Well, the new Surfaces are out, and my take remains the same: The Surface Pro, while supposedly a “hybrid” notebook/tablet, is far too heavy to work in table mode, while the Surface 2 (formerly Surface RT) works fine as a hybrid, weight-wise, but is still crippled with the pathetic RT operating system and laughable Windows app store.
As for HP’s recently rolled out offerings, the only thing remotely competitive with the Asus Transformer T100 is this:
Both Pavilion x2 devices will run Windows 8.1 when they launch on November 17. At a starting price of $599.99, they won’t break the bank, but they’re significantly more than the similar (if smaller) Asus Transformer Book T100 convertible, which will be priced from $349.
It’s 50% more expensive, and since HP is being extremely coy about weight, I’m betting that it will lumber in at three pounds or more, considerably heftier than the Asus’ 2.4 pounds.
Near as I can tell, the new Surface machines, especially at the price points MS has announced, are pretty much dead on arrival, and that goes double for the RT offering.
HP is at least trying, but they’re not succeeding very well. It’s almost as if these big boys simply can’t wrap their corporate minds around the notion of a light, fast, inexpensive hybrid that runs full Windows 8.1 and functions equally well as both a tablet and a notebook.
Because they seem to be working as hard as possible to push any and everything besides that sort of product.