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  1. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Fair enough. I'm unfamiliar with their art tools, and assumed it was laptop friendly. But they using the Solidworks of illustration, that might be misleading to the lay reader.
  2. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    That minor speed bump appears insufficient to drive its graphics at full res, according to PA: I mentioned in another thread, I've got a high-school niece who's doing (remarkable) drawings on a Nintendo DS! (I'm not sure if she still uses the Wacom tablet or if that went with her sister to...
  3. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Price is up to $680.
  4. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Does it include the stylus needed for use as art tablet / Cintiq-type device? Still expensive, but might appeal to my niece's parents.
  5. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    So in a couple of weeks there will be:Surface RTSurface ProSurface 2Surface 2 ProWindows 8 laptopsWindows 8 flip screen laptopsI hope MS can explain its lineup this go around. I didn't understand it a month ago. I dont know if it will make more sense later this month.
  6. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Combine that with inscrutable advertising causing customer confusion...Had this been a "Surface Metro", clearly distinguished from Windows 8, both it and windows 8 might have sold a bit better. It's only made harder to buy when no one knows what the products are and do.
  7. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Thinking over conversations with my dad, MS should also be worried that Android and Apple tablets seem to be the best mobile options for Remote Desktop. The PA review was quite interesting. I'd sent it to a pro artist friend of mine, except he'd put turned off by the profanity. Unfortunately, my...
  8. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    We've tried a handful of apps in the past, and none could connect to his systems. But I guess the RDP variant needed is only available in the paid versions, not in free / trial versions.
  9. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    My dad tells me it's RDP, logged in by IP address (typically through the browser). No RWW. No VPN. Sounds like Android and Surface Pro will do that. No iPad support, from what we've seen and tried. How about Surface RT? Maybe this will do it on the iPad...
  10. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Thx. I'll check the details with him tomorrow and make sure I'm barking up the right tree.
  11. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I'll ask. He's an accountant, and remotes into different client's systems to do their finances. They're all small to mid size, so may not have the perfect setup. I've seen login screens that look like this...
  12. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    By 'old' I mean the WinXP version that connected with a desktop client. The Mac could connect to that. I think the iPad can too. But there's a more recent version (improved security) that connects through a web browser and uses an activex component. No iOS app can connect to it. I'm not sure if...
  13. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    What's the latest and greatest Tranformer tablet? That might be the best option for dad. Unless he doesn't mind 4 hr battery life. His laptop he keeps plugged in all the time. But I think a benefit OTA tablet is all day battery, and not bothering with wall plugs when you're using it. Android...
  14. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    My dad wants a touch screen device that does Windows Remote Desktop and VPN. he doesn't need Office; all his pro work is Remote / VPN. he likes the iPad but it won't do RDP. he likes videos, web, email, books on his Android phone. He was curious about Surface Pro. I said it would do what he...
  15. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Microsoft had the first tablets, and they made all the wrong choices from a general user perspective, and also from a corporate perspective (price / performance / battery life), except where uniquely needed. The one I saw in the wild was a NASA scientist who got to choose his own PC. And the...
  16. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    So if you buy a windows computer, a windows tablet, and a windows phone, you've got three different systems , which can't share apps? With OS X and iOS, at least my phones and tablets shop the same store and run the same apps, though different from the desktop. A brother in law has a new windows...
  17. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I still don't understand the differences between Surface, Surface RT, surface Pro, windows 8, and Windows Touch Screen computers. And if they have special integration with WinPhone. I've spent a few minutes with Windows touch screen computer at Best Buy, but I didn't understand it. It doesn't...
  18. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I thought they were advertising Kit-Kat bars, all that snicker-snacking, and lack of any computing...
  19. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Same or better screen, same pixel count, less surface area. And after playing with one at the Apple store, I see the appeal. Lighter and thinner would make it great for reading in bed. The mini is the most expensive 8" tablet. But with two Macs, two iPhones, and two iPads, a $100 cheaper...
  20. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    isnt the mini a "full" iPad 2 in a smaller, lighter body?
  21. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    I was about to post the Marco review. Given the strong dislike for his Fire review last year, I'm curious what people think of this. (I agreed with his Fire comments from my little time. And found this review appealing.) As for Huddler: does the Surface not do hovers and not require you double...
  22. DaveF

    Microsoft Surface: $199 (?)

    Did I understand right that you can't buy the 64 GB version without spending an extra $100 for case? That seems an odd strategy, refusing to take people's lots-of-money unless they're willing to spend lots-and-lots-of-money. It worked for Nintendo when they were the best selling console...