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Surface Pro Benchmark Showcases Impressive Performance

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When reading data, Micron SSD delivers speeds of 400 megabytes-per-second.

Benchmarks from CnetBenchmarks from Cnet
Surface Pro's benchmark has seen the device considerably outperforming tablets and consequently being compared to the laptop category.

Anandtech ran benchmarks on the solid-state drive in Microsoft's new Surface Pro tablet, which showcased impressive results. "You get a full blown 6Gbps SSD," the site wrote, referring to Micron Technology's C400 solid-state drive found in the device.

The Micron SSD delivers speeds of 400 megabytes-per-second when reading data and just under 200 MB/s when writing it. "The fastest sequential transfer rates I've managed on the 4th generation iPad are typically on the 20-30MB/s range." The site added that flash drives in the majority of tablets are comparatively "horribly slow."

A Mozilla Kraken benchmark, meanwhile, shows the Surface Pro, which offers a more complete Windows 8 experience when compared to the current Surface's Windows RT platform, delivering almost five times the performance of the iPad 4. However, there are disadvantages to such fast data transfer speeds and a fast processor. The iPad generally delivers 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the Surface Pro, which launches on February 9, can hardly deliver four hours.

Microsoft has defended the Surface Pro's short battery life, as well as the 45 GB of space it takes up due to the installation of the OS and programs.

Stay tuned for our full review of of the Surface Pro.

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    SGTgimpy , February 8, 2013 10:17 PM
    "The iPad generally delivers 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the Surface Pro, which launches on February 9, can hardly deliver four hours."

    Maybe you should read Anand's full review. The Surface was able to pull 5-6 hours out. Actually all the reviews I have seen are hitting 5-6 hours of use except for Cnet's review which showed the lowest battery time at 271 minutes or 4.55 Hours from video playback. (No clue what the used either they didn't say)I have no clue where everyone is getting this less than 4 hours of use at crap.

    Anandtech battery test: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6695/microsoft-surface-pro-review/9

    Oh by the way, it may only last 5-6 hours on battery but it can reach 80% charge in about an hour and full change in 2 hours. That's a hell of a lot quicker than the iPad3 or 4 to charge.
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    Shin-san , February 8, 2013 10:04 PM
    Sounds like it's the muscle car of tablets, in many ways
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    A Bad Day , February 8, 2013 10:09 PM
    For those who are still raging over being "cheated" out of storage space: http://www.overclock.net/t/1358460/zdnet-surface-pro-versus-macbook-air-whos-being-dishonest-with-storage-space

    Apple is also doing the same...
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    Shin-san , February 8, 2013 10:04 PM
    Sounds like it's the muscle car of tablets, in many ways
  • 17 Hide
    A Bad Day , February 8, 2013 10:09 PM
    For those who are still raging over being "cheated" out of storage space: http://www.overclock.net/t/1358460/zdnet-surface-pro-versus-macbook-air-whos-being-dishonest-with-storage-space

    Apple is also doing the same...
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    teamcarlisle , February 8, 2013 10:10 PM
    Why didnt they compare it to a samsung series 7 slate? (With windows 8) Its almost the same thing but with a 2nd gen i5.
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    antherion , February 8, 2013 10:13 PM
    Comparing i5-based Surface Pro against atom-based Latitude 10, Envy x2 and Iconia W510 will of course makes Surface Pro "impressive"—just like comparing a smartphone against a full-blown laptop.
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    SGTgimpy , February 8, 2013 10:17 PM
    "The iPad generally delivers 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the Surface Pro, which launches on February 9, can hardly deliver four hours."

    Maybe you should read Anand's full review. The Surface was able to pull 5-6 hours out. Actually all the reviews I have seen are hitting 5-6 hours of use except for Cnet's review which showed the lowest battery time at 271 minutes or 4.55 Hours from video playback. (No clue what the used either they didn't say)I have no clue where everyone is getting this less than 4 hours of use at crap.

    Anandtech battery test: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6695/microsoft-surface-pro-review/9

    Oh by the way, it may only last 5-6 hours on battery but it can reach 80% charge in about an hour and full change in 2 hours. That's a hell of a lot quicker than the iPad3 or 4 to charge.
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    memadmax , February 8, 2013 10:21 PM
    4-5-6 hours is plenty.
    Good enough for me to buy this thing and put my nose up at iArrogantBastardApple.....
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    memadmax , February 8, 2013 10:25 PM
    *thumb my nose at
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    SGTgimpy , February 8, 2013 10:25 PM
    Also to clarify the term "Use". "Use" is real world operation of the Surface pro not running full kilter with bench marks. In benchmarks the Surface Rt gets about 8-9 hours of "Use". In real world "Use" mine gets about 36 hours of use. (I use it as a laptop replacement).

    So the term of "Use" is subjective on how you will really use it on a daily basis. So lets wait till it gets release and in the hands of real people to see how real world "Use" is before we start daming it.
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    SGTgimpy , February 8, 2013 10:26 PM
    Tom's you also need a "Edit" option bad.
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    bllue , February 8, 2013 10:46 PM
    This sort of devices have to be the future. Much improvements to be made but we'll get there
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    SuperVeloce , February 8, 2013 10:47 PM
    go above the first comment and click "Read the comments on the forums"
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    bystander , February 8, 2013 10:49 PM
    sgtgimpyTom's you also need a "Edit" option bad.

    There is one. Just go to the top of the comments and click "read the comments on the forums", then find your post and edit.
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    tipoo , February 8, 2013 10:52 PM
    I kind of wish the Surface design team would make a straight up Ultrabook. The Surface Pro plus the type keyboard make for an ok laptop experience, but the stand and floppy keyboard aren't always ideal. They could make an ultrabook flip back like the Lenovo Yoga to still have the tablet experience too.
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    tipoo , February 8, 2013 10:55 PM
    Also, comparisons to ARM tablets battery life are silly. This is more like the 11 inch Macbook Air in functionality, it runs a full i5 processor with a full desktop operating system. The 11 inch MBA battery life is no better.
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    apache_lives , February 9, 2013 1:47 AM
    killerclickMicrosoft ordered only 1 million units to be made, so if you want this piece of crap, you better hurry


    for mobility id prefer thing thing over any piece of crap you own
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    jkflipflop98 , February 9, 2013 3:03 AM
    "Mr. Shelby! Mr. Shelby! How many MPG can one expect from the new Cobra?"

    "Who gives a shit?"
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    jkflipflop98 , February 9, 2013 3:52 AM
    compuservantthe graph this article needs to print is performance per dollar. These things are niche products at best. Most people are going to buy either tradition laptops or Ultrabooks. Those who want a tablet likely have already purchased one if that is their choice of form factor. I'd be surprised if M$ sells even 500K of these.This thing is going to cost the consumer at least $1300 or more by the time your buy the table, the Os, the flappy keyboard thingy and a slew of new software optimized for the W*/Metro format. Actually, you are probably looking at closer to $1500. Remind me again what some of the newer ultrabooks are selling for?


    The fact that you seriously just used the word "thingy" makes me think you need to go find a new hobby.
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