Microsoft’s new Surface hybrid tablet-laptop has received many negative reviews from U.S. tech writers.These reviews may cast a shadow over Microsoft’s hopes to take a bite out of sales of Apple Inc’s latest high capacity 128GB iPad and MacBook Air.
Microsoft’s latest Surface runs on an Intel Corp chip and features the latest full Windows 8 Pro operating system. Microsoft expects that these features will make the device attractive to customers who want to produce as well as consume material.
New Surface pro is also expected to appeal to businesses who want to give employees lightweight, mobile touch machines that fit flexibly into their technology and security infrastructure.
Microsoft’s Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available from Saturday. Tami Reller Windows co-chief said it is a key part of revving up interest in Windows 8,that was launched last October but which has not gripped consumers’ imaginations.
The Surface Pro is a little thicker, heavier and amounts to several hundred dollars much expensive than the first Surface RT,powered by ARM Holdings PLC designed chip and is considered not compatible with old Microsoft programs.
Surface pro will be available in 64 and 128 gigabyte versions, both with wifi-only connectivity.The price starts at $899, excluding a $120-plus additional keyboard. Surface pro net price is $200 more expensive than a iPad and close to the price to the 64 GB MacBook Air laptop that has a price tag of $999.
MicrosoftSurface pro is the first to bring a full OS to the tablet format without compromising quality. But reviewers found the device with many compromises.
Walt Mossberg on the All Things D tech blog said that the Surface Pro has some significant downsides, and especially as a tablet. It’s too heavy and costly and power consumption is high as compared to Apple’s full-size iPad. Surface pro is also difficult to use in your lap.
A compromised tablet and a compromised laptop he added
Mossberg said the Surface standard battery lasts in less than four hours that is half the performance of an iPad. He also wrote his concerns about the usable memory on the version of 64 GB .
Mary Jo Foley on the ZDNet tech blog said that She keep scratching her head over who Microsoft expects to buy the Surface Pro.She said it is not as good of a tablet, in terms of both weight and battery life, as the Surface RT is. Additionally it’s also not as good as a Windows 8 PC.
Steve Kovach, writing for Business Insider wrote users can’t rest the Surface Pro very comfortably on their laps without it flopping around. Angle adjustment of the screenon a table with the built-in kickstand is also difficult.
Users also need to spend additional $100 to get the full laptop like experience with keyboard covers.
The cheapest Surface model only has 23 GB of free storage.
David Pierce, praised the product by writing on The Verge tech news site saying good about high quality of the screen and better startup time.But criticized the lack of Microsoft’s Office suite of apps.