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  #1072048 22-Jun-2014 13:54
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joker97: That's definitely not best

What do you recommend?

$700 for a Core i5 10" x64 Tablet seems pretty good to me. OP mentioned it was mostly needed around the house, easy to carry around, fast boot up, reasonable performance 

Sure a Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3 is "better"

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  #1072050 22-Jun-2014 13:59
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billgates: Surface Pro 3. Build quality, feature sets and regular firmware updates.

'Build quality'?

My understanding is that all previous Surfaces have had batteries and other components glued in place.

I am assuming the Surface Pro 3 is the same.

You can't get much worse build quality than that!

Ofcourse Apple does that too and gets many positive reviews on build quality

I guess both companies are well supported by many 'expert reviewers' who can pick up a tablet and instantly assess the 'build quality'. :)

no sure what the issue is, tablets are designed to be user serviceable.  Everyone I've dealt with who has chosen Surface Pro, one of the reasons they have gone that way is because of the build quality vs the other Windows tablet options.

If you want a user serviceable tablet you will end up with a chunky ugly slab


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  #1072052 22-Jun-2014 14:00
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benokobi: I can't find the dell on their site?

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  #1072053 22-Jun-2014 14:01
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joker97: MS says "by the end of august".

i guess that means no one knows. there is a geekzone guy who probably is still waiting to buy his pro 2! (apparently he couldn't get anyone with any stock!)

August 29 is the date for the Surface Pro 3.  Or parallel import one via Youshop now.

Apart from the 256/512GB models we have never ever been out of stock of the Surface Pro 2 in NZ

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  #1072054 22-Jun-2014 14:02
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Inphinity: The Dell Venue 11 Pro is worth a look, as is the Asus T100/T300, imo.

I have the Asus T100 its a great device but its only 32bit , the atom chip inside is x64 compatible but there was issues with sleep function atom/ windows 8  , I think the issue is nearly resolved so might be is a couple of Intel atom x64 windows 8 tablets out there now.    

Windows 8.1 Update is the shipping vehicle for the Windows x64 Connected Standby support

Up to Asus to update their drivers/BIOS however

Given the tablet only supports 2GB of RAM really there is little benefit of X64 over 32

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  #1072059 22-Jun-2014 14:28
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benokobi: Is the pro 2 still worth having a look at?

Surface Pro 1 vs Surface Pro 2

single action kickstand vs dual position kickstand
3rd gen Intel Core i5 vs 4th gen Intel Core i5
mDP display that will drive 1 monitor vs mDP display that can drive 4 daisy chained

Surface Pro 2 vs Surface Pro 3

•3:2 orientation (versus 16:9)
•12-inch display (versus 10.6-inch)
•2160 x 1440 display resolution (versus 1920 x 1080)
•9.1 mm thickness (versus 13.50 mm)
•Core i3 and Core i7 variants, in addition to Core i5 (only Core i5)
•798gm vs 900gms
•Matte grey (versus black)
•N-trig pen (versus Wacom)
•Dual 5 MP 1080P cameras (vs dual 1.2 MP 720P)
•'Connected standby' enabled (versus not supported)

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  #1072189 22-Jun-2014 19:40
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heres a good deal on a 6 month old second hand Surface Pro 2 256GB/8GB with 2 power supplies and BT mouse

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