Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet has only been on the market for a few short months yet the company is set to release the Surface Pro in just three weeks. Can the Surface Pro deliver us from the shortcomings of its lesser sibling, the Surface RT1?
Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet has only been on the market for a few short months yet the company is set to release the Surface Pro in just three weeks.
Can the Surface Pro deliver us from the shortcomings of its lesser sibling, the surface RT? We’ll have to wait till after February 9th when the Surface Pro officially goes on sale.
According to Microsoft’s website, the Surface Pro comes armed with a stylus, Intel Core i5 chip, 4 GB of RAM and a 1920×1080 HD display. In an effort to bridge the gap between tablet and fully capable laptop, the Surface Pro can run Windows 8, unlike its sibling, the Surface RT which can only run Windows Metro apps. Beefed up specs aren’t without its drawbacks though.
Beefed up specs give the Surface Pro Laptop like abilities but add weight and heft to the tablet. The surface Pro is also inhibited by shorter battery life, 5 hours as opposed to 10. Unfortunately, $899 (for the 64 GB version) doesn’t get you a keyboard. You’ll have to pay an extra $100 for such a luxury. The 128 GB Surface Pro goes for $999; add a $100 for a keyboard and you’re well over the $1,000 mark, the price of a well equipped laptop.
So, is the Surface Pro worth it? Its success might just depend on the usefulness of its stylus – which is popular among the working artist crowd who need to interface with photoshop or the related program. On the other hand, if you are such a person then chances are you won’t want a Window’s based operating system in the first place. But alas, the tablet craze continues – attempting to infringe even further upon a flailing PC market. The Surface Pro will be available at most major electronic retailers nationwide.
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