Good Morning, Gentlemen,
Many thanks for all your replies. As Woolwell suspected I am an old - and some would say - useless fa*t! What I am not sure of is Windows 8. I have had some problems going through the various incantations that Microsoft have put out over the last 25 to 30 years, and I do not really want to take the time and trouble learning another system, when my desktop - which I will still be using - use Windows 7. I should have made this point much more clearly and stronger. For which I apologise.
Woolwell's point about the makes I mentioned are very welcome, thank you. Especially as the two units mentioned above are both well over £300 and I did not really want to go beyond that sum. I accept that a fair chunk of the Surface's cost is because it has Office included, but I am quite happy with the version I am using, 2003 Professional! So I will look around and see if there are any with Windows 7 and see what I can get.
Many thanks for all your suggestions and advice.