Surface Pro Release Date Today: Reviews Are In

By Jimmie Geddes email: | Feb 09, 2013 09:16 AM EST

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Have you been thinking about wanting a tablet that runs a desktop operating system because you feel you could get more done with a tablet running Windows 8 than a mobile OS like iOS and Android? Well, Microsoft is hoping you've been thinking about it and they're going to try and convince you that the Surface Pro is the best of both worlds - full desktop operating system to run all your Windows applications and the beauty of the Surface Pro's tablet design, with kickstand, stylus, and full HD screen. Is Microsoft Surface Pro really the best of both worlds rolled up into a tablet? Let's see what the some of the reviews are saying.

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CNET's Microsoft Surface Pro review:

"The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device."

CNET really liked that the Surface Pro did a great job at putting a full ultrabook experience into a 10-inch tablet. The Type and Touch keyboard covers did a nice job in turning the Surface Pro from tablet to laptop. The 1080p screen also scored high marks in CNET's review. CNET came away disappointed by the battery life of the Surface Pro, it only lasted 4 hours and 30 minutes. The internal storage also proved to be disappointing with CNET claiming their 64GB Surface Pro only had 20GB of free space even though Microsoft now advertises the 64GB model has 23GB of free space.

The New York Times' Surface Pro review:

"So in the end, the Surface Pro isn't for everyone, it isn't all it seemed at first, and it isn't all it could be. Even so, there's a lot to admire in Microsoft's accomplishment. The Surface Pro is an important idea, almost a new category, and it will be the right machine for a lot of people. It strikes a spot on the size/weight/speed/software spectrum that no machine has ever struck. You can use this thing on a restaurant table without looking obnoxious (much). You can hold it in one hand to read a Kindle book while you're standing in line. "

The New York Times praised the Surface Pro for being a full-blown Windows PC inside a tablet that can run more than 4 million Windows applications, such as iTunes, Photoshop, and the Microsoft Office Suite. It got high marks in its design as well. The matte-black VaprMG case and kickstand of the tablet looks, feels, and works amazingly well. The 1080p screen is bright and beautiful. Battery life and available free storage also proved to be very disappointing. The New York Times makes it clear that the Surface Pro is a PC and not an iPad, an important thing to remember when comparing the Surface Pro with iPad or Android tablets.

The Wall Street Journal Surface Pro Review

"But just as the Pro is compromised as a tablet, it's compromised as a laptop. You get fewer ports and less storage than on many laptops and a keyboard that can't compare with those on many laptops. Some users may not mind the price or bulk of the Surface Pro if it frees them from carrying a tablet for some uses and a laptop for others. But like many products that try to be two things at once, the new Surface Windows 8 Pro does neither as well as those designed for one function."

The Wall Street Journal liked the solid build and design of the Surface Pro, including its innovative metal kickstand. It installed and ran all of the Windows applications "speedily and well", including iTunes, Google Chrome, Microsoft Outlook, and Adobe Reader. When it came to using the Surface Pro it found that the tablet could not be used comfortably in the lap with its keyboard attached, it worked very well on a table or desk. The Wall Street Journal also knocked the Surface Pro on two issues that have been in all reviews of the Surface Pro, battery life and free space.

Is it really necessary to run a full version of Windows on a mobile device like a tablet with all of the tradeoffs? Microsoft does and it's hoping you do too.

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