Microsoft's Surface Pro: The First PC In A Tablet
Surface Pro is Microsoft's answer to the so-called "post PC era", where people are starting to use various devices other than the traditional desktop computer. As we all get more mobile, we use smartphones and tablets to do a lot of our daily computing needs. The iPad quickly proved how big a market there was in these new types of devices, and while the software giant used to play in this field, they had been fairly silent until last year, when they first announced the Surface. Now however, they are trying something never done before by not only introducing a new tablet, the Surface Pro, but also bringing the full power of a PC into this format.
So how powerful is the Surface Pro? Early indications show that it is very powerful. Not only is an actual x86 processor running inside of this thing, able to run any normal Windows PC software, but it runs them very well. The Surface Pro has 4GB of RAM and a graphics card able to show games and movies. Anything that can be done on a normal, mid-range PC, can now be done on a tablet, which is a big deal for people wanting to leave their desktop completely behind. The concept appears to be fool-proof, but is it?
The biggest problem with wanting PC performance is that you need a lot of hardware inside of this machine. As a result, the Surface Pro is the thickest and heaviest tablet out there. If you try to actually hold it for a long period of time, your arms will get tired. Worse, it also mans all this power needs a lot of battery juice, and your battery ends up lasting 5 hours, half of what a normal tablet would. So the bottom line is, should you rush to get one? There's no doubt that if you want all of this performance and will mostly use the surface on a desk, then it may be the device for you. For the rest of us? Perhaps waiting for the second generation would be best for now.