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Whats your latest purchase?


Staff member
Feb 12, 2007
Grande Prairie, AB
What specifically did you hate about it?

I've never used one, but just looking at it in costco it always struck me as a tablet that was trying wayyyy to hard to be a laptop. The keyboard alone never looked like something that would be a pleasant experience.

(and yeah.... I looked at that link over on RFD a few times myself.... :) ).
Windows tablets are IMO mostly useless. You can't really use the Surface on your lap. The IGP has always been mostly useless. Plus the fact that it's just slow.


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Folding Team
Feb 7, 2019
The pevious laptop I had for my wife was an intel ultrabook but it was a developer sample so a replacement battery seems impossible to find. I did grab a used surface 2 and yeah not once has she used it as a tablet I don't think. Most of what she does can be done on her phone but somethings are just easier with a larger screen and a keyboard.

My oldest uses it for video conferencing with her class to do reading etc, she does more video conferencing than I do and she is only in grade 1. So it is good for that kind of thing but looking up the price of a new surface 2 no way for how it gets used would I consider it at new pricing it isn't worth that.


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Jul 8, 2009
Edmonton, AB
I actually really like my Surface Pro (2018). It's still a touch smaller than I'd like, but it's light and a fully fledged laptop. It's really a laptop for travelers though, not a desktop replacement. But when I've got to go to a head office in Calgary for a few days or a site in the middlle of nowhere, it's handy and quick to packup, does a decent enough job at MS Office and lets me have a quick way to watch movies in a hotel room.

The keyboard's ok. They've improved a lot from the original Surface and Surface 2, but it's certainly not a mechanical keyboard or anything. The trackpads are still a little weak IMO, but I always have a small mouse in the laptop bag.

They're definitely a 'YRMV' product though, and if I didn't have a proper PC at home, I'd need a more traditional laptop.


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Mar 19, 2007
I just bought 3 Motorola XPR 3500e "walkie talkies" for skiing !!
Don't call em that. They are 2-way radios.


IP67 waterproof, full digital/analog, -30c operation rated...Bluetooth/wifi connectable..... Ski patrols would be jealous.
I had to get a license.....(4 watt xmitt)

Range is 25 (real not 'consumer' ) miles.