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Is the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Really Worth It?

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro | Official Website

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro | Official Website

With Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet set to land on store shelves this weekend, industry pundits have started posting their reviews with regards to the device.

Based on the reviews, it appears that the tablet’s main draw is its hardware. The Surface Pro features a fast processor, sharp display, and a stylus that takes advantage of the Windows 8 operating system. However, Microsoft is having a difficult time bringing the tablet’s price within an acceptable range.

Lauding Surface Pro’s Horsepower and High-End Internal Components

According to Harry McCracken of Time, Microsoft decided to showcase exactly what they think a modern PC/tablet hybrid should be with the Surface Pro. Thus, they built two very different models.

In relation to this, he praises the device’s horsepower and high-end internal components, although he finds its price and size an issue. He wrote:

Microsoft likes to use the phrase “no compromises” when describing that versatility, but in fact, Surface Pro—like all computing devices—is a study in compromises.

Perhaps it is also important to put into account how the Surface Pro handles software. McCracken pointed out that the device’s touch interface works well with Windows 8 apps. However, programs not built to take advantage of the hardware were cumbersome to operate.

Snap-on Peripherals and “Pathetic” Battery Life

In another review, Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal listed the pros and cons of the Microsoft Surface Pro. He even suggested that would-be buyers can theoretically use the device as a “full replacement for Windows laptop” when using the thin keyboard covers.

Unfortunately, this snap-on peripheral is sold separately despite the device’s high-entry price. Not to mention that the tablet has a “pathetic” battery life, which tested could only run in less than four hours.

Another sticking point of the Surface Pro is its hefty weight that comes in at two pounds—40 percent heavier than the heaviest iPad. Moreover, the tablet does not offer cellular connectivity.

But just as the Pro is compromised as a tablet, it’s compromised as a laptop. You get fewer ports and less storage than on many laptops and a keyboard that can’t compare with those on many laptops.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro will be available starting February 9, Saturday. It will cost $899 for the 64 GB model, while the 128 GB unit will be tagged at $999. For more reviews, check out the insights of David Pierce of The Verge, Joanna Stern of ABC, Kyle Wagner of Gizmodo, and Tim Stevens of Engadget.

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