I found my W8 convertible!
So I went out today. Played with the Surface Pro at the Microsoft store. Wasn't really impressed. It's thick, it's hot, I'm not really interested in X86 compatibility.
I checked out the Iconia. I've always loved the design. It's the most manageable 16:9 Windows 8 tablet, size-wise, I've had a chance to play on. Unfortunately the keyboard dock is too cramped, typing isn't a great experience on such small keys.
Was feeling fairly discouraged. Until I remembered HP had a tablet too. There weren't any demo units available so I just plunked down my cash figuring if it sucked, I'll return it.
The HP Envy X2 is amazing. Build quality is Apple level. Keyboard dock is solid, nice wide keys, good track pad and a strong hinge! I really can't believe it. Consumer level HP products have always sucked. Their business offerings, EliteBooks, have always been great but priced ridiculously too high.
I'm impressed. I actually think I'll keep this device. There's some murmurings on the net about a stylus. But the HP Envy X2 is such a awesome convertible, that I'll be able to wait another year for pen input.
So I have a thousand dollars to spend. What I'd like is a Windows 8 tablet with: A stylus. Matte plastic throughout. A capacitive Windows key. Flash memory using the SATA interface. A hard drive capacity equal to or greater than 64 GB. A laptop-style keyboard dock with a secondary battery and strong hinge. I'm unable to find anything that meets these requirements. Asus VivoTab TF810C Keyboard dock sucks. Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T Keyboard dock does not have a battery. Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx No stylus. Acer Iconia Tab W510 No stylus. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Keyboard dock is not laptop-like and does not have a battery. Microsoft Surface Pro Keyboard dock is not laptop-like and does not have a battery. Microsoft Surface RT No stylus. Keyboard dock is not laptop-like and does not have a battery. I feel completely underwhelmed by the disparity between the promise of a Windows 8 tablet and what OEMs have released for sale. Am I really just going have to wait for the second generation of Windows 8 tablets?