Microsoft Surface Pro reviews: Device is good, not great, critics say

Five reviews say the device falls short in both usage scenarios, but it has its high points and may be a good choice for some people

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, laptops, Microsoft

The Surface Windows 8 Pro arrives on store shelves Saturday starting at $900, and the verdict is in for Microsoft's marquee PC-meets-tablet device.

Microsoft, like the rest of the stalwarts in the PC industry including Lenovo, Acer and Dell, is attempting to create a Windows 8 device that perfectly melds a tablet and desktop PC into one device.

Unlike the ARM-based Surface RT, which is primarily for running touch-based apps, the Surface Pro has an Intel chip and can run almost any traditional Windows desktop program. The Pro also has the Windows 8 modern UI interface for those times when you want a touch tablet.

So how did the Surface Pro do as both a tablet and a Windows desktop PC?

Five reviews of the Surface Pro by The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, Engadget's Tim Stevens, The Chicago Sun-Times' Andy Ihnatko, Time's Harry McCracken, and PCWorld's own Jon Phillips say the device falls short in both usage scenarios, but it has its high points and may be a good choice for some people.

Before we get into the specifics of what the critics thought was great and what wasn't about the Surface Pro, here are the basic specs: a 10.6-inch multitouch display with 1920-by-1080 resolution at 208 pixels per inch, 4GB RAM, and a 1.7GHz Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Microsoft's tablet comes with 64GB or 128GB of storage, a stylus, one USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, mini DisplayPort, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and front- and rear-facing 720p cameras.

Great build quality, but...

The consensus is that the Surface Pro looks great and has a solid build quality thanks to its vapor magnesium housing and the handy kickstand built into the rear of the device.


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