Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 11:23 UTC
Windows And there we are - the Surface Pro reviews are in. Reading through them all, there's clearly a common theme, and it's not particularly positive. We're a few months in now, so I think we can finally call it: Windows 8 and Surface are the wrong way to go.
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Priest
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2006-05-12

This is true of Journalism in general but the reviews linked were Anandtech, TheVerge, Engadget, and Arstechnica. I read them often enough to know I can generally trust their collective opinion on something.

Some quotes from the Arstechnica conclusion:

"From the tablet perspective, Surface Pro is not acceptable. It gets too hot for a hand-held device, its battery life is woefully inadequate, and it's too thick and heavy to be comfortable to hand hold for long sessions."

"From a laptop perspective, Surface Pro falls down too. The traditional laptop has a stiff hinge to hold the screen at an angle of your choosing. It is hard to understate the importance of this hinge....The Surface kickstand offers me none of that. It puts the screen at the right angle when my desk is a particular height, but at any other height it's the wrong angle"

"In practice, the Surface RT and Surface Pro have a bigger footprint on my lap even than my old 15-inch MacBook Pro. And if I move a little, whomp, the screen drops off the back of my knees and folds out of sight."

These points are all pretty valid even if you ignore that the specs on paper are't that great of a deal.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Too bad you ignore the over all conclusions on the final page - but hey, it is cool to slam a product from Microsoft these days ignoring the horrific clusterfuck that Android is and the fact that Samsung and HTC customers are routinely screwed over when it comes to updates and upgrades.

As for the Surface Pro - it's a product looking for a niche to fill where as Microsoft would have been better off going Windows RT, allowing win32 applications via a recompile and introduce an x86 tablet when the hardware was actually available rather than the compromised device that exists today. As for what I'm going to do - the Windows RT Surface is what I'm after.

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nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Too bad you ignore the over all conclusions on the final page ...


What are you talking about? The things he posted where from the conclusion on the final page and the rest of the conclusion wasn't particulary positive either. For example, they actually write "The design fundamentally doesn't work".

... - but hey, it is cool to slam a product from Microsoft these days ignoring the horrific clusterf--k that Android is ...


What android clusterf--k?

... and the fact that Samsung and HTC customers are routinely screwed over when it comes to updates and upgrades.


You mean like Microsoft and windows phone 7? Expensive flagship phones with WP released in 2012 didn't even get the new version on WP released just a few months later. That's worse than any flagship android phone I can think of.

Edited 2013-02-10 12:47 UTC

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