I need a new laptop myself, but not even considering a surface.
I have an iPad which serves the tablet role just fine. My requirements for a laptop include being able to run full SQL Server, be a presentation platform and being able to play MMOs and Steam games and, to be honest, I don't like working on a small screen.
They're definitely very different beasts. There are things at the moment that a tablet just can't do. If its main use is going to be checking emails, creating the odd document and using the internet then maybe a tablet is right. For 'proper' work it's a laptop all the way.
On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
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