Microsoft Surface Pro

Verge Review

I've been waiting to review the Microsoft Surface Pro for a long time. When I decided to make the switch to Windows 8, I did a pretty thorough survey of the computing landscape, and Microsoft's second Surface seemed like it might be the one for me. Microsoft has proven it can build a nice-looking tablet with the Surface RT. Unfortunately, though, that was one of the only things the RT had going for it, and the brutal performance problems outweighed the aesthetic niceties. The Surface Pro was...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.53 inches
Weight 1.99 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 10.6 inches
Operating system Windows 8
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
RAM size 4 GB

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 6.81 inches
Width 10.81 inches
Thickness 0.53 inches
Weight 1.99 pounds
Color Black
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 10.6 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px
PPI 207.82
Touchscreen type Dual-digitizer
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system Windows 8

Processor

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
CPU model Core i5-3317U
Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Cores 2

GPU

Brand Intel
Model HD Graphics 4000

Memory

RAM size 4 GB

Storage

Internal size 64 GB, 128 GB
External storage Yes
External storage support microSD

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Front Camera

Video resolution 720p

Rear Camera

Video resolution 720p

Ports

Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 42 Wh

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jmagverge (Currently owns)

    Amazing device. Finally a tablet form factor with the power of a real computer. This isn't a toy like an iPad or an Android tablet. Anything you can run on your "old" PC you can run on this thing. A 3-in-1 device. With an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, it can be your desktop. For mobile computing, it can be your laptop. And then for content consumption it can be your tablet. No other platform offers this type of convergence, convenience, and value. It has incredible build quality, is very nicely balanced, very quick, brilliant screen, and Windows 8 really shines on this type of device. Give it a go, you'll be glad you did.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by xeisspiderman (Currently owns)

    I got the surface pro on the first day it came out. I think its great. You can run all the old software which is a plus. Some people say its heavy but its just barely over the iPad. The build quality is awesome. Toughest device I have ever owned. Don't get the touch cover go for the type cover. I have bluestacks running android apps. VMware is pretty cool too. Have mac on it cause I can. I do wish the pen was a bit more accurate. So happy I purchase the surface pro

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by learndastronomer (Currently owns)

    This isn't a perfect product, but it's pretty damn close. Microsoft really pulled out the stops for this one, and it makes up for the weight and thickness of the device. Never before has there been such versatility and potential in a single device. This effectively replaced both my Macbook and tablet and is better than both in many respects. Get the type cover--it makes all the difference. The touch cover feels like a toy while I can get some serious word processing done on the Type cover, as well as play many of my favorite games with a bluetooth mouse.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by alexthe5th (Currently owns)

    Great device - finally, the first tablet I can actually be productive with. This is a direct competitor to various Ultrabooks and the MacBook Air, not the iPad or Android tablets. Handwriting recognition and pen input is spectacularly good. Overall a great product - the only major downsides are the battery life (although a battery accessory will be coming soon) and the price.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by vnsc (Currently owns)

    Stop doing biased reviews on Windows Products. First of all try to understand the product category. Dont compare Surface with Ipad. Stop doing biased reviews on Windows Products. First of all try to understand the product category. Dont compare Surface with Ipad. Stop doing biased reviews on Windows Products. First of all try to understand the product category. Dont compare Surface with Ipad. Stop doing biased reviews on Windows Products. First of all try to understand the product category. Dont compare Surface with Ipad.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by airedwin (Currently owns)

    Awesome device. Great for use as tablet or laptop. It could do better on the batter life. I also own a Surface RT. Surface Pro needs a dock but I think Microsoft has been hinting that this is something a 3rd party manufacturer should build. I would recommend this product to anyone.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by abdhoms (Currently owns)

    I am a University student. I mostly do writing, and web development in my 5 year old laptop. Apart from this, I do a lot of reading (ebooks, blogs, tech news, etc.), watch YouTube and movies.

    My 128GB Surface Pro has replaced my laptop to become my main machine (gaming desktop PC aside). It's fast, strong, feels solidly built, and most importantly it's light enough to carry around. Battery life is quite okay, considering how powerful it is. But I'd love to get extra 3-5 hour charge via an accessory.

    I highly recommend this machine to students, and business professionals.

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