Surface RT Vs. Macbook + iPad, Suface Wins
I'm taking a Master's degree and I've had the chance to bring the Surface RT with me, we were assigned to create a 10 slides minimum presentation in class so, I had the opportunity to do some real world test of the Surface RT an a chance to have some ROI out of its hefty price tag.
So, Student A: had a Macbook and an iPad (plus a case with kickstand), he had its iPad out and the Macbook on his backpack, started working on the presentation with the iPad using Keynote, after finishing the first slide which took him about 10 minutes, he realized he was not going to make it on time, pulled out his Macbook and keep working there finished right on time about an 1 hour 30 minutes.
Student B (Me), had only a Surface RT, started the presentation on PowerPoint 15, had side by side window arrangement of IE10 and PP, and finished in about an hour.
Fact of the matter is, the iPad is great for viewing content, a better device than the Surface RT on that regard. However, the Surface RT can serve as a laptop replacement as well. At the end of the day, Student A had to carry a backpack to for its Macbook and iPad, and had to use both devices during class. I defended myself very well with the Surface RT despite its limitations.
I can see the same happening in a workplace, you can have an iPad to review emails and stuff, but at the end of the day you will need to use a laptop or desktop computer when you want to get things done. in the Surface RT and more so on a Surface Pro, using a more powerful hardware is optional.
At least some sunlight after a few weeks of cloudy days on my Surface RT journey, the perfect Surface would be a Surface Pro with 8 hrs + battery life, a keyboard dock with extended batteries and an optional desktop dock. If Microsoft can bring that to the table (powered by Dell now, who has some of the finest docking station solutions out there), we may start to see a real revolutionary product.