Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface
I have a surface 3 pro; and while I don't love it, it is a tool I use most days (I'm a dev by trade). I probably could have bought a surface 3 given my use-case.
1) It's lighter than my laptop (so going to visit customers is generally easier).
2) It is a duplicate of my laptop when it comes to source code / git / mercurial etc. My whole build environment is available.
3) It works adequately on my lap (in front of the TV style; if I need to do work, then yes, I'm the type that goes and sits at a desk). The type cover is pretty good to type on.
4) Wireless Display Adapter (though this isn't necessarily limited to having to use a Surface) for presentations...
5) The pen is excellent for taking notes, and (if you have trained it) then converting handwriting into text.
6) "Signing PDF NDA" without having to print the damn thing (yeah, this is a marginal use case).
7) While not exactly cheap; it's comparable to the price of a decent ultrabook (I spec'd out a 8gb/256SSD at the time)
The furore over the Win7 interface vs Windows 8 does bemuse me; The difference between the interface has never bothered me; I find the start menu navigate to "programs" the slowest way to start a program; I've used launchy since ~2011 so I just use that, I haven't touched a start button since then. Metro has it's uses as well; though I tend to end up on the desktop because cygwin / putty.