The guy said the Yoga was hot in demand and I liked it best, too. It will be my next purchase as they had none in stock. I liked the Surface and asked him about he. He said they were actually selling well and he said there were also a ton of people waiting on the Pro.
I asked him what he thought about the PC dying. He laughed and pointed to the Tablet section and said "Tablets are dying as Laptops that can also be a tablet are killing them."
MS entering the tablet market is a game changer. People have a lot of Windows apps they would like to put on their tablets. I have a android tablet but would love to have a Windows tablet if the the price is right. Windows 7 didn't work very well with tablets but Windows 8 does. Can't wait to get my hands on the Surface Pro particularly if it comes with the new Haswell chip. The low wattage design of Haswell is made for the tablet.
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I think PC buyers are waiting for the correct form factor to develop.
For MS to think they can push one form factor and that's it, is not likely to work.
The PC makers are trying several form factors.
The Surface must be assembled on a table-top for keyboard use.
The convertible tablets are too heavy. (We might nickname them the Commodores.)
The Samsung ATIV 500T and 700T detach from a keyboard and become light in weight but can be used like a laptop with keyboard.
The Lenovo Think Pad 2 tablet and the HP Elite Pad 900 can add keyboards probably like the Surface.
I would be interested in a Samsung 11.6" Series 9 convertible if they can make 2.5 pounds weight.
But here's a new development:
Some computer makers are selling Win 8 with a downgrade license to Win 7 and then the computer comes with Win 7 installed. To switch to Win 8 requires un-install of Win 7 and install of Win 8.
Also, to set the Surface against the Think Pad 2 tablet and against the Elite Pad 900 tablet would require three Surface. One with an ARM processor, one with an Atom processor, and one with an Ivy Bridge processor because the Think Pad 2 tablet and the Elite Pad 900 tablet have Atom processors.
Laptops and tablets represent two different ways of interacting with a computer. Most work gets done using the laptop but touch offers some conveniences for consuming content. The tablet by itself far more limiting than a laptop by itself while the hybrid device delivers the best of both. Provided the hybrid is priced correctly for the extra flexibility it is easy to understand why consumers would buy these over simple tablets. Also, all W8 hybrid laptops offer full x86 compatibility when using the tablet which delivers far greater power and versatility than ARM based devices.
Going forward there will be so many models of hybrids that it will become the default form factor for laptops.
Both MS and Intel think the Surface Pro will be a true game changer. The Surface merely tested the waters. This is where the rubber really hits the road. With full support for legacy Windows apps, the Surface Pro is like a PC that has been shrunk and pared down to its bare essentials. At this form factor, it's low weight and small size really makes its users see it in a different light. It's like an Ultrabook, only half the heft and all the features.