- Intel Core i5 3317U(1.70GHz)
- Windows 8 64-Bit
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Keyboard dock included
Preliminary Impressions 11/04/2013
- Tablet and dock came out of the box looking brand new.
- Screen is beautiful and 1080p
- No lag whatsoever with the i5 and 4GB of RAM
- Windows 8/8.1 is not so bad on a tablet or convertible
- Keyboard and touchpad work well when not disconnecting and reconnecting (see below)
- The ability to use it as a tablet, but then open and edit work documents or remote into a client and administer an ESXi server is very compelling.
- Keyboard dock connects and disconnects if you just look at it the wrong way, sometimes causing the touchscreen to also become unresponsive for a few seconds
- It's a little heavy
- The complaints about it being top-heavy when docked are true, but it's less of a nuisance to me than others had me expecting
- Battery life is not great, but it seems adequate based on my limited use thus far.
- Comes with Windows 8 missing almost 100 updates, so you have to install all those updates just to get the 8.1 upgrade to show up in the MS Store, which then takes a little while to install. Then you have to update all the apps after that. Not the end of the world though.
The concerns and trade-offs of an MS Tablet with a real laptop process and full OS are already quite obvious. My first concern was the condition of the refurbished unit, my second was the build quality, and my third was the dock disconnects I read about. I'm quite happy with the first two items, but the dock is pretty annoying.
I got the refurb at a great price and added a warranty, so even if I buy a case with a stand and a separate BT keyboard to eliminate the dock, I'll still be happy with what I got for what I paid.
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