This is getting ridiculous. My wife is keen to replace her Samsung NC10 netbook (10.1", 1200X600) with something that doesn't cost a grand but still gives her more than a 2" rectangle to type an email in. And it needs MS Office because she needs Outlook (proper desktop Outlook, not some portal). Ultrabooks are twice the price of netbooks and all seem to use those calculator keyboards.
Tablet & keyboard, then....simple,no?
The current Win tablets themselves are a mixed bag, but the ergonomic situation is appalling for anything other than simple messaging if you're not going to hold the screen in your hands and smear you fingers all over it. The range of BT keyboards seems OK but I would imagine most of them would bounce around on your lap cos they're so light. Even the 'docking' solutions are generally less than ideal.
Instead of lugging a laptop & PSU, we are now looking at a tablet, some form of BT keyboard and some form of computer stand. And either a touchpad or a mouse. How are you supposed to set that lot up on a train?
These are basic computing needs for business correspondence on the move. Is there some definition of 'progress' that I am unaware of? I fail to see how the Clamshell design is now regarded as obsolete. The only compromises we endured with the netbook were a puny screen and it was a bit gutless.