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Surface Pro Review

  1. 1. Surface Pro Review[imaioVideo v=1]When Microsoft first announced the Surface I was intrigued, but the more I learned aboutWindows RT the less interested I became. I decided to wait to see what the Surface Prooffered.Microsoft promoted the Surface launch with massive advertising and marketing campaigns inthe U.S. (you might have seen the big billboards or the commercials). However, analysts saythey have not seen strong sales. According to The New York Times, which cites a UBS analyst,Microsoft sold just one million tablets in the fourth quarter. (Apple, in comparison, sold threetimes that in the first weekend that its iPad Mini was on the market.)And now it’s finally here, or at least finally has a ship date and price. Microsoft says the SurfacePro (technically it’s called Surface Windows 8 Pro) will arrive on February 9th and the pricestarts at $899 for the 64 GB model. Microsoft seems to be keeping things pretty simplebecause, at least from what they’ve announced so far, the only decision you have to make iswhether you want 64GB or 128 GB of storage (the 128 GB model is $999). Surface Pro comeswith a third generation Intel Core i5 CPU with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4 GB of RAM. It’sgot a 1920×1080 10 inch screen which is nice, but weighs a full 2 lbs which is pretty darn heavyfor a tablet. You can check the Surface site for full specs.I’m sure Microsoft hopes you’ll use one of its covers as a stand. Those aren’t included and willadd $110-$130 to the price of the tablet. Microsoft is also announcing a new “Wedge TouchMouse Surface Edition” ($69.95) for when you’re using your Surface with a cover in ‘laptopmode’. It supports 4-way touch scrolling and is styled to complement the Surface Pro’s“VaporMg” casing.Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro through Best Buy and Staples in addition to its online andretail stores. It’ll be a nice change to be able to go into a Best Buy on launch day and put myhands on one.Will the Surface Pro be your next tablet? Let us know in the comments below. As for me, I’mnot sure yet. The price is better than I expected it to be but more than I’d hoped. It just sohappens that Ars Technica just reviewed Acer’s Iconia W700 tablet. It has specs that seemquite similar to the Surface Pro (we don’t yet know the speed of the Pro’s i5) for the same price($999 with 128 GB of storage) but it comes with a bluetooth keyboard and a docking station.I’ve been running Windows 8 on my laptop and desktop since launch and I like it, but honestly Inever use any of its more tablet-ish features. I’m on the classic desktop pretty much all dayevery day and just use the Start screen as a launcher. Before I commit to a Windows 8 Pro 1/2
  2. 2. tablet I’d like to hear what the real-world experience is like. How well does touch work on regular Windows programs as opposed to Windows Store apps? I’m not sure I’m ready to throw down $1,000 to find out. I’d also love to see some of the weight shaved off these things. If I’m going to buy a tablet I want to be comfortable using it in tablet mode; otherwise it makes more sense to buy a laptop with a touch screen. So I’ll probably wait to see what the next generation of Windows 8 Pro tablets looks like. Give me a break on either price or weight, Microsoft, and you’ll have yourself a new customer. ...Full Review Surface Pro Review 2/2Powered by TCPDF (