Summary: I suppose the term "desktop" threw me because I was expecting it to be a little more complete. Let me say first that this is a great item. The screen is vibrant and the sound is great. It's easy to use once you get used to it. It's nice to have the option to take it to another room if need be, lay it flat or even have on a trip. That being said, I bought this for my wife and it's a bit heavy. She tends to just leave it in one room.
Summary: I purchased this because of the portability and use it like a tablet. A heavy tablet!! I am new to Windows 8 but am learning more all the time. I purchased a book, Windows 8 Digital Classroom and it has helped me a lot. There is still a lot that I don't understand but this is making it enjoyable to learn. My biggest gripe is that HP does not make a case for this. I am looking for one that unzips all the way , 3 sides, so I can actually leave it in the case while using.