I work at Biotech company where we have many large cleanroom areas. I cannot allow laptops to pass in and out of the clean rooms due to concerns over cross-contamination.
Laptops suck in dust and blow them out with their fans. This is not good for going in and out of cleanrooms.
I could dedicate laptops to each room but that would get expensive. Laptops are also awkward & heavy when you don't have a flat surface to put them down for data entry. (many areas in our cleanrooms)
It looks like the Surface Pro doesn't have a fan. A simple alcohol wipe of the device will allow me to move them in and out of the cleanrooms.
My staff also wear surgical gloves while working so a typical touch screen is not helpful. But the Surface Pro has digital pen input.
I have a lot of experience with digital pen input on Windows tablets. Anything you can do with a mouse, you can also do with a digital pen.
A digital pen is great for filling out electronic lab notebooks using MS OneNote. It's much easier to write an equation with a pen than trying to type one out.
I am thinking that we could use XenApps / Citrix Receiver for all of our in-house developed Windows-based applications we might not want to load on the device.
The great thing is, I don't have to build a new app or design a new infrastructure to support these devices. They already work in my Microsoft environment.
So yeah, I think I have a practical use for the Surface Pro.
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