Who Says Pretty Can't Be PracticalIt's time for a tablet that's more than meets the eye. A feat of engineering and a work of art, Surface is a revolutionary new tablet from Microsoft. With casing...
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11 Reasons For
Several customers thought this tablet was good looking. Expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in their review of the Microsoft Surface “Beautiful, inventive and versatile (though a little confusing), Microsoft's first-ever laptop is already one of the best Windows notebooks ever crafted” . Apcmag.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in November “Gorgeous display”. Apcmag.com also said “Beautiful screen”.
Four Microsoft Surface reviewers who bought it wrote that it was a good design. In November Apcmag.com mentioned in their review of this tablet “The best hybrid design yet”. Apcmag.com also wrote “Stunning and high quality design, fast, optional dedicated graphics, lovely display, versatile design”. Apcmag.com also mentioned “Versatile detachable-hybrid design”.
A number of Microsoft Surface owners who reviewed this tablet thought it was well made. About.com mentioned in their Microsoft Surface review in November last year “Storage for the Surface Book is entirely handled by solid state drives with four different capacity levels” . About.com also mentioned “Nov 2 2015 - Microsoft's first laptop system offers a very solid experience with a few twists thanks to its 2-in-1 ability to detach the screen”. Expert website Slashgear.com wrote in November last year “Superlative build quality and truly innovative hardware single the Surface Book out as something legitimately special” in their review of this tablet.
One person mentioned in their reviews that the Microsoft Surface was strong and durable. Expert review site Apcmag.com said “And with a tough and slick” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.
Good Battery Life
A few people who bought the Microsoft Surface reckoned that it had a good battery life. Apcmag.com wrote in their review of this tablet this year “Excellent battery life” and gave this tablet a score of 4 stars. Apcmag.com also said “Good battery as a notebook”. Apcmag.com also wrote “Epic battery life as a laptop”.
Easy to Use
Several Microsoft Surface reviewers who purchased this tablet considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Apcmag.com said “Among the most comfortable keyboard and trackpad” in their review. Apcmag.com also mentioned “Light and comfortable to use in Tablet mode”. Expert review site Engadget.com wrote “The detachable screen is also comfortable to use as a tablet, thanks to both it”.
Several Microsoft Surface reviewers who bought this tablet thought it had a good experience. Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned “Want a true laptop experience that does”.
Good Product Quality
A number of customers who reviewed it thought it was good quality. Expert review site Gadgetguy.com.au wrote in their review “It's clear that it has a lot going for it, with a solid build quality, excellent specs”. Apcmag.com mentioned this month “High quality magnesium alloy chassis, notebookclass CPU”.
Microsoft Has Good Tablet Computer Reviews
I5-3317U processor tablets manufactured by Microsoft have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all tablets (not just i5-3317U processor tablets) and found that Microsoft also has good ratings across its entire range.
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One Microsoft Surface reviewer who bought the product considered that it was good in terms of USB connections. Apcmag.com wrote “Heavier than 13or 14inch Ultrabooks, battery life could be better, no USB TypeC or HDMI options, no WWAN or R 45 options, no SmartCard or fingerprint reader, no secondary storage options”.
One Microsoft Surface owner concluded that the Microsoft Surface was good in terms of connectivity. Apcmag.com wrote in November “Hybrid connectivity is very interesting”.
Good Picture Quality
A few Microsoft Surface owners who reviewed it concluded that it had good picture quality. In November Apcmag.com said in their review of this tablet “The Microsoft Surface Book packs highend components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body” and rated it 4 stars.
The Surface is 3G compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other tablets of this spec and age are not 3G compatible.
With a width of only 274.6 millimeters, the Microsoft Surface is one of the narrower i5-3317U processor tablets that came out around the same time as the Surface amongst tablet computers of this age. The widths of i5-3317U processor tablets that were launched around the same time as the Surface range from 270mm to 310mm, and the average width is 290mm.
The average thickness of i5-3317U processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface is 160mm, and the thicknesses range from 13mm to 200mm. At only 173 millimeters, the Microsoft Surface has a fairly thin thickness compared to most of the other tablet computers of a comparable age and spec to the Surface.
9 Reasons Against
Not Good in Terms of Size
Five people who bought the product reckoned that it was not heavy and bulky. This year Apcmag.com mentioned “Display wobbles and feels top heavy”. Apcmag.com also mentioned “A little bulky as a laptop”. Apcmag.com also mentioned “Rather large and heavy”.
One Microsoft Surface owner who purchased it concluded that it was not heavy.
Only HDD Storage Medium
The Microsoft Surface supports an HDD storage medium which is better than most similar spec tablet computers that came out more than two years ago. Most tablets of a similar spec and age to it support a Flash storage medium. Across all tablet computers of this type and age the best storage medium is SSD and the worst is eMMC.
Not 4G Compatible
Most tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Surface are not 4G compatible. The Surface is no exception to this as it too is not 4G compatible.
Very Low Battery Capacity
Tablets of this spec and age have battery capacities of between 1,500mAh and 6,600mAh, and the average battery capacity is 4,400mAh. The Surface has a fairly low battery capacity (only 1,530 milliampere * hour) compared to most of the other i5-3317U processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the Surface.
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Only HDD Storage Medium
The Surface has a better storage media type than most tablets of a similar spec and age to it. This tablet computer has an HDD storage medium, whereas most comparable spec tablet computers that were released more than two years ago have a Flash storage medium.
An HDD storage medium is in fact the worst storage media type amongst all tablet computers of this type and age.
Amongst similar types of tablet the best storage media type is Flash.
Only Apple 30-Pin Docking Connector Type
The docking connector type of this tablet is Apple 30-pin, which is typical of many tablets of this age and spec.
Very Small Processor Cache
The Microsoft Surface has a quite small processor cache (only 1 megabyte) compared to most of the other i5-3317U processor tablets that were launched more than two years ago. Similar spec tablets that are a comparable age to the Surface have processor caches of between 1MB and 3MB, and the average processor cache is 2.8MB.
Very Small Screen Size
The smallest screen size of tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Surface is 10", the largest is 12", and the average screen size is 11". With a screen size of only 10.6 inches, the Surface has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst i5-3317U processor tablets of this age.
Only 720p Video Recording Mode
This tablet computer has a 720p video recording mode, which is typical of many tablets of this spec and age.
4 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface
Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when this Microsoft tablet was released.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 1.7 gigahertz, the Surface has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablets that were released more than two years ago.
Average Internal Storage Capacity
The Surface has a relatively standard internal storage capacity (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablets of this age and type.
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Two Processor Cores
The Surface has two processor cores. That's average compared to the other 16 similar spec tablets that have been available for more than two years that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.
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The best hybrid design yet
Fantastic display complemented by the included stylus
Great performance, especially with the dedicated GPU
Excellent battery life
A collection of software issues hasn't been fixed months after launch
Compromised cooling solution
The hinge doesn't fully close
Expensive for a laptop, expensive for a hybrid
Thick in comparison to some of the computers it competes against
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