Posted by: kurtsh | February 8, 2013

NEWS: The media weighs in on Surface for Windows 8 Pro

Here’s some of the latest articles on Surface for Windows 8 Pro:

  • imageMicrosoft Surface Pro: Finally, a Worthy Flagship for Windows 8
    Pete Pachal, Mashable
    The Surface Pro is the product Microsoft should have debuted to carry the banner of Windows 8 last fall. More powerful than the Surface RT tablet that’s been met with "muted" response from the market, the Surface Pro fulfills the promise of Windows 8: Your PC and your tablet — your entire digital life, really — all on one device you can take anywhere.
    http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/microsoft-surface-pro-review/
  • imageMicrosoft Surface Pro review
    David Pierce, The Verge
    It’s as fast, consistent, and capable as any ultrabook I’ve tested in the last several months, and from a touch and responsiveness standpoint may be the best I’ve used. It has no confusing app incompatibilies, no weird performance issues.
    http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/5/3955130/microsoft-surface-pro-review
  • imageSurface Pro proves the PC is back
    John Biggs, Techcrunch
    Surface Pro is so good that it could drive Windows 8 adoption with enough force to make people reconsider Microsoft’s odd new OS … The Surface isn’t supposed to be a tablet you drop on the coffee table and use when you want to look up something on IMDB. It’s a powerful computer with enough speed and graphics chops to give any other manufacturer’s laptop a run for its money … I’ve been using the Pro as my primary laptop for the past week and even travelled with it. As a Mac snob this is a fairly unique turn of events. Usually I would test a laptop for a few days and revert back to my MacBook. As a laptop it is excellent.
    http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/05/microsoft-surface-pro-review/
  • imageSurface goes from amateur to Pro
    Michael Gartenberg, Computerworld
    I’ve been a Surface Pro user for a few weeks now, and what I have found is that it is the best articulation of Microsoft’s vision for Windows 8 and how the PC and tablet experiences can meld on one device. But when writing about Surface Pro, it’s essential to decide what constitutes a fair comparison. Surface RT was often compared to the iPad, which I think is an imperfect but legitimate comparison. But it doesn’t work at all for Surface Pro. It needs to be seen as an ultrabook first and a tablet second. That framework helps justify the price of the Surface Pro ($899 and up), but it also accommodates this device’s overall capability. Still, the Surface Pro is not an ultrabook; it’s a lot more versatile.
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236553/
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  • imageSurface Pro first-impressions review
    Joe Wilcox, Betanews
    Surface Pro is magnificent. A classic. It’s the Windows experience you longed for but were denied. The tablet is a reference design for what — and what not — Microsoft OEM partners should achieve. The device is the past and future, pure personal computer and post-PC. Simply put: Surface Pro is jack of all trades, both master of many, and (gulp) none. Capabilities astound, yet quirks abound. But even they are endearing, giving Windows 8 Pro personality and dimension.
    http://betanews.com/2013/02/05/surface-pro-first-impressions-review/
  • imageMicrosoft Surface Pro Review
    Vincent Nguyen, Slashgear
    With a new 128GB iPad with Retina display on the scene, it’s easy to make comparisons between Apple’s tablet and the Surface Pro. In practice, however, they’re very different beasts. The iPad is focused resolutely on the mass market, and if you want one you have to be willing to concede to Apple’s Way: their decision about what apps are worthy of the App Store, their decision about what accessories can be used, their decision about what, exactly, you can do with the tablet you just spent more than a few hundred dollars on. In contrast, the Surface Pro is a paragon of freedom. If you have unusual requests of it, you can probably find the software and/or hardware to achieve them. It is, after all, a touchscreen ultrabook wearing a different costume.
    http://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-surface-pro-review-05268210/
  • imageIt’s a Tablet. No, It’s a PC. Surface Pro Is Both.
    David Pogue, New York Times
    The Surface Pro is beautiful. It’s clad in matte-black metal, beveled at the edges like a Stealth helicopter. Its connectors immediately suggest its post-iPad capabilities, like a memory-card slot for expanded storage. The screen is bright and beautiful, with 1080p high-definition resolution (1,080 by 1,820) — but when you connect the tablet to a TV or desktop monitor, it can send out an even bigger, sharper picture (2,550 by 1,440). There’s one USB 3.0 jack in the tablet, and a second ingeniously built into the power cord, so you can charge your phone as you work. Or you can connect anything you’d connect to a PC: external drives, flash drives, keyboard, mouse, speakers, cameras and so on. Are you getting it? This is a PC, not an iPad. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/technology/personaltech/microsofts-surface-pro-works-like-a-tablet-and-a-pc.html?_r=0
  • imageMicrosoft’s Surface Pro: A better tomorrow (review)
    Devindra Hardawar, Venture Beat
    The Surface RT gave us a mere glimpse at the future of computing, but the Surface Pro’s combination of power and flexibility brings it right to your fingertips. It may not be for everyone, but it’s worth serious consideration if you’re looking at Windows 8 ultrabooks. I have a feeling we’ll look back at the Surface Pro as the first time Microsoft’s Surface dream was more reality than hype. For once, the future seems bright for Microsoft.
    http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/05/microsoft-surface-pro-review/
  • imageThe MS Surface Pro
    Gabe (a.k.a. Mike Krahulik), Penny Arcade
    For me the Surface Pro is actually a great piece of hardware. For other digital artists out there looking for a portable solution or maybe a Cintiq 12WX alternative I would highly recommend it. I’m not actually sure how this review hardware stuff works. I don’t know if MS expects me to give this thing back or not. I’ve already decided that if they do want it back I’ll be making a trip down to the MS store to pick up another. Of course if they do want it back they’re going to have to pry it out of my wife’s hands. She just hit her very first golden age.
    http://www.penny-arcade.com/2013/02/22/the-ms-surface-pro

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