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Old 02-17-2013, 05:16 PM   #315
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Originally Posted by Kumabjorn View Post
I thought the MS Wedge Mouse was outrageously expensive. Do you have any use for it when you are on a touch screen? I find the screen becomes "scratched" (i.e. marks in the dust after the S-pen) when using it with a stylus, but it isn't anything that bothers me when the screen is on, only off.
Do you get any heat from the Surface Pro? If there is heat and fan noise I might as well lug one of my laptops around.
With € 60, the MS Wedge Mouse isn't on the cheap side.
But totally worth it. Extremely small, less than 3 fingers wide and ca. 4cm deep.
Perfect to use with the tips of your fingers.

I use it heavily (in the 5 days I have it now).
I'm using the Surface RT in 2 modes:
ca. 80% of my time in tablet mode. Then I barely use the mouse or keyboard, mainly the touchscreen and 90% of my time in Metro mode.
The rest of my time I spend in desktop mode. Then mouse and keyboard are extremely helpful. Without those, it would be rather painful. I wouldn't type in Word or Excel with the onscreen keyboard. And I prefer using the menus via mouse instead of touchscreen.
And the great thing about Surface: You take the keyboard with you anyway because of the protection it's adding when traveling.
And the Wedge mouse is tiny enough to put in your shirt or suit pocket.

I haven't seen any Surface Pro yet.
Reviews re. fan noise range from "I didn't hear the fan at all" to "it was as annoying as a vacuum cleaner on my desk".
I've bought the Sony Duo 11 and gave it back because of the fan noise. I can live with fan noise on my MacBook Air, when doing heavy file management or something like that. But I don't want to have fan noise on a tablet when doing basic tasks such as web browsing or reading/writing emails.
I've checked out the Sony Libretto U920T in German Media Markt. I didn't hear the fan due to the noise level in the Markt. But I could feel (!!!) the vibration of the fan (or what else might vibrate in a Hybrid?) on the backside.
So I fear, all those i3/i5/i7 none-Atom units have some kind of fan noise.
I still tend towards Surface Pro. Attaching the pen/stylus to the magnetic port for charging - genius! Using the same cover as on my Surface RT - great!
But I think about Atom units as well. Weaker processor, but no fan noise. Dell Latitude 10 seems a worthy candidate for example.
Simply put: I think, the Windows 8 Hybrids and Ultrabooks are great in Notebook mode. But as a tablet, I'm not so sure yet.
Still: I'm glad, Microsoft brought such great innovation to the somewhat stagnating tablet market.

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