"One Fridge-Toaster to Rule Them All"4.5 starson by dnrbnx
Pros: - Windows 8 UI is a dream to use on a touch screen
- complete OS
- true multi-tasking
- amazing battery life
- great keyboard
- aluminum build feels premium
- x86 processing
- microSD port on the tablet for additional storage
Cons: - lack of tablet apps. MS Store will improve with time?
- touch pad doesn't do gestures after laptop wakes from sleep. Will improve with an update?
- ever-so-slightly loose hinge. I may be OCD, but I wish there was ZERO wiggle in the hinge.
Summary: I have never identified myself with the tablet crowd. By and large, tablets seem like gimmicky devices with only a handful of productive use cases. For the kind of money that premium tablets cost, I would much rather own a computer.
I was excited to find out that PC manufacturers and Windows 8 allowed someone like me, gun-shy about getting a tablet, a happy medium - Windows 8 hybrid laptops. Needing a new laptop, my wife bought me this for Christmas after I'd asked for it.
I've played simple games like "Where's My Water" and I've downloaded and played more "graphically intense" games like Final Fantasy 7. They've worked great!
I've typed emails, surfed the web, and created Office documents, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentations.
Is this a desktop replacement? No. Is this an autocad, photoshop, or gaming machine? No. Will this let you do 99% of what you typically use a computer for anyway (read: watch cat videos)? YES.
As far as build quality, this is easily on par with an Apple device. The smooth aluminum feels solid. The keys on the keyboard are slightly rubberized and easy to type on. The keyboard isn't cramped at all. The widescreen tablet feels bigger than 11 inches, and my 13.3 inch laptop feels like the same size.
The build quality on this is what made me buy it instead of its equally spec'ed competitors: the Asus Vivotab, Samsung Ativ Smart PC, Acer Iconia W510, and the Lenovo Lynx. Sure, I paid $100 more, but I got a much sleeker machine. If you hunt around (Amazon, Office Depot, etc.) you can find the Envy X2 for $750.
In short, this is exactly the type of Windows 8 experience the common user should be looking for - a touch AND touchpad capable juggernaut that can do it all.