Forum Thread

Surface Competitors?

supermango 125 18 October 12, 2015 at 03:06 PM
Hi everyone,

I was interested in purchasing an i7 laptop/convertible (meaning it should be able to go into tablet mode or fold over similar to Yoga/Flex)

But I would also like the pen input and have the option to replace the HDD into an SSD (if it doesn't include an SSD already).

8 Comments

1

Sign up for a Slickdeals account to remove this ad.

#2
Surface 3, Surface Pro 2/3/4 depending on size needs. None of these are true i7's though. The Pro 4 and 3 may claim i7 but they are undervolted 2 core U processors that throttle something fierce under load. Basically the same deal with the Flex though.

For what you are asking, you will not get much performance out of those processors. i3 through i7 will do nearly the same thing.

You can check the Asus tablets as well, but I don't think you can expect much from pens on those.

There is the Venue Pro line from Dell as well. Hit and miss in terms of use. Their pens are garbage as well. They are even more undervolted y processors that lock up way too often.

I wouldn't count on replacing HDDs on these, most are soldered in there.

Forgot to mention the Lenovo Miix 700. Releasing in November at some point running a Core m7. Should have a better battery life than an i7 but less performance. Much lower price than the Surf 4 as well.

What tasks/usage are you trying to accomplish with the device?
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Last edited by Pedantyc October 12, 2015 at 03:27 PM
#3
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Joined Aug 2007
L3: Novice
125 Posts
18 Reputation
Original Poster
#4
Still looking... mainly local web development and netflix. Want to keep the budget to less than 600
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
#5
Quote from supermango View Post :
Still looking... mainly local web development and netflix. Want to keep the budget to less than 600
Personally, I wouldn't want a tablet/convertible for web development. I'd want a proper keyboard and more screen resolution...
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
#6
Quote from supermango View Post :
Still looking... mainly local web development and netflix. Want to keep the budget to less than 600
A used Dell Venue Pro 11 7140. Finding the clipon keyboard would be tough but the core m in it is basically equal to a Surface Pro 3. The pen in this model works well too.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Caldari on the streets
Minmatar in the sheets
Joined Aug 2007
L3: Novice
125 Posts
18 Reputation
Original Poster
#7
Pulled the trigger on this: http://slickdeals.net/f/8440345-acer-aspire-r13-2-in-1-core-i7-broadwell-1080p-ips-backlit-keyboard-128gb-ssd-8gb-ram-win-8-1-600-at-costco?src=SiteSearchMW
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
#8
Not a bad choice, I considered one a while back. Two drawbacks I found was the bulkiness in tablet mode. It is rather fat and heavy so you won't use it that way too often. While using it as a laptop, the keyboard is really cramped. More cramped than my old 11" laptop was. Not sure why they designed it that way.

Costco has an awesome return policy so give it a shot and see if it works for you.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0

Sign up for a Slickdeals account to remove this ad.

Joined Aug 2007
L3: Novice
125 Posts
18 Reputation
Original Poster
#9
Quote from Pedantyc View Post :
Not a bad choice, I considered one a while back. Two drawbacks I found was the bulkiness in tablet mode. It is rather fat and heavy so you won't use it that way too often. While using it as a laptop, the keyboard is really cramped. More cramped than my old 11" laptop was. Not sure why they designed it that way.

Costco has an awesome return policy so give it a shot and see if it works for you.
It didn't work for me!!

The first Aspire R13 had a vertical green line through the display. I exchanged it and the second one had an image retention issue/ghosting. Not to mention the keyboard was akward. The keys are cramped and I even have small hands. Pros are that the Dell Active Stylus pen worked great with this laptop! But it wasn't enough for me to hang onto it.

I bit the bullet and ordered an HP Spectre x360 15"... we'll see how it goes. It was pretty expensive - more than I wanted to spend, but hopefully it's a better build quality than the Aspire R13.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Page 1 of 1
1
Join the Conversation
Add a Comment
 
Copyright 1999 - 2016. Slickdeals, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Copyright / Infringement Policy  •  Privacy Policy  •  Terms of Service  •  Acceptable Use Policy (Rules)  •  Interest-Based Ads
Link Copied to Clipboard