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Microsoft Surface Pro 1.5GHz 64GB 12" Tablet

alphr.com Recommended techradar.com/au/ Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Techradar Recommended maxit.com.my Design Award
1.5GHz 64GB 12" 2 Aug 2014
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Eleven Industry Awards

This tablet computer has received eleven awards from experts in tablet computers.

The editors of Techradar, Pcactual.com, Techradar.com/au/, Tek.no and Alphr.com all endorse this Microsoft tablet and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This tablet received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Good Gear Guide.com.au, both of which wrote that this tablet computer was excellent.

The reviewers at two other expert review sites both endorsed this Microsoft tablet. This tablet received a Maxit.com.my "Design Award" and Notebookjournal.de gave it a "Good Value for Money" award and decided it provided a good bang for your buck.

Two more expert review sites both concluded that this tablet computer was good. This tablet received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com and Pcforalla.idg.se gave it a "Good Choice" award.

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Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on ninety-four expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar the average expert rating of this tablet is 76%.

Average Owner Reviews

This tablet has an average owner rating of 71% based on 348 owner reviews.

Nice Design

Some people wrote that the Microsoft Surface Pro was good looking. Expert website Techworld.com said “Which one is the right one for you?On the, er, surface, both tablets seem pretty similar” in their review. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk scored this tablet 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Microsoft Surface Pro review “It also makes a pretty good laptop.”. Expert review site Channelpro.co.uk gave the Microsoft Surface Pro a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Microsoft Surface Pro review “Microsoft conjures up a stylish, powerful Windows 8 tablet that remains desirable despite its flaws Read more”.

Several Microsoft Surface Pro reviewers considered that the Microsoft Surface Pro was a good design. Cnet.com rated it 4 stars and said on CNET.com “The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet” in their review of this tablet. Expert website Computershopper.com mentioned “Microsoft's Surface Pro fixes the Surface RT's limitations with powerful ultrabook internals, premium design” in their review.

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Robust

A few people who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made. Three years ago expert website Stuff.tv wrote “The Surface Pro has a solid, nicely made feel”. Expert website Itpro.co.uk wrote in their review of the Microsoft Surface Pro “Despite the HD screen and solid performance” . Three years ago expert website Arstechnica.com said “The design and build quality both impress” in their Microsoft Surface Pro review.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable. Phonearena.com wrote “Now this is a tough pickle on our hands, seeing that there’s an obvious gap in terms of pricing with the two tablets” in their review.

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Reasonably Priced

Several Microsoft Surface Pro owners considered that it was good value for money. Expert review site 3g.co.uk rated the product 4 stars and said in their review of this tablet three years ago “Have plenty of money to spend”. Expert review site Itproportal.com said in their Microsoft Surface Pro review in the same month “While the Surface Pro is coming out in the US this weekend, its UK launch date is still unconfirmed, as is the price”. Expert review site Uk.hardware.info wrote in their review “The Surface RT has been out for a while, Microsoft's definition of what an affordable tablet should be”.

Several Microsoft Surface Pro owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was a bargain for the price. Three years ago expert review site Pcauthority.com.au wrote “None of this comes particularly cheaply, either” in their review of this tablet. Bgr.com wrote “We were barely into the first 20 minutes of a full day of meetings when I knew the Surface was a huge, huge deal”.

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Good Product Quality

Four Microsoft Surface Pro reviewers agreed that it was good quality. Three years ago expert review site Mobiletechreview.com wrote “The Microsoft Surface Pro isn't just novel, though that certainly is part of its appeal along with the sexy design and high quality look and feel” in their review of this tablet and rated the Microsoft Surface Pro 80 out of 100. Expert website Neowin.net mentioned “The Surface Pro has been well-engineered and the build quality is absolutely incredible” . Three years ago expert website Zdnet.com wrote “As with the RT model, build quality is generally excellent, although we have a few gripes, including the non-adjustable kicksta” in their review of the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Good Value for Money

Notebookjournal.de highlighted in their review that this tablet was great for its price.

Good Brand

We checked 2,870 user and expert reviews for Microsoft tablets and found that on average Microsoft has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Microsoft has good reviews specifically for its tablet computers.

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Easy to Use

Several Microsoft Surface Pro owners who reviewed the Microsoft Surface Pro wrote that it had a good experience. Recombu.com said three years ago “The newer full-fat version is now set to bring a full Windows 8 experience in the Surface guise with the launch of the Microsoft” in their review of this tablet. Expert review site Ubergizmo.com wrote in the same month “Excellent – for specific uses) The Microsoft Surface Pro was designed to give users a true tablet experience AND a true PC experience with a surprisingly powerful hardware”. Expert website Uk.hardware.info wrote in their Microsoft Surface Pro review “SSD combine for a fast user experience”.

Good Support

One Microsoft Surface Pro reviewer wrote in their reviews that this tablet had good technical guidance. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ wrote “We liked Buying Guide 10 best tablet PCs in the world” in their review of the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Good for Games

One Microsoft Surface Pro owner who bought it mentioned that it was good playing games on. Three years ago expert website Gadgetguy.com.au wrote “Then trying its hand at proper gaming consoles with the Xbox” however they only rated it 60 out of 100.

Good Sound Quality

One person wrote that this tablet had good sound quality. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned “We think the idea is sound”.

Good Picture Quality

One person who reviewed this tablet considered that it had good picture quality. Expert review site Thunderbaylive.com wrote in their Microsoft Surface Pro review three years ago “Both run on an Intel Core i5 ULV CPU with HD 4000 graphics with fast SSD drives” .

Good Battery Life

One Microsoft Surface Pro owner said that it had a good battery life. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert website Digital Versus “It has low battery life, heat issues”.

Quite Large Screen Size

The Surface Pro has a quite large screen size (12 inches) compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro. Tablet computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Surface Pro have screen sizes of between 3.5" and 19", and the average screen size is 8.6".

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Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, the Microsoft Surface Pro has a fairly large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablets of this spec and age. Tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface Pro have internal storage capacity of between 0.25GB and 260GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 19GB.

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Very High Front Camera Resolution

When compared to other tablet computers of a similar type and age to the Surface Pro that we have checked, the front camera resolution of the Microsoft Surface Pro of 5 megapixels is one of the highest. The average front camera resolution of comparable spec tablet computers that have been around for a similar time to the Surface Pro is 1.1MP.

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Quite Large Internal Memory

Across all the comparable spec tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface Pro the internal memory range from 0.25GB to 8GB, and the average internal memory is 1.5GB. The Surface Pro has one of the larger internal memory (4 gigabytes) amongst tablet computers of this age.

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4 Bluetooth Version

This tablet computer supports a 4.0 LE Bluetooth version, which is typical of many comparable spec tablet computers that are a similar age to it.

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2160 X 1440 Pixels Display Resolution

The Surface Pro has a maximum display resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. That's over three times the display resolution of a 1280 x 800 pixels tablet, which is the most common display resolution. Across all tablets that have been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro the best display resolution is 3840 x 2560 pixels and the worst is 480 x 272 pixels.

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Very Short

The Surface Pro is fairly short (only 9.1 millimeters) compared to most of the other tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the Surface Pro. The shortest tablet that has been available for around the same time as the Surface Pro is 0.4mm tall, the tallest is 650mm, and the average height is 140mm.

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4 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

A number of Microsoft Surface Pro owners wrote that the product was not heavy and bulky. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote in their review of this tablet “The Surface Pro is either a tiny Ultrabook or a bulky Windows 8 tablet, depending on your point of view” . Expert review site Itbusiness.ca wrote in their review “A bit larger and heavier” . Three years ago expert review site Zdnet.com said “The bulkier, heavier and more powerful x86-based Surface Pro is very much a version 1.0 product” in their review of this tablet.

A number of Microsoft Surface Pro owners wrote in their reviews that it was not thick. Expert review site Stuff.tv wrote in their Microsoft Surface Pro review “The Pro's extra weight and thickness mean it doesn't seem as throw-aroundable as the RT version (680g” although they still gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One Microsoft Surface Pro reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was not heavy. Expert review site Coolsmartphone.com said three years ago “This thing is absolutely awesome! As this guy is a pretty hefty purc” in their review of this tablet.

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Not 3G Compatible

The Surface Pro is not 3G compatible. Most of the other tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface Pro are also not 3G compatible.

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Not 4G Compatible

Like most of the other tablet computers of a similar spec and age to the Surface Pro, the Surface Pro is not 4G compatible.

If you are looking for a tablet computer that is 4G compatible then you might want to look at the Samsung SM-T360 Galaxy Tab Active[plb_2535757_price] which is also higher rated.

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Heavy

The weights of tablets of a comparable age and spec to the Surface Pro range from 120g to 8.5kg, and the average weight is 610g. With a weight of 800 grams, the Surface Pro is quite heavy compared to most of the other tablet computers that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro

Released Over Two Years Ago

This tablet computer has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.5 gigahertz, the Microsoft Surface Pro has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablet computers that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the Microsoft Surface Pro has a fairly standard rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 5MP rear camera resolution tablets and we think the LG V500[plb_2625050_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Two Processor Cores

Compared to the other 183 tablets of this age and type that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the Surface Pro has two processor cores which is average.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2 processor core tablet computers currently available including because of it's better review score, the Huawei MediaPad[plb_1498227_price].

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Specification

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Built-In Speaker
Networking
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WiFi Standard
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standard
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DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone / Microphone Port
USB 3.0 Port
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USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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Quick Start Guide
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11 Awards

pcactual.com Recommended pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice alphr.com Recommended techradar.com/au/ Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Techradar Recommended 01net.com 4 Star tek.no Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice maxit.com.my Design Award notebookjournal.de Good Value for Money

Expert Reviews

(195)

Touted as a laptop in tablet form, this Windows 8 unit comes complete with a detachable keyboard dock, stylus pen, and colored case that acts as a kickstand. You can run the full versions of... Read more…

23 May 2014

Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro can replace your laptop, and it certainly has the power and portability to do so. However, while we can see it replacing perhaps an entry-level MacBook Air,...

21 May 2014

Microsoft claims its new Surface Pro tablet is powerful enough to replace your laptop for everyday computing tasks. Can that really be true? We put it to the test in our Surface Pro hands-on... Read more…

17 January 2014

Microsoft's Surface with Windows 8 Pro is the best tablet running Windows 8 we've yet seen, but still feels like a compromise when used as a tablet or laptop...

7 January 2014

The Microsoft Surface Pro ticks a lot of checkboxes if you're a mobile working person looking for a device that allows you to do both work and play on the move. The only thing holding the Surface...

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User Reviews

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There comes a point where you have too many options. Here, you can overclock manually via BIOS, OR use the BIOS optimized settings, OR some high power button, OR some DOCP optimization, OR use... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2014 by Clayton S.
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I've seen this board get several one-egg reviews, and in my opinion, many of them are unjustified. DOA boards are unfortunately a fact of life, and no electronics manufacturer is able to ship 100%... Read more…

Reviewed 22 November 2012 by Evan R.
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This is a great budget board and is exactly what I was looking for. I installed the components in this board and booted without a hitch. No problems whatsoever. The lack of right-hand-side risers... Read more…

Reviewed 1 October 2012 by Jared L.
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This motherboard is supremely easy to use and install. The UEFI bios is straightforward and it works. My memory speed came in at 1066, and with the click of a button (Yes, the bios uses the mouse)... Read more…

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