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. 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.