Is the Surface pro better than the Microsoft Surface RT?

Id Software founder John Carmack has suggested that, in the not-too-far-off future, our personal computers will be built-in into our smartphones. With Television and a multitude of other devices now incorporating increasingly more elements of computers (and seemingly everything sporting Web access), it isn’t unfeasible to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates completely from our life, but simply after depositing itself in each other home device.

If this future is coming, then a Microsoft Surface Pro is more likely to be seen as an important stepping-stone along the way. But is it the type of stone that makes it possible to get to your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to shatter your leg and hamper all progress? (Dig those Monday daybreak descriptions, people). We dispatched our reviewer to find out.

THE SPECS

Peculiar Crocodile-themed asides apart, the Surface pro sports some pretty clever statistics. The Microsoft surface pro is different from its RT equivalent for any variety of reasons. Chief along with these reasons is the use of the Microsoft window 8 Pro operating system (that is created for Intel processors as opposed to RT’s trust on their ARM equivalents) and the possibility for a gigantic 128GB storage (and that is not counting the Pro’s MicroSDXC slot).

The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU is a beast, in truth, when you boot this tablet up, it flies away like a dog straining against a harness, anxious and eager to get started. With its strong memory; the Microsoft surface pro can process 25.6 GB of information a second (that’s above my deprived, crocodile-obsessed noggin can handle in a week).

THE PRICE

The Microsoft surface pro is, at the moment, not obtainable in the UK, but will probably be shortly. Within the United states, you can buy one for $899, which translates at about £590, although that is not taking the keyboard into account.

THE PERFORMANCE

Product sales for the Surface series haven’t been as strong as Microsoft were clearly hoping, which comes as a genuine surprise to me. The Surface RT sold relatively well, but the response was in general mixed and, since the release of the Surface Pro, the sales have not risen in any considerable way. In reality, tech blog ‘The Register.co.uk’ reported last month that the Microsoft surface profits had started off disappointing and had continued to droop ever since.

As I said, this is a bombshell, because the Surface Pro appears to be by far the better product.

The display is, quite literally, stunning, a gorgeously rendered mixture of colour, light and depth. Additionally, the Surface Pro runs extremely easily and efficiently.

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

Although the Intel-friendly Windows 8 is far simpler to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know isn’t gonna lead us far wrong), it very much features most of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is actually highly customizable, however the system’s dense and sometimes intolerant nature can with no trouble cause you to throw your arms up in the air and completely give up on what you are attempting to do with it.

The os just is not as hospitable and user responsive as Android or iOS and therein lays the main problem.

THE VERDICT

Mechanically speaking, the Surface Pro is a miracle. Some of the tech utilized by this gadget is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that reverence, the Microsoft surface pro represents a landmark in portable computing.

If you ever fancy a challenge, or you happen to get a specialist programmer, this is likely to represent an ‘iPad beater’ for you. Still, if you’re one of us common individuals, for whom pcs are a instrument and never a puzzle, you may get an easier OS (and save about £200 in the process) by purchasing an apple ipad.

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