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Pricop says

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If you can make an effort, go with the i5 – and also what kind of programming are you planning to do on it? if you are working with a heavy IDE definitely go with the i5, you won’t regret, and I suppose you don’t want to change it too soon so it would be great on a long time, I’ve been using a Toshiba dual-core laptop from 2006 to 2011 and it was a pleasure to use (I know, 5 years is a bit too much).

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CodeBotics says

Well with windows 8 pro, it will have the actual windows 8 not the rt version plus with the type pad thing it does become a proper laptop

The thing is, from what I can tell from the pictures, it needs a stand to hold itself up (when using the type pad thing) – meaning you can’t sit with it on your lap.

I think I probably will go with the i5, I’ll have a look at some Toshiba laptops in a bit as well seeing as you all seem to think so highly of them!

I program mainly for the web: HTML , PHP, JS etc. but I do a lot of C# as well, which has quite a heavy IDE . The main thing I want it to do is run the Adobe products smoothly, but even my old Acer managed that.

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Orbital_Themes says


The surface looks great, but I think I’d rather go for an actual laptop. A tablet is next in line :P



Well with windows 8 pro, it will have the actual windows 8 not the rt version plus with the type pad thing it does become a proper laptop

About the Surface Pro – it will probably be the same form factor as the RT version. You can read the review on The Verge, it has a lot of focus on usability, and, according to The Verge, the tablet/hybrid is unusable on your lap, and you won’t do any proper development with on-screen keyboard. The touch cover is also not a good replacement for physical keyboard, so read up some reviews before buying not to be disappointed. :) If you plan on using your desktop/laptop as your main and use the surface only on the go then it’s probably not that bad idea.

@CodeBotics If you can find used Apple laptop for that price you would get the best of both worlds. You can always run Windows on MacBook, but you can’t run OSX on any other machine. :)

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