Id Computer software founder John Carmack has suggested that, in the not-too-far-off future, our pc’s will be integrated into our smartphones. With Television plus a host of other gadgets now incorporating increasingly more elements of computers (and seemingly all supporting Internet access), it isn’t unfeasible to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates completely from our existence, but only after depositing itself in every other home gadget.
If that future is approaching, then the Surface pro is prone to be seen as a significant stepping-stone across the way. But is it the kind of stone that helps you arrive at your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to shatter your leg and delay all progress? (Dig those Monday morning similes, people). We dispatched our reviewer to find out.
Bizarre Crocodile-themed asides aside, the Surface pro sports a number of rather nifty statistics. The Surface Pro is dissimilar from its RT counterpart for a variety of reasons. Chief along with these causes is the employment of this Windows 8 Pro operating system (that’s designed for Intel processors as opposed to RT’s reliance on their ARM equivalents) and also the potential for a enormous 128GB storage space (and that is not counting the Pro’s MicroSDXC slot).
The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU may be a beast, in fact, whenever you start this baby up, it flies away like a pet straining against a leash, anxious and desperate to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can process 25.6 GB of information another (which is above my deprived, crocodile-obsessed noggin can handle in a week).
The Surface Pro is, at the present, not available in the UK, but it is going to be shortly. In the United states, you can buy one for $899, which translates at about £590, although that is not taking the keyboard into account.
Product sales for the Surface series haven’t been as strong as Microsoft were clearly hoping, which comes as a genuine surprise to me. The Surface RT sold moderately well, however the response was generally mixed and, ever since the release of that Surface Pro, the business have not risen in any significant way. In fact, tech website ‘The Register.co.uk‘ reported last month that Surface earnings had started off disappointing and had continued to droop ever since.
As I stated, this is a revelation, since the Surface Pro seems to become by far the better product.
The screen is, quite literally, stunning, a attractively rendered mixture of colour, light and depth. Additionally, the Microsoft surface pro runs incredibly smoothly and effectively.
In my opinion, my difficulty with the Surface Pro is similar one I had with the Surface RT, namely, Windows 8.
Though the Intel-friendly Microsoft window 8 is far less difficult to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know is not likely to lead us far wrong), it still features nearly all of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is generally highly customizable, however the system’s dense and often unforgiving nature can with no trouble cause you to fling your hands up in the air and totally give up on what you’re attempting to do with it.
The software just is not as hospitable and user friendly as Android or iOS and therein lays the major problem.
Technically speaking, the Surface Pro is a miracle. Some of that tech employed by this device is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that respect, the Microsoft surface pro represents a landmark in portable computing.
When you like a challenge, or you happen to get a specialist programmer, this is likely to signify an ‘iPad beater’ for you. Still, if you are one of us common individuals, for whom pcs are a instrument and not a puzzle, you may get an easier OS (and save about £200 in the process) by buying an iPad.