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Microsoft Surface Pro review

The full-fat Windows 8 tablet - now at a lower price

Our Verdict

The Surface Pro is a lightweight Windows 8 PC that runs all your applications and any browser you want, that you can use as a tablet with touchscreen controls and a fantastic pen, or as a notebook, by snapping on a keyboard. It's a great machine at a reasonable price.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080

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For

  • Windows 8 in a tablet
  • Fantastic pen
  • Bright touchscreen
  • Up to 2TB expandable storage
  • Touch and Type Cover keyboards

Against

  • Heavy
  • Shorter battery life than RT
  • No home for the pen
  • Kickstand can be awkward

Taking a photo with a tablet is an act of desperation; it says 'I forgot to bring a real camera but I want this shot so badly, I don't mind how silly I look'.

In keeping with that principle, both the front and rear-facing cameras on the Surface Pro are 1.2MP cameras with poor low light performance.

They take the kind of disposable snaps we expected of camera phones five years ago, rather than the acceptable images you can get by looking silly and using the iPad 4 as a camera.

If you want decent snaps, use a compact camera or a good camera phone such as the Nokia 808 PureView.

However they're much better as webcams than for still images, recording at 720p. The extra wide angle of the front-facing camera is great for video chat in Skype, and the colour balance from the Microsoft True Color system and autofocus do better than all but the very best built-in webcams in other notebooks.

The rear camera is good enough to show the person you're chatting with a quick video view from your window.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet PC
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilySurface Pro
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro
Brand NameMicrosoft
Form FactorSlate
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size26.9 cm (10.6")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)907.2 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyClearType
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Country of OriginChina
Height13.5 mm
Width274.6 mm
Depth173 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
Product NameSurface Pro Tablet PC
Product LineSurface Pro
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number9SR00001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.microsoft.co.uk
Marketing Information

Powerful. PC.

A laptop in tablet form, Surface Pro brings together the best of Microsoft in one awesome new PC.

Managed. Safety.

The security and manageability that you expect from Microsoft. BitLocker encrypts your hard drive's data, helping to keep your stuff safe. Install apps and connect with accessories and printers, just like you always have. Join a corporate domain for full access to your work network.

Package Contents
  • Surface Pro Tablet PC
  • AC Adapter