Microsoft Surface Pro tablet

Microsoft’s Intel-powered tablet is fantastic, but somewhat flawed. We can live with that

User Reviews:

Paul Berend

5.0

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Pros
Very powerful ultra book which is extremely user friendly. The removable touch key board is great and very easy to get used to
Cons
Some standard windows 7 applications default to the Windows 8 UI unexpectedly. Also there are very few useful Windows 8 apps in the Microsoft store
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I have been working on a daily basis with a Surface Pro 128 G for about a month. I sourced the machine via MobiCity and the product was delivered in about a week with a US plug.
A lot of reviewers are confused about what the Surface Pro is and subsequently compare it to just about anything , an IPAD to a fully fledged gaming PC. The Surface Pro is essentially an ultra-book which can instantly become a tablet for those moments when you want to surf the web or watch a video. It is super portable and will crunch any desktop application you can throw at it. The screen and touch keyboard are excellent but for extended periods of office work I use a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth wedge mouse. I also connect to an external 27 inch screen and it works absolutely fine. I also have experienced no issues with the magnetic power connector which is powerful and has a little led light to indicate when it works. The Surface can run roughly 4hours on its battery whilst doing standard office work (with network access and printing) which is fine by ultra-book standards but obviously not by tablet standards. The Surface Pro is targeted at mobile professionals who want to increase their productivity. The Touch screen and pen work very well and I often take meeting notes with the pen using the excellent writing recognition software which comes with the Surface. Getting the knack of using the pen does take a little time but the investment in time pays off. One thing which does annoy me is the fixing mechanism of the pen which basically magnetically glues itself to the power inlet. This means you cannot charge the Surface without removing the pen which is a formula for loosing it. Also I found that in practice the pen gets knocked off when you move the Surface around. So the magnetic pen holder should be avoided absolutely. Another criticism relates to 128 G SSD which is a bit short. There should be a 256 G version. The 64 G SSD version is clearly ridiculous for professionals.
As long as you accept that the Surface Pro is targeted at nomadic professionals (not students watching downloaded movies or hard core gamers) it is a fantastic machine, and all my colleagues would have seen the Surface Pro in operation have been blown away. I have traditionally been anti- Microsoft ... until now. The Surface rocks...

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