Windows 8 Pro Review – Spoiler, it’s not looking good!

So the Windows Surface Pro is finally here
and the reviews are out.
I must be honest as a
business iPad owner (and someone into music and video production),
I was really looking forward to a tablet which could do everything,
but as time went on and I learned more about the Windows Surface
Pro, it seemed that to achieve that, there are
huge sacrifices. Don’t get me wrong, the iPad is great, but
without mouse support and Photoshop, a lot of my business and
personal tasks are left to my laptop. I really did want the best of
both worlds. The Surface Pro is very thick, quite heavy and has
poor battery life, which is almost the entire spectrum of opposites
you’d want from a tablet. It’s such a shame, if Microsoft could
have made something as thin, as light but more powerful than the
iPad, that would have made sense, but the Surface Pro, just leaves
you wishing you’d have purchased an UltraBook, which is likely to
have more memory, weigh less, a touch screen and a battery life to
last you a full day. Here’s what other review sites thought of the
Surface Pro 8 href="">The
– “There’s something really weird
about running Windows on a tablet, though. I never think about
getting a virus on my iPad, or making sure to comply with constant
system updates.” – The Surface Pro comes with a Wacom-made
pressure-sensitive and capacitive stylus that attaches to the
device and is a “useful companion to the device.” – “It’s too big,
too fat, and too reliant on its power cable to be a competitive
tablet, and it’s too immutable to do everything a laptop needs to
do.” href="">AllThingsD
– In battery tests, it lasted under four hours – less than half the
stamina of the iPad and three hours less than Surface RT. – “Of the
64 GB of solid-state storage on the entry-level $899 model, only 30
GB of that is free for the user, according to Microsoft. On the
$999 model, 90 GB of the 128 GB total is available for the user.” –
“As with the original Surface, the Pro is solidly built, with the
same innovative metal kickstand that keeps it upright on a desk or
table.” href="">Gizmodo
– “Its Ivy Bridge i5 processor, the same you’ll find in most
ultrabooks, launches apps almost instantly (another big upgrade
from Surface RT).” – “Its screen is too good. Which is to say, its
1080p resolution is so dense on the 10.6-inch screen that desktop
programs seem too small, too cramped.” href="">TechCrunch
– “As a laptop it is excellent. I was able to do nearly everything
I needed to do including the editing of large documents, photo
management, blogging, some minor gaming, and plenty of email and
web browsing.” – The physical $129 Type Cover and the capacitive
$119 Touch Cover are “essential to the Surface Pro experience.” –
“There are obviously trade-offs, but the simplicity of form, the
excellent design, and the promising OS make the Surface Pro a real
treat – and threat to other manufacturers.” href="">Engadget
– “That keyboard slowed us down and its trackpad continued to
frustrate.” – “Photos [from two 720p cameras] are incredibly full
of noise and the sensor seems to be completely unable to manage
contrast, resulting in images that are either totally washed out or
far too dark.” –  “If you’re the type who likes to
quickly pop on your tablet to check for new email or Facebook
messages every few minutes, you may find yourself forced out of
that habit here.” The  href="">Microsoft
Surface Pro releases on February 9 and comes in a
64GB version for $899 and a 128GB version for $999, with the Type
Cover an additional $129 and a Touch Cover an additional $119. Are
you thinking of getting a Surface Pro? Let us know your

2 Responses to Windows 8 Pro Review – Spoiler, it’s not looking good!

  1. mark says:

    I think an ultrabook will not weigh less then surface pro with type cover. It is about the same as an 11″ macbook air.

    • Mark B Brown says:

      Hey the Surface Pro with Touch cover is 2.2Lbs the new Samsung Series 7 Ultrabooks are only 2.16 for 11.6″ model, so they kind of weigh the same.

      It’s a shame they could make the Surface RT weight/dimensions with Windows Surface Pro 8 on it!

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