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Hello!

I am a proud owner of a Surface RT. It is a great device and I can really do about 85% of what I need to do on a daily basis for my work as an academic. But - and perhaps with Surface RT there is always a but - there is the inevitable problem of essential programs you need for work and research.

The three culprits are Evernote Desktop, Zotero Stand-Alone, and Calibre, a library management software. I can use Evernote for Windows 8 but I do not find the program as intuitive for managing immense amounts of data - it is perfectly fine for reading. And I find that the Evernote for Web is just slow on the device. I can use Zotero in Internet Explorer but it runs slowly - and is more compatible with Firefox. But Calibre - the one I rely on daily - is unavailable on RT. I can use the files but to actually manage them is a task. I have to use my work computer but I get tired of carrying it back and forth from work to home.

The truth is that I am 1) Fairly happy with the device, 2) Not looking to upgrade to a more expensive device yet, and 3) Just need something for a few basic desktop tasks.

My current plan is to get a companion device for my Surface RT that runs Windows 8.1. I could do one of two things -

A) Purchase another inexpensive Windows tablet like a HP Stream 7 or Dell Venue Pro 8 and then use remote desktop when I need those programs. I like the simplicity of this option but working in India, I will have to order the tablet, have it shipped to my family, and then shipped to me. I estimate it may take 1 to 2 months.

OR

B) Purchase an inexpensive notebook like the Asus X207 or the HP Stream 11 and use that in tandem with the device. This seems like a bit much but I can get the device now in India.

I do see this as a stop-gap measure until I can eventually get a system that combines both - I would love a Surface Pro 3 but can't quite justify the price with a low salary and student loans. And again, I think the Surface RT is perfect for most tasks.

I wanted to ask the forum for any advice or thoughts. Does this sound a bit crazy? Has anyone tried Option A yet? Should I just simply throw in the towel and get a new device? Any advice would be deeply appreciated - thanks!

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You really need one device.  Remote Desktop will work but it's a little overkill if you can simply consolidate.  It certainly sounds like you are a perfect candidate for the i3 Surface Pro 3.  You could even use the RT keyboard with it for a while until you could move up to the SP3 sized keyboard.  Do you have access to a used market?


 


John W. recently spoke of the Asus X205 and liked it. Sell the RT and go SP3 or X205?


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You really need one device.  Remote Desktop will work but it's a little overkill if you can simply consolidate.  It certainly sounds like you are a perfect candidate for the i3 Surface Pro 3.  You could even use the RT keyboard with it for a while until you could move up to the SP3 sized keyboard.  Do you have access to a used market?

 

John W. recently spoke of the Asus X205 and liked it. Sell the RT and go SP3 or X205?

 

 

Dear Surface Geek -

 

Thank you for your post. A few thoughts -

 

I agree that it is slight over-kill. And I really would like to consolodate into one quality device like the Surface Pro 3. Right now, I work as an academic in India and I really do not have easy access to either the Microsoft Store (they tend to not sell many of the high-end device in a country that it quite cost-conscious) or a suitable used market. But I will admit that I have not looked extensively.

 

Right now, cost is a big point - but may not be later in the year. Do you know of any suitable, good quality alternatives that I might be able to find?

 

Could you please link to the John W post about the Asus Machine?

 

Seeing your post and a few other ones around have made me consider that it would be easier to be patient and consolodate. Perhaps I can this summer when I visit the United States to see my family.

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