Summary: We have already pointed out that the Microsoft Surface Pro is and what is not, and should therefore be evaluated as such: it is a hybrid Ultrabook almost unique in its kind. However, unless a hybrid is not exactly what you’re looking for, do not believe a purchase to do at all costs. The Microsoft Surface Pro represents the best of both worlds.
Pros: Screen very nice, original design, Windows 8 and 64bit Intel Core i5 enclosed in the form of a tablet, Wacom pen.
Cons: Overweight use as a tablet, Battery life is insufficient, Noise and heat sometimes annoying, The absence of a suitable accommodation for the pen.
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.
Conclusion: The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor.
Pros: Compact. Improved UI: Things don't look "too small" in desktop mode. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers. Truly Windows compatible. Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD screen. 10-finger touch screen.
Cons: Keyboard cover is an optional extra. Only one USB 3.0 port. VGA and HDMI require optional adapters.
Conclusion: With a new 128GB iPad with Retina display on the scene, it's easy to make comparisons between Apple's tablet and the Surface Pro. In practice, however, they're very different beasts. The iPad is focused resolutely on the mass market, and if you want one you have to be willing to concede to Apple's Way: their decision about what apps are worthy of the App Store, their decision about what accessories can be used, their decision about what, exactly, you can do with the...
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
Summary: We advised you to wait for the Surface Pro instead of the Surface RT, and we feel that was the right advice, even though the wait was so much longer than we could have imagined. It's true that the Surface Pro is a pricey bit of kit - much more expensive than a tablet - but it's so much more than a tablet. This is really a laptop taken to its most portable limit.
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.
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.