The Windows 8 can still be hard to be called as a success even until today, and honestly, I am not a big fan also. Nevertheless, I still appreciate Microsoft’s solid effort to satisfy its customers and clients, and with media and communication made even easier, they managed to cope up to people’s needs—at least to some of it. With the company’s release of their own device named as the Surface RT, I’d say it was also put into a ‘continuous beta state,’ that is, continually under construction based on people’s reactions. The device wasn’t a success really, but recently announced, this February 9, a new breed of MS tablets is about to convince people once again of its self-suggesting reputation.
The said Surface RT was likely to have been put ‘under fire,’ particularly because it harvested all those comments and opinions which were, as I’ve observed, mostly negative. The new Surface now arises to cope up to people’s needs, but even before the said date, the new Surface in the name of Surface Pro (technically, it is named as ‘Surface with Windows 8 Pro) looks like it will suffer the same fiery climate. Let me just get this straight ahead before I go to the details: the new Surface Pro promises a better and more plausible software management and program experience to Windows users, but alongside the improvement is a plague running through the system, particularly because of the poor battery life making the tablet/netbook sick with power.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is by all means the same with the antecedent Surface, at least majorly to the build quality. With the aesthetics and body details, the Surface Pro still uses a very unique blend of material MS loved to call as the VaporMg casing, plus the very original Kickstand for that photo-stand experience. But looking deeper into the details, the Pro is slightly thicker at 0.53 inches compared to its predecessor which only measured 0.37 inches, and hence heavier at 2 lbs. Nevertheless, be not bothered by the size because upon experience, you’ll learn to disregard those specs and focus on something else: a not-so-nice experience with the same kickstand that doesn’t really allow you to enjoy on-the-lap computing and doesn’t even allow you to tilt the viewing angle to a desirable one.
At 10.6”, the Microsoft Surface Pro also showcases something so big making the antecedent cry in shame: a full HD display with 10-point multi-touch display. Adding to this, the Pro also features a pressure-sensitive pen that is specifically designed to this hybrid system of Microsoft, and as I’ve tested it, the pen worked just as fine as expected. And if you’re going to ask about the Type Cover or Touch Cover which made the previous Surface controversial in a positive way, yes, you’re still promised that kind of enjoyment… but only if you have a little more than a grand to purchase it. It’s a bit of shame not to include it in the highly premium package, especially if you’d learn that the Pro costs as high, if not higher, than the world’s leading tablet so far, the iPad 4.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is also refined to make the Surface experience more notebook-like rather than a laptop, making it a netbook in a tablet’s disguise. Making it possible, the company added a USB 3.0 for a faster data transfer with removable drives, a chip from Intel, 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processor instead of a quad-core Tegra 3, and the use of an SSD for the storage and cache which makes the device truly expensive but promising in performance. Expectedly, the new Surface Pro is but true to what it promises; surf around the web for stats and scores and you’ll learn that the Surface Pro can be a lot faster, if not equal, to Apple’s competing model. The real problem only comes with the battery as said: while competing devices can do a real tablet-like experience for up to 10 hours, the Pro can only do less than 4hrs.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is one big advancement in the company’s very own technologies, making users see a wider possibility to computing and programs in the most netbook-like experience rather than a tablet-like one. While the performance outweighs what people had imagined, several compromises need to be addressed by the company in the soonest, optimal way to make the Pro not look like a test model for intrigue. Furthermore, I wished the premium price at around $900-$1000 would come with the Office suite for free, not to mention the expected Type/Touch cover that everyone would surely love.
Microsoft Surface Pro Windows 8 Tablet Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 40,000.00