You can get Clover Trail devices close to the price of the TF700. Right now you can get the HP Envy x2 that comes standard with a keyboard dock for $600 from Microsoft, that's very much in line with TF700 with a keyboard dock. The TF700 package would be about 8 ounces heavier but the x2 is an 11.6" screen, lower resolution of course but also better for use as a laptop with the extra size.Clover trail device will Be much more then my 450 dollar infintiy, and no where as portable. I have no issues running RDP via my 3g tether using a TSG. I do most of my work this way. What is seriously lacking is the ability to interact with the desktop with Tablet. Honestly the amount of people going to use photoshop and onenote on a underpowered tablet is going to miniscule.
Photoshop is a heavy application to run on a Clover Trail, it can work for lighter work, but I'm not a Photoshop user. OneNote however works very well on my Clover Trail, use it very day on that device and it's very responsive with the pen. And even a Clover Trail is going to blow away any kind of RDP for real time inking where any lag becomes very noticeable.
I understand that you pretty much like nothing about Windows 8 but on a device hybrid like the x2 with a touch screen it does make a lot more sense. And it's not like one can't use a remote desktops in Windows 8.I can have a windows desktop experience on my android with out a half ass UI.