Surface Pro just doesn’t hold my interest

With the release of the Surface Pro I went to check it out and see what it had to offer over the somewhat neutered RT version. I walked away thinking the Surface Pro is extremely underwhelming and a complete waste of money. It’s a machine that seems to be confused with it’s identity and what it wants to do in life. Is it a tablet, is it a laptop? Quite frankly, it’s not good at being either.

The Surface Pro is a laptop jammed into a different case. But it’s not a good laptop. Nor is it a good tablet. You all but have to use the attached keyboard and mouse to use any of the built in apps. Word, Outlook, etc are not built to be manipulated through touch or gestures. You have to use them the same way you would on a desktop. What’s the point? By contrast, the apps inside Android and iOS have been built with special buttons and features to make them easy to manipulate with your hands.

As stated, half the available memory is already used as soon as the Surface boots. On the 64GB model, 32GB is used by apps and the recovery partition. What a waste. People may not like the way Apple did it, but tethering the iPad to a PC for a backup is a much better use of resources. You don’t have to do that, but the automatic to an external device is a much better choice rather than taking up half the precious resources.

And let’s not forget, this is the real version of Windows which means it has a registry, services and is just as susceptible to viruses and spyware. You’ll need to make sure you have anti-virus running all the time, which of course will just run down the battery even faster. You will also need to spend the time and resources to maintain it. We all know Windows bogs down after a couple of months and most people reformat their machine each year to scrap away the crap. Let’s also not forget that mom and dad can barely use a regular version of Windows, how do you think it will be when they crash the hell out of their tablet or infect it with a virus? That will be a fun afternoon of troubleshooting. And because an app works well on a desktop doesn’t mean it’s going to work well on this new platform. "But why won’t it work on this machine? It works on my other computer!"

As far as the price per value goes I’m completely underwhelmed with the Surface. If I had $1000 to spend on a Windows machine I wouldn’t waste it on a Surface. I would buy a faster, bigger, better laptop that has far more capabilities, a bigger screen, more drive space, more memory, faster processors, and it would weigh about the same. The Surface is a damn brick. Unlike other tablets, it’s not a good complement to your already existing system. It’s far too small to be a replacement, but too awkward to work alongside a PC.

On the whole the Surface isn’t a good laptop and it’s not a good tablet. The only part that really registers Touch functions are the games that have been specifically written for it, like Angry Birds. And the selection is pretty limited let’s be honest.

People get excited over the Surface because it’s this new way of using a tablet. But it’s not a tablet. It’s almost the same thing Microsoft released back in 2003. That was a terrible tablet and poor laptop. History is repeating itself.

Every person I’ve seen use the Surface uses it like a laptop. You have to use the keyboard and mouse, you work with apps that aren’t optimized for the environment and it’s all controlled by an OS that isn’t sure how it should behave. Why waste the time and money, just get a laptop.

As I said, for $1000, I could get a lot more value for money.

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