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5.0 out of 5 stars Without compare! Very close to one-device nirvana, even for a power user, February 16, 2013
This review is from: Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet 128 GB Hard Drive, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro - ENGLISH (Personal Computers)
I do a lot of web development and graphic design work, as well as financial reporting and general writing. I'm on the web constantly. I've tried iOS, I carried an Android tablet for a while, and I've been using a nice Win8 laptop with a super-fast SSD drive and 8GB of RAM for the past 6 months.

My goal was simple: can I ditch the tablet and laptop, and get 1 device to really support all of my needs?

The Surface Pro delivers in a near-perfect way.

I travel from desk-to-desk; the only time I'm on battery is for occasional meetings or short day trips. I'm never more than a few hours without access to a plug. Yes I'd love to see better battery life, but that complaint doesn't really impact my personal situation.

I use a large 2nd monitor, and contrary to what I feared from other reviews, the TEXT LOOKS GREAT AND MONITOR SCALING HAS NOT BEEN A PROBLEM.

- system is highly portable
- it runs ALL apps and software. The first time I connected to my work VPN, connected to SQL server, and remote desktops, all from a tablet-sized machine? AWE. SOME.
- type cover is great, I can type full speed with no problem
- USB port means that any peripheral works great; I normally use either a mouse or a USB hub for extra devices
- everyone comments that the screen looks brilliant and crisp
- I have never heard any fan noise at all, the thing is completely silent
- I set up multiple user accounts for my kids, with Family Safety turned on. One tablet not just for my needs, but it also works well with my kids
- The C drive has 118GB of usable space. This is after I created an external recovery drive (on a microSD card), which allowed me to delete the recovery partition that ships with the device.

- would love 1 extra USB 3 port
- extra power supply (which I did buy) is too expensive
- needs about a 1-week learning/comfort curve for anyone who is new to Windows 8. I've now trained a handful of average users who have moved over from Windows 7. They all love it, after the initial hurdle.

In summary, buy this device! It is without compare.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2013 1:48:27 PM PST
John James says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 10:17:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2013 10:18:28 AM PST
The Zune media players, especially the Zune HD, were wonderful devices. The Zune HD really was awesome. If you ever actually used one, you'd understand the passion that the OWNERS had for them. The Zune HD was, whether you like it or not, arguably the best media player available at the time and in many ways was the forerunner of Windows Phone and Windows 8 with the "Metro" interface. Microsoft just decided not to put any real marketing behind the product line and let it die (much to the disappointment of those who owned Zunes). Instead they shifted their focus to Windows Phone.

Just because you don't personally like or understand something doesn't make it a bad product. And just because someone else likes that product, doesn't necessarily make their review or integrity suspect. In many cases people, myself included, only write reviews when they have either found something that they really like, giving 4-5 stars or something that they really hate, giving 1 star reviews. Many people won't take the time to review products that fall somewhere in the middle.

What I find more "fishy" is you questioning someone else when you have written zero reviews yourself.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 7:19:10 AM PDT
I'm asking you this question because you seem to know alot about tablets! I write a newsletter and have used MS Publisher since the late 90's. Is there a tablet out there that will support this program? Is there even a Publisher program for a tablet?? I want to ditch my PC and Laptap and go strictly with tablets. I have two ipads and I love them...but they just don't work with this publishing dilemma I am into! Thanks for any help you can give me! Becki

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2013 4:35:01 PM PDT
B. Hill says:
Yes, the Surface Pro tablet will run any Windows program, including Publisher. This would give you much more flexibility than with an iPad. You can also print from the Surface Pro, just like from any normal computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2013 5:25:27 PM PDT
Thanks! I will definitely look into purchasing one of these. Becki

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2014 8:22:15 PM PDT
Kumite says:
Whatever you can do on a laptop you can do on the surface pro. It's a full fledged laptop in the form factor of a tablet.
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