Microsoft Surface Pro – Hands On Review

Microsoft Surface Pro

In an era where ‘gadget-o-mania’ is on the loose, amongst people of all age groups, the world over, it only seemed obvious that businesses of all sorts would want in on the action.

So when the software giants, Microsoft, suddenly decided to join the ‘tablet’ market, it didn’t really come off as quite the surprise.

However, Microsoft being such a renowned brand in technology, expectations were high for its range of ‘Surface Tablets’. Come 2012, they launched their very first ‘Surface RT’…to a highly disappointing turnout. Unfortunately, the tablet failed to meet the mark, as it lacked many crucial features. But it being the very first, one can excuse the company for glitches of any sorts.

Come 2013 Microsoft announced the ‘upcoming’ release of the second in its line of Surface Tablets, with a promise to make-up for its predecessor’s errors. Excitement ensued once again, albeit with a slight note of apprehension this time around.

Hence, the ‘Surface Pro’ was born, and introduced to the masses at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.

At first glance, it bears a strong resemblance to the Surface RT. However, on closer inspection, it was obvious that Microsoft had stayed true to its promise. The Surface Pro was indeed a better version that the previous one.

  1. First and foremost, the OS – the Surface RT had a highly unsatisfactory one. However, the Surface Pro comes with the latest Windows 8 Pro, and it makes all the difference in the world.
  2. The Surface RT had come equipped with the Nvidia Tegra 3. The Pro, on the other hand, has an Intel Core i5 Processor.
  3. The RT had a single fan to cool down the tablet. The Pro has 2.
  4. Rather than the conventional vents, the Pro has a thin opening running around the perimeter of the tablet. It keeps the tablet cool at all times, regardless of highly strenuous functionality, and isn’t even noisy, like most.
  5. The Pro has Intel Graphics included, and has about 4GB of RAM
  6. The display is highly crisp as it has an HD resolution of 1920×1080, unlike the previous 1366×768.
  7. It’s still a touch-screen, but can detect 10 fingers, this time around.
  8. The panel is ‘optically bounded’. In other words, the touch panel, and LCD are incorporated into a single layer. This is highly useful as ‘glares’ are drastically reduced.
  9. The Pro has a ‘digitizer pen’, is pressure sensitive, and allows you to sketch, or sign documents at ease. It has a button on the side to function as a ‘right-mouse button’, and an eraser on top, for obvious reasons. It also has a magnet on the side, so as to fix it onto the ‘power charging port’ on the side of the tablet.
  10. The screen employs Wacom technology, and it does justice to the ‘digitizer pen’. By not applying pressure, or placing your palm on the screen, no mark will form on the screen.
  11. It has a Micro SD card slot, and a USB 3.0 port.
  12. The keyboard can be removed, if not in use.
  13. It’s about 0.53 inches thick, has a 10.6 inch display, and weighs about 2 pounds

All in all, the Surface Pro promises to provide a ‘superior experience’. It’s set to be available to the public towards the end of January. One can only wait and see, till then.

Tanya Hansen, a freelance writer for – offers full home security to help protect your family, assets from burglary and other crimes. Home Security Companies

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