RE: amazing?"
unclefester
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2007-01-13

I think the future is probably $150 Chromebooks or possibly a new generation of (gasp!) Linux netbooks.

Once solid state drives are really cheap (<$100/GB) the laptop as we know it is probably doomed.

Current laptops are already overpowered for most tasks. My i3 Acer laptop benchmarks about 4x as fast as my old AMD4000+ desktop. Even the very bottom end of the AMD mobile APU range are fast enough for general use.

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RE[3]: amazing?
by henderson101 on Thu 22nd May 2014 12:02 in reply to "RE[2]: amazing?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Define "general use" though. Video/Photo editing is a common "general use" these days. I, personally, would buy the best machine possible at the time of purchase. I replace my laptops rarely, and getting the best possible spec means the cost of ownership against time of usefulness is greatly improved.

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RE[4]: amazing?
by unclefester on Fri 23rd May 2014 08:51 in reply to "RE[3]: amazing?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Define "general use" though. Video/Photo editing is a common "general use" these days.


You'd be far better off buying a low cost dedicated desktop or 15.6" laptop and a chromebook or tablet.

I, personally, would buy the best machine possible at the time of purchase. I replace my laptops rarely, and getting the best possible spec means the cost of ownership against time of usefulness is greatly improved.


This is a very poor investment strategy. It nearly always gives you the worst possible cost/performance ratio. Today's flagship model laptop/desktop/monitor/phone/camera is typically a very low range model in three years and an almost worthless brick in six years.

As a consumer the greatest 'bang for your buck' is achieved by upgrading mid range technology on a 12-24 month cycle.

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