Microsoft now has a variety of Surface devices that are designed to replace your laptop. There’s the Surface Book with a removable display, the Surface Pro with a kickstand, and now the new Surface Laptop that is the most traditional laptop Microsoft has ever made. I’ve been using all three extensively recently and have been able to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each. If you’re thinking about buying one of Microsoft’s Surface devices, here’s what you need to know.
Microsoft already released their latest and powerful 2-in-1 Surface Pro device and got great reviews about it. Reports are saying that it beats out other existing laptops on the market today even the device is not a laptop in nature. The Surface Pro remarkable specifications and features allegedly is what it makes stand out with other competitors.
According to Gizmodo, the newest Surface Pro believes to be the best Surface models ever made by Microsoft. Though it is not molded as a laptop, the latest 2-in-1 Surface Pro could be considered as the best combination of a tablet and laptop feature. But Microsoft made it clear that it is not the successor of Surface Pro 4 and called it plainly as Microsoft Surface Pro.
Tablets are now becoming a way of life for some people these days. Most people use a tablet as a tool for entertainment. However, in today’s market, there are tablets that can be used to entertain while at the same time, used for something rather more professional. Case in point are the iPad Pro and Surface Pro from Apple and Microsoft, respectively.
While these tablets have merits of their own, it tends to get quite confusing which one will work best on a user. There a lot of things to consider in purchasing a tablet especially if it is going to be used professionally. Starting off with performance.
The Good The Surface Laptop has a slim, modern design and comes in a selection of cool colors. Battery life is very good, and the keyboard and touchpad are both excellent.
The Bad The included Windows 10 S operating system can only install preapproved apps by default (but it’s upgradable). The long-term life of the fabric covering remains a question. The cooler colors are only available in more expensive configurations, and the port selection is limited, skipping USB-C entirely.
It’s been a week since Apple announced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the early reviews are now in. While reviewers do express a few reservations along the way, the overwhelming tone is positive.
Phrases like ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’ and ‘the biggest step forward the category has made yet’ suggest that tech writers are finally taking seriously Apple’s claim that an iPad is for many a realistic replacement for a PC.
There is disagreement about just how far that claim stretches, and eyebrows raised over the all-in price of a device that makes little sense without a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, but those are the only real reservations found …
Featuring tilt detection, 4,096 pressure levels, and 21 milliseconds of latency, the new Surface Pen was called “the fastest digital pencil on the planet” and”natural and responsive,” by Panos Panay. Apple, however, recently gave Microsoft a run for the money, and announced the next generation Apple Pencil, which has 20 milliseconds of latency.
Something funny is happening in the age-old battle of Apple versus Microsoft.
Each is trying to get its products to be more like the other’s, but taking a different route to get there.
Both companies want the same thing: To be the platform of choice for people trying to be creative and get work done, even as the very definition of “computer” grows increasingly fluid. But the end result is that we’re in a weird situation where Microsoft is trying to make Windows work more like Apple iOS, while Apple tries to make iOS work more like Windows.
The race is on to see which can complete its transition first.
Microsoft’s biggest advantage is the iPad’s Achilles heel. The Surface devices, except for the Surface laptop, ship with a full version of Windows 10 and offer users access to full desktop programs. Owners can use the version of Office they already have, as well as the desktop version of the Google Chrome browser, the Steam game store, and more.
Apple’s tablet has proven enduringly popular among those who’ve acquired one. At WWDC 2017, Apple underlined its commitment to pushing the iPad as its next computing platform, and for the first time ever, it even has me interested.