There are lots of excited people out there waiting with baited breath for the arrival of Microsoft’s new business oriented tablet the Surface Pro who have reason to get just a little more excited this week. An interesting tweet from the GM of the Surface range of devices at the computer giant, Pano Panay, gives the cause for this additional excitement “On my way to the factory to check out #SurfacePro coming off the line…arriving in the coming weeks”. So there we have it folks, it’s very nearly here.
Last year, towards the end of October, Microsoft released the first in a series of Surface devices, the Surface RT. At that time it was pretty much taken as read that the Surface Pro would be released three months later so it’s more or less right on the mark.
Despite rumors of a disappointing battery life, the two versions of the Surface Pro are hotly awaited. A sixty-four gig model will set you back just under nine hundred bucks and the more impressive one hundred and twenty-eight gig model rolls in at a thousand bucks.
CNET Reviews heaps praise on the tablet stating “The Surface Pro is the more significant product, because it makes no computing compromises; it’s the dream of a tablet as your PC, while the original Surface felt more like an iPad competitor.” Praise indeed. “It all worked exactly as advertised and with an extremely elegant, bordering on beautiful, sense of design.” It’s got plenty to live up to then.
So running Windows 8 Pro powered by Intel’s super-powered Ivy Bridge processors sounds awesome but let us return to the dicey subject of battery life. As a result of this powerful duo the battery life of the Surface Pro cannot live up to the same standards of the other devices operating with ARM processors. These include obvious competitors such as the iPad and even the Surface Pro’s predecessor – the Surface RT. It remains to be seen whether this trade off is a wise move.