A Video Demo of the Surface Pro from the Microsoft Launch

On Saturday, February 9, Microsoft unleashed its second salvo against the dominance of Apple’s iPad in the post PC tablet world, the Surface Pro. Like the Surface RT, which was released last year to lukewarm reviews, the Surface Pro is designed and built by Microsoft, and is a full Windows 8 Pro device, unlike the Windows RT running tablet.

We were at the Toronto Microsoft Store for the launch on Saturday, and while there we were able to video a short demo of the Pro. Mitch Garvis, a Microsoft Technical Evangelist, took us through some of the Pro’s features, and showed us how the Surface Pro has changed the way he works. You can check out the video below.

In the video he addresses some of the issues people have brought up about the Surface Pro. For example, with regards to the usable storage on the Pro’s SSD, he shows how you can claim some of it back by moving the recovery partition to an external device. One topic that wasn’t brought up, though, was the Pro’s 3-hour battery life (in fairness we didn’t ask), which is probably, in our opinion, the tablet’s biggest weakness when compared to both other tablets and Ultrabooks.

Have you bought a Surface Pro? If not, do you plan to? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Microsoft Surface Pro Hands-on Demo

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  • MotherFerJones
    I bought the 128GB Pro on Saturday. I'm typing on the type cover right now. I use it for my work computer comfortably. Once i installed an app (Classic Shell )for the start menu it takes me straight to the desktop on bootup which is sweet. I've even played Torchlight 2 over steam for 1 hour using 1920x1080 res, high detail, didn't stutter a bit, as you can imagine the fans got a tid bit loud. I just got it so I'm still putting though its paces but the early verdict is extremely positive.
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  • MotherFerJones
    I bought the 128GB Pro on Saturday. I'm typing on the type cover right now. I use it for my work computer comfortably. Once i installed an app (Classic Shell )for the start menu it takes me straight to the desktop on bootup which is sweet. I've even played Torchlight 2 over steam for 1 hour using 1920x1080 res, high detail, didn't stutter a bit, as you can imagine the fans got a tid bit loud. I just got it so I'm still putting though its paces but the early verdict is extremely positive.
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  • victorintelr
    Awesome. I originally wanted the Surface Pro, but ended up getting the X230T from Lenovo. I'd love one, though I'm not regreting my purchase. It's not the same as carrying my tablet around and it would be a similar feeling using the Surface Pro, however I love it anyways. It looks very promising. The only limitation is the price. But for the functionality is worth it! Surface FTW!!!!!
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  • merikafyeah
    I'm still waiting on the Lenovo Helix. It looks like the perfect tablet/laptop convertible.
    It has all the good stuff about the Surface Pro, without the two downsides: "Short" battery life, and non-adjustable viewing angle (inflexible kickstand).

    I don't consider weight to be a downside. 3-4 lbs is nothing to me. (I'm a man btw)
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