CE#665: Can a Windows 8 Tablet Like the Surface Really Replace My Laptop? (Lifehacker)

Dear Lifehacker,
I’m liking what I’ve seen from Windows 8, and the Microsoft Surface looks like a really great tablet/laptop hybrid. But can it really replace my laptop? I don’t want to get one if I can’t do any real work on it.

Suspicious of the Surface

Dear Suspicious,
The Surface does look more like a hybrid than it does a tablet: it’s thin and lightweight, comes with a keyboard cover for better typing, allows you to run the traditional Windows desktop, and is cheap enough that it would seem to make a great laptop replacement. However, while it’s a solid tablet, Windows RT makes it fall a little short as a laptop replacement. We’ve been using the Surface for a few weeks, and here’s what we’ve found.

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