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  • I come bearing glad tidings. After decades of OEM malaise, a constant parroting of the speeds and feeds mantra, and an aesthetic that was formulated in the back room of a dingy Staples office supply store, the PC is really back.In short, the Surface Pro i...

  • 10 0
    8

    Date: 3/19/2015

    Good: Very good screen quality, Very fast system speed, Consumer testers really liked the design and feel

    Bad: Fairly heavy for its size, Subpar sound quality, Slightly small screen for its size

    Touted as a laptop in tablet form, this Windows 8 unit comes complete with a detachable keyboard dock, stylus pen, and colored case that acts as a kickstand. You can run the full versions of programs that you would use on any laptop (like Word or Excel)...

  • Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro can replace your laptop, and it certainly has the power and portability to do so. However, while we can see it replacing perhaps an entry-level MacBook Air, you could get two budget Windows laptops for the same mon...

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    7.5

    Date: 1/17/2014

    Good: Solidfeeling design, Great 1080p display, Good performance

    Bad: Poor battery life, Noisy, annoying fan, Unoptimized experiences

    Microsoft's Surface with Windows 8 Pro is the best tablet running Windows 8 we've yet seen, but still feels like a compromise when used as a tablet or laptop....

  • Are you the kind of person who hops from tablet to PC to laptop, and wonders why you can't just have one computer that does all three? If so, then devices like the Surface Pro really are beginning to fulfill that promise. The "beginning" part, though, is...

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    6

    Date: 5/24/2013

    Good: Bright and vibrant touchscreen, full Windows 8 OS compatibility, good performance

    Bad: Bulky and heavy for a tablet, shorter battery life than the Surface RT, Microsoft Office isn't preloaded

    MICROSOFT'S WINDOWS 8 operating system (OS) hasn't been met with the best response since its launch last October, which was confirmed by Acer, one of the industry's largest computer makers, when it said earlier this month that it was "a disappointment to ...

  • It's been a long time coming, but for those underwhelmed by the diluted Windows experience on Microsoft's Surface RT tablet , the newer full-fat version is now set to bring a full Windows 8 experience in the Surface guise with the launch of the Microsoft ...

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    8.8

    Date: 4/12/2013

    Good: Very good tablet performance, High contrast and bright display, Multi-touch + pen entry, Very good case quality, Integrated display support (kickstand), USB 3.0 + DisplayPort, Magnetic power connection, Power supply with USB port

    Bad: Available storage capacity (64GB version), Cooling fan is clearly audible when utilized, Heavy weight, Low camera resolution, Moderate battery life

    Microsoft Surface Pro Microsoft's attempt to do combine a tablet and an Ultrabook has been a success in every respect when it comes to the Surface Pro. The significantly improved processing power, which is effectively identical to that of an Ultrabook, c...

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    7

    Date: 3/30/2013

    The Surface Pro is a well-engineered device, and an awesome first attempt from Microsoft at meshing a PC with a tablet experience. It needs work in a few areas, and it is a bit pricey, but overall an excellent device.The Surface Pro is a well-engineered d...

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    8.8

    Date: 3/28/2013

    Good: Gorgeous high-end hardware, Largest application ecosystem of any tablet operating system, Faster than any ARM-based tablet, Huge hardware compatibility ecosystem, More enterprise & business features than any other tablet (Active Directory support, Bitloc...

    Bad: 5 hour battery life is less than many low-power tablets, Intel Core i5 CPU generates some heat when under heavy use, Maximum RAM option is only 4Gb, Maximum SSD storage option is only 128Gb (with around 89Gb available at first boot.), Stylus drivers don'...

    The reason it's called the Surface Pro is because it's for Professionals (or people who would like to be professionals someday), but it's also great for amateurs. The price reflects that, the processor power reflects that, the operating system reflects ...

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    9

    Date: 3/7/2013

    Good: Excellent performance thanks to top of the line hardware, A full Windows 8 experience without any compromises, Solid build with simplistic and elegant design, Endless possibilities for productivity depending on how it's used

    Bad: Poor battery life, Can be heavy for some people, 150% scaling in desktop mode makes nonoptimized apps look terrible

    The Microsoft Surface Pro is a unique device in a category of it's own. It's not really a tablet nor is it really a notebook. Those who are looking for a device where they can read ebooks, play Angry Birds, surf the web, and watch countless hours of Netf...

  • The tablet market doesn't look very different than it did a year ago from the perspective of who's doing well and who's not. And yet quite a bit has changed in the last twelve months. Apple is still the undisputed leader with an astounding 58 million iPad...

  • The Surface Pro from Microsoft, is a representation of an ideology shift by a company that over the years has been adamant about stay out of the hardware business. But with increasing pressure from the dominance of Apple's iPad and Google's ever encroachi...

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    5

    Date: 2/15/2013

    Good: Excellent build quality, Display is extremely bright

    Bad: Only one USB port, Type Cover is terrible and overpriced, Heavy and thick for a tablet, Below-average endurance, Runs slightly warm, Poor value

    Microsoft's Surface Pro is a bold move. By jumping into the tablet business, the company is attempting to counter the “post-PC” era by guiding consumers towards a future where PCs are different, but still dominated by Windows. We think the idea is sound...

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    8

    Date: 2/14/2013

    Good: Classy and good looking, great build and materials, fast, clean Windows 8 Pro install, comes with digital pen, 1080p display, wildly portable for a Core i5 machine, Classy and good looking, great build and materials, fast, clean Wi

    Bad: A little heavy for a tablet, a bit small for a laptop; but a valiant attempt at marrying the two. Battery life passable but not laudable, A little heavy for a tablet, a bit small for a laptop; but a valiant attempt at marrying the

    The Microsoft Surface Pro isn't just novel, though that certainly is part of its appeal along with the sexy design and high quality look and feel. It's a landmark marriage of computing power and portability. The question is: do you need a miraculously...

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    8

    Date: 2/12/2013

    Good: Gorgeous 1080p screen, Premium design, Runs most Windows apps, Comes with a stylus

    Bad: So-so battery life, Windows OS and restore partition eat up much of the onboard storage, Single USB port

    Microsoft's Surface Pro fixes the Surface RT's limitations with powerful ultrabook internals, premium design, and a stunning IPS screen, not to mention compatibility with Windows 7 and 8 apps. But it's still compromised, both as a tablet and a laptop...

  • Good: Solid, elegant hardware design, Runs Windows 8 Pro and legacy software, Ultrabooklevel performance, Supports pressuresensitive pen input

    Bad: Disappointing battery life, Kickstand isn't adjustable, No desktop or keyboard dock available, Desktop scaling issues when used with a large external monitor, Lacks GPS and NFC, No mobile broadband option, Stylus needs a storage location within the chassi...

    Like the ARM-based Surface RT, the bulkier, heavier and more powerful x86-based Surface Pro is very much a version 1.0 product. As with the RT model, build quality is generally excellent, although we have a few gripes, including the non-adjustable kicksta...

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    8.5

    Date: 2/11/2013

    Good: Full Windows 8 Pro experience, Vibrant and sharp looking display, Distinctive and solid design, Useful pressure sensitive stylus, Peppy performance

    Bad: Terrible camera, Battery life is less than other tablets, Not enough apps make use of the stylus

    It's been several months after the release of the Surface RT, and it's unknown how well Microsoft's slate was able to penetrate the market, since the Redmond based company hasn't been vocal about actual sales numbers. Regardless, it was something that...

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    8

    Date: 2/7/2013

    Good: Compact. Improved UI: Things don't look "too small" in desktop mode. Comes with pressuresensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers. Truly Windows compatible. Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD screen. 10finger touch screen.

    Bad: Keyboard cover is an optional extra. Only one USB 3.0 port. VGA and HDMI require optional adapters

    The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor....

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    8

    Date: 2/6/2013

    Good: Compact. Improved UI: Things don't look "too small" in desktop mode. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers. Truly Windows compatible. Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD screen. 10-finger touch screen.

    Bad: Keyboard cover is an optional extra. Only one USB 3.0 port. VGA and HDMI require optional adapters

    The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor....

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    7

    Date: 2/6/2013

    The Surface Pro is out and our complete review is ready. Like it or not, the Surface Pro is one of the most anticipated tablet of this first quarter of 2013 and it's easy to understand why: it is the reference tablet that is supposed to prove that a full...

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    5

    Date: 2/6/2013

    Good: Fast boot time; Ultrabook power with Core i5; Attractive design; Sharp and bright 1080p display

    Bad: Short battery life; Keyboard not included; Must store stylus on outside of tablet; Poor camera quality

    The Microsoft Surface Pro delivers Ultrabook performance and a full HD screen in a tablet design, but short battery life holds it back....

  • The Surface Pro is the product Microsoft should have debuted to carry the banner of Windows 8 last fall. More powerful than the Surface RT tablet that's been met with "muted" response from the market, the Surface Pro fulfills the promise of Windows 8: You...

  • Back in 2004 several companies released full Windows XP PDAs. Yes, tablets have been called back than Personal Digital Assistants. One of them was the Sony VAIO U series (Photo). I had the pleasure to review one back then. I came to the same downsides tha...

  • The Surface Pro has been well-engineered and the build quality is absolutely incredible - but the problem with the Surface Pro is that it has an identity crisis. Let me explain what I mean. The RT is a lightweight, but incredibly versatile consumer m...

  • Microsoft may have turned a few heads with the announcement of the Surface RT tablet, but their initial release was far from the major success the company had hoped it would be. Despite looking very similar, the Surface Windows 8 Pro and Surface RT are...

  • Good: The screen is pretty, Touch Covers and Type Covers are still good typing solutions, The build quality remains first-rate, Runs Windows apps with aplomb

    Bad: Runs hot, Runs loud, Runs short, The whole resolution scaling situation is unsatisfactory, Metro-style apps still lacking in breadth, number, and quality

    Microsoft's first ever computer, the Surface with Windows RT (or "Surface RT" as I will henceforth call it) is a mixed bag. The design and build quality both impress, and Microsoft's twin typing solutions—the 3mm no-moving-parts Touch Cover and the 6mm re...

  • Microsoft met some resistance with its first Surface tablet, but that isn’t stopping the company from making a second attempt, this time with a full copy of Windows 8. Where the Surface RT left would-be tableteers confused with its partial app support,...

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    8

    Date: 2/5/2013

    Good: Ultrabook-caliber components, Beautiful, 1920-by-1080 display, Windows 8 grants full desktop application support

    Bad: Pen is a nice touch, but chintzy, Display size and keyboard comfort will make you think twice

    Surface Pro is the best Windows tablet, but depending on your needs, it may not be the best Windows 8 hybrid for you....

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    7

    Date: 2/5/2013

    Good: The Microsoft Surface Pro fits a full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet. Thanks to the ingenious Type and Touch covers, it offers a comfortable interface and typing experience. The clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen rise above the c...

    Bad: The battery life is disappointing, and more ports would be nice. The 64GB model barely has any free storage. It costs as much as a regular laptop, especially because the cool keyboard cover isn't included by default

    The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holdin...

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    7

    Date: 2/5/2013

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    Bad: Lacking in usable storage space. Short on battery life. Nonadjustable kickstand becomes a burden with longterm use. Pricey; you'll need to drop extra money on several accessories (mouse, keyboard cover, external storage). Too hot, heavy and thick to comfo...

    The Surface Pro looks like a tablet, but it's not a mobile device. It's a portable device.Sure, put the Surface Pro next to the Surface RT and it's hard to spot many differences. One's a little thicker, but their shapes are otherwise identical. Both have ...

  • Good: We talk a lot about the future whenever anyone does something new. While the Surface Pro might not be the future, exactly as it is, it's absolutely full of ideas and functions that are just off the horizon, or just in from it. A pro-level stylus, touch-ba...

    Bad: You'll need to tinker. Tinker tinker tinker. The process of getting and keeping the Surface Pro into a state that's comfortable and efficient is involved, largely because of Desktop scaling/sizing issues. Desktop is just too small and hard to control on t...

    If it fits your professional needs, youll at least want to consider it. Same goes if you have enough scratch to take a flyer on a secondary computer (that also happens to represent the future of computing). For anyone else, the Surface Pro probably isnt...

  • Surface Pro is about as well executed as Microsoft could have made it given the currently available hardware. Its performance is outstanding for a tablet - it's truly in a class of its own. If I sit down and use Surface Pro as I would an iPad or Android t...

  • I first laid eyes on Microsoft's ( MSFT ) Surface tablet just about four months ago . It was a rainy Monday morning in Redmond, Washington and we were barely into the first 20 minutes of a full day of meetings when I knew the Surface was a huge, huge deal...

  • Good: Fast, consistent performance, Handsome and well-made, Fantastic display

    Bad: Poor battery life, Heavy and thick, Really hard to actually use on your lap

    I've now been using the Surface Pro for a week or so, and I've had a real chance to see if this device, which starts at $899, is able to live up to my lofty expectations. Is it my next? Is it yours? Let's find out....

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Technical Specifications

Processor

  • i7-7660U processor
  • Y
  • 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7
  • 2.5 GHz
  • 2
  • 4 MB
  • 14 nm
  • 15 W

Audio

  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • 3.5 mm
  • Dolby Audio Premium
  • 1.6 W

Camera

  • Y
  • 5 MP
  • Y
  • 8 MP

Design

  • Black, Silver
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  • Slate

Display

  • 12.3"
  • Y
  • 2736 x 1824 pixels
  • 3:2
  • Multi-touch

Graphics

  • Intel

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    Intel® Quick Sync Video uses the dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel® Graphics Technology to make video encoding tasks—such as creating DVDs or Blu-ray discs, creating and editing 3D videos, converting 2D video files into 3D, and converting video for portable media players and social networking sites—faster and easier.

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Keyboard

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  • N

Memory

  • 16 GB

Networking

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  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Operating System & Software

  • Windows 10 Pro

Ports & Interfaces

  • MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
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  • 3.5 mm

Storage

  • SSD

Weight & Dimensions

  • 27.7 oz (784 g)
  • 7.91" (201 mm)
  • 11.5" (292 mm)
  • 0.335" (8.5 mm)
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