I have been using the surface pro now for about a week. I see there are many reviews out there bashing the device, and it made me really want to get a REAL review out there, since clearly the other reviewers haven’t actually used the device.
The Surface Pro has easily been my best technology decision in a very very long time. For the last three+ years I have been using a MacBook Pro running Windows 7. I needed to replace it about a year ago but held off because I wanted the Surface Pro to replace my laptop and my iPad tablet. It serves that purpose wonderfully.
It is extremely fast, and being a developer I hold my computers to a high standard. If i ever have to wait for my computers I get very frustrated. So they have to keep up with me. The Surface Pro does.
I love the pen. I now take notes on OneNote with the pen instead of using my journal. This was a big step for me since I am a journal junkie. I am still using both, but when I am out and about, I use the Surface Pro instead of the journal.
The battery life is great. All of the reviews have been smashing it, but I am getting consistently 5 hours or more. And I am probably tasking it harder than most people would be. I am running full Office, Visual Studio and many other apps. I also installed Manga Studio on it, and it works great with the pen.
The hard drive space is fine too. Yes, it uses a bunch of the 128GB SSD, but again, I have a ton installed, and have plenty of space. I also purchased a 64GB microSD that I use, so if I did want to store data, I can.
There are really only two gripes I have about the Surface Pro. First is the pen’s storage. I will agree with the rest of the reviews in saying that this was a bad design choice. I do not feel confident in carrying it in the power slot. So I carry it in my shirt pocket. I have nearly lost it twice already, and when I went on my business trip, I forgot the pen at home. THAT was a bummer. I am certainly expecting to have to purchase one or more new pens in my future.
The other gripe is that it sometimes sticks in portrait mode when it is on the table with the keyboard. I have to pick it up and shake it a bit for it to realize it. That happens very rarely, and it really isn’t that big of a deal.
If you in the market for a new laptop, I would DEFINITELY go to the Surface Pro. You can be fully productive as a developer on the Surface Pro where ever you go. And if it is good enough for a developer, it is good enough for anyone.
Hope this review helped!!