darkguy2 wrote:Paying it off is not a problem. I already have all the cash needed to pay for it but I want to use the purchase to get the 1% back.
In that case, enjoy your tablet.
darkguy2 wrote:As for why I am getting the Pro. Rest assured I have reasons for this choice. I am a third year engineering student and will be working for an engineering firm as a CO-OP and will need a ultraportable PC and not some watered down RT version or iOS. I currently have a 9 lb desktop replacement laptop and that is not very practical in classes or carrying around. I need the PC to have some power to it as I will be doing Java development on it along with MATLAB and other applications that benefit from the capabilities of the Pro. I am paying for the portability.
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.