I have relatively set considerations for my next portable computer. 8 hour battery, touch screen, windows 8, 4 gb ram, 50 gb ssd. After that, I don't really care. There are dozens of products that will include some of these specs, I haven't found one that matches all. Does anyone know?
I should add that I am not looking to do any gaming on this (nothing I couldn't do on my chrome browser anyway). I need something to write on (either microsoft word or open office) watch movies (being able to use XBMC would be a plus), and surf the internet. The Surface (windows rt) looks promising but I don't really want to wait around for Spotify and a few other apps to make it over.
1) My asus TF700 will do what you indicated (Has a very good touch screen).
The $499 one comes with just 32 gigs storage, but a 32 gig micro SD card easily takes that to 64 gigs. I also bought the detachable keyboard. This adds extra battery time and you can slip a 64 gig SD card in it and/or use a 64 gig thumbdrive (have both).
It surfs the web, can do email, I can open both word and excel docs, and it plays movies - I convert my DVDs and blueray disks and stick them on either the SD card or the Thumb drive. Great battery life as I can watch a couple of movies while on a plane.
Ultrabook would be the way to go if you want a larger screen, Or more Horsepower (but none of what you indicated as usage requires more Horsepower) - but for a larger quality touch screen you will Pay for it!!!
Not a lover of Windows 8, haven't used Windows RT, But then android has been out much longer.
^ A review: http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-port...
@ that intended price tag (around 2.5 Grand), sorry charlie. Way over kill for watching movies, email and webserfing. Would be Ok if including a considerable about of "work". Who was that Manard G. Crebes from Dobbie Gillus (mispelled named) about "work"