Hi, I love the in-depth reviews Lisa does here and thought this would be a great place to get some advice.
I currently have a Samsung ATIV SmartPC 500t (the Atom processor one) and it's just too underpowered for my needs, plus the keyboard dock is pretty flaky. Love the battery life and the stylus though.
The "perfect" device for me looks like the Lenovo Helix, but it's priced out of reach so I need to set my sights a little lower.
My usage: work and play. Note taking in meetings, SQL Server Management Studio, Visual Studio, MS Office suite, remote desktop sessions, etc. Movies (usually 720p), light gaming (older games and modern turn-based or strategy games - low expectations from Intel graphics.)
What I need:
CPU: Core i5 or better
Form Factor: Tablet with keyboard dock or convertible ultrabook
OS: Windows 8 x64 standard or pro
Storage: 128GB SSD
Display: Touchscreen with better than 1368x768
Price: Around $1000 USD
What I'd also like to have:
Stylus Pen: Wacom not n-trig or general capacitive ones
Battery Life: longer than 4-5 hours (usually requires extra battery in the keyboard)
Great Build Quality
The 3 devices currently at the top of my list are:
Surface Pro - fantastic hardware, little small, good keyboard, but mostly needs a hard surface to use it on.
Sony Vaio Duo 11 - all the right specs, but I heard the battery life may be the worst of the bunch and I'm unsure about that fixed slider screen/keyboard
Lenovo Yoga 13 - clearly a different sort of device, but solid specs except no digitizer for pen use and I'm undecided on the exposed keyboard in tablet mode.
I was almost set on the Surface Pro with the Type cover keyboard, but then did some more research and found I can get the Lenovo Yoga 13 for $740 from their outlet store. That's a fantastic price compared to the $1130+ for the Surface Pro with keyboard. The trade-offs are no pen, no detachable keyboard for pure tablet mode (read: heavier all the time).
Wow that was longer than I expected - if you made it this far thanks for reading! What do you think? I'm very tempted by that refurb Yoga 13 deal. Any reason *not* to do that? Anything I haven't thought of?