all my code compiles in less than 1sec. good thing i don't use c++, then and yes, moar is better. but moar means, too, less batterylife when you're on the go, and less portability in general.
which is a huge thing to me.
and yes, 16gb of ram are very useful once you have 5 vms n stuff running. good thing i don't do that. i remote into real machines instead, if needed. or azure vm's both more flexible than local vm's, anyways (different gpu configurations, etc..)
it beats in usability-performance every desktop i see (it really boots in 8 sec to online.. most desktops are still doing it's bios thing at that point..).
Sounds like you haven't used a desktop in a while, Dave. Even my NUC boots faster than that.
i work with many machines of different manufacturers, and typically, the surface beats most of them. not all, of course.
but in the end, my main point is: raw performance is, for the most part, not really of any importance. my surface is typically on standby and never off, anyways => never have to boot.
but i see so many going like "i need an i7 quadcore as a minimum, and 16gb ram, etc.. and all". and i look at my device, seing i'm just as efficient in doing all the work they do on their high end super machines.
diminishing returns.. performance even of an ultra portable / tablet etc is nowadays good enough to perform so many tasks at the same speed that it just doesn't matter anymore.
the only moment where i'd like a faster system is when i code on my raytracer. but as that's not where the money is for me, i can live with that.
the portability gains, the flexiblity thanks to touch + mouse + keyboard + trackpad + tablet on the go + kickstand + big touchscreen docked at home + oculus rift + xbox controller, having it all in ONE device, set up once, always ready.. that gains me more speed than any high end desktop would give me.
oh, and a pen. now if i would be any good as an artist.. that would be awesome