Is the Microsoft Surface Pro better than the Surface RT?

Id Program originator John Carmack has suggested that, in the not-too-far-flung future, our pc's will be built-in into our smartphones. With TV and a swarm of other gadgets now incorporating increasingly more elements of pcs (and seemingly everything supporting Internet access), it is not unfeasible to envisage a future where the desktop PC evaporates totally from our life, but simply after depositing itself in each other home device.

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

THE Specifications

Strange Crocodile-themed asides aside, the Surface pro sports a number of pretty effective statistics. The Surface Pro is different from its RT equivalent for a number of reasons. Chief along with these reasons is the employment of this Windows 8 Pro operating system (which is made for Intel processors as opposed to RT's dependence 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, whenever you boot this baby up, it flies away like a puppy straining away from a harness, anxious and needing to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can calculate 25.6 GB of information another (which is a lot more than my poor, crocodile-obsessed brain can conduct in a week).


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


Product sales for the Surface series have not been as great as Microsoft were evidently hoping, which comes as a real surprise to me. The Surface RT sold comparatively well, but the reaction was generally mixed and, since the release of that Surface Pro, the revenues have not risen in any important way. In reality, technology website 'The' reported last month that the Surface revenue had started out disappointing and had continued to droop ever since.

As I stated, it is a revelation, because the Microsoft surface pro appears to be by far the better tablet.

The screen is, quite literally, stunning, a gorgeously rendered mixture of colour, light and depth. Furthermore, the Surface Pro runs incredibly easily and efficiently.

In my opinion, my trouble with the Microsoft surface pro is the same one I had with the Surface RT, that is, Windows 8.

Although the Intel-friendly Windows 8 is far easier to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know is not going to lead us far wrong), it very much features the majority of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is generally extremely customizable, however the system's dense and often intolerant nature can without difficulty cause you to fling your hands up in the air and wholly give up on what you're trying to do with it.

The software just isn't as welcoming and user friendly as Android or iOS and therein lays the key dilemma.


Technically speaking, the Microsoft surface pro is a miracle. Some of the technology used by this gadget is truly Next-Gen stuff and, in that respect, the Microsoft surface pro represents a landmark in portable computing.

If you ever fancy a challenge, or you happen to get an expert programmer, this is probably going to represent an 'iPad beater' for you. Yet, if you're amongst us ordinary people, for whom pcs are a instrument and never 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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