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
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.
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Pros: Full Windows 8 Pro experience, Vibrant and sharp looking display, Distinctive and solid design, Useful pressure sensitive stylus, Peppy performance
Cons: Terrible camera, Battery life is less than other tablets, Not enough apps make use of the stylus
Summary: We're still completely enraptured by the idea of a full-featured device that can properly straddle the disparate domains of lean-forward productivity and lean-back idleness. Sadly, we're still searching for the perfect device and OS combo that not only manages both tasks, but excels at them. The Surface Pro comes about as close as we've yet experienced, but it's still compromised at both angles of attack.
Pros: Solid-feeling design, Great 1080p display, Good performance
Conclusion: The Microsoft Surface Pro isn't just novel, though that certainly is part of its appeal along with the sexy design and high quality look and feel. It's a landmark marriage of computing power and portability. The question is: do you need a miraculously portable tablet with the computing power of a Core i5 laptop inside? That's for you to answer, and I know many of you do crave extreme portability on the road.
Pros: Classy and good looking, great build and materials, fast, clean Windows 8 Pro install, comes with digital pen, 1080p display, wildly portable for a Core i5 machine.
Cons: A little heavy for a tablet, a bit small for a laptop; but a valiant attempt at marrying the two. Battery life passable but not laudable.
Excerpt: Microsoft Windows-based tablets have been tried dozens of times before. Tried and failed, as a matter of fact. Now, with Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to “reimagine” the whole concept of the desktop operating system, and in doing so has come up with a new generation of tablets that can do more in ultra-thin, and ultra-light form factors. The clearest representation of this effort: the Microsoft Surface 8 Pro . It’s the future. Or is it?
Excerpt: Microsoft’s says its Surface Pro is the company’s shot at the tablet market, and aimed specifically at the business sector. While the latter may be true, we think that this device is more of a PC squeezed into a tablet with an under-$1000 price tag. Out of the box, the first thing you’ll notice is that it has a heavy build compared to other tablets – or ultrabooks for that matter – and that it has a built-in stand at the back so you can look at the screen horizontally...
Pros: Sturdy; plenty of functionality; good price
Cons: Could do with more storage; undersold by manufacturer
Summary: If you’re after a tablet for some serious work, and have plenty of money to spend, the Surface Pro will make a great choice. But if you really want a device that can be popped into a bag and used for games, browsing reading and so on, there are better choices. This is something of a niche device that is somewhere between a laptop and a tablet – and it’s the only device that fills the spot.
Pros: Great power; perfect for working on the move; Touch Cover keyboard is impressive.
Cons: Seriously weighty; battery life is disappointing; limited choice of apps.
Conclusion: The Surface Pro hints at genius but implodes under the weight of its own ambition. But the potential is plain to see. It’s a welcome and compelling alternative to an Apple and Google dominated future. Make it lighter and last longer, however, and Microsoft could have a winner on its hands in future.
Pros: Outstanding screen, Innovative design, Windows 8 at its best, Comes with Wacom digitser pen
Cons: Heat and noise, No digitiser pen storage, Woeful battery life, Shallow app store