Samsung Series 7 slate runs Windows 8 great and is X86 i5, but it runs about ~1300 bucks. If the Surface Pro can beat that pricing, i'm game :)
I'm already thrilled at the concept of being able to dock my tablet and use full desktop to get the most benefit from my investment. I too haven't jumped on ipad or any tablets either, waiting on windows 8 to see how they pull off their convergence.
Save your money, don't waste it on "Surface"; it will sink as soon as the full-blown OSX iPad-replacement appears.
That's not going to put a damper on Surface. Only people who have invested in the Mac/OSX line will be excited about something like that. The vast majority who have invested in the Microsoft Windows OS will still be interested in a tablet/laptop that will let them run Windows software.
Typing on an ipad is not a dream lol.. Surface for me is exactly what i've been holding out for - a full blown OS in a tablet form factor that i can dock at my desk and use the peripherals & software i'm already used to using. iPad simply can't touch that