Microsoft has finally announced that the Surface Pro will be available starting February 9th for $899. The Surface Pro runs a full version of Windows 8, has an Intel chipset inside (along with a fan) and has about half the battery life of the Surface RT, which has Windows RT and runs on an ARM processor.
While you are paying a lot more for the Surface Pro when compared to the RT or an iPad, you are supposedly getting a full on computer experience minus the keyboard and mouse. Of course if you want a keyboard with your computer, that’s extra. Microsoft will be shipping the keyboard covers separately from the Surface Pro for an extra $150.
According to The Verge:
Microsoft’s latest Surface tablet runs on a full version of Windows 8, meaning it will support existing desktop applications in addition to the new Windows 8-style ones. The Surface Pro is similar to Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet on the exterior, with a 10.6-inch screen and support for Touch and Type Covers. However, pen support and a Full HD display with an Intel Core i5 processor means this tablet is significantly better specs wise.
The Surface Pro also has a pen. Yup. A pen. If you want that sort of thing. And who doesn’t? Right? Anyone? You can use the pen for the many apps that will support that kind of thing. Oh wait. There aren’t any. Well there is OneNote, but you will have to buy Office to get that, and then install it using an external optical drive or download it over the Internet. But OneNote is the only program I know that actually will use a pen for some use other than drawing, for that there is always Microsoft Paint.
Will you be buying a Surface Pro? Talk back in the comments below!