When Tim Cook made the same comment soon after the debut of the Surface Pro 3, it did not make much sense. That’s because the Apple CEO had not actually used the device then.
Surely, Dell executives have used it by now, but they still think Microsoft’s flagship tablet is a compromised product. This again, does not make much sense — or maybe it does, when you consider Dell is competing against this new Surface slate with their very own product.
Andrea Falkin, brand experience manager for the Latitude and OptiPlex line of products at Dell, thinks that the Surface Pro 3 is inferior in more ways than one.
The executive is referring to the recently unveiled Dell Latitude 13 7000, a business oriented laptop, powered by the Intel Core M chips, which doubles up as a 2-in-1 device.
It comes with a 13.3-inch display, a backlit keyboard, can wake up from sleep mode almost instantly, which makes it perfect for professional users. This new device is, at its core, a tablet that can be converted into a laptop, which makes it a direct competitor to the Surface Pro 3.
So this is what Falkin had to say:
“Unlike Surface Pro, you have this full productivity base. The intention behind this was to deliver a no-compromise experience.”
Noble intentions, but then again, the Surface Pro 3 is a tablet that plays the role of a laptop when needed. Dell claims that their device provides a better experience thanks to the inclusion of a hard keyboard, a spare battery and all manners of connectivity posts.
Then again, Microsoft is also offering a dock for the new device, which offers several additional connectivity options for the Surface Pro 3.
It also has got the edge on the Latitude 13 7000 in terms of price, as the Dell machine starts at $1,199.
Your take on this? Would you rather choose a 2-in-1 laptop that can be used as a tablet, or a tablet that offers almost the same functionality as a fully featured notebook? Comments, please.