When Microsoft rolled out Windows 8, it did so alongside its
first tablet – the Surface.
But that device wasn’t running the most powerful hardware,
and the operating system was actually a watered-down version of Windows 8
called Windows RT.
The concept was a good effort, but I was hopeful that a tablet
with more horsepower running a full-blown version of the operating system would
Here we are, a few months later, and Microsoft has rolled
out the Surface Pro. With more power under the hood and an operating system that
can run Windows 8 apps along with traditional Windows 7 programs, is the Pro any
good – and is it better than the basic Surface?
For those not familiar with the Surface, it’s a tablet with
a little (and sturdy) kick stand that helps it stand at a slight angle on its
own. Users can use a keyboard to type and click away at things. When it’s not a
necessity, the keyboard can snap off or fold backward.
The Surface Pro has significantly faster hardware behind its
rock-solid VapourMg case. Behind the 10.6-inch screen sits an Intel Core i5
processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, the same type of computing brains you’d
find in many laptops and desktops. Microsoft has this tablet configured with 4
GB of RAM.