They also advertised next gen graphics and look how well that replaced my laptop.
Great product, but their operating system refusing to be POSIX compliant stops it from being a laptop replacement, especially for web professionals.
It'll only replace my Laptops if I can install Linux on it!! No company is going to force me to use their OS....
A good laptop can be used (with keyboard) comfortably in your lap, If it's like mine, the laptop will have twice the memory, 3x the storage, a bigger screen, 3x more powerful graphics, connectors this thing's missing, and a longer battery life to boot. And, that laptop costs hundreds less than the highest-end Surface Pro 3 to which I was comparing it.
I don't see any appeal in these things, unless your name is Brewster and you only have 30 days to get rid of your cash.
Bigger screen and only 800grams DAM!!! that's awesome.
Yeah, not happening. My laptop may be an old HP but it does the job. And it only cost me $40.
Laptop is believable (as long as there is a suitable keyboard) - but no mobile device will ever trump a desktop of the same generation.
No optical drive, less processor power, less memory, less hard drive space, less graphics power, and POS operating system = no way this thing will replace my laptop.
I would love a Surface Pro 3... But I need to upgrade my primary machine well before I consider upgrading my craptastic laptop.
By your same (wrong) assessment 99.9% of all laptops (Darwin isn't fully POSIX compliant and only OSX Mavericks is) ever made ARE NOT LAPTOPS! Unless of course you use Windows Services of UNIX or program in Cygwin/MinGW.
Not to mention POSIX standard doesn't even have to do with web, rather platform development.
For the vast majority of users, including desktop programmers like myself, the surface IS a laptop replacement based on hardware alone.
Joe, unless you have a "laptop" that uses a 45W i7 chip with 860m or better graphics and 16gb+ of memory and 1tb SSD, then you're flat out crazy. The middle of the road i5+8gb ram w/ 256gb ssd is better than the average laptop sold in the US, and actually faster than most ultrabooks of the same price.
Personally the last time I used the dvd drive on my laptop was when I wanted to copy windows disk images to a usb stick!
I should have made clear my higher level argument: Windows OS and its internals won't allow it to be comparable to the experience you'd get from an OSX andLinux if you are a person remotely interested in Information Technology, and it's an increasingly larger demographic for a product like this.
POSIX compliant is critical for those who do things related to web development. There's a reason why very important tools and libraries critical for web development today such as Tmux. RVM, and etc.
It's common knowledge, you're doing yourself a huge disservice using Windows instead of Linux or OSX for web development.
Given the fact even front-end design and development expectations expect people to be more involved with code than ever before instead of static images to be more efficient, Windows terminal is completely underpowered compared to Linux and OSX. It's insufficient and yet they continue to do things their own way with no benefit.
Try enrolling to any serious web development or web design program with a Windows laptop expecting to use it throughout the program; at best, you're far more inefficient than your peers and often can't use what they can to be far more proficient web developers. .