Originally Posted by tpi2007
Anand does a good job of trying to pass the Surface Pro as a good device in this following paragraph,
while at the same time he keeps mentioning the bad things about it throughout the review. I don't know if he is trying to be politically correct, but I don't know how this can fare any better than Surface RT. Surface 2 Pro, in a few months, with Haswell, and ironed out kinks and bugs ? Perhaps. But then again, he is very smart about the way he phrases his conclusion:
See, he makes a comparative statement - "Surface Pro is an easier recommendation", but he doesn't actually recommend it. It's as if he doesn't really want to call things as they are. Yet he talks several times about Surface 2 Pro with Haswell later in the year. This is a comparatively similar situation to the Surface RT review. This is what he said about it:
All in all, I don't know how he can conclude this first iteration can do any better than Surface RT, for the reasons he alluded to in his Surface RT review, along with his last sentence in the conclusion of the Surface Pro review.
For an Ultrabook replacement on the move (tablet) how does the lack of a 3G / 4G option sound ? He wouldn't say, although he did mention the fact:
Thickness and weight:
Kickstand is as of now more of a gimmick that has limited practicality:
The trackpad isn't great:
Type Cover still misses keystrokes:
Surface Pro is too expensive for a device that doesn't come with a Touch Cover or Type Cover:
Regarding the Surface Pro pen and the implementation:
Windows 8 still has too many bugs:
DPI scaling on the desktop (necessary on a 10.6-inch 1080p screen) doesn't really work very well:
The screen doesn't come calibrated, so if you want to take advantage of its true quality, you have to use calibration software (which, as far as I know, is not exactly free):
The cameras are, well, crap (the photos speak for themselves):
Battery life just says: Haswell can't come soon enough.
Battery life: 6 hours web browsing, 5.25 hours 720p video playback (1080p video benchmark would have been useful since this has a 1080p screen, so you might just want to copy a 1080p video from a laptop or desktop without having to convert it to 720p) and 3.85 hours in Windows 8 Notebook Battery Tests - Medium workload.
My take: this will be a niche product, which will be even more niche because a lot of tech savvy people will be waiting for a Haswell powered version with some of the other problems solved.