Yes, this is serious request. I'm a generally happy SP2 owner except that * it's too thick * it falls off of my lap, unstable for typing * the touchpad sucks on all of the keyboards (in fact, in my opinion the original type cover was the best) * it's a bit too heavy to use as a tablet * the screen is awkwardly shaped for tablet use * the screen is just a bit too small to use without an external monitor * I have the slower (4200) i5 processors, and while I'm not a gamer I do run a lot of intensive calculation programs (no GPU load, just processor). so the i7 would be a nice upgrade * almost out of space on the 256GB disk, could use a half terabye So I would seem the perfect candidate for SP3 as it fixes all of those problems. But I am worried about the following things: * I really care about battery life. I usually run my SP2 in power-saver mode and easily get 7-8 hours. I hear that the SP3 realistically gets 4-5 hours. This is not encouraging. * I had an SP3 for a few days and found that the fan spun up even while using Office and doing simple stuff. SP2 fan only comes on with multiple monitors or when doing intensive number crunching. plus the SP3 fan was more noticeable. * lots of horror stories about SP3 getting super hot. even saw a video of someone who runs a box fan in the background to keep the processor from throttling. so would it be faster in practice than my 4200 i5? I dunno. it's tax-free weekend in my home state, and MSFT has this $150 deal for educators, so I would like to decide by this weekend. I suppose I could buy it and try it and then take it back if it's a disaster, keeping the SP2 around just in case I revert. I really hate the idea of sticking with the "old" model, though part of me thinks it might be smart to hold out for the Broadwell version which hopefully won't have the same heat problems. Help me take the leap!