Tech Review: Microsoft Surface Pro

Tech Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 150 150 Patrick Ciccarelli Patrick Ciccarelli

The market has provided its fair share of reviews and scoring of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. Although the feedback has been overwhelmingly negative, I didn’t think I should immediately rule it out before getting my hands on it. I also think that the needs for education and nonprofit organizations can be different, so it is worth taking a look at any technology from that lens.

I can summarize my review in one word: disappointment. I have to start with the price tag: In education specifically, I have difficulty accepting the notion that a school should spend $500 or $600 for a tablet. At a starting price of $899, the Surface Pro does not offer enough to justify the expense. Some positives are that it is a nice design, from the feel of the device to the sensitivity of the screen. I also like the built-in kickstand; a definite plus.

When running Windows 8, I can see how well it works in the tablet format vs. running Windows 8 on a traditional computer. But honestly, even as a business owner, I’m not going to fork over that kind of money for a device that bridges a full functioning laptop with a $400 tablet (via Apple, Samsung, Google, and others). And with the recent introduction of Microsoft Office for Android mobile devices (GREAT move Microsoft), I think there is limited need for this device.

Even if Surface Pro is a complete bomb, and it is, we are seeing how quickly Microsoft can move to fix a problem. Should they abandon tablets? I don’t think so. Give me a 7″ tablet running Windows 8, that includes Office 365 and Skydrive, add micro HDMI, make the battery life mind blowing, and package the entire thing up for around $250, and I believe you’ll have a winner.