The Microsoft Surface Pro was released on February 9, 2013. The machine came with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions. In Japan a 256GB version was seen.The 64GB version is being reviewed.
The Surface Pro is a high-end machine compared to the earlier Surface RT. The Surface Pro has a much faster Ivy Bridge i5 processor with double the RAM. The top model has 256GB of storage. Its less costly to use a microSD card to add storage for media then it is to get more built-in. The 64GB model is ideal for general tablet use for Windows in the app mode.
A bluetooth mouse makes more sense with a tablet. Given this tablet can run desktop applications, this makes sense using like a netbook with the optional keyboard and case.
The Surface Pro can use a Wacom stylus however most use the touch screen natively. With the stylus, OneNote becomes practical.
The full HD panel means that the tablet can be used for watching movies if desired.
|CPU||i5-3317U running at 1.7–2.6 GHz|
|RAM||4096 RAM DDR3L-RS 1600 MHz|
|GPU||Intel HD 4000 with minDP|
|SSD||64GB Samsung MCG8GA flash memory|
|LCD||10″ diagonal HD WVA IPS multitouch-enabled (1920×1080)|
|SLOT||microSD (SDXC 2TB maximum)|
|CAMERA||1.2MP back-facing camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera|
|LAN||Wireless a/b/g/n with Bluetooth 4.0|
|PORTS||1 USB 3.0 & Headphone output/Microphone input combo|
|SENSORS||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass|
With an i5, the battery life is not very good. This means the tablet needs to have the brick carried with it to charge it up. With the keyboard option, the power can be plugged in making it a kind of desktop replacement with 10″ screen.
The 48W PSU is a big bigger than most tablets but it easily fits backpacks.