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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I am looking forward to version 2
by Moochman on Fri 8th Feb 2013 16:27 UTC
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I don't know how Thom came to these conclusions based on all the of articles he linked, other than by virtue of the fact that he's extremely biased to begin with. The AnandTech, Engadget and Verge articles are all pretty positive. They all pretty much say the same thing: It's a bit too heavy and the battery life is a bit too short. And the camera sucks. But everything else is really decent.

And here's the thing, which Anand very astutely pointed out: This is a first-generation product, that uses a CPU not really designed for these kinds of form factors. This is all set to get a lot better with the next iteration, which will an Intel Haswell chip (the first chips from Intel that are really designed to compete with ARM in terms of energy profile). So basically, the next version will run less hot and be more energy-efficient, and MS will probably find a way to slim things down and upgrade the camera. And with that, all of the major problems of this device (aside from Windows 8 itself, but that's a matter of taste) are solved.

This is an early-adopter device, pure and simple. The battery life alone makes it not worthy of consideration. But it offers a lot of cool stuff that Apple products don't.... A tablet that's not horribly locked down, is as fast as a laptop, that features Wacom pen input, has an awesome first-party keyboard accessory, and that lets me run any apps I want to in desktop mode anytime I feel like it. That's pretty freaking cool if you ask me. And compared to ultrabook prices or top-of-the-line iPads the price is within reason as well. Come the next generation, if the battery life is suitably improved, I would seriously considering switching from a 13" MacBook Pro to a Surface.

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