Microsoft’s Surface Pro promo has arrived. The message: it’s a PC and can do everything a PC can do.
Microsoft pitches the Surface Pro as a real PC.
Microsoft Announces Pro tablet surface 9 February arrival with a teaser on its PCness.
“Stylish, lightweight, and durable PC meets powerful,” is how Microsoft will start the video. The last part of this copy is probably the most important for potential buyers.
This is obviously alluding to Windows 8 Pro running on a real PC processor – Intel Ivy Bridge: This combination should allow surface Pro to run applications more like a laptop than a tablet.
And as would be respectable in relation to any PC, Microsoft emphasizes that the surface Pro includes a USB 3.0 (Surface RT only has USB 2.0 slower) and the Mini DisplayPort connector (which RT does not have).
The Mini DisplayPort – a common feature on the MacBook (via the Thunderbolt connector) and Windows laptop – should allow Pro to drive large, high-resolution display. As an Apple LED Cinema Display, for example.
The video briefly touches the 1080-pixels but not equal to zero on this. It should, though. The Pro 1920 x1 0.080-pixel resolution is one of its best features (that is a density of 209 pixels per inch for those track).
Although it is not the intention of the video, the promo is amply demonstrate the thickness of the device. While 13.5 mm (0.53 inches) thick is not for standard laptop, is a bit ‘thick for a tablet. The iPad 4 – often criticized for his corpulence – is, by comparison, a mere 9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches) thick.
And this, of course, results in weight too. It’s 2 pounds – light for a laptop, heavy for a tablet. It will be interesting to see how long-term use of a 2-pound tablet sits with auditors.
That said, its thickness and weight can be a small price to pay for many users looking for a Windows 8 tablet that contains the punch performance of a laptop.