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.
Excerpt: While people have comparing tablets to laptops since before the iPad, it’s only now that they’re really starting to compete, apples for apples. The Microsoft Surface Pro doesn’t just pack the exact same software as Windows 8 laptops, but the same, or even more powerful, specs too. That full HD 10.6-inch screen is powered by a blazing third-generation Intel Core i5 processor, so you can run all the apps and games you would on your PC, on the go.
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.
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
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.