A look at the Surface Pro

Posted by Bonnie Newman | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | under News Mobile Misc Windows 8 | Leave a Comment

Microsoft originally launched the Surface tablet series in June 2012. Tablets are increasingly becoming popular devices, but don't be mistaken in thinking that this is Microsoft's first tablet; their first was launched in 2001, long before the iPad and the recent android devices. Microsoft describe that their new tablet "brings together the best of Microsoft in one awesome new device".

The first version runs Windows RT and has the ability to download and install new applications from the Windows Store. Many of the apps for Surface as designed for use in business such as Microsoft Office productivity apps, but the The Surface for Windows RT lacks the capacity to install third-party desktop programs and was met with a mixed reaction. However, the Surface Pro is designed for larger processes and can handle desktop applications.Business

Due for UK release soon, the Pro comes with Windows 8 (64-bit) and uses x86-architecture processors giving it far more oomph than its predecessor. It measures 275mm x 173mm x 13.5mm and of course features Microsoft’s trademark tablet kickstand on the back.

The Pro is a great step forward.

The operating system architecture is increased, 64-bit rather than 32-bit, allowing the Pro to handle larger data sets and to better perform tasks such as clustering, stress testing and multi-tasking.  Software compatibility is also improved.  The Pro can handle all desktop applications, whereas the original Surface was restricted to Metro-style apps and bundled desktop applications only.  The Pro has double the multi-touch at 10-point, compared to 5-point on the original, and double the memory capacity. 
The Pro is larger and weigh 230 grams more
than the Windows RT version but the increased
power functionality is an improvement that will
be an attractive feature worth a little more weight.


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Initial reviews of the Surface Pro have been enthusiastic. The rear kickstand is an iconic part of the new breed of Microsoft tablet and takes the tablet in a new direction giving all the ease of use and portability of a tablet but with laptop functionality when needed. 

The Surface Pro marks a new inclusion of a powerful OS, Windows 8, and this will give consumers new options to consider when purchasing a new device. The Surface Pro is by no means the finished article rather it is the foundations of an important legacy for powerful tablet/laptop devices.

 

Here are the main specifications and features of the two kinds of Surface tablets available:

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Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Light: 676 g
  • Thin: 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology also included.
  • Processor: ARM-based by NVIDIA
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h battery
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office '15' Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand, edges angled at 22 degrees
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

 

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Surface for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Light: 903 g
  • Thin: 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display with 16:9 aspect ratio. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology also included.
  • Processor: Intel Core Ivy Bridge
  • Energized: 42 W-h battery
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand, edges angled at 22 degrees
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB 

 

Accessories 

  • Built-in stand - 0.7mm thick (comes with any Surface)
  • Surface Touch Cover - 0.3 mm thick full multitouch keyboard dock that also acts as a magnetic cover, with trackpad included
  • Surface Type Cover - similar to Touch Cover but slightly bigger at 0.5mm, it's a keyboard with actual keys and trackpad buttons
  • Pen with Palm Book - a pen that magnetizes to the body of the Surface to offer digital ink support

 

 



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