What I mean by Lenovo not doing a particularly good job implementing Core-M is that with a fan they haven't matched performance of the Intel Reference Design without a fan. Still I'm sure it smokes the performance of an Atom which is why there should be a 10.8 Surface with Core-M. If you ran a Core-M at 75% max it would still beat the Atom.The Lenovo is getting good reviews. It works fine for most tasks but if you try some task like batch photo conversion, it would quickly throttle down but then so would my SP3.
The SP4 will come with Skylake which will be even better and more efficient. Broadwell was delayed and looks to have the shortest product lifecycle of any Intel CPU. It is also why I'm not biting on the Lenovo, they'll be on clearance once Skylake comes out in September.
I've been very happy though with my i7 SP3. The SP4 will be for my wife or maybe I'll get the Lenovo. We also get 2 year warranty here in Australia on the Surface so mine is covered until December 2016. The Surface 2 is still covered until the end of this year.
I use my pen but even a lot of SP3 users including reviewers don't use it.Something not mentioned. Does the lenovo have an active digitizer liuke the surface? That was pretty much the biggest selling point of the S3 for me. No digitier and pen, no sale.
I am not a heavy pen user but sometimes when I'm on the couch and just need that extra precision for clicking things, the pen is perfect. I think without it, I would've gone the route of many other tablets. That being said the any pen concept seems pretty cool and had I been able to play with a Lenovo Yoga 3 in real life (in Singapore), I might've even ended up with one of those... but for some reason the whole Surface package (including keyboard cover and pen) concept really captured me in a similar way to a certain fruit company's products also have.I use my pen but even a lot of SP3 users including reviewers don't use it.
I don't believe the Lenovo is for you. It does have a technology called "Anypen" but reading user reviews no one makes reference to pen input for writing on the screen.
This one would be for my wife and she wouldn't use a pen anyway.
I REALLY liked my Surface Pro 2. I still think I prefer the writing on this to my SP3, yes really. It was flawless.I do miss my SP2 in many ways. If only it were not so heavy, and 3:2 orientation it would be my dream machine.
I think the Lenovo is great for the price but the Surface is great too. The Lenovo doesn't have a backlit keyboard either. The Surface 3 to me is not much of an advance on the Surface 2 and lacks Windows RT and included free Office. My wife liked her Surface 3 the week she had it and it is somewhat faster than the Surface 2. I like the Surface 2 as I don't have to worry about malware and viruses. It has been good except for one system reset I had to do last week so keeping an eye on that.EDIT: Scrap that, after reading reviews again I think I prefer that my Surface is a tablet with a detachable keyboard. I know I can fold the keyboard back when it's standing or on my lap but I never do- feels weird to me!
Don't think it was the fault of the i3, more the worthless 64gb of storage. i3 would have been compelling for many if it had different storage options (microSD is in no way a viable workaround imo, way too slow)methinks the i3 is history. don't think they sold very many
The token entry level device, the industry loves to offer these devices whose sole purpose it seems is to get you looking then realize you need the upgrade. (See 16GB iPad etc.) Yes they will sell a few but that's not really the intent. IDK why it works or why we have to keep doing it. It's one of those things, it's always been done that way so we keep doing it.Don't think it was the fault of the i3, more the worthless 64gb of storage. i3 would have been compelling for many if it had different storage options (microSD is in no way a viable workaround imo, way too slow)