One very big question still to be answered is whether the Surface Pro Tablet has repaired at least some of the reputation damage inflicted upon Microsoft by the Surface RT. Right now is probably too early-days to know exactly what the long-term impact of the Surface Pro will be, but if early reception is anything to go on we’re looking at a complete and total repetition of Surface Tablet history from the fall.
As expected, the biggest gripe of all has been and still is that of the price of the Surface Pro – a lofty $899 for the cheaper 64GB version and minus the trademark Touch-Cover keyboard that completes the package. Up the ante to 128GB and you’re looking at $999 without keyboard.
It doesn’t end there though, as just before the thing finally hit the shelves Microsoft decided to confess that both the 64GB and 128GB versions would see much of their storage space swallowed up by Windows 8 and bloatware – 60% on the 64GB model and well over 30% on the 128GB model.
As such, it started to look as though Microsoft was taking the public for a ride, asking beyond top-dollar prices for something that didn’t even deliver what it promised on the box. However, there are two sides to every story and those of a slightly less critical nature have been keen to sing one or two praises of the Surface Pro.
For example, the Surface Pro is being highly recommended to gamers as its 4GB of RAM, quad-core processor and HD400 graphics can handle pretty much anything out there on the market today. What’s more, the Surface Pro’s storage space is easy to expand with eternal drives, it’s one of the few on the market to come with a stylus pen and its Windows 8 OS is backward compatible with all prior versions and Windows programs.
All in all, it wouldn’t be fair to entirely count the Surface Pro out of the running in terms of potential as flawed as it may be, there isn’t really such a thing as a ‘perfect’ tablet PC on the market today. True, the hefty price-tag and depleted storage space may be tough to swallow, but certain benefits and bonuses are also served up which some would argue more than compensate.