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betajet
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Re: Highly responsive professional workstations
betajet   12/16/2013 3:40:03 PM
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Wait a few months.  It it's anything like the original Surface, the price will quickly come down to your budget :-)

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Caleb Kraft   12/16/2013 2:21:58 PM
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yeah, I would really like a new surface pro, but I have no budget for something like that right now. 

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Caleb Kraft   12/16/2013 2:21:57 PM
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yeah, I would really like a new surface pro, but I have no budget for something like that right now. 

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TonyTib   12/16/2013 1:49:05 PM
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I just put together a nice desktop system with a 256G Samsung 840 Pro SSD and a 1TB WD Black HDD.  Both are awesome; the systems boots really fast on the superfast SSD, the HDD is pretty fast for a HDD, and gives me plenty of affordable storage, for 1/8th the price of a 1T SSD.  It's important back up HDDs and SSDs: SSDs have signficant failure rates (just look at Newegg SSD feedback).


For my next portable system, I'm heavily leaning towards a Win 8.1 tablet with keyboard, such as a Dell Venue 11 Pro; I want OK performance with long battery life, light weight, and a decent keyboard.  But that's not happening for a while.

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Caleb Kraft   12/16/2013 9:25:27 AM
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My mother-in-law has one. After the initial adjustment going from windows she seems pleased. It does appear snappy every time I go there, but I haven't tried to use it for any extended amount of time.

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Caleb Kraft   12/16/2013 9:23:38 AM
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strangely, this is what makes things like tablets so appealing. Their limitations generally keep them snappy.

 

Have you tried a recent machine with a solid state drive? They tend to hold on to that initial quickness for much longer.

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Caleb Kraft   12/16/2013 9:22:16 AM
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that is an interesting aspect of our current place in computing. I saw many engineers who still needed monsters on their desk, but admittedly those were mainly mechanical engineers. Some things could be offloaded to a cluster (structural analysis) but the rest required that they have a machine capable of rendering complex structures right there.

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Caleb Kraft   12/16/2013 9:20:33 AM
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oh absolutely. I think people underestimate both: a) how many people could completely switch to something like a tablet, and b) how many people absolutely need a workhorse.


For my own work I could use a tablet 90% of the time but do find that occassionally I need to boot up the behemoth for some serious number crunching.

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daleste   12/15/2013 8:15:10 PM
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The Chrome book is a good compromise for a quick computer if you don't need the high performance.  Most of the stuff we do these days doesn't need the performance.  We can always offload the compute intesive tasks to a server.  I would be afraid of Acer just due to past experience.  Still have one next to me that the mother board in the laptop died after 13 months...

What about the chromebook commercial where it can't get you to LA only to Reno?  I guess low cost is good for us.

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David Ashton   12/15/2013 7:42:02 PM
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@Duane - I WANT ONE!!!   I don't do a lot of stuff that is PC intensive and if I can get a USB drive for my reams of PDF dataheets etc then I am sure it would suit me fine.  Thanks for that, I will see if I can find one around here.

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