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Windows 8 Tablets... just another toy?

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  • Will Windows 8 tablets be able to run some of the same programs that I run on my PC? For example, I run a lot of music scoring and transcription software like Guitar Pro and Finale which I run on my PC. I dream of the day I can run these along with other productivity software like office (especially Onenote) on a portable device. Will Windows 8 tablets allow this or will they be glorified toys like the ipad and android based tablets?
    Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:04 PM

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  • > You cannot be serious.
     
    I'm VERY serious, it can do anything my i7 based laptop can and almost
    as fast.
     
    > The price is £1000 upward. For that you get a 2 core 1.6 Ghz processor,
    > no dedicated graphics, no DVD drive and only a 64 or 128 Gb drive.
    > Include the keyboard and dock and that is 3 lumps to carry around.
    > For that sort of money I can buy an i7 2760 laptop with 16 Gb ram,
    > NVidia GTX 560 M graphics, DVD writer, 1920x1080 screen resolution and
    > 500 Gb Hybrid SSD HD.
     
    The slate, even with the extra pieces (which you don't have to carry
    around) is under half the weight of the laptop.  Sure, there are
    limitations, but they sell a lot of modern laptops that are slower, and
    none are as portable.
     
    > At least I don't think it would baulk at AVCHD editing and at least have
    > enough disc space for work in progress in addition to the OS and programs.
     
    I have 128G of disk and can offload using micro sdhc cards if needed,
    and that's all without backing up the files to my server, which i
    wouldn't do.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Sunday, January 22, 2012 1:30 AM

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  • The Samsung Series 7 Slate (intel i5 processor) is good enough to run
    everything a laptop does, it's Windows 7 now, but there's got to be
    someone that comes out with a similar device when Windows 8 comes out.
     
    You'll pay a premium for one that runs everything though, no 3 or 4
    hundred dollar ones will do you...
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:13 PM
  • Thanks Bob. I'm wiling to suck it up and pay more for something that actually does what I need it to do. It'd be phenomenal to have something that combines the portability of a tablet with the capabilities of a decent laptop. I'm looking forward to Windows 8.
    Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:42 PM
  • [quote]
    The Samsung Series 7 Slate (intel i5 processor) is good enough to run
    everything a laptop does,[/quote]
    You cannot be serious.
    The price is £1000 upward. For that you get a 2 core 1.6 Ghz processor, no dedicated graphics, no DVD drive and only a 64 or 128 Gb drive. Include the keyboard and dock and that is 3 lumps to carry around.
    For that sort of money I can buy an i7 2760 laptop with 16 Gb ram, NVidia GTX 560 M graphics, DVD writer, 1920x1080 screen resolution and 500 Gb Hybrid SSD HD.
    At least I don't think it would baulk at AVCHD editing and at least have enough disc space for work in progress in addition to the OS and programs.
    Sunday, January 22, 2012 1:17 AM
  • No problem -- I've been pretty happy with my Slate, far more than I
    thought I was going to be.  I bought it for traveling but I've found out
    I can do anything with it. 4G of RAM and 128G of SSD disk...
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Sunday, January 22, 2012 1:23 AM
  • > You cannot be serious.
     
    I'm VERY serious, it can do anything my i7 based laptop can and almost
    as fast.
     
    > The price is £1000 upward. For that you get a 2 core 1.6 Ghz processor,
    > no dedicated graphics, no DVD drive and only a 64 or 128 Gb drive.
    > Include the keyboard and dock and that is 3 lumps to carry around.
    > For that sort of money I can buy an i7 2760 laptop with 16 Gb ram,
    > NVidia GTX 560 M graphics, DVD writer, 1920x1080 screen resolution and
    > 500 Gb Hybrid SSD HD.
     
    The slate, even with the extra pieces (which you don't have to carry
    around) is under half the weight of the laptop.  Sure, there are
    limitations, but they sell a lot of modern laptops that are slower, and
    none are as portable.
     
    > At least I don't think it would baulk at AVCHD editing and at least have
    > enough disc space for work in progress in addition to the OS and programs.
     
    I have 128G of disk and can offload using micro sdhc cards if needed,
    and that's all without backing up the files to my server, which i
    wouldn't do.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Sunday, January 22, 2012 1:30 AM