First, this isn't meant to be a "bashing" thread. I just wanted to share my thoughts and insights on using the SP3 over the last month and a half, and why I'm returning it. So, yes, after much deliberation and hemming and hawing, I'll be returning my SP3 and keeping my new x230t/Thinkpad Tablet 2 combo. There's a great deal that I liked about the SP3 (and my wife may end up with one), but there are too many limitations for me to swallow at that price point. Some are hardware needs particular to my usage case, which will apply to very few others, but I also ended up having issues with Win8.1 on a SP3 as my primary computer. My usage needs-- As some of you may know, I have particular computer needs- I work outdoors, in the field, and I need to be able to both a) take notes mobilely, and b) I need to be able to use a laptop and mouse in many outdoor areas that normal, sane humans wouldn't try and do. The x230t (that comparatively thick, heavy, battery-bump-toting, unelegant bruiser of a convertible laptop that I love so much) allows me a mouse, Wacom pen with silo, and outdoor screen in a single package, and I guess that's what I need. That's a shame, because I liked the SP3 in many ways. But using it mobilely, with a trackball mouse, well..... was clearly less than productive. I also need something atleast semi-rugged (given my recent Helix-smashing exploits), and so I've had to put a UAG rugged case on the SP3. It works, but took away two primary usages I loved- 1) the hinge works on it, but not as well, and 2) it's much heavier as a tablet. In the end, that made it less-than-stellar as a tablet. Throw in my issues with Ntrig still, that there's no silo or attachment method for the pen, and the fact that there's no 3g option (which I'll have on both my x230t and TT2) and.... eh. So, of course, my decision is partly based on hardware needs that most folks don't run in to. Beyond all that though, I decided that perhaps the SP3 is just a bit too much tablet for me and not enough laptop. I'm sure others have run into this problem as well, as documented by the many discussions about having a bigger laptop and a smaller tablet as a combo. Which is true for me too. However, my gripes ended up going past that. Software/SP3 combo-- In the end, I find the keyboard/mouse pad/hinge combo on the SP3 less than satisfactory for my mobile usage. Partly that's because all my usage is mobile, but still, that's what it is. Perhaps if I used the device at a desk and had a mouse and keyboard with the SP3 dock, I'd appreciate it better, but I don't. Used mobilely, even moving around the house, from tabletop to couch to cafe, I find the keyboard acceptable but not good enough for regular typing. I already feel infinitely more at home typing on my x230t again, after just a day. I also don't like the experience of an unresponsive keyboard. And even though its simple to detach and reattach the keyboard to get it to reconnect, or to put it to sleep, I've missed just opening the device and having it all __work__, the way it does on the x230t. I guess limitations sometimes have their benefits. Now, the trackpad sucks on my x230t, but I have the trackpoint for accurate laptop input. The SP3's trackpad, while adequate (like the keyboard) is not good enough for endless, every day use, IMO. Of course, I can touch the screen instead, but this is where I get into the limitations of Win 8. To me, I still think Win 8.1 is best on a tablet. And teamed with a SP3 as a tablet, I loved it-- but that is not my primary usage, of course, professionally. For that, I need laptop use. In the end, Win 8.1 is not, IMO, really much better for touch-focused laptop use than Win 7. Perhaps no better, really. And, as before, I think the limitations of the SP3 keyboard and trackpad make touch input an important/ necessary input method. Perhaps touch-usage on the desktop/ browsers will get improved by Win 10. That would be nice. Or, perhaps a later iteration of the Surface line will have a bigger, better trackpad and keyboard (clamshell??) that would allow for excellent, all day laptop usage on the MS Desktop. I'm not sure. But currently, I think I'll end up being more productive on a more "proper"/limited laptop on Win 7, with a Win 8.1 tablet for mobile note taking, than I've been on the SP3 for the last 6 weeks. As before, in the end, my opinion has ended up sort of being that the SP3 is a bit much for a mobile tablet, and yet, simultaneously, there's not quite enough "laptop" in there for my laptop use. I actually think the device might perform better as a lightweight desktop replacement (with accessories) better than it does a truly mobile laptop replacement. Anyways, in some ways, I just adored the device, but I just can't get past the limitations. All the ways I loved it best had to do with putzing around, and the price was just too much. I LOVED the hinge though, and wish all tablets had such an option. However, my wife (who owns a Macbook Air) loves the device and was quite jealous of its purchase, in the end. She says once the get Win 10 in order, and better combine the desktop/metro interfaces, etc. that she hopes to get one. I can see how her usage case would be a very good fit.