It's been two months since I've gotten my Microsoft Surface Pro, and since the day they announced it. I knew I would love it except for how they choose to deal with the digitizer! But here's a quick run down of why I love my Surface Pro.
10 inches of Power!
The Surface Pro packs a Core i5 processor into a compact 10" case which I can throw into a bag and forget about it. This means I get great processing power and is portable enough for me to carry with me without thinking of it too much! The two questions which I usually get are How the hell do you see anything on such a small screen? Which I answer it's probably because I've been using small PCs long enough to be used to the small letters on the screen! for the record I'm running it at 125% display magnification. The second question is How can you do anything on such a small PC? The Surface Pro has a 1.7Ghz Intel Core i5 with 4GB of RAM, it is more than capable of handling most tasks, the Surface Pro is where code gets written and worked on! It IS a small PC, but it has a lot of power under the hood!
The power of the pen!
I'm an avid user of Microsoft Onenote, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who needs a digital diary journal for their life. You can even get it for the iOS and Android platforms now, heck.. you can even just run it off the Skydrive website! Evernote? I'll always remember what my friend who has used both said to me once regarding Evernote. Evernote is for people who can't use OneNote for their platform! I've been using OneNote since the very first version and I've been writing in my OneNote since the very first version! Even when my notebook DIDN'T have a touch screen I sought to find some way of writing on it! The fact that the Surface Pro comes with a Wacom digitizer means I have a great writing experience, without the worry of having to hunt for AAAA batteries one day.
Still hating magnet docked pen though.
One of the biggest surprise with the Surface Pro was that the Intel HD4000 actually turned out to be not utterly worthless in gaming, but I've actually managed to play quite a bunch of games on it, Rayman Legends, Walking Dead, Back To The Future, etc. etc. But of course it IS still just an integrated graphics chip and wheter or not a game worked on it is still pretty much a gamble. One thing I must note though, upgrading to Windows 8.1 allowed me to run some games which didn't want to run on Windows 8 previously like FTL and Fez, although Stealth Bastard stopped working on 8.1 so it's not perfect yet.
But hey.. I can play Typing Of The Dead Overkill on it so I'm happy!
Now that the Surface Pro 2 has been announced, do I feel like I've bought my Pro at the wrong time? Not really, the Hashwell chipset on the Pro 2 will deliver about 1.5 hours more of battery life which is nice but not essential to me, same with the slightly higher graphics performance. Also... it'll probably take another 6~8 months before the Pro 2 reaches anywhere near Malaysia so I can wait.
Though the Purple Type Cover 2 does look nice...