My prolonged absence was not intended as an abandonment. Family medical issues, the holidays, water floods at work (both before and after Christmas), all put a crimp in my usual chippy posting schedule. It's now time to get back to work, and try to change the direction of this blog a bit.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!
I have spent the last few months "Settling in" on a one device solution. That is still a work in progress, but the centerpiece is the SURFACE PRO 3. It will also the reason for the title of this post.
- I have seen and read about so many folks out there trying to take notes on iPads and other pure tablets.
- They are in an endless quest for "the best" keyboard/case to make these tablets "more like a laptop/netbook."
- They bounce between iWork and Office for iPad/Android desperately trying to turn those tablets into laptops
- Endless experimentation with usb/lightening to video output adapters to hook up big screens
Why? Because a laptop is not as convenient as a tablet, and a tablet is NOT a productivity device. So they continuously (I was one of them) work to drive that square peg in a vastly smaller hole. Why keep fighting an impossible battle. Just get the Surface Pro 3. Yes, it is Windows (relax and breath all you iOS/OS X fans). No, it does not have hundreds of thousands of tablet only apps (and correspondingly, hundreds of fart apps). Yes, it is heavier (and a little thicker/larger) than the lighter-than-air iPad, but I have the FULL library of Windows applications (not Apps) at my fingertip.
WHAT A MARVEL IT IS! It truly is a cross between the MacBook and iPad Airs, with an active digitizer thrown in for good measure. The dock lets me connect TWO WQHD (2560x1440) 27" monitors, and have THREE high resolution screens to work on. Slide open the dock, slap on the keyboard cover, and it is the best mobile experience out there, and not significantly larger or heavier than the iPad Air with a ZAGG or Belkin keyboard/case.
For you Windows 8.x deniers (clinging to Windows 95-Windows 7), the * version is more stable, lighter on the system, and faster. When coupled with a great touch device, it is a dream. And quit pooh-poohing touch - it is ANOTHER great input method to use WITH a keyboard and mouse. It is vastly quicker to touch links, scroll screens, and pinch to zoom than ANYTHING you can do with a mouse or trackpad.
So strap on your helmets (Surface Pros) fans and lets dig in to a great new, and productive, 2015!