Reviewed by abc84211 (Currently owns)
I got the 128GB Surface Pro. This machine is everything I thought it would be: Great. A solid 9.
Design: The tablet feels solid and the perimeter venting is a genius. The fans are whisper quiet and are only really audible when playing games. My only main annoyance is the connection to the power supply. It's not as easy to align as the magsafe. Often I had to look in order to connect the power instead of it just clicking into place when I got it close. My screen also has one small point at the top that wasn't fully glued in, so it creaks a bit when I press on it. I give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt on this, since this is probably an isolated issue.
Display: Gorgeous even when I lowered the resolution down to 1366*768. Due to the high pixel density, small screen, and cleartype technology, it is hard to notice that the machine is not running at native resolution. The viewing angles is one of the best I've seen for a display.
Battery Life: If you are just doing basic word processing, you can get 5+ hours of batter life. With wifi turned off, you might get a bit more. With more regular based usage of working + surfing, you get around 3.5-4 ish hours. If you are running a game (pokemon emulation in my case), you get around 2 hours of batter life. Bluetooth was always off in all these tests.
Keyboard: I got the type cover and it is great to type on. Obviously it is not as comfortable as a full sized keyboard, but I can type at maximum speed. The trackpad is at best average, but you can always touch the screen or use the pen instead. Otherwise a portable mouse can't hurt. It's possible to type on your lap but you have to sit straight. However, keystrokes sometimes do not register since the keyboard moves up and down slightly with each keypress (rare).
Performance: Compared to tablets running on arm based architecture, it is a no brainer and is way faster. However, compared to regular i5 and i7 cores, there are times when slight performance hiccups are noticeable. For example, things slowed down slightly when I was running Firefox, Notepad++, Eclipse, and a screen sharing session through Skype (CPU and RAM both got pegged a bit)
Pen: Great addition and one of the main reason why I got the Surface Pro. It works really well in One Note, which is all I use now for note taking. It still needs drivers updates since not all programs have been updated to take advantage of it. For example, the eraser doesn't work in paint. The only issue is that the dot isn't as accurate when the pen is held at a 45 degree angle. A shorter nib or software update should fix this.
Overall: Great for university students and people in IT.
- Design 9
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 7
- Speakers 7
- Performance 9
- Software 9
- Battery life 6
- Ecosystem 10
- Dock 9