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Windows 8 hardware - so much choice!!!

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    123tax

    It seems that I am one of the few that is getting excited about the new hardware, I really cannot decide what to get! The Dell and Surface systems look very good!

    Im 99% decided on getting a Win RT device as I think that the x86 hardware will be more expensive and have worse battery life and also be heavier and hotter. Not sure how true this assumption is. However the 1% thinks it would be good to run visual studio on a tablet so a hard choice!

    Can I use a 64gb micro sd to bump up my storage capacity as i have music, movies and books that I like to carry with me? Do all apps access the sd card as part of the file system?

     

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    JohnAskew

    Don't think you'll enjoy running visual studio on an RT. You'd wait for the Surface Pro version, I believe.

    You can remote desktop to a development machine with it, however.

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    123tax

    , JohnAskew wrote

    Don't think you'll enjoy running visual studio on an RT. You'd wait for the Surface Pro version, I believe.

    You can remote desktop to a development machine with it, however.

     

    I didnt think visual studio would run at all on arm devices?

     

     

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    Proton2

    Buy RT now, and x86 when a version with Intel's Haswell CPU comes out later next year.

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    wkempf

    , Proton2 wrote

    Buy RT now, and x86 when a version with Intel's Haswell CPU comes out later next year.

    Not a bad thought... though the current Atom Z2760 based tablets look to be at least as good as the ARM based tablets, running Windows 8 instead of Windows RT. I'm not convinced this is a great option for desktop applications, but it may work "well enough" for occasional use. The Asus Vivo Tab is supposed to get something like 8 hours battery life when undocked, and 16 when docked (different reviews have the numbers slightly different... for instance PCMag claimed they got over 9 hours of video playback undocked, and while they could test when docked reported it should be 15 hours, but that sounds off to me, as when docked I'd expect a x2 increase).

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    blowdart

    , JohnAskew wrote

    Don't think you'll enjoy running visual studio on an RT. You'd wait for the Surface Pro version, I believe.

    Enjoy? It's not possible at all

     

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    Harlequin

    Yeah, Windows RT will NOT run normal desktop applications. Just Windows Store apps, and the Office 2013 that comes with Windows RT.

    Wait for the Surface Pro, I think in March. The screen is a bit bigger, the resolution is 1920x1080, and you can run VS2012 in it all day long if you want.

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    JohnAskew

    @123tax: I believe you *all* are correct.

     

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    wkempf

    @Harlequin: All day long? Last I checked they weren't reporting battery life. Or price for that matter. Did I miss something?

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    JohnAskew

    , wkempf wrote

    @Harlequin: All day long? Last I checked they weren't reporting battery life. Or price for that matter. Did I miss something?

    Maybe they can be plugged in to an electrical outlet... Angel

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    wkempf

    Of course they can, but what's the point of that? Tongue Out

    My buying decision would be sooo much easier if Microsoft would release these two specs (battery life and pricing) on the Surface Pro.

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    CaRDiaK

    Wait for the Surface Pro, I think in March. 

    Source? I thought it was due before then. 

    We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
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    Proton2

    March is only 1 month off what was originally stated (3 months after Surface RT launch).

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    CaRDiaK

    , Proton2 wrote

    March is only 1 month off what was originally stated (3 months after Surface RT launch).

    So... November (1), December (2), January (3)......... Febuary(4) March(5) I'm confused Perplexed

    We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
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    spivonious

    October 26th + 90 days = January 24th

    Not sure where you're getting March from.

     

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