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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Quest is Over - Now the Real Work Begins

I didn't know John Legend was writing about my Surface Pro 3 in "All of Me:"

What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

My head's under water
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

As the clock runs down on my return window with Microsoft for my Surface Pro 3, I have finally found the Windows 8x computer/laptop/tablet/device I have been looking for since the beta release days of the Samsung Series 7 Slate.
 
I know you've heard this before, but the SPro3 is the best computing device I have ever owned, warts and all. For the first two weeks it couldn't hold a WiFi signal for more than 10-15 minutes; always disconnected coming out of sleep; and ate batteries while in sleep like my grandson goes through M&M's (between 25-35% during any 8 hour sleep cycle; as much as 4% in 30 minutes of sleep). The July 8 driver updates came and went, with significant improvement in WiFi connectivity (although still dropped out on random occasions) but still no battery drain relief. Some good folks over at Tablet PC Review recommended a complete reset and reinstall of the new drivers, and as much as I DETEST having to do that, I did, and guess what -

IT WORKED IN SPADES

Very few network dropouts and battery drain during 8 hour sleep cycles from 3-6%. So, as they say on Do You Want to Be a Millionaire - Regis, final answer - I'M KEEPING IT:

I think he means it this time.

This was still a tortured decision.
  • First - should I wait for the i7/512GB mini-beast?  Microsoft helped out a lot with this decision, with the impending upgrade of OneDrive to 1TB, and the fact that I am up and fully running with 152GB left on C: and 59GB on D: giving me a lot of confidence that my general cruft and detritus can RIP on the internet, and still have all the room I need on my SPro 3.
     
  • Second - what about next Spring and Broadwell? Whataboutit? In a nutshell, I don't believe we'll see much more than the Surface Pro to Surface Pro 2 "tock" of the upgrade cycle - marginally faster and more power efficient processor, perhaps a move to USB 3.1, perhaps a 512GB i5 option, but nothing that would shake my confidence in the SPro 3. It will be the Model 5 (if we get that from Microsoft) that will bring on the next bag of tricks.
  • Third - Should I stick with a full size laptop and a small tablet - NO - SPro 3 finally relieved that angst once and for all. No more fruit envy in this corner!
  • Last - All the warts. Of course it's not the perfect device. It needs TWO output ports - Thunderbolt would be fantastic; USB 3.1 (with the new connector that goes either direction - like a Lightning connector); full SDXC; 512GB option in the i5 line; magnets at top edge of screen and Type Cover so it stays shut; more control over the power profiles; LTE option for god's sake.
So what next? I plan to do a "capping" entry at this blog to talk nostalgically of my path to the SPro 3 from the groundbreaking Toshiba T1100 Plus in 1986...a real snoozer I'm sure but I'll enjoy it. Then it will be time to start my new blog - one geared towards just the Surface Pro 3 and making it useful to lawyers and other business professionals. Help ferret out the driver issues; software for the professional; integrating it into daily workflow; and of course a compendium of tips and tricks I run across on the net.
 
See you on the other side... 

 
 

2 comments:

cybermind said...

Really glad this worked out for you. I know it's been a long road, and I'm also glad MS is pulling all their resources together to make better products on both the hardware and software fronts (except for Windows phone, I have no idea what the hell they are doing there). I'm waiting for my i7/512 beast to be shipped, can't wait! I really like the direction you're heading in, and I look forward to reading more about how you are using the SP3 professionally.

cybermind said...

Really glad this worked out for you. I know it's been a long road, and I'm also glad MS is pulling all their resources together to make better products on both the hardware and software fronts (except for Windows phone, I have no idea what the hell they are doing there). I'm waiting for my i7/512 beast to be shipped, can't wait! I really like the direction you're heading in, and I look forward to reading more about how you are using the SP3 professionally.