Microsoft Surface Pro review: the office tablet?

The ideal Windows tablet?



The Surface RT has been out for a while, Microsoft's definition of what an affordable tablet should be. Today we are taking a closer look at the Surface Pro, a device that's in an entirely different class in terms of hardware and pricing.

Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB + Touch Cover
The Microsoft Surface Pro with Type Cover.

While the Surface RT and the Surface Pro look alike, they have very little in common under the hood. The Microsoft Surface RT is based on ARM technology and is equipped with an Nvidia Tegra processor, which makes it similar to many smartphones and tablets. It runs on Windows RT, the stripped down version of Windows 8 with very limited software. You can use Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), but no Outlook, in addition to the software you find in the integrated Windows Store. 

The Surface Pro comes with Windows 8 Pro and is built with standard laptop hardware. You could even compare it to an Ultrabook, being equipped with an Intel Core i5-3317U, 4 GB of RAM and graphics for the 10.6-inch display provided by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB + Touch Cover

Tablet, Intel Core i5 3317U, 4 GB, 10.6 inch, 1920x1080, Touchscreen, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 128 GB, Windows Pro

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