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.
Excerpt: The Surface RT on the left, and the Surface Pro on the right. You can see the extra thickness on the Pro, as well as its strip-vent for the fans inside.
Pros: Sleek and well-designed hardware. Sharp, beautiful touchscreen. Speedy performance. Runs all legacy Windows desktop applications. Great pressure-sensitive pen. Additional USB port on the charger so you can charge your phone at the same time. Type Cover is pleasant and forgiving.
Cons: Lacking in usable storage space. Short on battery life. Non-adjustable kickstand becomes a burden with long-term use. Pricey; you’ll need to drop extra money on several accessories (mouse, keyboard cover, external storage). Too hot, heavy and thick to comfortably use as a tablet.
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.
Summary: A balancing act. The Surface Pro is an interesting concept tablet that Microsoft developed to showcase the strength of the Windows 8 platform on a touch-capable device. This is another Wintel collaboration that is able to use the ecosystem of apps available for the X86 Windows platform. This review points out the strengths and weaknesses of this form-factor.
Pros: Very good tablet performance, High contrast and bright display, Multi-touch + pen entry, Very good case quality, Integrated display support (kickstand), USB 3.0 + DisplayPort, Magnetic power connection, Power supply with USB port, High performance, input pen included, x86 version of Windows 8 for compatibility.
Cons: Available storage capacity (64GB version), Cooling fan is clearly audible when utilized, Heavy weight, Low camera resolution, Moderate battery life, More storage capacity, lower system noise, lighter weight and longer battery life.
Microsoft Surface Pro Review: Powerful Windows Tablet
Tablet PC Reviews
7 March 2013
Summary: The Microsoft Surface Pro is a unique device in a category of it’s own. It’s not really a tablet nor is it really a notebook. Those who are looking for a device where they can read ebooks, play Angry Birds, surf the web, and watch countless hours of Netflix on the go should stick with the Apple iPad. If you are looking for an ultraportable notebook, there are many cheaper options out there with better hardware.
Pros: Excellent performance thanks to top of the line hardware, A full Windows 8 experience without any compromises, Solid build with simplistic and elegant design, Endless possibilities for productivity depending on how it’s used
Cons: Poor battery life, Can be heavy for some people, 150% scaling in desktop mode makes non-optimized apps look terrible
Conclusion: It's been several months after the release of the Surface RT, and it's unknown how well Microsoft's slate was able to penetrate the market, since the Redmond based company hasn't been vocal about actual sales numbers. Regardless, it was something that Microsoft was banking on to take on some of the titans in the industry, but as we've witnessed, its fortunes have been unseen.
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: The Surface RT was riddled with compromises, from the odd omissions — five-finger multitouch rather than ten — to the dealbreaking performance problems. The Surface Pro has none of those. It's as fast, consistent, and capable as any ultrabook I've tested in the last several months, and from a touch and responsiveness standpoint may be the best I've used. It has no confusing app incompatibilies, no weird performance issues.
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 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.