Queries about SP3- just about to buy 1

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    I've read stories about poor battery life and also heating issues. How accurate are these stories?
     
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    I get 8.5 hours of web browsing/OneNote/PDFs e.t.c. at 40% brightness with my i5.

    i7 should be very similar, and i3 lasts a decent bit longer in pure tablet operations, but lasts less in the desktop.

    There are no widespread heating issues - some people with i7s had overheating problems. They either exchanged or Windows fixed them. I'm sure I haven't seen many complaints on here.
     
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    I don't think initially I would use it for that long. gonna go with the 256 i5 plus docking station.
     
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    It's nice - gets me through the day, I use most of the battery.

    i5/256 is probably the best model to go for. Docking station will do you good if you need a desktop setup.

    Remember that battery life varies with usage - running loads of calculations in Excel, updating Windows, running virus scans and other demanding activities will drain your battery faster.
     
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    well, what I am thinking of is..I have a nice Win7 media Center HP PC from 2011...works fine. So at some point it may poop out, tho it's not given me any probs, not one. I can pop SP3 in the docking station and hook up my 23" monitor to it, can't i? And then run the Ethernet cable straight into the station, so I can be hardlined in rather than wireless. Or I may do this a year from now with Win10. Also- can I put iTunes on SP3?
     
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    As long as your monitor has the appropriate connections, which is most likely does, and yes the Ethernet goes into the dock. You can use iTunes on SP3, like all Windows 8 devices but personally I'm not a fan.
     
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    I dont like iTunes either. But I have 12,000 songs in there. What can I put on SP3 instead?
     
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    When I listen to music, I always use the XBOX music app and I'm normally using SP3 as a tablet. I mostly just listen to music whilst working out.

    If you listen to a lot of music, give the xbox app a try - it's very power efficient, more so than any desktop app you will find. If you want something other than the XBOX app, I think you'll have to get some input from others on here to see what good music software is.
     
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    xbox app. no clue what that is. I assume you don't need an xbox!
     
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    It's pre-installed with Windows 8. It's actually just called Music.
     
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    and can I transfer a bunch of MP3s into it from my Seagate? you know, like a folder of 3-400 songs? hook up a USB and import?
     
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    Yes, it can import your music.
     

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