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10-19-2012, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Denver, CO
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You've got your logic all over the place here man.
First thing, I am using my Sony VAIO as my backup from 2005 and the thing is still chugging just fine. Feels weird seeing all my old highschool stuff on it. So it's not Sony.
Second thing, higher end laptops are not any less susceptible to failures as lower end ones. They are just less likely to reach their max processing limits as quickly. I buy high end laptops because I'd rather spend $1200 on a nice laptop which I shouldn't have serious computing problems with (this thing flies, SSD and 8gb RAM lets it reboot in under 20 seconds).
My computer is an i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, ATI Radeon 1GB graphics card, SSD, backlit, aluminum case, extended battery, etc and worth $1700 ($500 rebates are common for HP after the holidays as they clear inventory).
My problem is that they installed an incompatible video card with my system and they are too inept to realize that, so odds are it will never get fixed and I'll push for another month until they give me a new laptop.
On the topic of computers: Anyone thinking about buying a Surface? I've gone to the order screen a dozen times now and keep talking myself out of it last minute. If they priced it even $100 lower I'd have already preordered mine... now I'm concerned that RT might not hold up for college-use the way I need it to and force me to carry my laptop sometimes (the whole point of buying a tablet in the first place is to replace the laptop during commuting).
They installed an incompatible video card? So you're not getting any video output, even during POST?
I was originally going to get a Microsoft Surface, till I learned that the Pro version isn't coming out for another 3 months. The RT version will not have an i5 processor like the Pro will. In fact, they haven't even figured out what processor they will be putting in the RT version yet... They haven't even reached a deal with a manufacturer yet, so who knows what processor the RT will have. The RT version also doesn't come with a full Windows 8 OS like the Pro will. I now see the surface, especially the RT version, as a big gamble. It's best to wait awhile for the Pro or the second generation of the RT version.
It sounds like you know your technology, so I highly recommend an Android tablet. I'm getting one as well in the next month or so. You can get the best model, the ASUS Transformer Infinity for $579. That's way cheaper than the highest end iPad and Surface RT. The Infinity pad has an Nvidia quad core 1.6Ghz processor, so it blows the iPad 3 out of the water, and should compare more to the Surface Pro than the Surface RT. You also get 64gb of hard drive, and a micro-sd slot to add up to 32gb more space. The $150 dock that you can buy for it has another SD slot for 32gb more, and the dock will add around 5 more hours of battery life. You can also use bluetooth mice with Android, which is pretty cool.
The Android OS is also highly customizable, much more than Windows Metro. The iPad doesn't even compare in customizability, because the entire OS is locked down, just like every Apple OS...
I would say that it's best not to take a risk on the Surface yet. Save some money and go with the more powerful and adaptable ASUS Infinity.
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