New at this forum, but certainly not new to computing - mainframe, PC, Mac, etc. Have programmed extensively in IBM 360/370 Assembly, PL/1, Visual (everything), Applescript, and Java. I've been using the Surface Pro since it came out (pre-ordered). It is my device of choice for travel, including International, though I also bring along an iPad and Kindle. I am recommending the Microsoft Surface Pro to my company. We have very intense earth science workstation needs, but I am able to demonstrate that the Surface Pro can handle it. I use a Targus USB 3.0 docking station, which works great. Three monitors.