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In short, I want a new desktop and I want a tablet. Can the surface pro do both?

The reason I ask is I am a desktop user and always have been. I am not a big fan of laptops. My current desktop is about 8 years old and definately due a replacment however I also would quite like a tablet such as the iPad. I wondered if I could use a surface pro as a replacment for my desktop and I would have a tablet as a bonus. Most of my computing is just browsing the web, downloading music and video and occasionally writing important documents (job applications / letters / basic excell databases). It is for the latter reason that I prefer desktops. If i need to sit at a desk and type a document or do important work then I really prefer a classic full keyboard and mouse. I also prefer looking at a proper computer moniter when doing such tasks. I find laptop keyboards and touch keyboards difficult to type with and track pads infuriate me. When doing "real work" on a computer nothing beats a mouse and scroll wheel in terms of productivity. However, most of the time (probably 90% of the time) I am just browsing the web, checking e-mails or watching catch up TV (which I can do all of on a tablet whilst sat on the sofa in front of the TV or sat in the garden). What I would like to be able to do is completely replace my desktop with the surface but keep my normal peripherals (mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers) and "dock" my surface at my desk when I need to write a job application or work on an excel document for axample. One other task I would need my surface to be able to do (in the absence of my desktop) is act as my main hub for all of my media (films, tv shows, pictures and documents). I appreciate the storage is limited so would it cope well with using an external USB hard drive as the main file storage source or even using a wireless networked storage drive?

In theory the surface should be able to do all of the above but does anyone know from experience, would it be a suitable machine for what I want it to do?

Thanks Cameron

asked Mar 05 '13 at 14:55

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Yes, it is capable of doing everything you said. The only thing you would really need is the hardware for docking. Even if you kept your current desktop and got the surface, you could sync documents between the two very easily and be free from your desktop for all things you don't mind doing on a tablet.

answered Mar 05 '13 at 15:50

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The surface is definitely the best choice you could buy. It brings Office 2013. The surface has also a lot of ports available so you can plug in USBs and peripherals. I encourage you to use the Surface by touch so you can see that in productivity it is faster than using a mouse.

answered Mar 06 '13 at 11:09

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The Surface can do all this, but space wise, you might run out very fast. You say you want to keep the mouse and keyboard, which will work fine, especially if you want to keep your monitor and just connect the Surface to the monitor. However, battery life will be short, and there will be no touch screen on the computer monitor you are using. For you, as you say you like desktops better than laptops, and if you do not intend to move around with the Surface Pro, I would then recommend getting something cheaper, a new desktop that you can just plug in to the monitor, and everything, and be up and running with the new operating system. This will be better for you because you will get more space with the computer, Much more space, and it will be cheaper for you.

answered Mar 07 '13 at 01:23

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