Microsoft Surface Pro

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Reviewed by mikeheel (Currently owns)

I have 128 GB Surface Pro with a Type Cover and Wedge Mouse. So far, I love it. It has been a great replacement for old laptop and my Android tablet. My lowest day of real-world use was a shade below 6 hours. Most days, I'm getting 7 hours out of it. The screen is amazing. I was concerned about the size, but the easy scaling by touch makes it wonderfully easy to use. My only gripe here is the snap feature (or whatever MS calls it when you can run to two programs side-by-side on the start screen). I love the feature and used it when I gave a presentation last week (had my personal notes up on one side and the presentation paper up on the other so I could keep my speech synchronized with the paper). But I wish you were not limited to a fixed ratio. The kickstand is great. I can easily use this as a laptop on my lap while sitting on the couch, and it is stable enough to use the touchscreen interface. One other benefit is that since the keyboard is the only part on your lap, you don't get a bunch of heat on your lap. Speed and response is impressive. No lag on anything. The pen works well for free-hand notes (particularly when used with OneNote), but it is not perfect. I wish it had a slot for the pen, but I just put in my pen pouch in my briefcase or backpack.. The Wedge Mouse was a nice addition. The touch interface is very smooth. Apps are better than expected, but there are still plenty of holes in the lineup. Installing "legacy apps" (aka, real programs) was perfectly smooth. When I first opened it, I immediately thought it was too heavy. But that feeling went away after about 5 minutes of use. The kickstand helps mitigate the weight in that you can often prop it up with the kickstand rather than support all the weight all the time. Switching from start screen to desktop is not quite the jarring experience it has been portrayed as in some reviews. However, I do miss pinch to zoom and that sort of scalable touch function when running desktop programs. The Type Cover is very good. I also haven't had any issues with the Wedge Mouse. As a productivity tool, I love that it cold boots in 8 seconds (about 2-3 seconds from standby) and shuts down in about 2-3 seconds. I can just pick it up, turn it on, and dive in. It handles everything I've thrown at it smoothly. The touchscreen is addictive. I wish it were just little thinner and lighter, had maybe 25% more battery life, and you could use the full touch interface for desktop programs.

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  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 9
  • Dock 10
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