Summary: I've been waiting to review the Microsoft Surface Pro for a long time. When I decided to make the switch to Windows 8, I did a pretty thorough survey of the computing landscape, and Microsoft's second Surface seemed like it might be the one for me. Microsoft has proven it can build a nice-looking tablet with the Surface RT .
Pros: Fast, consistent performance, Handsome and well-made, Fantastic display
Cons: Poor battery life, Heavy and thick, Really hard to actually use on your lap
Summary: The Surface Pro comes in two configurations, one with 64GB of storage and the other with 128GB. It features an Intel Core i5 processor and a beautiful 10.6" full-HD, multi-touch screen capable of generating resolutions up to 1920x1080. It also has 4GB of on board RAM, front and rear-facing cameras and an array of ports including USB and a microSD card reader.
Competition for the Microsoft Surface Pro: Acer Aspire P3, Lenovo Yoga 11s and Toshiba WT310
8 August 2013
Excerpt: The Surface Pro is Microsoft's Windows tablet equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 8 Pro. There are a number of alternatives on the market, and today we will take a closer look at three recent arrivals: the Acer Aspire P3, the Lenovo Yoga 11s and the Toshiba WT310. All three run on the latest Y-generation Intel Core processors.
Hands On: Samsung challenges the Surface Pro with…
20 June 2013
Conclusion: Although the Ativ Tab 3 we played with today still has some rough edges and is not quite ready for prime time, we fully expect Samsung to squish these relatively minor bugs before the device lands in stores some time this August. We’re not yet convinced that this device is worth $700, but for S Pen fans looking for a laptop-like tablet that can run full Windows 8, this might be worth the splurge.
Pros: S Pen, Thin and light, Nice depth to keyboard keys, Keyboard case is bundled, Full Windows 8 with Office 2013
Cons: Laggy performance, Expensive, Smart Cover-like kickstand design isn't very useful, Limited to one viewing angle
Excerpt: This Microsoft Surface model comes with Intel-based Core i5 processor and a better, full HD 10.6-inch screen. Moreover, there's Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth and 64 or 128 GB of built-in storage.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Excerpt: The Surface RT has been out for a while, Microsoft's definition of what an affordable tablet should be. Today we are taking a closer look at the Surface Pro, a device that's in an entirely different class in terms of hardware and pricing.
Conclusion: Microsoft has done it again, but the company can only hope it hasn’t done it again . For its first piece of Windows hardware, Microsoft’s Surface tablet was a tremendous effort. The design was class-leading, the hardware was sturdier than any other mass-market tablet in the world, and the optional Touch Cover and Type Cover were innovative accessories that added a whole new dimension to the Surface in terms of utility, while adding almost no bulk to the device.
Summary: The Surface Pro is an interesting hybrid of a tablet and laptop. Unlike its little sibling (Surface RT), which is considered more of a tablet, the Surface Pro has more affinity to the ultrabook.
Microsoft Surface Pro – showing what any Windows tablet should strive to be
21 April 2013
Conclusion: Obviously, any device with such an impressive resume will cost a lot, and the Surface Pro is no exception. The 64 GB model goes for $899, with the optional keyboard selling for $120 and the 128 GB model going for $999. For a tablet, that’s expensive, but if you compare it with any Ultrabook (to which the Surface Pro is actually closer specs-wise), the price actually makes sense.
The Surface Pro is a powerhouse of processing power, but it would be better suited as a laptop.
1 April 2013
Conclusion: If you're looking to sink almost $1,000USD into a device that can run productivity software and Windows programs, why not get an ultrabook? Despite the many things going for the Surface Pro, it doesn't really excel at being either a tablet or a laptop, and still shares the same identity crisis with its cheaper counterpart, the Surface RT .