The Microsoft Surface Pro release date is creeping ever-closer and so too therefore are all the answers we’ve been waiting for as to the super-premium tab’s viability. What’s more, hands-on previews have already been granted to the lucky few and it seems that so far at least, the Surface Pro could somehow silence the critics.
In fact, some have even gone so far as to say that the Surface Pro tablet delivers in all the areas the Surface RT fell short and has the potential to restore faith in the venture as a whole.
At the recent 2013 CES in Las Vegas, a handful of privileged reviewers and experts were given a closely-guarded introduction to the Surface Pro tablet, which included a generous hands-on play with the thing. And as quite the surprise to even the most ardent critics of the project, the Surface Pro has once again been flagged as the game-changing tablet we’d expected to see when the Surface RT arrived last year.
Roughly summed up, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is bigger than the Surface RT, heavier, boasts a better screen, Intel Core i5 power under the hood, Windows Pro and a significantly higher $900 price-tag. However, beyond all the specs and features in the world on paper comes the biggest draw of all to the Surface Pro – it is the first tablet in the world to deliver full-fat desktop performance and software in every way, shape and form.
Nitpicking aside – i.e. slight disapproval regarding an easy-to-lose stylus and poor placement of some ports – the general consensus appears to be that Microsoft has really knocked the ball out of the park with the Surface Pro. Given the right accessories it is quite simply a hugely powerful desktop, laptop and tablet PC all in one, which by rights in no way makes $900 a hefty price to pay.
That being said, this is appeal reserved exclusively for those looking to actually replace all three of their existing devices or start from scratch. Or to put it another way, the $900 Surface Pro will still prove a tough sell for those just looking for a new tablet or Windows 8 laptop alone – stunning examples of both can be picked up for less than $500.