Microsoft Surface Pro (256GB)


There’s no dispute the iPad is the king of all tablets. That said, even with hundreds of thousands of great apps available in the App Store, doing “real” work on it leaves much to be desired. Barring sales statistics, Microsoft’s Surface Pro (not to be confused with the Surface Pro RT) is actually a well-thought out and engineered tablet.

While nowhere near as thin as an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, differentiates itself internally: Intel Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD 4000 graphics. Because the Surface Pro is a PC underneath, all compatible lecacy “desktop” apps should run on it without any issues. The 10.6-inch (1080p resolution) display also has a digitizer that works with a digital stylus, if you’re still clinging onto styli.

True, the Surface Pro arrived in February, but that was only in 64GB and 128GB capacities. Microsoft is now selling a 256GB Surface Pro at its own retail stores and other authorized retailers. One of the main reasons why you want to have more storage if you choose a Surface Pro is because Windows 8 takes a huge chunk out of the usable half. For instance, on the 64GB model, only 28GB of storage is available for users to actually, well, use for storing things. 256GB of storage should give users a little more breathing room without having to resort to cloud storage.

About the only real quip we have with the Surface Pro is that its most valuable check point — the magnetic Touch or Type Cover keyboard — isn’t even bundled in with the tablet. Microsoft sells the Touch Cover ($119) and Type Cover ($129) separately, which more or less defeats the whole purpose of the Surface Pro being a big bad “iPad slayer.”

Still, we think think the Surface Pro has its strengths, especially if you’re just sick and tired of Android and iOS for your mobile computing needs.

Price: $1,199.99