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    Is the Surface Pro for you


    This seems like a fair review of the Surface Pro, it's not going to be for everyone, but it will be ideally suited to a large number of people.

    Is the brilliant, quirky, flawed Surface Pro right for you? | ZDNet

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    I think it will only sell to the high end users maybe more than RT but not much more.

    Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Review - Watch CNET's Video Review
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    I think it will only sell to the high end users maybe more than RT but not much more.

    Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Review - Watch CNET's Video Review
    Actually I'd already read that, the guy who wrote that uses Apple Juice to brush his teeth, that is actually a pretty positive article for him, he usually pans anything Microsoft.

    I was amazed that he actually quite liked it, and his little mate Brooke Crothers seemed pretty taken with it as well and he's another Apple lover.
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    Just spotted another one.

    Looks like they had a good attempt at what they were trying to do. But do a lot of people want something like that?

    The reviewer poses the same question:

    If you're going to buy a Surface, buy the Surface Pro. Period. (And buy the 128GB model.)

    But if you're going to buy a $900 tablet, get the decked-out iPad with LTE and 128GB of storage, and if you're going to buy a Windows laptop, check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga or the Dell XPS 12.

    Which leads me back to the same question Josh asked about the Surface RT: who is this for?

    Even a well-executed Surface still doesn't work for me, and I'd bet it doesn't work for most other people either. It's really tough to use on anything but a desk, and the wide, 16:9 aspect ratio pretty severely limits its usefulness as a tablet anyway. It's too big, too fat, and too reliant on its power cable to be a competitive tablet, and it's too immutable to do everything a laptop needs to do.

    In its quest to be both, the Surface is really neither. It's supposed to be freeing, but it just feels limiting.
    Microsoft Surface Pro review | The Verge
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    Most of the reviews I have read have more cons than pros.

    Microsoft's Surface Pro: More security blanket than tablet - Feb. 5, 2013
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    This fad (if you can call it that) will pass.

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    MS might be onto something with this idea - but we will have to see.


    This fad (if you can call it that) will pass.
    I am not at all sure it is even going to begin - at least not in large numbers.
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    The more I think about it, the more this device is really going to be a niche device. As we have been seeing, the sales of PC's are down and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that people often don't need the full power that a PC delivers. They seem to be adjusting just fine to the limited functionality of the iPad and the Android for most of their tasks.

    Obviously, with the increased horsepower of the Surface Pro, the battery life is going to take a hit. It seems like everytime I pick up my Asus Transformer tablet at home it needs to be charged and that annoys me. But that only happens every couple of days. With the Surface Pro I will almost need to keep it plugged in most of the time...which is not ideal at all. This thing really needs to come with a charging dock.

    I just think at the end of the day, I'm not mobile enough to require this level of portability to justify the price spend.
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    The article is very good, and Ed covers a lot in his review.

    Based on the information in the article, I don't see a need for a Surface (RT or Pro) myself. I do think it's an interesting concept, and it could well be the first of a wave of such devices. Even so, it doesn't seem to offer much that a good notebook wouldn't, except portability. Given a choice, I would certainly rather carry around a 2-pound surface than a larger, heavier laptop.

    Selling businesses on the Surface Pro might not be hard - if first you can sell them on Windows 8.
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    I read a different review earlier that points out that if you view the Surface Pro as a laptop in a tablet form factor, it makes sense.

    Also, the Verge's reviews are seriously questionable if the product isn't from apple. I don't really read into reviews from the Verge as they have ties to apple's money. If you read most of them, you'll see that there is some serious apple loving there. Also, it's bad to brush your teeth with apple juice, you'll wear down your enamel!

    Personally, the tablet PC form factor I believe will be a mainstay for a LONG time. That's just what will happen. The VERY same thing happened with laptops, most desktop die hard users believed laptops would be a fad as people would just go back to a desktop. Guess what, laptops greatly exceeded the sales of the desktop for several years in a row, along with phablets. The tablet PC is just another evolution of the original PC.

    But for me, I'm not actually going to be buying a Surface Pro as it's not in the books or the plan for this year. For 1,000 dollars, that will buy a base Surface Pro with a touch cover. That same 1,000 dollars can either buy me a 27 inch IPS touch display that tilts down like a drawing easel, or pretty much cover more than half the cost of my new desktop build. I'd prefer uncouth performance, speed, and custom design over something as of right now, I won't be using at least a few times a week for major things. That's next year. By which time, I'm hoping a Surface Pro 2 is in the works with an AMD APU, and for like 900 at most.
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