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Microsoft Surface

With the Microsoft Surface costing only $499 to start for the 32GB version, it’s hard not to want one of these things. I was thinking that the prices would be a little higher. Having a full OS on the modern tablet has been on my list for some time. I never considered the modern day tablets really viable. Sure I had one, but I was much more productive on my convertible tablet. Full OS, lots of memory, high power, and I can run Office, MATLAB, and LabVIEW natively.

Since its first introduction by Microsoft back around the 2002 timeframe, I have loved the idea of tablets. When apple brought out the iPad, I thought that the iPad seemed like a big phone. Boy was I right! The apps have gotten better with time, but you have pseudo-apps. They have some functionality, but there’s just not enough there to make it viable. Being a student of engineering, I find Microsoft OneNote necessary for taking notes. Nothing on Android or the iPad comes close to functionality with, or without pen input.

Aside from the apps, I have thought that you need a pen device to input data into the device. Microsoft convertible tablets have had this for a while, but HP brought it to the modern tablet with the HP slate. The slate was a cool looking laptop, but I think it was a little underpowered for today’s market. The Slate II looked very nice. I would have considered buying one, but the Microsoft Surface looked really nice. I would consider selling my laptop and buying a Surface tablet.

The Surface will come in two models. The RT model is considered the lower end model. It comes with a decent screen to comparable devices, USB 2.0, the quad core Tegra 3 APU, 32GB or 64GB storage, an HD display port, and 2 GB RAM. These specs are ok for most users, but I want something with a bit more power.

The Surface Pro has a bit more power to it. You’ll have a 1080p screen, USB 3.0, mini display port, core i5 to start, 64GB or 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM. So, you’ll have a better device for those of you who want to use more high powered apps and maybe a few games. It won’t play all the high end games, but you should be able to play all the casual games on steam. I would be more into the Upper model though, which doesn’t come out until after the holiday season.

For the casual user, I would say that the basic Surface model will be great! For those of you who want a more powerful tablet or just want more storage space, then the Pro version is the device for you. Personally, I like the USB 3.0. With a high powered USB port, you can store all your music and videos on it and save all the space on your internal storage. With the Microsoft Surface costing only $499 to start for the 32GB version, it’s hard not to want one of these things. I was thinking that the prices would be a little higher. Having a full OS on the modern tablet has been on my list for some time. I never considered the modern day tablets really viable. Sure I had one, but I was much more productive on my convertible tablet. Full OS, lots of memory, high power, and I can run Office, MATLAB, and LabVIEW natively.

Since its first introduction by Microsoft back around the 2002 timeframe, I have loved the idea of tablets. When apple brought out the iPad, I thought that the iPad seemed like a big phone. Boy was I right! The apps have gotten better with time, but you have pseudo-apps. They have some functionality, but there’s just not enough there to make it viable. Being a student of engineering, I find Microsoft OneNote necessary for taking notes. Nothing on Android or the iPad comes close to functionality with, or without pen input.

Aside from the apps, I have thought that you need a pen device to input data into the device. Microsoft convertible tablets have had this for a while, but HP brought it to the modern tablet with the HP slate. The slate was a cool looking laptop, but I think it was a little underpowered for today’s market. The Slate II looked very nice. I would have considered buying one, but the Microsoft Surface looked really nice. I would consider selling my laptop and buying a Surface tablet.

The Surface will come in two models. The RT model is considered the lower end model. It comes with a decent screen to comparable devices, USB 2.0, the quad core Tegra 3 APU, 32GB or 64GB storage, an HD display port, and 2 GB RAM. These specs are ok for most users, but I want something with a bit more power.

The Surface Pro has a bit more power to it. You’ll have a 1080p screen, USB 3.0, mini display port, core i5 to start, 64GB or 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM. So, you’ll have a better device for those of you who want to use more high powered apps and maybe a few games. It won’t play all the high end games, but you should be able to play all the casual games on steam. I would be more into the Upper model though, which doesn’t come out until after the holiday season.

As an added bonus, both tablets will have a cover that is optional. The cover attaches magnetically, similarly to the iPad, but it has a much stronger magnetic attachment. The cover also doubles as a keyboard. When you flip it out, you have a touch style keyboard.

For the casual user, I would say that the basic Surface model will be great! For those of you who want a more powerful tablet or just want more storage space, then the Pro version is the device for you. Personally, I like the USB 3.0. With a high powered USB port, you can store all your music and videos on it and save all the space on your internal storage.

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