When you do, please give Minecraft a spin.
Paul i heard you mention to leo last week about fans running all the time when you used skype.are they fairly loud i ran skype and justin tv and for me i never hear them at all.
I do like the Pro, and you raise very good points. The device I am excited about is the ThinkPad Helix Touch. Just waiting on release details.
Paul, have you seen this device in person?
I played with Surface Pro at Best Buy, for being Tablet has lot of power and for acting as Laptop is a joke. HD4000 video chip is a joke. Battery life sucks, it is a bit hot and too thick. If i was to get one at least i would do one thing, remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on it. Why? Metro is useless and as far as Windows 8 Desktop goes, it is not less touch friendly than Windows 7 desktop. Not sure it is me, but i had hard time navigating through Metro Touch interface. My fingers got tired of it plus Metro is boring and has no context.
Again great hardware packed inside but useless because of unusuable OS. Too bad really :(
so I insall shazam for windows 8 and when I click on BUY MUSIC it takes me to ITUNES....whats up with that???
Paul, as always, a great review and I've also enjoyed your day-by-day life with the Surface Pro articles.
If it's at all interesting, I've posted a review from a creative professional's point of view. Creative pro's like me are probably the best target market for this type of device, as long as they fix the WinTab API issue.
I finally tried out the Surface RT and Pro at my local Best Buy. I'm sorry to say that I'm sorely disappointed with the devices. You can be sure that I won't be buying the first generation devices.
Both have problems, but it gets worse for the Pro. When compared with the iPad, the Surface is much too thick, they are like bricks (it rhymes). The Pro is even thicker and heavier. The RT/Pro are unwieldy. They won't be comfortable on the lap as tablets.
Based on the weight and screen size, I can't help thinking the screen size is too small. This is especially true for the Pro with its 2 pound weight and 10.6 inch screen size. At two pounds, why not change the specifications. Make the device thinner, and make the screen size larger like 13 inches.
The 16:9 screen dimensions is all wrong. As an HD screen, portrait viewing is less desirable. If you want to work with an app or document, it gives the user less screen to work with.
After you add the keyboard, the whole unit is like a brick. At the Best Buy display, I dropped it twice. There is less surface area to grip the device in the landscape layout. You will never grip it vertically in the portrait layout.
To fix Surface, it needs to be a tablet first, laptop computer second. It is just a useless device now. The Metro UI is 80% of what an ideal Tablet UI should be.
I have a Surface Pro in transit and should be delivered this Tuesday PM. I have tried the Surface Pro 3 times at a Best Buy so I have a fair idea of how well it will fulfill my needs. Now thanks to Paul's very thorough critic of his Surface Pro experience I have an even better idea of what to expect.
Having been using my own Surface Pro exclusively for a few weeks, I agree with the text scaling issue. If it were display independent the problem would be solved. As it stands, I've reverted to 100% text and zoom in on the 10" screen on the occasions I'm without an external display. Otherwise all of my desktop processing occurs on the external display.
One more thing, while I HATE Facebook I'm stuck with it as the rest of the world uses it, when are either FB or Msft going to concede and make an app that will actually allow me to use the Share charm. It's a great idea, but....
Nice series Paul. Your opening comment nailed the Surface squarely "This is the Surface device that Microsoft should have gone to market with originally"
I have both a Surface RT and Surface Pro. The Pro is the machine that the RT wants to grow up to be.
The Entire thing about Windows 8
Okay! Here I go off about Windows 8!
I bought my laptop in June and they said when I bought it that I would be able to Upgrade my laptop to Windows 8 for $14.99. so I did it. When Windows 8 came out everyone said that it's a great Operating System, so i decided to upgrade my laptop. When i first upgraded it was so annoying, because there is no start button, so i got so frustrated, but i was able to find a way to get a start button and then everything was getting much easier. One day my laptop started getting very very slow, so I had to call up my laptop company for them to try to help me fix it which they weren't able to fix it over the phone. And then all of the sudden all of my information was getting lost and not working, so i called the company back and had to get all the way up to a case manager which i was hoping for them to get me a new laptop, because it was the second time my laptop was broken in the summer. But the case manager was telling me that i have to downgrade to Windows 7, so i had to get my recovery discs and start doing it, but it stopped in the middle of doing it, so i called my case manager tells me that i have to send my laptop in for repair. Oh and then he tells me that my computer wasn't made for Windows 8 which i told him that it was, because that was part of the package when i bought my laptop in June.
Basically what i'm trying to say is that Windows 8 SUCKS AND I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE!!!!! Windows 8 is really meant for a tablet and a touchscreen computer/laptop. NO ONE SHOULD BUY WINDOWS 8!!!!!!!!
I like that description; “hybrid PC.” That is what I have been looking forward to for a long time, since I have been lugging around both a laptop and tablet for quite a long time. I want something more versatile than my iPad, but just as powerful, so I can use it for both my work I do at DISH and entertainment. Now I use my iPad to watch my TV shows by using DISH Anywhere and my DISH Hopper DVR at home. I love it because I can watch TV while I’m on the train, through the internet and get caught up on TV watching when I usually don’t have time at home.
I've been using the Surface Pro since June 2013. I purchased the 128g model for 399.99 at TechEd 2013. I also purchased a 64g RT for 99.00. Serously, I felt like a pirate. Thought I'd make y'all pea green with envy. I gifted the RT to a friend starting nursing school
I'm in love with my Pro. The battery life hasn't become an issue for me. It fits in my tote along with my wallet and sundry items so it's always handy.
I didn't find the weight objectionable and I thought the additonal charging usb on the brick was genius. My problem with previous tablets was working on documents or remote accessing my network, getting into my AD, etc.
Obviously not an issue with PRO. I agree with Paul, the quallity, the thought into design and not dealing with crapware, for me, was like opening the door into sunlight. My professional life has beome significantly less complicated. I am no longer encumbered by poorly developed apps to provide remote support. I carry a round, light displaying 5-usb port hub. I use it to connect my bluetooth curve mouse - another wonder to behold.
So there it is. I'm not a gamer, don't develop or write programs, etc. I just manage networks, train end-users in Office, manage telecommunications, have an impressive arsenal of forensic apps for processing evidence, and build "reveiw" databases. So take my experience for what its worth.
Something Paul didn't mention are the free classes at Microsoft stores to get a running start if you're not familiar with Win 8 or Surface- of which I was neither.
I am emboldened to get the next version Windows 8 Phone. I took a session on it at TechEd and it's amazing. I hear the microchip is changing. A rumor at TechEd.
They'll have to pry my Pro out of my dead cold hands.
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