First arrived the Microsoft Surface RT then comes the Surface pro?

Id Software founder John Carmack has suggested that, within the not-too-far-flung future, our pc’s are going to be built-in into our smartphones. With TV plus a multitude of other gadgets now incorporating increasingly more elements of pcs (and seemingly everything sporting Internet access), it is not ridiculous to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates completely from our life, but only after depositing itself in every other home gadget.

If this future is coming, then the Surface pro is more likely to be seen as a important stepping-stone across the way. But is it the kind of stone that makes it possible to get to your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to snap your leg and hamper all development? (Dig those Monday daybreak metaphors, people). We dispatched our reviewer to find out.

THE Specifications

Peculiar Crocodile-themed asides apart, the Surface pro sports a few rather clever statistics. The Microsoft surface pro is dissimilar from its RT counterpart for a number of factors. Chief amongst these causes is the employment of this Windows 8 Pro platform (that’s designed for Intel processors as opposed to RT’s reliance on their ARM equivalents) and the promise for a colossal 128GB storage space (and that’s not counting the Pro’s MicroSDXC slot).

The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU may be a beast, actually, when you boot this tablet up, it flies away like a pet straining away from a harness, anxious and needing to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can calculate 25.6 GB of information a second (that is a lot more than my deprived, crocodile-obsessed brain can process in a week).

THE PRICE

The Microsoft surface pro is, at the present, not obtainable in the United kingdom, but it is going to be soon. In the US, you can get one for $899, which translates at about £590, though that’s not taking the keyboard into account.

THE Running

Sales for the Microsoft surface series have not been as great as Microsoft were evidently hoping, which comes as a real wonder to me. The Surface RT sold comparatively well, but the response was by and large mixed and, ever since the release of the Microsoft surface pro, the business haven’t risen in any significant way. In truth, technology internet site ‘The Register.co.uk‘ reported last month that Surface earnings had started out disappointing and had continued to sink ever since.

As I stated, this is a bombshell, because the Surface Pro appears to become by far the finer product.

The display is, quite literally, beautiful, a attractively rendered mixture of color, light and depth. Additionally, the Microsoft surface pro runs extremely smoothly and efficiently.

Personally, my trouble with the Microsoft surface pro is identical one I had with the Surface RT, that is, Windows 8.

Even though the Intel-friendly Windows 8 is much less difficult to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know isn’t gonna lead us far wrong), it very much features most of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is generally extremely customizable, but the system’s dense and sometimes unforgiving personality can easily make you fling your hands up in the air and wholly give up on what you are attempting to do with it.

The os just isn’t as welcoming and user friendly as Android or iOS and therein lays the major dilemma.

THE VERDICT

Mechanically speaking, the Surface Pro is a miracle. Some of the tech utilized by this gadget is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that respect, the Surface Pro represents a landmark in portable computing.

If you like a challenge, or you happen to be a specialist programmer, this is probably going to represent an ‘iPad beater’ for you. Still, if you’re amongst us common individuals, for whom computers are a tool and not a puzzle, you may get an easier Operating system (and save about £200 in the process) by purchasing an apple ipad.