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It's called surface for a reason
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
This is a solid performer hardware-wise. A truly impressive piece of tech. But not truly useful.
First of all, FU Microsoft forcing me to pay $200 extra for an awkward, uncomfortable, poor quality keyboard.
The pen is great, kinda... if you use it yes. If you use it rarely, it's just a very expensive thing to rattle around in your laptop bag. Which AGAIN, you have to pay extra for.
Ok so, as a tablet it is awesome... right? Yes, right... as a tablet. Not a Windows computer. In tablet mode, so many websites would not scroll for some reason. So many programs were useless because they're not designed for touch. One very notable case being Adobe.
The entire Adobe suite pretty much requires a mouse and keyboard to use effectively. Yes, Adobe has touch versions of some programs, but you don't need a $1500 tablet if you're gonna use those. Yes, some Adobe programs, like Indesign have touch modes, but... who uses Indesign? Photoshop and Premier suck on touch, and they're really everything people use.
So it's a good laptop! Yes, correct it is a excellent performing laptop. But is a useless laptop. You can't use it on your any better than you can eat dinner while balancing your plate on one finger. The the back stand and afore mentioned overpriced keyboard is. I'll spare you the list of ways you cannot use it and just say, on a table is the only way you will.
Needless to say, I returned it and I spent 1/4 the cost on an ultra-thin convertible and SO MUCH BETTER at being a laptop and being a tablet.
I will give MS credit. What they packed into that device is freaking groundbreaking. But like a massive mandangle, impressive does not automatically mean useful. The weird thing is they actually made an ultra-thin laptop version of the surface, but the neutered performance for some odd reason so it can't even compete with other u-thins in it's price range.