Sunday, January 6, 2013
Go to your nearest Microsoft, Best Buy, or Staples and see the Surface RT for yourself. Pictures do no do it justice, and it will help sustain you during this excruciating wait for the Surface Pro.
I made the trip today just to keep reminding myself why I am waiting. Last night I got a notice from Amazon telling me the HP Envy X2 was available for shipment and delivery on Tuesday (1/8). It was SOOOOOO inviting, with an all aluminum construction, keyboard dock with real keys, HDMI, USB 2, and a full size SD Card slot. But it is Atom, 1366x768, no USB 3, etc. etc. etc.
Playing with the Surface RT, and realizing the Pro will only be .2" thicker and 0.4 lb heavier, I was armed with a little more willpower to wait for the real deal. In fact, if the Surface RT were Atom, I'd probably curb my power desires for the even lighter and more power sipping RT size version... Think about that Mr. Ballmer....
Many writers diss the Surface Pro as too expensive for what you get. I say B*!!$#%&. The Envy X2 comes in at $849, and for $280 more your Surface Pro is smaller, lighter, Core i5 Ivy Bridge, 4gb ram, 128gb SSD, 1920x1080, display port, and USB 3.0. Not even close.
January 29 can't get here a minute too soon - sure hope Microsoft starts pre-orders next week...