Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review of that Surface pro?

Id Computer software originator John Carmack has recommended that, in the not-too-far-off future, our individual computers are going to be built-in into our smartphones. With TV plus a multitude of other devices now incorporating an increasing number of elements of computers (and seemingly all supporting Online access), it is not ridiculous to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates totally from our lives, but simply after depositing itself in every other home gadget.

If this future is approaching, then the Surface pro is prone to be seen as an significant stepping-stone across the way. But is it the sort of stone that makes it possible to get to your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to snap your leg and hamper all development? (Dig those Monday daybreak similes, people). We dispatched our reviewer to discover.

THE Specifications

Strange Crocodile-themed asides apart, the Microsoft Surface Pro sports a number of rather nifty statistics. The Microsoft surface pro is different from its RT equivalent for a variety of reasons. Chief amongst these motives is the employment of this Windows 8 Pro operating system (that’s created for Intel processors as opposed to RT’s reliance on their ARM equivalents) and also the potential for a enormous 128GB storage (and that is not including the Pro’s MicroSDXC slot).

The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU may be a beast, in fact, every time you boot this tablet up, it flies away like a puppy straining against a leash, anxious and needing to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can calculate 25.6 GB of data a second (which is above my deprived, crocodile-obsessed noggin can conduct in a week).

THE PRICE

The Surface Pro is, nowadays, not available in the UK, but it will be shortly. In the United states, you can get one for $899, which translates at about £590, although that’s not taking the keyboard into account.

THE PERFORMANCE

Product sales of the Microsoft surface series haven’t been as great as Microsoft were obviously hoping, which comes as a real surprise to me. The Surface RT sold relatively well, however the reaction was by and large mixed and, ever since the release of the Microsoft surface pro, the sales haven’t risen in any significant way. In fact, technology website ‘The Register.co.uk‘ reported last month that Surface profits had started off disappointing and had continued to sink ever since.

As I stated, it is a revelation, since the Surface Pro seems to become by far the better product.

The screen is, quite literally, stunning, a attractively rendered mixture of color, light and depth. In addition, the Surface Pro runs extremely smoothly and efficiently.

Personally, my problem with the Microsoft surface pro is similar one I had with a Surface RT, that is, Windows 8.

Though the Intel-friendly Windows 8 is much easier to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know isn’t going to lead us far wrong), it still features nearly all of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is actually highly customizable, but the system’s dense and often unforgiving personality can easily make you fling your arms up in the air and completely give up on what you’re attempting to do with it.

The software just isn’t as hospitable and user friendly as Android or iOS and therein lays the major difficulty.

THE VERDICT

Technologically speaking, the Microsoft surface pro is a miracle. Some of the tech utilized by this device is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that reverence, the Microsoft surface pro represents a milestone in portable computing.

When you fancy a challenge, or you happen to get a competent programmer, this is probably going to signify an ‘iPad beater’ for you. Yet, if you are one of us common people, for whom computers are a tool and never a puzzle, you can get a better OS (and save about £200 in the process) by purchasing an apple ipad.