Is the Microsoft Surface Pro better than the Surface RT?

Id Computer software originator John Carmack has suggested that, in the not-too-far-off future, our pc’s will be built-in into our smartphones. With TV plus a multitude of other devices now incorporating increasingly more elements of computers (and seemingly everything sporting Internet access), it isn’t ridiculous to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates entirely from our life, but only after depositing itself in every other home gadget.

If this future is pending, then the Surface pro is likely to be seen as a important stepping-stone across the way. But is it the kind of stone that helps you reach your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to break your leg and hinder all progress? (Dig those Monday morning similes, people). We dispatched our reviewer to find out.

THE SPECS

Peculiar Crocodile-themed asides aside, the Microsoft Surface Pro sports a number of pretty nifty stats. The Microsoft surface pro is dissimilar from its RT counterpart for any variety of factors. Chief along with these causes is the use of this Windows 8 Pro os (which is designed for Intel processors as opposed to RT’s reliance on their ARM equivalents) and also the potential for a enormous 128GB storage (and that is not counting the Pro’s MicroSDXC slot).

The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU may be a beast, actually, each time you start this tablet up, it flies away like a puppy straining away from a harness, anxious and eager to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can process 25.6 GB of data a second (which is a lot more than my deprived, crocodile-obsessed brain can conduct in a week).

THE PRICE

The Microsoft surface pro is, at present, not available in the United kingdom, but it will be shortly. Within the United states, you can get one for $899, which translates at about £590, though that is not taking the keyboard into account.

THE PERFORMANCE

Product sales for the Microsoft surface series have not been as great as Microsoft were clearly hoping, which comes as a genuine wonder to me. The Surface RT sold relatively well, however the reaction was generally mixed and, since the release of the Microsoft surface pro, the business haven’t risen in any significant way. In fact, technology blog ‘The Register.co.uk‘ reported last month that the Surface earnings had started off disappointing and had continued to droop ever since.

As I said, this is a revelation, since the Surface Pro seems to become by far the better product.

The screen is, quite literally, beautiful, a attractively rendered mixture of colour, light and depth. Additionally, the Surface Pro runs extremely smoothly and effectively.

In my opinion, my problem with the Surface Pro is similar one I had with a Surface RT, that is, Windows 8.

Though the Intel-friendly Windows 8 is much easier to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know is not likely to lead us far wrong), it still features nearly all of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is actually highly customizable, however the system’s dense and often intolerant nature can easily cause you to throw your arms up in the air and wholly give up on what you are trying to do with it.

The os just is not as welcoming and user friendly as Android or iOS and therein lays the major dilemma.

THE VERDICT

Technically speaking, the Microsoft surface pro is a miracle. Some of that tech used by this gadget is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that respect, the Surface Pro represents a milestone in portable computing.

When you fancy a challenge, or you happen to be an expert programmer, this is probably going to signify an ‘iPad beater’ for you. Though, if you’re one of us common individuals, for whom pcs are a tool and not a puzzle, you will get an easier Operating system (and save about £200 in the process) by buying an iPad.