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Absolutely LOOOOOOVE the Battery Life!
on August 3, 2013
This is an incredible machine for long work days with the keyboard/dock battery doubling the available battery. They did everything right regarding the batteries, including: (1) You can charge while in use with or without the keyboard (2) The keyboard battery drains first so the tablet battery is reserved.
Win 8 screen is very responsive and becoming easier to use the more I acclimate to it (I'm a long time Windows user since Win 3.1, so the Win 8 change is definitely taking some getting used to).
The tablet is nice and light.
You can feel the warmth where the CPU is located, but it has not been hot to the touch.
Desktop programs are a little slow, but that is probably from the Atom processor. This is NOT a powerhouse CPU, but for average use, it is just fine. I have installed XBMC as my main video player, and it has worked well. I added a 64gig SD card and use it for media files, and this works fine with XBMC. (You just have to mount the SD card as a folder on your C drive in order to read and write to it as if it is native hard drive space)
The construction of the keyboard/dock is a little lacking in durability. The socket the tablet sets into is a little loose, and I don't remember it being like that to begin with. Every time you open or close the clamshell, it is applying pressure to that part, prying it open, and I'm worried about its long-term durability. Currently it is still working perfectly with no connection problems.
Also, Windows 8 doesn't scale perfectly for 10.1" screens yet. Everything was set for the slightly larger Surface screens (10.6) so there are sometimes (in desktop) dialog boxes that do not fit on the screen properly and I have to resort to turning to portrait mode to reach the buttons on the bottom of the dialog box, because they are off the bottom of the screen in landscape. I know I could change the resolution of the screen, but then everything would be smaller, and it is already hard enough to use touch without a mouse at the current size. I'm hoping the Windows 8.1 update improves this issue.
I use alot of Excel Spreadsheets, and though the screen size is a hindrance to me, it isn't that bad. I say this coming from my previous notebook which had a 17" screen.
Having a usb port for a mouse makes it totally usable for detailed spreadsheet work. Spreadsheets on Touch are not something I want to live with.
Overall, I'm very happy with the device. I'm looking forward to the Windows 8.1 update to improve the OS.
Battery life was VERY important to me due to the way I use portable computers, so this was one of the only viable devices on the market. If I could have waited for the next generation Haswell CPU's to come out, I would have... but for now, this device gives you ARM-processor/iPad length battery life (and longer with the battery in the keyboard/dock), but with full windows for running legacy desktop applications... as well as a true keyboard with USB port for a mouse (I also carry a small usb hub for thumb drive access at the same time as using a mouse).
I am glad I went with this smaller device size (10.1in screen vs the 11.6 on almost all others) because even 10.1" still feels a little large in my hands. This is the first "full size" tablet I've had, so my hands are used to a kindle fire, and this is a little big. I'd hate to have a larger tablet for everyday use. It would just seem too big.
Overall I'm very happy with my purchase.