Over the last six months I steadily reached the conclusion that most of the tablet computers. I had acquired or reviewed didn’t pass muster.
Screen size and brightness is an issue for me. I often tried and failed to use a tabltet in dimly lit lecture halls and conference rooms.
I'm an aging boomer so the ability to see information displayed on tablets with 10-inch or smaller screens became a factor in my growing impatience with the form factor.
But the experience hasn’t really changed my belief that tablets computing could become an important part of the IT and personal computing landscape.
Based on industry reports, I decided I would buy a new portable iby December. I begYan my search by looking at hybrids from Asus,Hewlett Packard Microsoft and Lenovo. my minimum requirements were 12 inch screen, current generation Intel processors, plus 8 GB of memory on the system board and the ability to upgrade SSD storage to 512 GB.T
My particular usage model requires battery life with minimal power conservation of eight hours. My passions are California and it’s gold rush history, and when I’m out camping I take my notebook, and use it to store digital photographs and digital content.At night, I’ve been known to watch a movie I’ve stored on my portable.
Any 2-in-1 portable I buy has to be rugged enough to survive being carried deep into the Sierra and San Gabriel mountains, so fit and finish plus durable construction were factors I used to winnow my purchase decision.
I have to fundamentally believe that the mechanicalS on any hybrid I buy will work as well next month as they do the day I unboxed the notebook.
There were a couple of platforms i thought could work. Microsoft’s Surface family was high on my list, as was a Lenovo Yoga family members. I’ve carried Lenovo computers longer than any other label and in nearly 20 years, I’ve never had one fail. plus I’ve successfully resuscitated various Thinkpads using the blue “heal thyself” button several times over the years (including once on a butt numbing flight from Tokyo to Dublin).
In the end I wrote a check to Microsoft for a shiny new Surface Book.Even though Lenovo’s Yoga 900 is less expensive and Microsoft is a relative newcomer, it was Surface Book’s construction and great performance that clinched the sale.--Jim Forbes on 16 November, 2015.