Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro

75
Engadget
Score
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Microsoft Surface Pro review

Summary

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.

from $680+
Pros
  • Solid-feeling design
  • Great 1080p display
  • Good performance
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Noisy, annoying fan
  • Un-optimized experiences
Microsoft Surface Pro review

It's a compelling proposition: all the power and application compatibility of a laptop running a proper desktop operating system, all the portability and convenience of a tablet, all mixed together in one package. That's the core idea behind Microsoft's Surface tablets but, as we saw with the Surface for Windows RT a few months ago, its ARM-based nature resulted in some substantial drawbacks. Namely: app selection. Running Windows is all well and good, but when you're running the RT flavor, which strips compatibility with the entire, massive and still-swelling catalog of Windows applications, you're left with a desktop-class operating system completely bereft of any desktop apps. Welcome, then, to the Surface for Windows 8 Pro, which promises all the niceties of the Surface RT -- compelling design, build quality, performance -- with full support for x86 Windows applications. (That is: every single Windows app released before the end of last year.) And, adding a 1080p display to the mix doesn't hurt. So, then, is this perfection in a single 10-inch, $899 device? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

75
 

Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
6.9
Design and form factor
7.5
Expandability
6.3
Speed and features
8.3
Noise
7.3
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Specs

Surface

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
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Specs

Surface

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
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