Initially came the Surface RT then comes the Microsoft Surface Pro?

Id Application originator John Carmack has recommended that, within the not-too-far-off future, our pc's are going to be built-in into our smartphones. With Television and a host of other devices now incorporating more and more elements of pcs (and seemingly all sporting Web access), it isn't unfeasible to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates completely from our lives, but simply after depositing itself in every other home device.

If this future is coming, then a Surface pro is prone to be seen as an important stepping-stone across the way. But is it the kind of stone that helps you arrive at your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to snap your leg and hamper all development? (Dig those Monday daybreak descriptions, people). We dispatched our reviewer to find out.

THE SPECS

Peculiar Crocodile-themed asides aside, the Microsoft Surface Pro sports some pretty clever stats. The Microsoft surface pro is different from its RT equivalent for any quantity of factors. Chief amongst these causes is the use of this Microsoft window 8 Pro os (that's designed for Intel processors as opposed to RT's dependence on their ARM equivalents) and also the promise for a gigantic 128GB storage (and that's not including the Pro's MicroSDXC slot).

The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU is a beast, actually, when you start this tablet up, it flies away like a pet straining against a harness, anxious and desperate to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can calculate 25.6 GB of data another (that is more than my poor, crocodile-obsessed brain can process in a week).

THE PRICE

The Surface Pro is, at present, not available in the United kingdom, but will probably be shortly. In the United states, you can buy one for $899, which translates at about £590, although that's not taking the keyboard into account.

THE Running

Product sales of the Surface series haven’t been as great as Microsoft were evidently hoping, which comes as a real wonder to me. The Surface RT sold moderately well, but the response was in general mixed and, ever since the release of that Microsoft surface pro, the revenues have not risen in any important way. In truth, tech blog 'The Register.co.uk' reported last month that the Surface earnings had started off disappointing and had continued to sink ever since.

As I said, it is a bombshell, since the Surface Pro seems to be by far the superior tablet.

The display is, quite literally, stunning, a gorgeously rendered mixture of color, light and depth. Moreover, the Surface Pro works incredibly easily and efficiently.

Personally, my trouble with the Surface Pro is similar one I had with a Surface RT, that is, Windows 8.

Though the Intel-friendly Microsoft window 8 is much less difficult to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know isn't likely to lead us far wrong), it still features nearly all of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is generally extremely customizable, but the system's dense and often unforgiving personality can without difficulty cause you to fling your hands up in the air and completely give up on what you are trying to do with it.

The operating system just isn't as welcoming and user friendly as Android or iOS and therein lays the main dilemma.

THE VERDICT

Technically speaking, the Surface Pro is a miracle. Some of the technology employed by this device is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that respect, the Microsoft surface pro represents a landmark in portable computing.

If you fancy a challenge, or you happen to get a specialist programmer, this is likely to represent an 'iPad beater' for you. However, if you are one of us ordinary individuals, for whom computers are a tool and not a puzzle, you can get an easier Operating system (and save about £200 in the process) by buying an apple ipad.

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