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I got to play with a surface pro last night at the mall. Dear Microsoft... here you go.[^]
The pen with it felt kinda cheap. The machine itself felt solid and seemed very responsive. The store I was at had already given out all of their reservation cards. Guess I'll show up when they open Saturday and take my chances.
I bought the 64GB model which, at the time, came with the touch cover (black). It's a great little keyboard. I'm not quite as fast or accurate on it as I am on a full keyboard, but it works well. I'm typing this response on it, as a matter of fact. I actually spend as much time with the keyboard detached as I do with it in place. But it's great to have when I don't want to use the on-screen keyboard.
The better battery life of the RT is a selling point for me. I figured I'd buy the RT to test my apps with and pick up a Pro at some point, but when I'm on the go the RT does everything I need, so I'll spend less and buy a nice desktop machine.
Heck, with the remote desktop app, I can sit in my living room and run desktop apps on my laptop which is in another room. I've done that more than once.
I only use it on my private network, so I can't say if it will work outside that. I'm not eager to expose the laptop that way and there's nothing that I would need to do on the laptop that would be so pressing that I'd need to access it remotely from my local Starbucks. My big use case is paying bills from the living room -- Open Quicken on the laptop using remote desktop, then pay away. If I were to have a flash of inspiration for one of the apps I'm working on, I could even run Visual Studio like that, though it would be somewhat cramped.
I only use it on my private network, so I can't say if it will work outside
This is surprising because I thought Windows Store certification required that the app did not attempt to connect to localhost as well as local IP addresses (same network). Perhaps this is an official app from Microsoft where they could bypass these rules?