I have been wandering in the wilderness again, still struggling with those demons that wanted something thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro 2, which I anointed in that last tome about three weeks ago. My good friends over at Tablet PC Review have watched me dance with an iPad Air and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, but as with my last foray, the Surface Pro 2 wins again, and not just by default.
I have no luck with hardware, and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 developed extreme battery drain, even in sleep mode. And as before, that svelte iPad Air was just one series of work-arounds after another. The Asus VivoTab Note 8 I tried earlier has no proven to be a time bomb waiting to go off (mine succumbed to WiFi instability, but the folks over at Tablet PC Review have been bitten by unending active digitizer failures.
So I'm back in the one device camp as chronicled earlier, and we'll embark on a new adventure of integrating the SPro 2 into your computing life as a single source for all your needs. Don't let the pundits or friends steer you away with discussions of "your tablet must be Porky Pig."
In fact, it was today's column by James Kendrick at ZDNet that inadvertently sealed the deal:
Why, you might ask? Because James is COMPLETELY wrong. My SPro 2, with type cover, weighs no more than the MacBook Air 11"; thickness is a function of "max" thickness, not the Ginsu knife edge, so it is no thicker than a MacBook Air 11 (or should I say it PLUS an iPad Air to give you tablet capabilities); BETTER screen; TOUCH screen; ACTIVE digitizer; and really not as expensive. $1599 for 8gb/512gb MacBook Air - my SPro 2, with Type Cover, is $1828, but I get an iPad thrown in for free...even a 16gb iPad Air will set you back $499.
PS - for those of you stumped by the cartoon above, that's Joe Btfsplk - a recurring charcter in the Lil' Abner cartoons, who was always followed around by a storm cloud over his head...kind of like me...a hardware jinx...