Posted by:Monica Samuel February 21st, 2013

The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro tablets launched in February, were sold out on the first day of launch, received ayes and nays from fans and critics, hold a less than impressive sale record in totality but their story is still in the making. The first Windows 8 tablet may not meet iPad head to head but for those bred on a Windows diet; it’s the first full featured tablet, closest to an ultrabook and a Windows PC.

That’s probably why enterprises are keeping a close watch on the Surface tab. As the tab features the real Windows 8 operating system, it is capable of running all Windows compatible applications including Microsoft Office Suite and includes necessary enterprise security features. This is a huge plus as PC users can effortlessly switch to this tab for almost all their regular tasks while enjoying the convenience of touching and swiping on a touch screen for intuitive functionality.

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is promising

In terms of hardware, the new Windows 8 Pro tab is a little heavier than Windows RT but so much more capable that you can ignore that. Powered by a 1.7GHz i5 core processor, the tab delivers great performance for regular apps though game players are less than satisfied with the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. Other stats include a 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage.

Resolution is also better as the screen supports 16:9 widescreen, ClearType full HD display with 1080p resolution. Colors and hues are cool, making photos, videos and graphics look captivating.

Then there’s the additional stylus that’s very sensitive to pressure (1024 levels by Microsoft’s claim), making it a cool drawing tool. However, that’s pretty much all it does. That is, till more applications are developeed to use the stylus in innovative ways. The quality of the stylus has received mixed responses – some appreciating its lightweight materials and others calling it cheap. However, there’s good potential here.

Another plus point on the Surface tab is the multiple connectivity options. There’s a microSDXC slot for add-on flash memory and a USB 3.0 port that makes the transfer of large files real zippy. There’s a Mini Display port for your HDMI and VGA connections which works quite well.

What needs to improve

If Microsoft wants the Surface Pro to be accepted as the tablet cum ultrabook it is meant to be, they need to make some improvements in the battery department and the heat dispensing. Compared to other tablets, Surface Pro’s battery life is less than expected, just about 5 hours. Compared to iPad’s 10 hours, it’s not good, especially if the device is designed for portability and on-the-go use.

Secondly, the i5 processor generates a lot of heat. Microsoft has added two cooling fans for dispensing the heat silently, along with the vents that go around the tab’s body but it can get uncomfortably hot after long use.

So, many pros and a few cons. It’s a start. Maybe a few editions later, Microsoft will have a winner on its hands. In fact, even in its current state, I’d still say that Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is promising.

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