This is what I have been looking for, and I really think Intel missed the mark with their ultrabook. My last purchase of a notebook for myself was an HP tx2120us. HP missed the mark here by having so much trouble with the nVidia chipset and heat problems. I paid over $1200 for a machine that HP didn't support for an upgrade to Windows 7. Never again, HP is off my list. Samsung seems to get it and I suspect that is who built this Surface for Microsoft. I want desktop power in a tablet and it looks like it took Microsoft to accomplish it. I wish there was also an AMD option as I don't trust nVidia after the heat fiasco in the 6150 chipset and the poor engineering from HP, and Intel just hasn't kept up with the graphics side of the equation, but I'll probably be stuck with an Intel i5 or i7. It would be nice if the i7 comes in under $1000. Lack of a hard and optical drive shouldn't be a problem because of the ports available and SkyDrive. I'm hoping that Microsoft didn't abandon an ethernet port like Apple did as I still need to manage my infrastructure from inside, not through wireless. I want a Gb ethernet, USB3, displayport for my large external monitor and my aging eyes, and would like an eSata III, but will manage with iSCSI if I have to. 802.11n+ wireless is great for connectivity and the internet, but not for managing systems.
Microsoft pioneered the "Slate" concept a long time before Apple and now has decided to do their own because no one else stepped up to the plate. There was a time when HP would have been there first, but David P.and Bill H. are gone forever. HP needs some innovative engineers at the helm who care about their employees. Their incompetent board needs to be replaced in toto. I think Microsoft got this right, even if its late. Now let's hope they can make it happen soon. They still need to include a Windows 7 style interface in Win 8 though, but we will find a way to make this work and I'm sure there will be people who can innovate around the Metro interface if needs be.
Another winner sure looks like the Vizio All-in-one. I love my 22" Vizio 1080p HDTV/Monitor. It has performed flawlessly for over two years now. I hope they even make a larger model than the 27".
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