Despite the positive hype surrounding the release of the Surface Pro release date drive from Microsoft, many potential consumers are starting to ask questions about the tablet that has been designed primarily with business users in mind. The Surface Pro is powered by Windows 8 (of course) and will be released at the start of next month. The tablet boats a 10.6 inch screen and one of its key selling points is that it will be powered to run legacy systems so business users can continue to use the same programs and applications they used on their desktop computers.
One of the key questions being asked is whether this tablet goes far enough to potentially replace its desktop predecessor. The main issue here is one of size. So can the 10.6 inch screen provide enough space to enable workers to maintain productivity levels? The Surface Pro’s screen is not actually as small as you might initially think. Many of the older fashioned netbooks (which were perfectly useable) had screens of this size or even smaller. Indeed the screen size is only slightly smaller than the MacBook Air and you don’t hear many people complaining that that screen is too small. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the entire screen of the Surface Pro will be running Windows 8; it’s not like there’s any wasted space here.
In terms of typing, if reports are true then this wonderful little tablet might set you back a lot more than you were budgeting for. The only way that decent typing and input can be maintained in the same way as desktop input would involve purchase of the Type Keyboard. You can add on another $130 roughly to the price of the Surface Pro.
Now onto the main problem that many are foreseeing. As mentioned previously, one of the key benefits of the Surface Pro is the ability to run legacy systems. But let’s consider this for a moment. Legacy systems are designed to work on legacy hardware. These generally have much bigger screens than the 10.6 inches offered by the Surface Pro. Surely running them on screen this size will present a whole host of problems (not least with eyesight) that we haven’t even considered as yet. It remains to be seen.