My experience this past Saturday: Went
to the Microsoft Store at the Somerset Mall – Troy, MI. Went to the
Apple Store. Very different atmospheres. One is like a rock concert(Apple) and
the other is like walking into K-Mart(MSFT).
Spent hands on time with the SP4 and Surface Book. It would take time for me to get use to the
Surface Book Laptop. It's literally a heavy cold piece of metal. Very sturdy and cool. But it's very
different. It's more of a just a block
of steel than even a MacBook Pro. I
don't think I could shell out $2K for it compared to the Dell Latitude I just
bought. It is a very high end machine. No doubt, and it is totally aimed at the
high end MacBooks in the same price range... and the Lenovo X1 laptop too for
example. and MSFT knows it's aiming for a niche market with this... no doubt
about that. And that's all it'll be too
and again MSFT knows it. Now the SP4... sad... 2 of the display models were fracked
up and non-responsive. I re booted one, still was fracked. Not good. I found one that was running. Played with it for about 10 minutes. Again,
I'd have to get use to the smaller overall size. If I traveled and moved around a lot,
100%. But still.... for the $1,800 price
tag... I still think a conventional laptop is more ... trying to think of the word...useable...
I want to call today and speak with the manager at the
Microsoft store. It was a wreck in my opinion. I mean messy the display models
were crooked for example sitting round, the one fat guy who talked me just
mentioned "Those Surface Books are nice. one day I’ll have one" and
then he just walked away. Sure I said I'm just looking... but still. you’re a salesman and just walk away from me
while I look at a $2,000 machine? You
walk into the Apple store 180-degree difference.
I will add as the day continues on my thoughts of this. Much more to add... Update: The Manager of the store and I have spoke. Good conversation.....
“Some days you go bear hunting and you get eaten. Some days you come home with a nice rug to roll around on, and bear steaks. What they don't tell you as a kid is that sometimes you get the rug and steaks, but you also get some nice scars to go with them. As a child you don't understand that you can win, but that's it's not always worth the price. Once you understand and accept that possibility you become a real grown up, and the world becomes a much more serious place. Not less fun, but once you realize what can go wrong, it's a lot scarier to go hunting "bears".”