Saw that RM are doing these for 233. Without descending into Apple/Windows 8-bashing, am I missing a good reason why (if SMT have to have a tablet in addition to a laptop) our school shouldn't at least give these a go? As far as I can see they should have all of the functionality (and more) without the downsides.

Not that it seems that any logical reasoning would work as I was told that it is the expectation of SMT that the school provides them with an iPad. Pretty annoyed as I'm being expected to take what amounts to a pay cut.