I’m fairly interested in the new 12″ Microsoft Surface Pro that Redmond seems to be boasting as the answer to both the MacBook Air and the iPad. Coming in at £639 and going all the way up to £1,649 the hybrid laptablet/tablet-top is pretty steep and there is clearly a reason why it is named pro. Not many consumers are going to be smashing out almost £2,000 on a Core i7 512gb beast. Microsoft is claiming up to 9 hours for video playback on these devices which is pretty impressive given the internals. I’m intrigued to see how games perform on such a device. In fact, the tech specs overall are amazing. It’s about the size of a MacBook Air and will definitely blow it out of the water.
The interesting thing is that Microsoft can obviously make an incredible device. The specs, the size, the engineering that has gone into this machine look very good. Even the pen has had a fair amount of thought go into it but can Microsoft market such a device. I honestly never understood how appalling Microsofts marketing skills are. They have some bloody good products yet always seem to focus on something that doesn’t make people reconsider why they use what they currently do. If Microsoft showed me an advert that proved Windows 8 managed windows better than my MacBook Pro then I would be more inclined to jump ship. I’d like to try out Windows 8 for a long time but so far I’ve just not had a reason. Windows 7 runs perfectly well on my ThinkPad. My iPad does all those pesky little things like Flipboard, FaceTime and other time wasting antics. I’m not sure I’ve felt the need to have one device to rule them all yet, and I certainly don’t want to be reading Kindle books on a 12″ with an i7 processor.
I’d thoroughly recommend checking out the Surface website here for it is pretty beautiful and shows off the Surface Pro 3 quite well. Will this turn Microsofts attempt to get it’s Windows Hardware products into our hands, well that we will have to see. I look forward to the sales figures in a years time.