Initially arrived the Surface RT then came the Surface pro?

Id Application originator John Carmack has suggested that, within the not-too-far-off future, our pc's might be built-in into our smartphones. With Television plus a swarm of other gadgets now incorporating an increasing number of elements of pcs (and seemingly everything supporting Internet access), it isn't impossible 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 coming, then the Surface pro is likely to be seen as an important stepping-stone along the way. But is it the type of stone that helps you arrive at your destination, or is it secretly a crocodile in disguise, getting ready to break your leg and hamper all progress? (Dig those Monday morning descriptions, people). We dispatched our reviewer to find out.

THE Specifications

Bizarre Crocodile-themed asides apart, the Surface pro sports a number of rather effective stats. The Surface Pro is dissimilar from its RT equivalent for any variety of reasons. Chief along with these reasons is the use of this Windows 8 Pro os (that's suitable for Intel processors as opposed to RT's trust on their ARM equivalents) and the possibility for a enormous 128GB storage (and that's not including the Pro's MicroSDXC slot).

The Dual-core 1.7GHz Intel i5 CPU is a beast, in fact, when you boot this baby up, it flies away like a pup straining away from a leash, anxious and eager to get started. With its strong memory; the Surface Pro can process 25.6 GB of data another (that's a lot more than my unfortunate, crocodile-obsessed noggin can conduct in a week).

THE PRICE

The Surface Pro is, at the present, not obtainable in the UK, but it will be soon. In the US, you can buy one for $899, which translates at about £590, though that's not taking the keyboard into account.

THE PERFORMANCE

Product sales of the Microsoft surface series have not been as strong as Microsoft were evidently hoping, which comes as a honest surprise to me. The Surface RT sold relatively well, however the response was generally mixed and, since the release of the Microsoft surface pro, the revenues have not risen in any important way. In reality, technology website 'The Register.co.uk' reported last month that Surface earnings had started off disappointing and had continued to sink ever since.

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

The display is, quite literally, stunning, a gorgeously rendered mixture of colour, light and depth. In addition, the Microsoft surface pro runs incredibly smoothly and effectively.

Personally, my difficulty with the Surface Pro is similar one I had with the Surface RT, namely, Windows 8.

Even though the Intel-friendly Microsoft window 8 is much easier to work with (Microsoft sticking with what they know isn't gonna lead us far wrong), it very much features most of the same annoyances. Windows 8 is really extremely customizable, however the system's dense and sometimes merciless personality can easily make you toss your hands up in the air and wholly give up on what you are trying to do with it.

The software just isn't as hospitable and user responsive as Android or iOS and therein lays the major problem.

THE VERDICT

Technologically speaking, the Microsoft surface pro is a miracle. Some of that technology utilized by this gadget is actually Next-Gen stuff and, in that respect, the Surface Pro represents a landmark in portable computing.

When you like a challenge, or you happen to get an expert programmer, this is likely to symbolize an 'iPad beater' for you. However, if you're one of us ordinary individuals, for whom computers are a instrument and never a puzzle, you will get a better Operating system (and save about £200 in the process) by buying an iPad.

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