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Surface RT launched less than four months ago to mixed reviews. I saw potential in the device, but it needed faster hardware and honestly Windows RT needed some sanding around the edges. Today we have the official introduction of Surface Pro. With a higher price, thicker/heavier chassis and lower battery life, could Surface Pro possibly fare any better than Surface RT did last year?
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As expected the battery life is no good for a tablet(and won't be unless they move onto Haswell ULV)/good for a laptop but this thing is a struggle to use on the lap with keyboard(ASUS Transformer style hinged keyboard would be better than Kickstand+separate type/touch cover). Microsoft still have a long way to go in term of refining this product.
Edited by sherlock - 2/5/13 at 8:12pm
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As expected the battery life is no good for a tablet(and won't be unless they move onto Haswell ULV)/good for a laptop but this thing is a struggle to use on the lap with keyboard(ASUS Transformer style hinged keyboard would be better than Kickstand+separate type/touch cover). Microsoft still have a long way to go in term of refining this product.

If I could do at 4x the work with half the battery life, while offering "more" then it's competition, I don't see it as 6 hours of battery life, I see 6 hours of battery life with at 24 hours of productivity; while capable of professional office applications, CAD software, full media software, light gaming, etc. I wish these things were considered with more value in battery life benchmarks.

I could care less about tablets these days. I enjoy them in simply reading information (while not contributing - which is something I rarely do), photoshop drawing, or viewing images and videos, but the novelty of using a tablet outside of its functionality is not a factor for me anymore. Tablets are usually pretty mediocre for web browsing, outside of the iPad and or any tablet with firefox enabled, and the phone serves the same function while maintaining the same functionality.

The market is giving these puppies far too much interest; and once the novelty wears off, you need something of function to keep it going. E-reading doesn't quite cut it anymore for real books, nor newspapers, nor text books. I honestly think tablets are beginning to die or need a new focus. Microsoft has the right direction, though, but outside of that, all other tablets are just glorified larger phones that do the same thing, sometimes less, while just taking up more room then they should. The surface Pro is more like an even more portable laptop while giving it tablet functionality without an additional device.
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Idea's great, they just need to work the kinks out of it.
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Ya, I was going to purchase a Surface Pro until I found out it has like 40% the battery life of the iPad4 that I went with. Retina display is also hard to pass up.
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Battery life is kind of expected for a full x86 Core i5 machine. 17 W TDP is really high for what is typically found in a tablet, but normal for an ultrabook.
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I wonder if you can run android apps on this, since I heard you can do that on windows, but use the gyroscope and accelerometer.
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I have played around with the RT version. I think Microsoft has something good going. Like Marin said, "they need to work out the kinks." The Pro will be released this Saturday, Feb 9th. My boss has already given me permission to purchase three wink.gif We'll be testing them out this upcoming week. I'll post back with my thoughts.
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Ya, I was going to purchase a Surface Pro until I found out it has like 40% the battery life of the iPad4 that I went with. Retina display is also hard to pass up.
Hard to pass up being able to actually do all your work natively on the Surface and have a i5 with DirectX/OpenGL and not a ARMCortex processor biggrin.gif
Different usage scenarios though of course.

6 Hours is pretty normal for most Ultrabooks with the same i5, 4GB, SSD combo so I do not see the issue personally.
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Battery life is kind of expected for a full x86 Core i5 machine. 17 W TDP is really high for what is typically found in a tablet, but normal for an ultrabook.

Too bad they weren't aware of the Y SKU Ivy Bridge when they designed it. Battery is not a issue if you consider it primarily as a laptop, but it is hard to use on the lap for a laptop.
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