The good: Microsoft Surface Pro does fit a whole ultrabook experience within one 10-inch compact tablet. The crisp, clean design as well as screen which is sharp 1080p rises above competition.
The Bad: Battery life tends to be disappointing, and some more ports could be nice. 64GB model hardly has any storage for free. It costs equal to any regular laptop.
The Bottom Line: Gutsy design of Surface Pro successfully reinvents laptop by Windows 8 through cramming an experience of ultrabook into body of one tablet of 10-inch.
|Processor||3rd Gen Core i5 Intel i5-3317U / 1.7 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )|
|Hard Drive||64 GB|
|Max||1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Operating||System Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition|
|System Type||Slate Tablet PC|
|Notebook type||HD display, Ultrathin|
|Max RAM Supported||4 GB|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )|
|Type||10.6 in, Yes|
Audio & Video:
|Resolution||1.2 Megapixel (back), 1.2 Megapixel (front)|
|Graphics Processor||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
Connections & Expansion:
|Memory||Card Reader Card reader ( microSDXC )|
|Interfaces||USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Headphone output, Keyboard|
Dimensions & Weight:
Surface Pro does offer full experience of Windows 8 which works with the older titles of Windows software, packs real Core i5 Intel processor, and also boldly stuffs whole of the PC experience in an appealing and sleek tablet body which is just a bit heavier and thicker than RT version.
While it is undeniably stronger, Surface Pro does make trade-offs — remarkably, middling the life of battery, heavier chassis, as well as price tag which begins at $899.
Its Design: – Sexy- Boxy -Cool:
All the things work exactly like they are advertised as well as with extremely elegant, design sense. Industrial chassis of magnesium of Surface Pro appears solid though it is not very heavy to be held in a hand.
At two pounds, Surface Pro has the weight less than regular ultrabook. At 10.8- in by 6.81-in by 0.53-in, it is more compact. Though, it is bigger than the average tablet along with weighing more, as well.
Surface Pro does tip scales at two pounds even; put in half pound for a keyboard cover, and one more 0.6 pound that’s for AC adapter as well as cord. That is heavier than iPad and Surface RT though lighter than many laptops.
If there is any of ergonomic complaint it is the tablet’s angle in the kickstand mode while sitting at one desk and also using little kickstand flap which folds out and forms the system’s back.
Surface Pro’s Display:
Display of 10.6-in is small, particularly for whole Windows laptop, though it is bright and crisp and with full resolution of 1,920×1,080-pixel. Good news tends to be that Surface Pro does support till resolution of 2,560×1,440-pixel on the external display.
One could connect Surface with easily any monitor that’s larger; many will. One Mini built-in DisplayPort does carry video and audio, and with the adapters one could switch to HDMI or VGA if needed.
Touch Cover, Type Cover: The Killer Accessories, Aren’t Included:
At the price of $130, keyboard of Type Cover feels wonderful and very responsive. At exact $120, Touch Cover…, not quite much. It is however, usable.
Type Cover does have a real though small multitouch touch pad; touchpad of Touch Cover has some “clickable” areas that are delineated below space of touch-pad with grooved and cut-out lines.
It seamlessly and magnetically attaches to bottom of Surface Pro. It does form pretty appealing cover along lines of the Smart Cover of Apple.
And, it does form one strong bond for dangling Surface Pro in a way that’s upside down.
When working with touch pad, the job gets done, though you could just easily use touch screen of Surface– or even add Bluetooth or touch pad or the USB mouse.
Surface Pro does support styli that are pressure-sensitive, and Surface Pro does comes having its Surface Pen which attaches magnetically to power connector for holding it in the place when one is busy and active.
The Cameras And Speakers:
Audio, conveyed via the stereo built-in speakers, sounds pretty adequate though not spectacular. It is better than one would expect from such a small machine.
Surface Pro acquires two cameras, rear- and front-facing, and both of them are 720p. There isn’t any camera of high-megapixel included.
One biggest drawbacks of Surface Pro acting as one’s main PC happens to be the limited ports’ set it comes with. One single port of USB 3.0, card slot for microSDXC, and the Mini DisplayPort happen to be available only.
There is neither the Ethernet jack nor any USB packed-in dongle.
Surface Pro does need a dock, especially one having Ethernet.
Mini DisplayPort’s position of being at bottom-right is quite easy to plug one monitor in it when Surface tends to be in the kickstand mode.
The options of configuration are limited: one could either choose 128GB or 64GB of the SSD storage, at $999 or $899, respectively. That is expensive for any tablet, though only small premium at several touch-enabled Windows 8 ultrabooks as small as this.
Funny thing regarding the available memory of Surface Pro is that, Microsoft says, only 23GB out of 64GB of hard drive of Surface Pro could be put in use for the user files.
Surface Pro’s Performance And Battery Life
Where the Surface RT was available at $500, Surface Pro does cost $899. Though, even both of them look alike, they are really very different from each other.
Not only could it be tile-based interface of Windows 8 on Surface Pro be used, but one could visit any regular desktop as well as open the older applications, start up Steam, and also do anything that would be otherwise done. Surface Pro also connects to the outputs and monitors at the resolutions above 1080p, and one could add Bluetooth as well as USB3 peripherals such as mice, hard drives externally and keyboards.
In the video-playback drain test of battery, Surface Pro could last for 4 hours 31 minutes, not considering whether Type Cover happened to be connected or it wasn’t connected. Newer processors of Intel coming later in this year would result in improved and battery-efficient model of Surface Pro perhaps.
Conclusion: Where Is The Windows 8 Taking Us Through The Surface:
We have already known many convertible and hybrid tablet/ laptop from the common hardware partners of Microsoft, including HP EliteBook Revolve and Lenovo Yoga 11S.
But, depending on how the Type Cover is good and how great the screen of Surface Pro feels — not mentioning the small size — Surface Pro does seem well-positioned in rising to top of this pack.
Surface and Microsoft have proven this hardest point ever: that any tablet with funky cover for keyboard cover could replace any regular laptop, and even any desktop PC.