Originally Posted by AppleSince86
Okay, so now take your thumb off the MacBook Air side of the scale.
In reality, this is the latest Windows world incarnation of a netbook, but too cumbersome to use on your lap to be a laptop. Windows still requires a keyboard to be really usable. And they add a stylus. This is not a product which was designed to be a tablet. The iPad was.
As Tim Cook said, "Our competition is different - they're confused. They chased after netbooks. Now they're trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they will do next?"
I don't think you have used recent Windows tablet.
I'm using my ThinkPad Tablet 2 most of the time without physical keyboard, though I do have Lenovo's keyboard for this unit, and it is quite good quality keyboard. Granted, I'm using it mostly in Metro mode, and that GUI works great without physical keyboard. Browsing, email, all sort of media, FB, touch games (Birds and such) all work really nice, and that covers majority of my tablet needs. I turn my keyboard on only when I want do do something in Office or want to write really long email.
By the way, my tablet is running 2C Atom and is netbook replacement, kind of. It is my travel machine, and as such it can replace PC for me... short of desktop games (less important on travels) and Lightroom... but it sits at around 590g - not bad for device released 18 months ago - and goes for 8 hours on single charge (10 according to Lenovo, a bit optimistic), and no fans.
Surface 3 is heavier and does have fan, but it also have Ultrabook hardware inside; it is way above netbook. This machine would have no issue with Lightroom and older desktop games (Left 4 Dead and such) while still being usable as tablet, albeit with weight penalty. I travel overseas relatively often, so idea of one device for both media consummation and more serious work sounds very attractive. To cover all my needs 100%, I'd have to travel with quite a few gadgets - phone, tablet, reader, laptop, camera or two... so reducing that number always feel like a good idea.
Personally, will keep an eye on it.