For most users, tablets are still secondary devices used for content consumption, email and light productivity on the go. The key words there are “on the go.” A heavy tablet with short battery life is a useless tablet. So why do PC OEMs keep clubbing us over the head with bulky, expensive Core i5-powered tablets that expire faster than a similarly-configured notebook?
Microsoft’s Surface Pro is the chubby poster child for a product category that shouldn’t exist. With its 2-pound frame, the Surface weighs a third more than the iPad. Of course, Microsoft wants you to compare its $899 device to Ultrabooks, but it falls short there too, getting a mere 4 hours and 37 minutes of battery life when the average Ultrabook lasts for longer than 6.