Excerpt: Touted as a laptop in tablet form, this Windows 8 unit comes complete with a detachable keyboard dock, stylus pen, and colored case that acts as a kickstand. You can run the full versions of programs that you would use on any laptop (like Word or Excel), and the Surface Pro comes with security...
Pros: Very good screen quality, Very fast system speed, Consumer testers really liked the design and feel
Cons: Fairly heavy for its size, Subpar sound quality, Slightly small screen for its size
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.
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...
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...
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.
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
Excerpt: 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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: The Surface Pro offers some improvements over the RT but they're more than reflected in the price. The big advantage is that you can add other software that doesn't come from the Windows app store, and the more powerful processor can handle just about anything you care to throw at it, including HD...
Pros: Sturdy build, tough kick-stand, fine screen, terrific keyboard covers, full-size USB port, good battery life
Cons: Not cheap, bulky and heavy, battery life not great, low-spec cameras