It is somewhat heavier than an ipad or android tablet, battery life is very good for a laptop but poor for a tablet. Touch sensitivity seems a little less sensitive than iPad/Galaxy. However, it runs full blown Windows, and it runs it FAST. It blew away my 2 year old i7 based HP monster loaded with 8Gb of RAM. What a Surface Pro really is geared for is a micro-laptop. The size and keyboard/touchscreen combo makes it usable almost anywhere. Set the stand up and it is very usable on your lap (even in a middle seat). Battery life is around 5 hours with wi-fi. This will be a great device for those who want a really portable laptop and need the extra input capabilities that a full keyboard gives. If you need to use it as a tablet it can do that too, but if you really just want an entertainment tablet then probably look at an RT, iPad, Galaxy, or Nexus.
Regarding the temperature section, I will add that although is true that on the backside the temperature is not really annoying, the heat is also transferred to the screen, being very unpleasant for touch handling. I have seen ipads never behave like this, they get hot on the back but heat is not transferred to the touchscreen.
We have been waiting for a full fledged version of Windows to run on a tablet for a long time, but with such a large OS, I’m concerned about how much resources it uses up. Still, it is a dream come true for me. I want something more versatile than my iPad, but just as powerful, so I can use it for both my work I do at DISH and entertainment. Now I use my iPad to watch my TV shows by using DISH Anywhere and my DISH Hopper DVR at home. I love it because I can watch TV while I’m on the train, through the internet and get caught up on TV watching when I usually don’t have time at home.
I bought one, and its too heavy to use as a tablet. The display angle is too low with the stand. And Microsoft should have put a hdmi port on it. Non upgradable hard drive or memory is a big mistake. A holder or internal sleave/slot should have been made for the pen, the magnetic holder is not strong enough, and where do you put the pen whilst charging. The external keyboard/mouse sometimes disconnects for no reason, so you have to reboot to activate it again. The rotation landscape/portrait is slow, and sometimes doesn't happen, because the o/s thinks the external keyboard/mouse is still attached. The volume/sound is too low.
Apart from all that, it's an ok laptop, but a poor tablet. Microsoft, the design flaws are inexcusable. What were you thinking? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know how to design a real hybrid laptop without making these basic errors. Hang your heads in shame rather than patting yourselves on the back. Your job ain't finished. Regards John
Something's missing. I have 24" Full HD touchscreen running Win8 and a lot of times the touch icons are smallish for a regular size hand -- like the X-mark to exit the program. With this 10 incher, I see a lack of comment in this area a sore spot. Win8, although designed for a touch screen is nowhere near as finger-friendly as a 7" Android (I have Kindle HD Fire). No IPS display and 1:30 hour limit for movie watching does not cut it for me.
A balancing act. Microsoft's Surface Pro will entice customers with a potent array of components, a high resolution display, and a full-fledged version of Windows 8. The core idea of creating a tablet PC with good processing power which can be used for productive tasks seems to have become a reality. How well this works in practice was extensively tested by us.