It’s clear that the Surface Pro is heavier, faster and more expensive than its counterpart, proving that it’s very much an ultrabook and not a tablet. But it still has some holes.
The Surface Pro was designed to showcase Windows 8, and that is exactly what it does, at lightning fast speeds. Its larger size, with the same un-adjustable kickstand, means it’s not really a lap device despite its portability. But it does look good draped in its dark titanium finish – smart design decision of Microsoft. The additional USB port on the power brick and the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics processor means it’s more than capable of multitasking.
Upon closer inspection, one of the biggest features that differentiate the Surface Pro from its predecessor is the pen support. The Surface Pro truly has impressive pressure-sensitive pen functionality, including very decent palm-rejection (no unwanted lines should your palm graze the screen). Unfortunately, however, there is no permanent home for your Stylus leaving you at the risk of misplacing it. The ports have been updated as well, for example the USB port has been upgraded from 2.0 to 3.0 and they’ve relocated the MicroSD card slot to a much more user friendly location, on the right hand side.
To sum it up, here are some of the things we like about the new Surface Pro:
- Streamlined design and full HD screen
- Supports pressure-sensitive pen input
- Great performance
And here are some of the things we don’t like:
- Horrible battery life
- No desktop or keyboard dock
- No mobile broadband option
As far as the future of PC/Tablet hybrids go, Microsoft is definitely leading the way.
So if you already own a Surface Pro or considering it, here’s our advice: don’t forget about the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ issues and obviously, about internet security! BullGuard is compatible with Windows 8 and can offer your Surface Pro top-rated and silent protection behind the scenes that enables you to play games without interruptions.
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