Ed Bott thinks the notebook, or at least his notebook, is dead; history, kaput, out to pasture, bought the farm, kicked the bucket. What replaced the notebook in Ed’s sanitarium ward? Another notebook that has changed his life. Seriously. Well, his work life.
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Talk about a serious love fest for Microsoft’s latest product line failure. I must be living on the bleeding edge of technology.
Why? Because clamshell, as a term to describe a laptop, went out of fashion just before the term laptop became officially passé.
What makes Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 such a trendy new market leader (you’ll read about it online; copywriting limited to Microsoft’s site) is that it’s not a clamshell, not a laptop, not a notebook, and not a tablet.
It’s all the above and none of the above and all at the same time and more expensive than one of each. Plus, there’s smoke. And some mirrors.
To make the Surface Pro useful for more than anything beyond a backpack weight, it needs a keyboard. If it has a keyboard, it’s a notebook (even Microsoft advertises it as such). It it’s a notebook with two pieces, it’s a clamshell-like design, so there we are, back to 1999.
Pretty much everything Ed describes in how the Surface Pro has changed how he works is the same things we’ve been doing with PC notebooks for years. Except the tablet part, for which the Surface Pro 3 really sucks.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the Surface concept and kudos to Microsoft for trying. Trying again. And trying still again. Despite the hissing and booing and write-offs.
But in the end, Surface Pro 3 is a notebook– an overly expensive notebook– that tries to be a tablet– an overly expensive tablet– and fails; failing more so on one than the other. It may change the way technology veterans work, but not the terminology they use.