Pros

  • Ultrabook-caliber components.
  • Beautiful, 1920-by-1080 display.
  • Windows 8 grants full desktop application support.

Cons

  • Pen is a nice touch, but chintzy.
  • Display size and keyboard comfort will make you think twice.

At A Glance

Surface Pro is the best Windows tablet, but depending on your needs, it may not be the best Windows 8 hybrid for you.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-us/surface-with-windows-8-pro/home

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5-3317U
Processor speed 1700.0 MHz
Requirements
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows 8
Display
Display size 10.6 inches
Display type Touch Screen
Touchscreen Multitouch
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD4000
Storage
Drive 1 size 128.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
Drive size 128.0 GB
Drive type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 885370525571
Battery
Charging Interface Proprietary Connector
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Line Out 1/8
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0
Audio Output Yes
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 4096.0 MB
Memory max 4096.0 GB
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion Battery
Dimensions
Width 10.81 inches
Depth 0.53 inches
Height 6.81 inches
Weight 2.0 pounds
Storage Media
SD card SDXC Memory Card
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Pen (Stylus)
  • Touch Screen
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 265.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery
Battery Life 5:08   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 9.2   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2287.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2073.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5145.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 139.1   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 604.4   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 337.8   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 253.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 300.7   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
3DMark 11, 1280x720 Performance 547.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark 11, 1920x1080 Extreme 179.0   score (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 11.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, High Quality, 1920x1080 14.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Low Quality, 1366x768 690.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 5.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, High Quality, 1920x1080 5.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1366x768 7.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, High Quality, 1920x1080 17.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1366x768 34.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 9.2   Watts

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