Microsoft Surface Pro: Conclusion

March 7, 2013 by Louie Tran Reads (63,732)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

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. In my opinion, having a pair of device like an iPad and a MacBook Air is still the best solution for the mainstream.

Microsoft Surface Pro

HOWEVER… If you are the type of person that needs a powerful-yet-portable notebook and also needs tablet capabilities, then there really is no better solution.

For instance, I work a lot on charts, sales reports, PowerPoint presentations, and I also do a lot of writing on the side (such as this article). I need a full working suite of Microsoft Office, plus Photoshop/Lightroom. I can work on a lot of heavy projects all on one device with as many windows and applications running at the same time, and when I am ready to share with my boss or co-workrs, or take notes in a meeting, I can easily take off the keyboard and go into the next office. This is also a great device to get documents signed especially with the Surface Pen.

The Surface Pro has made my workflow more efficient and I am more productive than I had been when I was using a MacBook Air and iPad separately. If you need a powerful device that just does it all, this is the one gadget to get.

There is definitely a lot of room for improvement such as the issue with the display in desktop mode and the short battery life but make no mistake, the Surface Pro is a force to be reckoned with and is a bold move by Microsoft in trying to take things to the next level. Based on how the Surface Pro is in its current state, I am excited to see what’s in store for the next revision.

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


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