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Old 03-14-2014, 09:40 PM   #1
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Anyone have one of these with the typing keyboard? Comments.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:35 PM   #2
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I've been working with some at work and I really like them. Stay away from the touch cover keyboard, they are junk in my opinion. You'll want to get the type cover as it has real keys, not the soft touch keys and is much easier to use. The things I like: nice durable enclosure, clear sharp screen, full windows OS so you can run any windows application, good battery life. There are also USB docking stations that have monitor outputs so you can run a larger display if you want. I know Windows 8.1 isn't loved by many but I I've found it to be very stable and easy to use. About the only thing I don't like is it doesn't have a built in cellular wireless but a mobile hotspot fixes that really easy and is more of a requirement for how we use Mobile devices at work. When the iPad reaches the end of its useful life I'll get a Surface.
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I've heard the same about the real keys keyboard vs. the touch one. I also read that a huge benefit to the Surface is that the keyboard gets its power from the tablet vs. having to keep the keyboard charged separately.

I read that a negative is a limited number of apps in the App Store.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:49 PM   #4
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I agree about the App Store. It is no where near as developed as the Apple Store, but you can run flash on a surface.
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Thanks, thinking seriously about getting one with the typing keyboard. How long does the battery last if left on constantly? Would love to get unhooked from a power supply while in FL.
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We have both touch and type covers. Everyone prefers type cover. Power cover coming out now with additional battery in a type cover, but without backlit keys.
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Thanks, thinking seriously about getting one with the typing keyboard. How long does the battery last if left on constantly? Would love to get unhooked from a power supply while in FL.

If you're using it heavily you're looking at 3-4 hours before a recharge. I've had them sit at my desk in standby mode for a couple days and still have juice for an hour or so of work before a recharge was needed. Since it's running an i5 processor, which has more oomph than the processor in an iPad, it will use more battery.
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If you're using it heavily you're looking at 3-4 hours before a recharge. I've had them sit at my desk in standby mode for a couple days and still have juice for an hour or so of work before a recharge was needed. Since it's running an i5 processor, which has more oomph than the processor in an iPad, it will use more battery.
Thanks everyone, getting prices, want it mainly while camping so I can use it outdoors without being tied to an electrical outlet.
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OC, I don't have surface but do have Asus android tablet with detachable keyboard and Asus notebook, same size as tablet with keyboard and windows 8. Very pleased with both.

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OC, I don't have surface but do have Asus android tablet with detachable keyboard and Asus notebook, same size as tablet with keyboard and windows 8. Very pleased with both.

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Does it have the typing keyboard or the touch?
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