Also: + Its completly noiseless. Always. Very important for me in many situations. + Can be charged with any decent USB-Port + not the high value target for theft as a surface + smaller footprint allows good use even in cramped environment (as economy plane) with BT keyboard in front + no fan - no dust, no dirt collects inside, no need to clean internals, which is a mess on many core i tablets + very very good price + GPS, which is missing on a lot of devices (as surface pro), very helpful outdoor & for navigation + pen stays in its own place in the device, no "now where did i put the pen" I decided against the surface pro - got the Sony Vaio Tap 11 instead (that has mobile 3g, gps, infrared remote, 11.6 screen and is at 750-800 gramm and has a detachable keyboard) and the vaiotab note 8. The vaiotab i use most of the time - 380 grams are so easy to hold & carry for a long time (800 grams or 1000 are not), the size is perfect for bed & carry on (surface pro and vaio tap are already a bit bulky for that). I switch to the vaiotab 11 if i need the larger screen size, which is rarely the case, or for presentation which more than 2,3 folks. I disagree, i strongly recommend to buy the Vivotab Note 8. a) my unit worked flawlesss from day 1. I am aware that we have here a focal point for users which were unlucky and got a defective pen on their unit, but asus would loose a LOT of money if even 1% of the tablets would have the issue. BTW: Here in Europe, Asus sells with 2 years of warranty - you can imagine that they MUST have less than 1% defective units in that time period b) actually being able to potentially fix & DYI the vivotab note 8 IF wished or necessary is a big advantage My ipad (which only collects dust since i got the vivotab) or a surface pro etc cant be simply serviced like the vivotab. They dont have easy snap-on covers, they have glue everywhere. they dont use standard tools like the vivotab etc. Or even if one simply wants to swap the battery after 2 years - complicated on surface pro / ipad etc. c) There is nothing new coming, which really makes a difference. Actually, the newer & upcoming atom cpus arent faster, dont save a lot of power. the baytrail cpu&gpu in the vivotab (and other devices with it) is just fine. Speakers, Cams are fine as well. The display is bright - even for outdoor, has a good quality, good viewing angles, nice contrast. wifi is duaband. 2GB Ram is enough for office, photoshop etc, as long one doent do heavy multitasking. So it has all which is needed. So, what do we wait for . 1920*1080p display on 8 inch? well, many people (as me) actually prefer 1280 as i can still use windows desktop software without scaling up & with fingers. Additional monitor-output & second usb port for stationary use? Yeah, but any 50-75$ usbdock adds that anyhow, and for stationary work, the surface pro (or the core i7 at home) is better anyhow. d) less loss on the invest And even IF one wishes to buy a newer device some day: with the asus vivotab at 199$, its easy to resell for 150, 100$, so one doesnt loose a lot of money anyhow. So, why wait. The advantages of the small footprint are the main benefit over a surface pro.