The Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Professional, a device most of us know as the Microsoft Surface Pro, will be launched later this month, as promised by the Redmond, Wash. company. Expectations are high for the 10.6-inch tablet, which will hopefully help Microsoft gain some momentum after the less than sterling debut of the Surface with Windows RT (aka Surface RT). Though it may be an extremely expensive tablet at $899 for the 64 GB version with optional Touch Cover sold separately, many believe the Surface Pro could carve a niche as a great tablet for enterprise users who need high-end features and lots of storage space.
PCMag was at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, and was able to do a hands-on test on the Surface Pro, a device notable for shipping with a complete version of Windows 8 Pro with all Microsoft Office applications available. Writer Joel Santo Domingo was able to observe quite a few strong points on the Surface Pro, including better display quality as advertised (the Surface Pro boasts of 1920 x 1080 HD resolution) and being deceptively easy to carry around despite being slightly heavier than the Surface RT.
Features-wise, there isn’t much different compared to the Surface RT, as the Touch and Type Covers work in a similar way as they do on the slightly older tablet, while the power adapter connectors on both devices look almost identical. The digitizer pen was described as “graphics artist-friendly” due to its being pressure-sensitive. Wrapping up PCMag’s features recap for the Surface Pro, Santo Domingo mentioned the two fans located inside the tablet’s top portion as being helpful in preventing the device from overheating.
The Surface Pro, which is expected to launch late this month, also comes with a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM and the choice of 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage.