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Microsoft - Surface Pro - 128GB - Black

Model: 9UR-00001SKU: 7952262

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In my humble opinion

    Posted
    mcassens
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Good morning! I would like to offer up a quick review of this product so far. I am not a tech blogger. I am pretty sure my grammar and spelling are often suspect. So, if you would like to filet me over those points, I won't be offended. It happens all the time. However, if you would like to read about my experiences so far, I would be happy to share. A couple of points before I get started. I am fairly certain that I am not really an expert in anything, but I am an early adopter and I can tell you I have used a number of different products. I will probably jump back and forth between tablets and laptops for comparison since this really a hybrid of both and there is no direct comparison. As such, I'll give you a quick run down of my other experiences. We have 3 different iPads each from a different generation except the 4th. I have an ASUS Transformer Prime which replaced my Samsung Galaxy Tab (first gen 10 inch). We still have a 7 inch Galaxy tab which I can't seem to give away because I have a certain nostalgia towards it. I also have a Lenovo X220 as my main mobile laptop, a Lenovo W520 as my workstation laptop. We have an older Lenovo X300, and a 15 in Mac Pro. I used to have desktops too, but they were just too cumbersome. And of course, the various iPods, Walkmans even (yes, I had one and so did my wife) and the Palm pilot, etc. etc. Oh yes, and one more thing. I do not work for any particular manufacturer and so I have no vested interest in boosting someone's stock with my review. I am just an early adopter who likes to use a little tech here and there. Okay so now on with the show. I will try and address a few common concerns: 1. Battery Life - you know it's hard to say about this one. I can't I know anyone that would not love to have more battery life in any of their tech products. I have bought countless extra and extended batteries for my laptops so that I could travel longer and work longer while unplugged. However, I have learned to adjust if I needed to. Over the last few days, I have been setting this computer up the way I like it. I have installed Visual Studio 2012, Office 2012, One Note 2013, Visio 2013, Eclipse, DropBox, Steam, Camtasia and various apps as well. I kept the machine off the power cord to see how it worked. I started around 7:00 am yesterday and after my daughter streamed a movie over Netflix for about 45 mins, I installed, rebooted, updated, etc. while taking a couple hours off to give my lectures in the morning. When all was said and done I made it to about 1:00 with still 20% remaining. I think it's fairly comparable to my X220 in time. I am certain that if a battery extender becomes available I will want one, but until then, I will work with this the best that I can. 2. Kick stand at a single angle: I read a number of tech reviews and other experiences where they said that working with the Surface Pro on their lap was nightmarish. This honestly concerned me. I like sitting on the couch and writing code, sending an email or writing a paper. But, because of my strong pull to try something new, I bought the machine and thought I would give it a try. I was able to not only put it on my lap without some gymnastics to keep it there, it worked just fine as I plunked along on the keyboard. So, for me, it was a good experience. I also tried it on our bed and it seemed to work fine there too. I don't know maybe I just got lucky. 3. Lack of Apps - well I can certainly see how in our app-centric world this could be a concern, but since I can run a regular desktop, this hasn't been too much of a concern for me. I liked that I can run an app, say like iHeartRadio and continue working. I like that they had Jet Pack Joyride so that my son and I can continue playing, but I guess I am just not that concerned. However, I have to say from a developer's point of view, designing, writing and deploying an app for the Windows store was a really good experience. Nice user feedback and timely response on acceptance. I have only deployed one to this platform, but compared to Android, which was quite fast, and Apple, which was a little longer, this deployment seemed to work well. Okay, that was just a side bar for any developers reading this. 4. Network capability - So, I have read that some people were having trouble connecting to networks and wish that there wireless radios installed. I wish they had wireless radios too, but I guess, I am okay with Wi-Fi only because my laptop functioned that way for the most part too. If I needed wireless, I usually found a free wi-fi spot or connected it to my phone if I just had to. 5. Games - okay so I love games. I like all kinds of games, however, I am not a hard core games. I like Skyrim, however, I have been lost for quite some time now in the mountains (again another side bar), but I have installed Legends of Grimrock, Magicka, and Fable III on it and it all went swimmingly. I think if you are really into games, I would highly recommend a nice desktop that you can build yourself to ensure that you get the components you need especially the discrete graphics card. But for me, this seem to work well too. 6. The heat - I was a little worried about the heat and the fan noise too. However, I think it's pretty comparable to my laptop as far as heat goes. It gets warm as I start working on it and the fans do certainly turn on, but it doesn't seem unbearable to me. I think for the most part, it fairly standard that most computers are going to have some fan noise. I know we have all heard laptops where their fans sound like an airline taking off, but these are fairly subtle. 7. The pen - Well I can tell you this. I haven't had a lot of experience with the pen, but from my daughter's point of view, she was able to start up One Note, yesterday and it worked beautifully for her taking notes in her math class. She was able to take notes, as well as fill out her assignment last night and print it on the printer. For her, the pen has been a dream. She has drawn with it some (she is far more creative than I) and she the response was really good. I apologize, we haven't installed the Creative Suite on it so we don't know about the issues others have had with that particular program. 8. Storage - okay this go a lot of press and I can see why. People aren't used to reading that a good chunk of their storage is taken up by the underlying operating system. Microsoft has been notorious for making their operating systems a little too big. However, after backing up the recovery partition, which consequently sounds a lot more ominous than it really is. It's really about 3 steps I believe. You need an 8 GB flash drive ($5.98) and about 10 minutes and then it's backed up. Then, you can delete the recovery (it asks if you want to delete it) and then you are good to go. After I did this, I had 118 GB out of 128 GB on my machine. Not bad if you ask me. 9. Performance - It's pretty fast. I haven't really put it through the paces (i.e. have VS open with SQL Server running, while listening to music, etc.) but so far, I haven't had any performance issues. I am not looking for a 8 core tablet/computer hybrid either... well I wouldn't mind one, but that isn't what I was expecting here. However, there hasn't been any lag in opening programs and things seems to be performing well. However, it's due to the SSD as much as the processor. I was a little worried about the RAM and of course wish I could have gotten one with 8 GB or more, but 4 GB hasn't been bad so far. 10. The weight - I just have a quick note on this one. It's not heavy. It doesn't matter what people say, I haven't not found it to be heavy. I was thinking more along the lines of Okay so maybe I better wrap this up. You are probably getting tired of this rambling. But I thought I would throw my two cents. I am writing this from my Surface and although it's not a perfect machine, I am happy with it so far. I wish it had a longer battery life, I wish I could have customized it with more RAM, bigger hard drive, etc. But that's how I will probably always be. I like using new tech and I will continue buying new tech because that's how I am, but I cannot say this will be for everyone. I hope this review is marginally helpful and if you like new tech, I don't think you will be disappointed. I am sure I will find something to squabble about later, but first impressions over the first couple of days has been positive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect but one of the best for the moment

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    In past couple years, I have owned multiple tablet devices including Android tablet (Xoom, Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Transformer Infinity, Galaxy Note 10.1), iPad 2, Atom Processor Windows 8 (Samsung Ativ Smart PC) and now I got this. Generally, speaking there is no absolute best for tablet at the moment including Surface Pro. You have to choose what is most important for you, and what you can compromise. For me, this is the best tablet at the moment but still falls short on couple areas. 1. OS Full Windows 8. I can run all my Windows application. If I want to I can technically run Android applications using BlueStacks but some applications does get slow so not perfect, which is expected for emulator but its a possibility. In any event, this is personal preference, and mine is Windows over Android or iOS. 2. Power This is the most powerful device if you consider this as Tablet. No good cross platform benchmark available but if you take standard Javascript test like Sunspider, Surface Pro gets 200ms vs. the fastest tablet on the marked iPad 4 gets 800-900 ms. Compared to my previous Atom processor tablet, this thing flies and opens applications fast. 3. Screen Full HD display in comparison to regular HD display on many ultrabook. There is a reason why tablet world is shifting to the higher resolution screen. When you use a device as tablet, you tends to hold the device closer to your eyes. In which case, you can see a pixelation . My eyes are not good but even for me I could tell a difference between FHD and HD especially when reading words. If you never had FHD device, you are fine but if you had it once its hard to go back to HD. So I am glad Surface Pro got FHD. 4. Portability This is merely 2lbs so carrying with a bag is extremely easy, and you won't probably know the difference compared to other tablets, which are generally 1.5 lbs. (When carrying). 5. Productivity Main reason why I had to get this. I use OneNote and open PDF/EPUB file at the same time to read and write a note. Such true multitasking is only possible with Windows. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 provided its own multitasking, but unlike OneNote the note I took was not easily synced among different devices. Obviously, this is real Windows 8 so I can do much more. 6. Stability Transformer Infinity had great resolution, keyboard dock but it was probably just too much for its hardware. The device suffered from stability quite bit. Unlike which, this is very stable. Yes. It's windows so some applications occasionally shuts down or hangs, but nothing more than on my desktop. 7. Expandability I have tons of videos, I needed expandable storage. This comes with MicroSD slot but also USB 3 so I can attach 1TB harddrive. If I want to have full sized keyboard or mouse, they are also covered. But obviously, I went for Touch cover for now (at it looks cool). 8. Real Pen Support One must understand difference between capative vs. inductive technology. Basically, iPad and most of Android tablet except Samsung Galaxy Note uses capative technology i.e. stylus can be used but they are nothing but mimicking your finger touch. So you don't get real palm rejection but more importantly, they won't recognize small handwriting. By small, I don't mean unnecessary small, simply try writing exact same size as you would on the paper, it is easy to notice that you won't be able to with capative technology devices. So this was one aspect I liked on my Galaxy Note, and Surface Pro have this area covered as well. Now let's talk about downside/compromise I had to make. 1. Price Obviously, if you think this as just a tablet it is expensive. But in reality, this is a Ultrabook computer with tablet like factor. Once you understand such, the price is not cheap but not expensive. Simply compare to Macbook Air 11in for similar spec, you should see Surface Pro's price is competitive. 2. Heat The device gets warm but not terribly bad when in ultrabook mode. However, when I have it as tablet it quickly becomes uncomfortably hot. I am not sure if this is related to me having the touch cover flipped back. But certainly, this is something you would never noticed while using the real tablets. 3. Battery Life Perhaps the weakest link. The batter life is 4-5 hours on this with some reviews suggested can go up to 6 hours, which I may be able to pull it off, but won't count on it. Though there is a hope for this. Recently, MS rep suggested change in design on Surface Pro's connector at bottom, which can carry much higher voltage, and sort of implied battery containing keyboard accessory may be on its way. 4. Kickstand Only single angle, so very uncomfortable to place on your lap. Whether it will happen or not is uncertain, but personally hoping may be with new battery containing keyboard, they will also design the keyboard so when it is attached that the surface can be tiled in multiple angles. Conclusion Surface Pro is not perfect. If you really need just a tablet, you better off buying tablet as they are cheaper, lighter, and lasts longer. But if you need productivity, real windows power with a factor of Tablet at occasions, this is the best on the market. The only competition is upcoming Lenovo's hybrid, called Lenovo Helix which will start at $1499. Personally, that seemed a bit too much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding product

    Posted
    CaptainTerrific
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I have tested or owned. Several "phablets" (phone tablets) Called this because the iPad's ios system and Androids OS are designed for phones first. They were ported over to a larger screen tablet. Since I already own a phone. I do not need another device that does the exact same thing. Outside of a larger screen. These phablets don't give me any added benefits. Hence, they are just a waste of money. I then realized that I really wanted a tablet computer. Tested some of the older ones over the years, but the standard windows OS was not very touch friendly. Therefore they were a wash as well. Windows 8 comes out and changes everything. I moved on to testing out the various tablet/ultrabook/hybrids. The Surface Pro is the single most responsive one I tested. It had the overall best package in terms of specs and performance. Windows 8. Now I only tested this on the tablets and ultrabooks. So I really didnt know how to navigate it all that well. Once I made my Surface Pro purchase. Then I really got to dive in. Took about a day to get used to. You really see the beauty of the touch interface when you use a touch screen. It may not be the best looking interface, but it really gets the job done. I discovered all the ways to do everything without the use of a mouse or keyboard. Since that is how it will be used half the time. The on screen keyboard is hit an miss for me. I like the split version. I just thumb it or single finger type. I purchased the type cover for heavy typing. Applications. Windows 8 does not have as many of the phone/phablets apps that Apple or Android has. However, they are increasing. The biggest benefit of the Surface Pro? It has a full blown OS on it. You can load any of the native windows applications you already own on it. Office, Photoshop, inventory software. You name it. You are not forced to wait for something to show up in the app store to possibly do what your real computer can already do. I currently have full versions of Office and Photoshop on my Surface. They run perfect. Photoshop you will probably get used to using the pen as I have. However, you can always use a mouse if needed. Very sharp screen. Full 1080p HD display. Even turning the brightness down below half and it still pops. The pen is phenomenal!. I have only used them sparingly in the past. However, this pen is actually a great replacement for a mouse on the go. Pinpoint tracking for websites and spreadsheets with the added benefit of note taking directly on the screen. Very nice. A big plus. Weight. It is a little heavy, but not that bad. Its weighs more than the other phablets for one simple reason. This is a REAL computer. Not a large phone. The weight is right in line with various ultrabooks around the same size. USB ports and mini SD card slot. This alone makes it leaps and bounds ahead of almost all other phablets. You can add storage via thumb drives , sd cards or usb hard drives. Or peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard. Personally I don't like the touch covers offered for the Surface Pro. The type cover is actually a really thin "real" keyboard. With real keys that click. However, at the price it is kind of steep. Although, I also liked the fact that it acts as a cover for the Surface. So I purchased it anyway. Battery life. Not that great. I am still testing it. However, this is what I have done so far. I played hd video via my usb hard drive for 3 hours 45 minutes before it got to the 5% mark of battery power. That was constant use. The screen was always on and never went to sleep or shut down. I currently had it at work all day. Using it for spreadsheets, email and moderate web browsing. In addition, to music playing. Roughly 2-1/2 hours of use over the course of the day. It came home with 40% battery remaining. Not to bad. I can always plug it in at work if needed. Even in the car. However, I want to test the extent of the battery for future use. Value.. Its not cheap. However, its still a good value. It has better specs than the MacBook Air. In addition, it cheaper. That's not including the fact that you need to purchase Windows for the MacBook Air in order to run any of the applications you already can run on the Surface Pro out of the box. There are other laptops priced cheaper that give you better specs. However, a lot of them lack the responsive touch screen or a touch screen at all. They are usually larger and do not include the Solid State Hard Drive that the Surface Pro has. My suggestion is to decide on weather you want a computer in tablet form or laptop form. You can do both with the Surface Pro. However, if you don't think you will utilize the touchscreen as much. Go for a laptop or ultrabook. Go to the store and test them out. See if you like the various touch screens, keyboards that come with some of them. Test Windows 8 on the touch screen if you have not already. Its completely different if you only used it on a normal non touch computer. Overall, very happy with my purchase. While its not cheap. I think it has officially replaced an aging laptop and become my go to "on the go" device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What an amazing machine!

    Posted
    Katah
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    After checking Best Buy's online inventory for a store near me to finally have a 128 gig version in stock, that day finally came yesterday. As with all my reviews I like to talk about what I find to be the good, the bad, and the ugly - however with this device I'm hard pressed to find anything bad to say. I've given the Surface Pro a good 24 hours’ worth of use and have installed a ton of software to test it out. I was actually very surprised. Let’s get the bad out of the way: * I'm going to need a keyboard and mouse for sure. Of course the Surface keyboard I want is out of stock so I'm going to wait, but there are too many apps and programs out there that won't let you get to the on screen keyboard or need a mouse to select. This is especially true with games. This really isn't a bad, but do yourself a favor and pick up a mouse and keyboard when you pick up your surface. * You will probably need a USB hub. Again, this isn't a shortfall of the device, but most people will have more than one USB type device needing to be connected. This was my case as I don't have the Surface keyboard yet and needed both mouse and keyboard connected. Now let me get into some of what I really like!! The screen is so vibrant and clear that I am amazed this is not a retina type display. I compared the same picture, high definition, on my iPad 3 with the Surface and simply could not tell any difference. Love it. Personally I love Windows 8. I think most people who don't like it don't like it because there is a small learning curve to be able to do what they were doing with Windows 7. Windows 8 works so well on the Surface. Okay, so all of this stuff is good, but how does it run GAMES!?! I'll only talk about games, because if it can run a decent game it will run business and photo programs easily. I tried four games so far to see what kind of quality I could get while keeping it at a frame rate that allowed me to play. All games I tried I made sure were running in 1920x1080 resolution. The first game I tried was: World of Warcraft - runs absolutely flawlessly and at top settings. Even in areas where people like to hang out I noticed no slowdowns. Was actually kind of exciting to think about taking my next family road trip, making my iPhone 5 a hot spot, and playing some WoW as we go down I-4 (wife driving of course lol) Diablo 3 - I was just so surprised it ran so smoothly. It looked and played amazing! Even the touch screen worked! I did tweak the settings a little, but I set everything UP and not down. You won't hit max ultra-settings, but I got pretty darned close and could tell zero difference over my Alienware computer. Guild Wars 2 - Again a flawless experience. Ran smooth and without a hitch. Setting level was custom, but I'd rate it at about medium high settings. On all the games tweaking shadows seemed to make the best differences, but again on all the game they still looked beautiful! Skyrim - I almost didn't include this game in this review because normally I run this on a screaming Alienware computer and as such I have loaded it up with all the add-ons I could that increase visual quality so my version of Skyrim is like a super version BUT OMG it ran and ran well on custom setting just a little better than low settings and it still looked AMAZING! Was not super smooth frames 100% of the time, but playable. I think I'll disable all the add-ons (about 80 of them) I use and try it again. My wife and I are both big Apple fans and want to take nothing away from Apple, but Microsoft just upped the bar. Some people list the price as a con, but I can't see it that way - it is a computer. I have a 2011 Mac Mini with an Intel i7 and Radeon graphics and these games don't run as well and I paid more for it. The device does get hot, but after testing some games on the iPad and my Wife's traditional laptop it is nothing out of the ordinary as they all got pretty warm. Overall this is simply an amazing device. If you are in the market for a tablet this is the one to get. If you need a laptop this is the one to get. Hope this helped! Feel free to ask questions in the comments if you have something specific you want tested or want to know.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tablet for business use

    Posted
    bigdognc
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been using this tablet for over 4 weeks as my main computer and am very pleased with it so far. I am an IT professional that travels by plane every week to visit clients and this tablet is fits my needs very nicely. I have almost retired my Lenovo laptop completely and would do so right now if some key business applications ran on Windows 8. If you or your company use Webex for conferencing, or you have to use a Cisco VPN client to access corporate networks, then this tablet or any others running Windows 8 will not work for you. I have to use those applications which is why I still have to have my Windows 7 laptop. While there are some ways work around the VPN issue buy using some register hacks and some other tricks, I would rather wait for an official VPN client to come out from Cisco. Other than that, the tablet works with everything else very nicely. I use Office 2013 along with Vizio 2013 and Project 2013 with no problems. Connecting to different WiFi hotspots is a breeze. Even Gogo internet on my flights works very well and connects without any issues. I have noticed some issues connecting several devices thru the USB port using different USB hubs. I have tried different USB 2.0 and 3.0 hubs and get inconsistent connection to some Bluetooth and wireless devices. There is a notice somewhere that you need to keep any 2.5 Ghz devices several inches away from the tablet, but I have not seen any issues yet. So far I have used the Microsoft keyboard with the tactile feedback and it works great, although the touchpad is a bit small and takes a little time to get used to it. I also have used a Logitech Bluetooth portable keyboard and a USB keyboard with excellent results. I like the Logitech portable keyboard the best, but the Microsoft keyboard is more convenient when traveling and working on a crowded plane using those very small tray tables. I also use a Bluetooth or wireless mouse when I am working at my desk. It is a lot easier to use than the small touchpad. I have also been using dual external monitors using a Rocketfish HDMI to VGA converter. The Surface Pro drives 2 external monitors at 1920 x 1080 resolution with no problems. I have not tried to see if the Surface Pro can drive 2 external touchscreen monitors yet, but will do so soon. I have also tested the Surface Pro using a Mini HDMI to HDMI converter cable and connecting it up to external HDMI monitors and televisions with no issues. The screen on the Surface Pro is very clean and hi-def. Text is very easy to read (well, easier than most other 10" tablets) and if you watch movies, make sure you download the HD versions. Watching an HD video on this tablet is crystal clear. One note to mention, the audio driver on the Surface Pro produces a very good quality sound, but the amplification could be improved. I listen to music or watch videos sometimes on a plane and even with the volume turned all the way up and using a Bose Quiet Comfort noise cancelling headset, it is sometimes hard to hear. BTW - I am also the CTO of my company and part of my job function is to test different technologies as they come out so that I can recommend them to ourselves and our clients. As such I have purchased and tested several Android, Apple and Windows RT and Pro tablets. So far I like the Microsoft Surface Pro the best. If your company uses some type of MDM (Mobile Device Management) software to mange your smartphones, tablets and laptops, then make sure that the vendor you are using has a Windows 8 client that works before purchasing the Surface Pro. Many MDM vendors do not have a fully functional client yet. Overall I like the Surface Pro over several other Intel based Windows 8 tablets that I have tested.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Replaced my I7 8GB Dell Machine With this

    Posted
    lloydbonafide
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    I got this machine at work on a trial basis. My old machine was a dell I7, windows 7, 8gb ram, 128gb SSD. I thought I would be losing some performance going to an I5 4GB ram machine but as it turns out, this is actually much faster. I assume this is due to the newer version of the I5 and that it is windows 8 vs 7. I mainly use this in "desktop" mode which performs essentially the same as my old windows 7 OS (minus the start button of course). At work I have it plugged into the Toshiba USB 3.0 dynadock which powers 2 additional monitors along with Keyboard and mouse, Ethernet and several open usb ports. The main things I love about this machine is the portability and the quick startup. I travel and it is very convenient to be able to leave the device inside my bag when I go through security. It is also less than 1/2 the weight of my old dell. It boots up from full shut down in less than 10 seconds! The battery life is better than my old laptop but of course not as good as the ipad. I can get about 5 hours on a charge. The power connector is also a little difficult to deal with and I wish they made a true docking station with power. Right now I have to plug in the USB dock and then separately plug in the power which as I said is a little tricky to get the magnet to line up just right so that it will click in place. The screen is absolutely perfect. The resolution is great, sharp and it is very easy to see. The one drawback I have noticed on tablets vs laptops is the inability to adjust the screen angle. With a laptop, you can get in bed or sit on the couch and adjust the way the screen is tilted. With this or any other tablet for that matter, you are stuck with the angle the fixed "Kickstand" gives you. I end up just plugging it into my 22" monitor using a mini displayport HDMI adapter at home when I am working there and it mirrors just perfectly. I use the tactile attached keyboard and a Bluetooth mouse at home and it all works great. I also use the same HDMI to output to my tv to watch movies and online content like Netflix and MLB network. The picture and sound come through the displayport which is nice to be able to use just 1 cable. Don't expect this to be a low cost alternative to a laptop though. At 999 for the 128 model, that's all you are getting. Keep in mind, you will also need to buy the keyboard (over $100) and if you want Microsoft Office (Which most laptops don't include either), it is another few hundred bucks. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase. I have not missed a beat from my old machine and in fact, this is faster in many respects. If you are worried that this won't fully replace a laptop, rest assured it will.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    exceptional, revolutionary product

    Posted
    skipd
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    As with any computer or tablet, you need to determine what you would like to do with the device. If what you'd like to do is check e-mail, play light games like Angry Birds, have an e-reader, and surf the web, Surface Pro is overkill. If you'd like to do the above AND do the things you can do on an ultra-book or desktop pc... full Microsoft Office program suite, audio/video conversion and editing, use the PC software needed for your job or schoolwork, etc.), there's really no other option like the Surface Pro. A powerful PC in tablet form. I replaced my ipad 2 with a Surface RT when they came out. While the RT had a lot of things going for it, the screen wasn't nearly as good, you were limited to "tile" apps in the Windows store and a capable, and the RT version of Office 2013 did not include Outlook. Surface Pro offers it all: "legacy" Windows software,securely access corporate and educational networks, processing speed that equals or surpasses most ultra-books, beautiful screen, fantastic touch response, bluetooth connectivity for keyboard, mouse, etc, USB 3 port, strong wireless connection, extremely compact design. Peripherals: When you want to do "real work" you'll want the Touch Cover (or to link to a full-size bluetooth keyboard). I use a Microsoft bluetooth mouse and the Touch Cover when I'm working. The Waicom pen is nice for light mouse duties (it includes a "right click" button and eraser), for note taking, and for drawing applications. It's a true Wacom digitizer pen and works really well despite its cheap build quality compared to the Surface Pro itself. The magnetic pen holder is not real strong, so you'll want a back up plan for storing the pen. You can attach a good external usb DVD/CD reader burner for $30 or less if you need that capability. Memory: Get the 128 GB model. Even if you don't plan on using a ton of software and apps, 64GB is too small since you will have about 1/3 of that space used just in the Windows 8 Pro software. Luckily, you have a microsd card slot (the largest current size card is 64GB). You can do an online search for a few easy steps you can take to have the Surface Pro recognize your microsd card in the computer's main libraries (documents, music, pictures, etc.). You can also attach a portable usb hard drive for virtually unlimited storage potential. In "tablet" use, the Surface Pro gets slightly warm (not much warmer than my wife's ipad 3). The unique perimeter fans are essentially silent (I only heard a slight humfrom them when I was doing some strenuous audio file conversion task). I get 5 to 6 hours of battery time when I'm doing things you would typically do on an ipad. I'm not bothered by the additional 8 ounces the Pro has over the RT or latest ipad. For "work" use, the kickstand is fantastic. You can set up at a table or other flat top and get some serious work done. It's also nice for setting on a table to read or watch a movie. The Surface Pro is not really designed for you to do a ton of keyboarding with it sitting in your lap as some people like to do with a standard laptop. That said, it doesn't weight three pounds, fits easily into small tote, and converts into a comfortable tablet in the time it takes to snap off the Touch Cover. The keyboard that pops up when in tablet mode is easy to use (I think easier than even the ipad's) and is fine for tablet tasks. The Surface Pro does everything I need and more. No regrets, highest of recommendations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Tablet

    Posted
    FalconCMH

    Below I have two list one containing the things I love about the Surface Pro followed by a list of the bugs I would like MS to fix with the Surface Pro. Things I love about the Surface Pro: Touch! Perfect size (minimal/small) and single thing to carry for everything including keyboard/cover. Superfast! Fast Boot time (a few seconds) Fast SSD (200 MB/sec writes, 500 MB/sec reads, ran atto246 benchmark) Basically a desktop in tablet form. Awesome IPS screen that is optically bonded and high resolution Killer case Vapor Mg coated (can be dropped with minimal to no damage from waist high) Type Cover is awesome Fast USB 3.0 Has micro SXDC slot for up to 64 GB I can sync my Windows 8 Phone to it (Any phone manufacturer that supports windows platform) Has external video connections that works HD for very high resolution output to TV or monitor Metro Interface Rocks Start Screen is way better than start button Windows 8 Pro (Runs my full development software suite like IIS, MSMQ, SQL Server, Visual Studio 2012 etc., connects, integrates, and is secure through domain) Runs Office Pro (you have to buy) Online Stores to download apps and content from Xbox Music (unlimited cloud based music storage I have 30 GB+ up there, pretty much unlimited free music, requires annual subscription) Xbox Games (Starting to deliver more and more) Xbox Glass control and interact with Xbox as a second device cool with things like Netflix especially. Skydrive (Great place for your data for personal and sharing, 7 GB free) The Surface Pro Bugs I wish MS would fix ASAP in order of annoyance: Mouse hangs under various and many conditions (have to right click or switch to start screen to get it back) Touch Scrolling snags then scrolls fast (happens after a very brief period of inactivity of scrolling) Screen goes to sleep when plugged in even when Power Options set to performance and never sleep or dim screen Wifi switching from phone tethering to home Wifi or coming back from sleep acts like its connected but it is not and needs disconnected and re-connected sometimes/randomly Private Firewall disabled re-enables on its own after reboot (may have been an update that caused this, seems to stay disable now) Gets sluggish after long periods of use with MS Solitaire which I believe is heat related slowing down the CPU/Graphics due to temperature Gets sluggish to SDD in explorer when playing music at the same time with Xbox Music under My Music with locally stored music not streaming Magnetic Power connector is too difficult to connect always No documentation or indication on Surface Pro of which direction to insert micro SXDC chip When using graphics intensive software/gaming temperatures get too hot Sometimes Type Cover disconnects or is not recognized Apps from online store are limited selection and buggy but are getting more and more and quality is getting better

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Work - will replace ultrabook and tablet

    Posted
    ProseuctionITGuy
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I manage the computers for a prosecutor’s office. The two biggest complaints I hear about using technology in the courtroom are 1. my laptop is too big and bulky for the work area in the courtroom, I need something the size of an IPad. 2. I need to be able to have access to all of my files and programs like PowerPoint, etc. The surface is our answer and it will save money. We need a laptop that runs Windows Professional to allow the laptop to connect to our Domain for security. We need a tablet for the portability and easy of doing legal research on the Internet. The IPad/Android only gave us the Internet and not the ability to be part of our secure domain. The surface Pro has the Professional version of Windows so I have been able to join it to our Domain and run all of our commercial and specialized software. An added bonus is that our attorneys take lots of notes, the stylus and OneNote will allow us to take hand written notes and save them out as pdfs, etc. We could not have done this on an IPad because the writing pads apps look more like I am using a magic marker instead of a pen. For a next budget cycle, we are going to replace our 5+ year old laptops with the Surface. If you compare the cost of buying a laptop and a tablet, the Surface is a lot cheaper. In addition to the Surface Pro 128 and the type cover, we are going to buy a 1. USB 3.0 docking station that supports dual monitors, LAN (wired network) and has additional usb ports; 2. Portable DVD drives; 3. a couple of display port adapters for presentations; and 4. wireless full-size keyboard and mouse. When the user is at his/her desk, they will plug in the power cord and the usb docking station that has the LAN, monitor, keyboard/mouse, and DVD. At this point, they have a full function computer system. For when needed on the go, they take the surface, type cover and the portable DVD player, if needed. I have tested that all of this works on our Windows 2008 R2 Domain with group policies. The issues I have encountered are: 1. The type cover sometimes has a small lag with the touch pad. This could be related to me using two fingers to move and click. 2. Windows 8 Pro has given me some issues with adding the .net 3.5 framework after I join the domain. MS states this is related to the Windows Update Service on our Domain. I recommend installing the 3.5 framework before joining the Domain. Otherwise, you have to use a local copy of Windows 8 and the dos command to manually install the 3.5 framework. Everybody in our office who has seen Windows 8 things that it is cool and easy to use. As with any new software, there is a learning curve. As an IT person, if our budget would support it, we would all have Windows 8 computers (either Surface Pro or a Desktop with Touch screen).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft is a hardware contender

    Posted
    Surfacelover
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have literally owned just about everything that's cutting edge. I currently own a 11.6" Mac Air (2012) model. iPod 5th gen 64GB, Apple TV, iPad 4th gen 128GB. iPhone 5 and a high end Windows desktop computer. I would gladly cash everything in (except my phone of course) for this 128GB Surface Pro. I will say all the complaining about short battery life, thickness, and heaviness is people who are just ignorant. Someone said oh my "it gets warm to the touch" Really? Really? Knock, knock, is anyone home. My Mac Air gets 4.5 hours battery life with mixed use and gets toasty warm when running video, fans on and all... My Surface Pro is getting 6.5 hours with the same use while in battery saver mode. (which doesn't slow it down one bit) The screen is amazingly bright at 50%. The weight is fine, my wife has never mentioned anything about it and she uses it the majority of time. Now here's the really good stuff, this thing is so fast it loads programs in the blink of an eye. I recently bought the Lenovo tablet with dual core 1.8GHZ Atom processor and could not believe how slow it ran, I would click a button and eventually it would open the page. I didn't dare load any programs on it and it got the same battery life as the Surface Pro. Bottom line is if you want something that goes as fast as you do and want a durable, esthetically appealing tablet, buy the surface. Everything else is already obsolete. It's tough when you own something you know is lousy but you can't admit it. I cant find anything wrong with this unit other than the sound output being lower than I would expect. (there's plenty of options for that though). As for battery life... With the power this thing has 6 plus hours is Amazing. Buy it... If you don't like it return it... My bet is you won't.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Tablet I have used

    Posted
    RicoX
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have used a few tablets including iPad and Viewsonic. iPads of course are great, but they do not offer complete control of your system and you must use iToons to do just about anything, which is my main gripe about Apple "i" products. Apple products do most things very well, but I am from the old school in that I want complete control of the system I use. The Viewsonic VPAD10 was very nice as well in that it runs full Windows and also dual boots, allowing you to run Android if you wish to, which I never did, but I will not go into my reasons for this here. The Surface Pro is what you want to know about and I have got to say, it was well worth the wait. I held out for the Pro, I really didn't want to get the RT, which I am sure is fine, but I wanted the capability of full Windows functionality. Until I got my Surface Pro, I basically did most all of my work, and surfing, on my trusty 'ol Laptop. Well, I have to say: Not any more. The Surface Pro Can do pretty much everything my laptop can do, particularly paired with the Touch Cover (which is well worth the price of admission, and I recommend that addition if you decide to take the plunge and purchase your own Surface Pro). I was going to knock the Pro down a bit because of price, but I gave it a second thought. I realize, to be a bit cliché, "you get what you pay for". I wish this were always true, if you could actually gauge something's value simply by it's price, but of course this is not necessarily true. But in the Surface Pro's case, it actually is true. Case in point: The VPAD10's Hard drive barely had enough space to load a working copy of Windows on it right out of the box. The first thing I had to do was to search out a SSD compatible with the VPAD10, then figure out how to get it installed and working. I dare say, few people would be capable or have the resources at hand to do this. But once I got through modifying it to make it a well working stable device, I was into it for quite a few dollars, about the same as I am into the Surface Pro. Anyway, enough of that. The Surface Pro display is absolutely beautiful. it sports a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 dpi which is HD 1080i capable (notice, not compatible, but capable). The color depth is seriously breath taking. One thing to keep in mind is the screen width is 10.6 inches diagonally which makes for super resolution. However, when running in "Desk Top" mode, which is similar to running Windows 7. At that resolution the text can get very small on many of the Icons and other standard controls. Some people may need to wear their reading glasses occasionably. However, this can all be adjusted so it really is not a problem, just something to be aware of. I read a couple reviews in here where the only complaints were having to do with heat and/or weight. My only response to these kinds of silly criticisms is this: Give me a break. Anyone whom has any experience with computers, be it PC, Mac or otherwise; all computer processors generate a certain amount of heat. A little bit of warmth to a running tablet is completely standard and normal. I mean, the Surface Pro is running an intel i5 Processor! That is like, WOW! It is amazing how far computing has come. Very impressive. And, the weight of the Surface Pro is rated at 2 Lbs. I think that speaks for itself. Whether you are looking for a work tool, a portable gaming platform, or you simply want to sit in front of the TV and surf the net or read, unless you are a staunch Apple (anything without an Apple sticker on it is no good) fan, I think you will be quite impressed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    BEST Portable device, but NOT a tablet replacement

    Posted
    jjmdc
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Don’t compare this to a pure tablet. The thought process of “iPad vs. Surface” is ridiculous. The thought process should be “Do I want a tablet or a PC/Convertible/Hybrid”. If you choose the latter, then that’s when you try to decide if you should buy a Surface. And I tell you, the Surface blows out the competition in its category. The Surface Pro cannot replace a true tablet. The battery life is short, it has moving parts inside (cooling fans), and the moving parts make it more fragile. It gets hot. Not warm….HOT. And most importantly, Windows 8 is still more desktop centric (at least for now). You still need to us a mouse or stylus to for a lot of the functions. Especially on websites that have desktop versions that are not touch friendly. It’s definitely not a device you can lay back on your bed to watch movies unless you want hot air blowing at your face. Also, the Surface Pro is a sophisticated machine for the sophisticated user. Don't expect grandma to be comfortable using it. Now that I have gotten that stuff out of the way, I want to say that I love the Surface Pro. It is probably the best and most versatile device I have. I like the fact that I have this very portable and very powerful machine in my hand that is ready to go any time I need it. Say something comes up and you need to start typing using Microsoft Word. Find a place to sit (like the floor?) and you are ready to go in less than ten seconds. I’m not talking about booting up. I’m talking about the application already open and your fingers ready to go on the keyboard. Windows 8 handwriting recognition is the best I have ever seen. I don’t even think I need a keyboard in a lot of cases. In fact I have found myself handwriting website addresses on Internet Explorer. The artist in you will love drawing on this device as well. Its pressure sensitivity makes it like you are using a real brush or pen. I own other Windows 8 devices and I can say that I like the Surface Pro has the best pen/stylus. It is the most comfortable to use to say the least. The screen is beautiful and watching videos on it if a pleasure, but those are just pluses for me. To be fair, normal tablets are probably still better for stuff like that. The product has some cons, the cameras are only good for video conferencing. The photos and videos they take are grainy and poor. As I mentioned above. It gets very hot and blows hot air. Quite uncomfortable when using it in tablet form. In conclusion, if your desire is to play Angry Birds, tell everyone on Facebook what you are eating or creating your own Harlem Shake video, don’t buy the Surface Pro, that would just be so insulting. If you want a serious and powerful device in the palm of your hands that is ready to service your serious computing needs within seconds, by all means, do yourself a favor and buy this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Power-Packed Tablet for Serious Productivity

    Posted
    Mithredates
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The concept of a productivity focused tablet has long held appeal for me. Almost all current tablet offerings exist primarily as media consumption devices. The capacity to interact with productivity stalwarts such as Word and Powerpoint via touch coupled with the sublime capability to effectively transcribe notes by hand using the excellent stylus is of great value in my line of work. All of these tasks and many more are accomplished with ease by the new Surface. It should also be mentioned that the build quality is top-notch and the type cover upon which I am writing this review is the best "keyboard cover" I have ever used by a fair margin. There exist many solutions to the "hybrid' proposition raised by Windows 8 and, for me, the Surface Pro is the most elegant of these. If you have different needs than me and require more tablet-like battery there exist plenty of products for you as well #such as the Iconia W700#. Finally, I ought to respond to some of the commonly cited criticisms of the Surface Pro. It is true that the Pro is noticeably heavier and thicker than the ARM based iPad #or equivalent#. I have not found this objectionable and still can handle the Pro easily in one hand but I would guess weight sensitivity varies by the individual. Battery life on the Pro has been around 5hrs during my fairly rigorous work usage. This is in keeping with most Ultrabooks of similar specs and a fair bit better than many convertible tablet options #Vaio Duo 11 for instance#. Given the fact that the Surface Pro is one of the very smallest Ultrabooks in existence, I would say this is quite an achievement. Lastly, it has often been asserted that the Surface Pro lacks the ability to be used on one's lap in an analogous manner to a laptop. This, as with weight sensitivity, likely depends on individual preference. I am typing this review on my Pro while sitting in a recliner with the tablet positioned on my lap. I have no difficulty with this position and do not find it in the least precarious. I have listed the value for this item as "Average" because the approximately $1200 entry price represents a midpoint in Ultrabooks of similar specs. This latest offering out of Redmond will certainly not be for everyone but, for those who require a small, powerful computer with excellent touch and stylus capability it may prove an excellent option. The Surface Pro illustrates the full potential of Windows 8 and, for me at least, makes an excellent travel companion and work laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game changer!

    Posted
    Parabolee
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have now spent two days with my Surface Pro and it has blown away my expectations. This device has allowed me to retire 3 previously beloved and heavily used devices. My iPad, my MacBook Air and my Fujitsu convertible tablet! I knew it would be great to have a real OS on a tablet because I have been using a Tablet Convertible for years. I knew I liked Windows 8. What I did not know was hoe revolutionary it would feel to have so much power in such a small device! This thing is LIGHTNING fast. Even with my power saver settings set to be rather aggressive (giving me closer to 6 hours than the normal 5) I have not seen this bad boy slow down yet! The screen is beautiful, better than I expected. It's easily as responsive as an iPad and the digitizer is a deal sealer. I have loved my iPad since getting the first gen at launch and upgrading to the 2 and 3. But as an art lover I have always found using even the expensive stylus' a less than steller experience on the iPad. Always kept my beloved Fujitsu convertible tablet around for that. But the Surface' technology allows a real Wacom stylus, with precision and pressure sensitivity. And the importance of being able to rest my wrist on the screen while drawing can not be over stated. All my real Windows games and Apps run on this beast! Even a massive MMO like Star Wars The Old Republic (or WOW) can be played! Now I have heard some claim the Surface is overpriced. I honestly do not see that as a fair criticism. The Macbook Air 128GB (which I own) costs $1,099 and has the EXCACT same specs (same processor, ram, graphics card), I never hear anyone saying that is overpriced. Try and find a Windows 8 tablet with comparable specs for less. Especially with the pen and digitizer. Microsoft have a really amazing piece of hardware on there hands. Now if only they can figure out how to market it. Making the RT model available first was a massive mistake. Not that it matters, tablets running real operating systems (as in not mobile OS' like IOS and Android) are the future. Apple don't seem to be interested in making one and Google are a long way from making Android a Windows alternative. The Surface is the first real contender on the market but in 5 years I am betting that this type of tablet will have replaced laptops altogether. There will still be room for low end consumer tablets like the Nexus and the iPad though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Could not ask for a better "tablet"

    Posted
    rey127

    The Surface Pro is slick. It literally takes 5 seconds to boot after a shutdown. Yes it is heavier than the RT but by half a pound. If this is the reason why you may be uninterested to purchase, I have hard time to believe this was something you were interested to buy in the first place. That being said, another difference from the RT is the pen. At first I didn't think this would be something I would use often. It is great if writing short sentences like l am doing for this review now. There are 2 drawbacks so far. First, it is not as precise as it should be when pointing at times. Second, it doesn't really replace your finger. For instance it highlights web pages as opposed to scroll up or down the page. In order to scroll with the pen you'll still need to use the scroll bar. One other mention that may not be important to some: seems like Microsoft forgot to design this properly as the place to insert the pen when not in use is the same port for the power cable. Therefore either you have the pen there or you have the power cable there. Regarding the space in the Surface Pro, below are the apps that seem to be taking most of the space. They are actual apps, not categories. Most are things that you can feel free to delete. As an alternative, I purchased a 64 GB micro SDXC Card from Kingston. 1) Travel (195 MB) 2) Finance (95.6MB) 3) Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging (82MB) 4) Games (78.4 MB) 5) Sports (75.4MB) 6) Music (74.8MB) 7) Videos (62.3 MB) 8) News (59.6 MB) 9) Weather (55.3MB) 10) Skype (26.6MB) 11) Photos (22.5 MB) 12) Maps (19.3MB) 13) Reader (16.2MB) 14) Skydrive (16MB) 15) Bing (9.81MB) 16) Camera (416KB) YouTube sometimes doesn’t play properly. I am not sure if it’s when I downloaded Flash. However it also causes errors at times when flipping the Surface Pro from horizontal to vertical and vice versa. The battery does indeed last 4 hrs approximately. This is unfortunate but I recommend reducing the brightness when on battery. This can of course be automatic from your power settings. The camera is 0.9MP (1280 X720) (16:9) and the video records in 720p. If you’re looking for a tablet that can do everything, the Surface Pro may be for you. If you’re looking for just browsing the Internet, I would recommend the RT or another tablet. Surface is wifi only. Do not expect to play all your games for free either Android users. Although there are free apps and games, not all are free like Android. But this more for a Windows 8 review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Effort from MS

    Posted
    TexOil
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I'm a devote Apple fan. My company got me this SP128 and I'm very impressed. For reference, I own a high-rez tricked out 15" MacBook Pro, iphone 5S, two iMac's #old white and one about a year old# and the latest 64 gb ATT iPad. The only thing this Surface Pro is missing is a cellular card option. 1. Screen is very dgood. Almost as good as the retina on my ipad. But, in comparison to the ipad, the overall shape/size of this screen is better. 2. Font size. I can adjust it, adjust the resolution, but I'm 51 years old and need my reading glasses to use this PC. My iPad functions well for me with no glasses. Surface Pro does let me zoom in using the pinch gesture just like iPad. So, mixed bag but overall a very good experience. 3. Keyboard. This sucker is excellent. I mean, really really excellent. Good touch tactile feedback and it seems pretty indestructible. Kind of flexes/bends. Attaches magnetically and serves as a cover. Great design. I've got big hands and I've got zero issues typing on it. The hinge has some smarts in it. If it's folded all the way back or flat with the keys touching the table surface, the Surface Pro "knows" to default to the virtual screen keyboard. And, convenient arrow keys, lower right. I know, I'm gushing over a freaking keyboard. Ridiculous but it just completes the experience. I looked at several other PC Win8 tablets and really didn't like any of the keyboard add on things. This one looks like a joke at first glace, flimsy, thin, blah blah blah. Try one before you judge. 4. Screen virtual keyboard is okay, but I'm more used to the ipad version so I'm biased. I do like the numerical keypad that pops up however. But on some apps, I have trouble getting it to pop up. 5. Battery life is decent, much dependent on screen brightness. Considering the horsepower of this baby, I can't complain. 6. Horsepower. Excellent. One of my counterparts at work chose a different tablet because it had the cellular card. It also has a slow low end CPU and it bogs down on him. Running the exact same proprietary program our company sells, his lags and really stresses his system where my SurfacePro just flies along with no hiccups. I have 128gb hard drive one. Internal ram is sufficient. 7. Apps -- I had to have a PC based system, had to have a USB port, but still love the tablet format of my ipad. This bridges the gap nicely. The Metro apps took a bit to get used to and here's not nearly as many as Apple App store offers. But, here's the rub. How many apps do you really use all the time? For me on my ipad, it's weather, airline app, stock app, Netflix, and games. Games on the ipad are much more available #I'm a big car racing game fan#. But, other than that, there's not a lot I love to do on the ipad that I can't get an app for with the SP. 8. 802.11n is rock solid, has a great range and logs in automatically where I want it to. I get around the lack of a cellular car by simply creating a hot spot on my iphone 5. Mission accomplished. 9. The power connector is a "mag safe" type design that apple uses. But, and this is a huge but, the darn thing doesn't connect nearly as easily as any of the apple ones I've owned. It always takes me longer than it should to get it connected. But, it's better than plugging something in that I'll eventually snap off. I guess I'll get used to it eventually, but I can't connect it easily by touch. I have to look at it. 10. It's Windows 8, love it or hate it. I have no real complaints since they are making it more Mac OSX-like all the time. The lines are blurring a bit between the PC and Mac. But, where Win8 lacks in apps, it makes up for with all the regular PC programs I can load up that I need. Eventually maybe Apple will put a USB port on a tablet. 11. Almost forgot to add, the pen is really accurate. I don't use it that much but there are a few fine operations in normal windows mode that my fat fingers can't navigate very well. Getting option settings tweaked and such. For day to day workflow, I don't use it. Terrible idea trying to use the magsafe port as a way to secure the pen. Bad word "secure". I've lost it around the house 3 times now. 12. Flip back stand is well integrated into the design. But it's locked at one angle. Good and bad. Better than no stand at all however If you need a real PC with great horsepower, lightweight rugged construction, beautiful screen and great keyboard, this is your tool of choice. And this is from a diehard Apple stockholder.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The First True All-Inclusive Device

    Posted
    User9k

    The Surface Pro is the first device to truly span all areas of technology, and productivity in general. I had been following the Surface Pro for months before release, but was even more impressed with the final result than I had expected. I purchased a 128GB Surface Pro, Touch Cover, XBox-to-USB controller, HDMI adapter and cable, and a 64gb SD chip, because I have to say, this product's strongest point is its unlimited versatility. With the Touch Cover folded back, it has replaced all of my notebooks. Now I just use a OneNote notebook file. I have separate tabs for each of my classes, and within each class tab a list of tabs for each separate day of lecture notes, syllabi, and assignments. Porting the PDFs directly into my OneNote notebook, writing my notes all over them, and having the file save automatically has been insurmountably helpful. My grades have actually increased dramatically as a result due to the increased organization and ease of studying and note taking through the tablet. Snap the pen back onto the side and the SP is a functional tablet. Yes, it's a tad heavier than an iPad, and I'm looking forward to having more MS apps, but this is a trade that I will make for the power and functionality of a laptop within my tablet any day. You can even download BlueStacks and import Android apps to your heart's desire if apps are a big deal. Kick out the stand, plug in the XBox controller, and I've got an XBox on the go! I've spent hours playing Super Meat Boy, Skyrim, Civ V, and an assortment of other games on my SP. Between the third-gen i5 processor and SSD, this little guy can run some pretty powerful programs when it's working full-tilt. Bring out the keyboard and I've got a sleek and snappy laptop. The Surface Pro is a wonderfully fast system to work with, I've never felt like I needed to slow down or close a few windows because I'm being too demanding on the little guy. Also, the ability to run literally any program that I used to on my laptop, from CAD software, to games, to Photoshop, is simply incredible on a two pound system. Plug in the HDMI cable and the SP will be your new desktop. A wireless or usb mouse+keyboard combo and you're good to go. I've hooked my SP up to computer screens and TV's alike for this set-up and it's a seamless and effective solution every time. Critics have definitely been overly negative when reviewing this amazing system. Battery life has yet to fail me. I average 4-5 hours running time regularly and can get 6-7 no problem via battery saver. Battery has always lasted until I can reach an outlet, and is actually substantially better than that on my 3-year old Vaio. Windows 8 is a great OS for the Surface, the touch-optimized interface is very fluid and there are a few other perks (such as an improved Task Manager) that I have really come to love. It's definitely an OS designed for hybridized systems such as this one, and I'm not sure if putting it on desktops and non-touch laptops was a good idea, but it's beautiful on the Surface. I would recommend this system to anyone that can make use of all the different functionalities. It won't replace your gaming PC, but anything short of that it will blow out of the water. If you just want a laptop, get a cheap $450 i5 with a HDD. If you want a system that replaces everything from your laptop to your tablet to even your notebooks, pens, and pencils, the Surface Pro is a perfect solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Have your cake and eat it too.

    Posted
    ComputerGeek813

    I love this tablet/laptop. While between classes and/or work, I can browser the web or watch TV (Netflix, hulu, etc). In addition, Bluestacks has an Android emulator for free that works perfectly with the Surface Pro. I use it to access all my Android apps and they work just as smoothly as they do on my Galaxy Note. But when I need to work on school or work projects I can use the keyboard to turn it into a laptop. I really like that I can use regular desktop apps on this (this has been a deal breaker for tablets in the past). Most people know who get a tablet get board with only having the ability to browse the web, check mail, and play a hand full of games after a few months of owning a tablet. Like many people, I need access to several programs for both school and work that only work in a Windows desktop environment. Plus some games on Steam are now targeted for a touch style interface (IE Civilization 5). In addition, Sky Drive is a must have for Windows 8. Every app has the ability to save data to your Sky Drive which is great for sharing and backing things up. It also allows you to free up space on the hard drive. The stylus works exactly like the stylus for the Galaxy Note (in fact the styluses are interchangeable). There is an eraser on the Surface stylus that does work with some apps (for example One Note). There is a built in app for browsing PDF files and you can use the stylus to hand write additional notes in the PDF file (a major plus). The camera is...ok, but gets the job done. I have seen better cameras on many phones in the past. The screen is amazing! Images look super sharp and the color range is pretty good too. This tablet does get pretty warm to the touch (depending on what you are doing), but is not too hot to hold. I hate Internet Explorer, but IE 10 is a vast improvement over older editions. Unfortunately Google Chrome does not work well with the touch screen. As such, for the time being I use IE 10 which works pretty well. The battery life is not bad (around 5 hours). The new Start screen and touch interface: A touch screen is a must have for Windows 8 and I would never use Windows 8 without one. The touch screen makes it easy to fly through settings, controls, and windows in a way that is just as painless and quick as older versions of Windows using keyboard shortcuts. Of course, all the keyboard shortcuts still work in Windows 8. CONS: Price! This almost cost the same as a high end laptop but is lacking features like a large hard drive and a longer lasting battery. That being said, the product is well made and can handle just about anything you can throw at it. I recommend this to power users. This tablet is for the people who need everything in a tablet with no compromises.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tablet Computer Comes of Age, Fun

    Posted
    StCorbiniansBear
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    First this is a real computer not a Nexus 7 or iPad or the like. Real Windows programs get the job done. There are three experiences to the Surface Pro. 1. Tablet. Good, with a slick collection of Microsoft apps that will cover most of what you do: email, social networking, browsing the web, and keeping track of people and appointments. Some games and other apps, but relatively few compared to the 485,000,000,001 for iPad, and nearly as many for Android. Consider a nice tablet with live tiles a very useful and attractive bonus. 2. Tablet Computer. This is where the Surface Pro racks up the points. Microsoft has squeezed a mid-spec laptop into a one-handed device that's all gorgeous screen. With the Surface Pro, the stylus has taken its place alongside the mouse in the office ecology. Programs run great, and some are actually better experienced than on a conventional setup. As a trial lawyer, I finally have a computer I can casually take to the podium with me, jot notes on, or run Power Point from. This is the heart of the Surface Pro experience. Get it now while it's still got the wow effect. People will look twice. Oh, and handwriting recognition is excellent. You may not miss the keyboard. 3. Desktop Computer. The Surface Pro has a built-stand, but you'll need to spring for a keyboard cover and a tiny, but useful Wedge Bluetooth mouse to use it in the desktop mode. There is a touch keyboard and one with real, depressible keys. Both snap on magnetically to the Surface Pro and can flip over the screen when not in use. As mentioned, the little mouse not only works just as well as its big brothers, but is... well, cute. In fact the whole setup is adorable. Sit down to work, though, and it is nothing more or less than desktop computer, albeit scaled down. The keyboard feels a little small (I have big paws) but in no time I was comfortably touch-typing legal documents. If you don't mind feeling a bit cramped, this could replace your work computer. Whenever someone combines things, there's always the risk they will wind up ruining two perfectly good things. The Spork. The Snuggie. But this is a work of art. With the Surface Pro, you get a decent tablet, a fabulous tablet computer, and a good desktop (or laptop, if you prefer). If this sounds good to you, you'll probably love it. Since I did mark down for price and usability, let me close with a couple of observations. Price is what it is, will probably drop, but you could probably buy a laptop and tablet with money to spare for the price of the Surface Pro. And that would be completely missing both the point and the fun. Usability is not so easily dismissed. It isn't hard to use, it's frustrating hard the LEARN to use. Microsoft seems to have delighted in defeating reasonable expectations about what right clicks ought to do. The "Modern" or "Metro" interface is not exactly seamlessly integrated with your familiar-looking Windows desktop when you drop down into it to run a program. Once you learn the quirks, the ease of use is fine. But make no mistake. Touch is different. You will have to rewire some neuronal pathways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Device EVER!

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    I have been absolutely blown away by this device. After reading several tech blog reviews, I honestly was not expecting much. I bought the Pro with a specific use in mind, that I knew would work even if its performance wasn't that great. To my surprise, just about everything negative from the reviews has turned out to be out right lies. The Pro absolutely ROCKS! It is wicked fast. After working on the Pro for a little while, it became frustrating to hop back on an iPad. Here are a few things that stand out that the reviewers got WRONG: 1. Battery life: After 12 hours of normal use, the Pro is still going strong. Sure it won't last as long if you are working on it CONSTANTLY, but few people work all day on a tablet or PC for that matter. I have used it as my primary PC solely on battery for several days, and it still has plenty when I plug it in at night. On days when I did work on it constantly (PowerPoint, Photoshop, IE, Outlook all open at the same time and the machine never gets to rest), it lasted over 6 hours on battery. 2. Weight: This thing is not too heavy. I can walk around holding it in one hand and type with no discomfort. I understand some people are stronger and more fit than others, but I am in moderate shape at best. This thing is an absolute joy to use as a tablet. 3. Performance: Well, I guess most of the reviews said it performs extremely, well - so they got that right. You will be amazed at what the Pro can do. The best thing is the stylus works PERFECTLY. I have bad penmanship, and the Pro picks up everything I write with no problems. I also like being able to free hand draw into my Office 2013 applications (especially Outlook). This thing even runs Civ V smoothly. Everything is smooth as silk. 4. Lap use: I have had NO problem with this. Of course it is a tablet, so I don't understand all of these pictures of reviewers trying to use the touch covers and kickstand in a lap, just LAY IT DOWN like you would an ipad...wtf... 5. Type cover: I got the Type Cover instead of the touch cover. The trackpad works flawlessly, and the keyboard is AWESOME. I type at the same speed on it as on my full size keyboard (and I am a VERY fast typist). All in all, this is the best tablet on the market right now. It is ALWAYS great to be surprised. Oh, and don't get me started on how great SkyDrive integration is...

    I would recommend this to a friend