Microsoft surface as a primary IT device

Wonder how many IT engineers using MS Surface as a primary device instead of a traditional laptop.  Any pros/cons?
Easy to connect to dual screen displays via the docking stations, etc.  Network port throughput?  Memory, CPU?  

Any suggestions input appreciated.
LVL 17
Tiras25Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Depends on what you're doing.

Without the ability to either run Linux or OSX, so I can build MacPorts public domain software, no Windows machine will work for me.

So, best to start with what your work flow will be + see if software is available or can easily be installed, which supports you doing your work flow easily.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Wouldn't be much different than any other convertible laptop, I guess.

I have a Surface I use for remote work since I rarely need to run anything on it directly. Everything I need is done via remote.
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I looked seriously at a Surface and ultimately settled on a ThinkPad XI Carbon. All self contained, very light and a bit cheaper than a comparable Surface.

I run Linux on my Windows 10 Machine so that is no issue. You need a MAC to run OS X
0
Powerful Yet Easy-to-Use Network Monitoring

Identify excessive bandwidth utilization or unexpected application traffic with SolarWinds Bandwidth Analyzer Pack.

Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
I use an MS Surface as my mobile machine and for working at remote locations.  The docking station is small and handy for setting up remote.  Memory and CPU aren't an issue.  Problems I have encountered though, as a mobile platform on the go, is the lack of a network port for connecting to a physical network quick... or in fact the shortage of communication ports if I don't have the docking station.  (actually, I'm typing this from my surface on the docking station, and realized even it's communication ports are all USB.  I KNEW there was a reason I kept the old laptop with old COM ports.  :-) )  (I do carry a mini-display port converter so I can connect HDMI, DVI or VGA in conference rooms... as well as a mini-usb hub... if for no other reason, there's only the one USB port and there are times I REALLY want an external mouse AND some other device connected.)

(Okay, and I hadn't really considered it as my primary device, 'cause while the CPU/memory/storage are pretty good for a mobile device... they are woefully inadequate for running the couple VMs I've found myself using locally with everything else.)

But the small size, reasonable power, long battery life, etc have been a boon when running around from site to site.
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I get 5 to 6 hours of battery life on my X1 and that is one reason I like it.
0
Tiras25Author Commented:
Yeah, have decided against, looking for Lenovo x1 yoga dock options.
Think I found what I want..
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That should work as your primary machine. My X1 goes everywhere with me.
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I looked at this. Very similar to my own machine. I have i7, 16GB, Intel graphics (which is great for Windows 10 upgrades, and 1TB SSD (which I want for virtual machines). So it should do well for you.
0
Tiras25Author Commented:
Awesome.  Thanks John.
0
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and good luck with your new machine
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Tablets

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.