Several times I've gone to Office Depot to try a Lenovo tablet computer, but they never have one I can try. Before spending $2,000 I want to know how if feels, and where things are (online shopping is great, and I do it often, but sometimes you want hands on). I want to type on the keyboard and see how it feels, how the keys click, whether the keys are too close together, etc. I want to see how I'd like using a TrackPoint instead of the pad (and I resisted that for months, using an external mouse for my current Dell laptop, but now I use it most of the time). When I've tried computers at Office Depot, they put in their password and leave me alone to try it. When trying the Lenovo at NAR, the representative was there with me all the time. I tried the TrackPoint, and really didn't like it. Then he gently said, I think the reason you don't like it, is that you're trying to use it like a touch pad. Try not lifting your finger and just pointing it in a direction. Wow, what a difference! I wouldn't have known that by myself. I thought I knew how to use that simple device, but I didn't. It's kind of like a finger Segway.
Andy Norton at CyberProfessionals pointed out the difference between most computer stores (no help, just look around - if you ask for help, they really don't know more than they can read on the box or ticket) and Apple Stores. Go in to an Apple computer store and there are all kinds of Apples for you to try, and LOTS of "sales" people to answer your questions and show you things. Andy said they're not clerks, they're Apple disciples. What a difference that enthusiastic team makes - we should be sure our teams and offices try to emulate that - passionate, enthusiastic disciples wanting you to share their world of discovery.