When Microsoft introduced the slates Surface Surface Pro RT and last summer , the first was treated as a curious experiment, while the second was conceived as something that could be a true hybrid of laptop and tablet .
But the Surface Pro failed to meet the expectations of all.First the good news. It’s a tablet as well built as its counterpart. Every aspect of the design of the Surface Pro is designed and expertly executed. It has a look and feel that reveals that you are using a Microsoft Surface-made, and not any Windows 8 device from another manufacturer.
It has all the specifications that boasts a 1080p display, Intel Core i5 processor, four GB of RAM and 64-or 128 GB of storage. Since installing Windows 8 occupies over 40 gigabytes of hard disk space, we recommend the model 128 gigabytes of $ 999.
To accommodate the extra power, the Surface Pro is thicker and heavier (0.5 inches and two pounds, respectively) than her sister RT. And the battery, which officially provides four to six hours of use, really lasts three to four hours under moderate use, but steady.
The innards of laptop inside the Surface Pro make the device to move as fast as the ultrabooks like. Unless you try to run the newest games, you are doing heavy work in Photoshop, or want to edit a full movie, the Surface Pro is more than enough for any task that you assign.
And Windows 8 has never looked better on a display tablet , largely because the Surface Pro has HD resolution on a screen of 10.6 inches. Not as beautiful as the Nexus screen 10, which has 300 pixels per inch at its 10.1-inch screen. But not far behind.
Now the bad news . I’ve written before about the disadvantages of ‘stuffing’ laptop experience in a hybrid device. And that turns out to be the biggest problem with the Surface Pro
The huge advantage of the Surface is that you can run those old Windows applications you used to use in Windows 7 (or even XP), and still function as a tablet compact. In practice, work in desktop mode can be more annoying than comfortable.
A big problem with the Surface is the screen, or rather, how to handle those old Windows 8 operating system applications. You are forced to choose between display configurations that shrink everything so that images are sharp and feels spacious screen or settings where everything is easy to read, but looks cramped.
Once I found a combination of display settings I could bear, I found myself struggling with keyboard covers that come with the Surface.
You can either write acceptably cover Type Cover (with mechanical buttons and elastic) or Touch Cover (no moving parts), but the trackpads on both scratch almost unacceptable.
Accommodate appropriately sized keyboard and a trackpad on a deck of tablet is difficult. And Microsoft chose to sacrifice the size of the trackpad to do. As a result, sensitivity is lost and many of the gestures that make Windows 8 is so enjoyable. You are left with an experience instead of sliding too much and clumsy “click-” left, right.
Relatively simple tasks, such as signing up for an online service through a browser, they become much more complicated when you use the Surface Pro You get to the point where you’d rather use a full-fledged laptop.
Part of this weak interaction could have been solved if the desktop environment of Windows 8 had been given minimal optimization. But aside from the visual simplification, mostly looks and behaves like Windows 7.
Strange to think that this is a problem given that the hardware and software from the same source, but the Surface Pro does not seem well adapted to handle Windows 8 Pro and vice-versa.
Of course, you can connect external monitors and wireless keyboards and mice used to solve most of Surface Pro deficiencies, but then as you walked away enough of what the device was intended to be:a replacement for your laptop and your tablet .
There is also a pressure sensitive pen, that mostly works as advertised, but not ideal. While it’s fun as an aid for drawing or taking notes, not much better than a finger to navigate.
Slate Surface Pro is, in short, a security blanket for users who are still trying to understand the division between mobile operating systems and desktop applications.
Despite its obvious flaws, the Surface is not really a bad device. Multimedia applications and can handle as well as any other ultrabook . It falls short because it is not a bad idea, but because it was successful. There must be more in tune with Windows 8.
Ironically, the Surface Pro find its optimal use as a device for the home. You can plug a keyboard, mouse and monitor, which essentially functions as a brain. And it would be a great tablet for the living room or bedroom, where weight and portability does not matter as much.
But if you need a machine with Windows 8 you can take anywhere, use anywhere, and really get on with the job, the latest generation of ultrabooks are still the best option. For now, the Surface Pro is a work in progress, still unfinished.