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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Power View Post
    Where have you pre ordered the surface from? Every time I check MS website it says out of stock?
    Microsoft is the only place you can get it from - they are out of stock in the UK at the moment but if you pre order one it should be with you in 2 weeks or so (last I checked).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    Microsoft is the only place you can get it from - they are out of stock in the UK at the moment but if you pre order one it should be with you in 2 weeks or so (last I checked).
    Thought it may have been ordered from somewhere else, cant even pre order on MS website at moment, just says out of stock, as it has for some time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Power View Post
    Where have you pre ordered the surface from? Every time I check MS website it says out of stock?
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    Microsoft is the only place you can get it from - they are out of stock in the UK at the moment but if you pre order one it should be with you in 2 weeks or so (last I checked).
    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Power View Post
    Thought it may have been ordered from somewhere else, cant even pre order on MS website at moment, just says out of stock, as it has for some time now.

    Snooze you lose! It did sell out pretty quickly. Ordered mine on 16th October and looking forward to a Friday deliver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Power View Post
    Thought it may have been ordered from somewhere else, cant even pre order on MS website at moment, just says out of stock, as it has for some time now.
    Nope just Microsoft they are keeping a tight reign on them but you will be able to get the Asus/Samsung ones from other places (inc the high street).

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    The Verge and Engadget have both posted their reviews of the Surface...

    www.theverge.com/2012/10/23/3540550/microsoft-surface-review

    Good Stuff
    • Ambitious new software
    • Solidly made, handsome hardware
    • Full Office suite with no compromise
    • Excellent battery life

    Bad Stuff
    • Performance is hit or miss
    • Weak ecosystem
    • Buggy software
    • Doesn't live up to hybrid promise
    www.engadget.com/2012/10/23/microsoft-surface-rt-review/

    PROS
    • Impressive build quality
    • Bright display with low glare
    • Solid performance and battery life
    • Full-sized USB port
    • Touch Cover enables fast text input

    CONS
    • Limited app selection

    BOTTOMLINE
    Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT is a great tablet for those who need a strong dose of productivity with their mobility.
    Edit. AnandTech and Ars Technica too...

    anandtech.com/show/6385/microsoft-surface-review
    arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/10/microsofts-first-stab-at-a-pc-surface-reviewed/
    Last edited by Arthur; 24th October 2012 at 08:56 AM.

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    Just read the Ars review and must say, it looks impressive. Like the kickstand and the way they did they keyboard/cover. With Ice Cream Sandwich it'd give the iPad a run...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Just read the Ars review and must say, it looks impressive. Like the kickstand and the way they did they keyboard/cover. With Ice Cream Sandwich it'd give the iPad a run...
    Well, with their App store selection, a lot of the things that make it good are the things that make it different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    Local GPO can be enabled on RT devices and according to the app development guide it can also access network shares.
    I really hope this is the case!! This has been a bug bear of most mobile OS's up untill now. The kluddgy DropBox solution just has too many problems for schools.

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    Education just isn't a big part of Microsoft's strategy here. We seem to have fallen through the cracks. We need domain managed cheap tablets and can't afford a surface pro. Hopefully the cost of surface pro's (x86) will come down. Domain membership needn't affect performance on ARM processor. I know why MS made the decision just really frustrates what school would love to do.

    http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft...ow-what-205435

    Any reviews of the Pro x86 battery performance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alis_Klar View Post
    Any reviews of the Pro x86 battery performance?
    Acer Iconia 510p 9hrs or 18h with keyboard apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Acer Iconia 510p 9hrs or 18h with keyboard apparently.
    Can't find that device anywhere as an x86 device - it comes up as an android tablet? They only have it listed on their site as an A510 too - an android device. The Windows tablets seem to be W5 and W7 devices?
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Can't find that device anywhere as an x86 device
    @SYNACK got the name wrong. It's called the Acer Iconia W510.

    the W510 will start at $500 for the tablet only, though you'll also be able to purchase it with the detachable keyboard dock for $750. (And if the dock really does double the battery life to 18 hours, you might want to). Though the W510 won't be available for a few weeks yet -- it goes on sale November 9th
    the W510 does a disservice to Acer: with a chintzy build and a cramped, netbook-like keyboard, it confirms whatever pre-conceived notions shoppers may have about the brand. And with so many Windows 8 hybrids on the way, including one from Microsoft itself, Acer can't afford to have its products get lost in the mix.
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    The screenshot below shows the directory size for both C:\Windows and C:\Program Files, the latter is where the Office15 install files are included (and yes winword.exe is still the Word executable).

    You're looking at roughly 6.47GB for Windows RT and then another 830MB for Office for a grand total of around 7.3GB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    @SYNACK got the name wrong. It's called the Acer Iconia W510.
    My bad, I was going from my shoddy memory. We have a couple of Iconia w501 units that use the older CPU and has about half the battery life, a bit more weight but they still work fine with W8. They have been our test units for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    @SYNACK got the name wrong. It's called the Acer Iconia W510.
    Oh wow that's an ugly device.

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