Thursday, July 4, 2013

Surface Pro from Microsoft - Review of Surface Pro

Microsoft have come up with a laptop in tablet form 'Surface Pro' which clearly looks like an iPad Killer. Can Microsoft beat Apple in this battle?

This is an awesome device from Microsoft which runs on Windows 8 and clearly with all hybrid tablet features. Surface Pro is a 2 pound (903 g) hybrid PC and have thickness of 14 mm. Surface Pro is powered by Intel Core i5-3317U backed by a 4GB RAM.


Surface Pro comes with a 64 GB or 128 GB solid state drive (SSD). It also comes with a magnetic clip keyboard and a kick stand which props the tablet at a fixed angle about 30 degree. The slate also comes with a digitizing pen which can be used for on screen drawings, markings, hand writing recognition etc.

microsoft surface pro

But Surface Pro is different from iPad. It is heavier and thicker than iPad. More than a tablet Surface Pro is a  full fledged PC in a tablet form. The tablet is made of a Magnesium alloy unlike the aluminium body of iPad. Perhaps that make it a bit heavier. Apart from that Surface Pro is rigid, smooth and well built.

Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port and has WiFi support. It also features a micro-SD card slot which can support up to 64 GB of data. There is a mini display port on Surface Pro through which we can connect it to TV or other CPU.

surface pro screen

The display of Surface Pro is 1920 X 1080 resolution of 208 ppi (pixels per inch). The display ppi is lower than iPad but that is countered by Microsoft's Clear Type Sub-pixel Rendering. The display is of 10.6 inch measured diagonally.

The operating system Windows 8 is perfectly suited for Surface Pro as for iOS for Apple iPad. Surface Pro is integrated with Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU which offers excellent performance and graphic rendering. From the battery aspect, the Surface Pro can lasts 5-6 hours when fully charged with medium usage.

Surface Pro as listed in Microsoft's site starts at a price range of $899 for the 64 GB version.  For the 128 GB version it costs a little more $999. and for the Type Cover we need to give an additional $129.99.

Now we can look at the technical specification of Microsoft Surface Pro.

Processor: 3rd Generation i5-3317U with Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB or 128GB
Operating System: Windows 8 pre-bulit
Display: 10.6 inch Clear Type HD display at 1920 X 1080 resolution
Camera: Two 720p rear and front cameras.
Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Warranty: 1 year.

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