Sevenfeet wrote:I'm just messing with you. My house is mostly Apple stuff (Macs, iPads, etc) but I still use Windows for work. I will warn you that my wife did get a Windows 8 laptop for work and it was so frustrating that it's going to be downgraded back to Win7. That being said, I think Win8 will make a lot more sense in tablet form than just a stock pseudo-ultrabook. I am a little concerned that a first-gen Surface Pro isn't going to cut it concerning power and performance. Intel Core technology doesn't have a good reputation in this form factor for battery life. And specs I saw months ago had the first Surface Pros with a screen resolution that is blown away by just about everything at half the price (or less). I'm hoping Microsoft fixes this soon (if not by launch). I know you need a proper PC, but I'm wondering if you'd be better served with something in the Ultrabook/MacBook Air class.
And speaking my wife, she completed an engineering-based PhD last spring, so I am quite familiar of having to get MatLab up and running on a laptop, in this case, my wife's MacBook Pro.
Lastly, with all due respect to the others on this forum (since I'm new), I think a little too much energy is spent trying to game the system. Now a lot of people like the game and that's fine. But most of us just don't have the time or energy to worry about whether we've paid off the balance before a date before the credit agencies get reporting. As long as you are paying on time and do it consistently forever, your credit will continue to do well.
This may be a little off topic for the site but here I go. My phone is a Apple but when it comes to my computer I am a PC. I actually got the new Windows OS early for free through my engineering department and I have actually started to like it. Windows 8 is actually designed for lower power devices and for touchscreens. I am not sure what you are refering to when you say first Surface Pros. The one that is out now is the Surface RT which is using a watered down version of Windows 8 that runs on a ARM processor. I am sorry if this is a little technical. Microsoft made a slight mistake by now releasing both tablets at the same time as the RT version was received very badly. I was never interested in this version. The one that is coming out in two weeks is the Surface Pro which runs the full bonafide Windows 8 OS. It runs on a 3rd generation i5 processor which is the same as those found in laptops. I am not sure what you mean about the screen resolution as the Pro has a full 1080p HD screen which is better than the Air. It is also about the same price as the air which also runs the same i5 processor. I am aware that because of this the battery life will suffer as it is 5 hours but compared to my current laptop with a battery life of 1 hour it is much better. This tablet should have no problems running anything that I need it to as it is also capable of running some high-end games. It also weighs less than the Air (about half a pound less). I am paying a premium for the size and weight. It could be said that Microsoft has already accomplished what they wanted with the Pro. They made a device that has polarized people. Usually if you ask someone about it they will either love it or hate it and will have reasons to back it up. This is what they wanted. Also the target customer of the Pro is not you and me but CIOs (Chief Information Officer) of companies. The tablets and be taken out of the box and set up for corporations in just minutes unlike iPads which have to use third party software to set up. iPads also cannot do the kind of work that a Pro can do in terms of precision and power.