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Microsoft Surface Pro 1.5GHz 64GB 12" Tablet

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Techradar Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice techradar.com/au/ Recommended maxit.com.my Design Award alphr.com Recommended
1.5GHz 64GB 12" 2 Aug 2014
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11 Reasons For

Eleven Industry Awards

Expert review sites rave about this tablet computer and have given it eleven awards.

This tablet received a "Recommended" from Techradar, Pcactual.com, Techradar.com/au/, Tek.no and Alphr.com all of whom thought that this Microsoft tablet was good.

This Microsoft tablet received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Good Gear Guide.com.au, both of which wrote that this tablet was superb.

The reviewers at two other expert review sites both thought that this tablet was good. The expert at Maxit.com.my thought that this Microsoft tablet was well designed and gave it a "Design Award" and it received a "Good Value for Money" award from Notebookjournal.de.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both said that this Microsoft tablet computer was good. This tablet computer received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com and Pcforalla.idg.se gave it a "Good Choice" award.

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Average Expert Reviews

Based on ninety-four expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar the average expert rating of this tablet computer is 76 out of 100.

Average User Reviews

Based on 348 user reviews the average user rating of this Microsoft tablet computer is 71 out of 100.

Good Value for Money

Notebookjournal.de highlighted in their review that this Microsoft tablet was good value for money.

Good Brand

Microsoft is one of the better rated tablet computer manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Microsoft also has good ratings for its tablet computers.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro range from 3.5" to 19", and the average screen size is 8.6". The Surface Pro has one of the largest screen sizes (12 inches) amongst tablet computers of this age.

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Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacity of tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the Surface Pro range from 0.25GB to 260GB. The Microsoft Surface Pro has a fairly large internal storage capacity (64 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablet computers that were released more than two years ago.

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Very High Front Camera Resolution

When compared to other similar spec tablet computers that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed the front camera resolution of, the Surface Pro's front camera resolution of 5 megapixels is one of the highest. Across all the tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro the front camera resolutions range from 0.2MP to 5MP.

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Fairly Large Internal Memory

The average internal memory of comparable spec tablet computers that are a similar age to the Surface Pro is 1.5GB, and the internal memory range from 0.25GB to 8GB. The Surface Pro has one of the larger internal memory (4 gigabytes) amongst tablet computers of this age.

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2160 X 1440 Pixels Display Resolution

The Microsoft Surface Pro has a maximum display resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels. That's over three times the display resolution of the most common display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Across all tablet computers of a similar age and type to the Surface Pro the best display resolution is 3840 x 2560 pixels and the worst is 480 x 272 pixels.

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Very Short

At only 9.1 millimeters, the Surface Pro is fairly short compared to most of the other tablet computers that have been available for more than two years. The average height of tablet computers that have been around for around the same time as the Surface Pro is 140mm.

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4 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

The Surface Pro is not 3G compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Surface Pro are also not 3G compatible.

Tablet computers which are 3G compatible that might be worth considering include the Samsung SM-T360 Galaxy Tab Active which also has a higher rating.

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Not 4G Compatible

The Surface Pro is not 4G compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the Surface Pro are also not 4G compatible.

If you are looking for a tablet computer that is 4G compatible then you might also want to look at the Samsung SM-T360 Galaxy Tab Active which is also higher rated.

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Only Two Processor Cores

Most tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Surface Pro have between one and seven processor cores, including the Surface Pro which has two processor cores.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 2 processor core tablet computers and we think the Huawei MediaPad ($69.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Heavy

With a weight of 800 grams, the Microsoft Surface Pro is one of the heavier tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Surface Pro amongst tablet computers of this age. Tablet computers that have been around for a similar time to the Surface Pro have weights of between 120g and 8.5kg.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Microsoft Surface Pro

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Microsoft released the Surface Pro.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.5 gigahertz, the Surface Pro has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that have been around for a similar time to the Surface Pro.

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Average Rear Camera Resolution

With a rear camera resolution of 5 megapixels, the Surface Pro has a fairly average rear camera resolution compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Surface Pro.

Alternative 5MP rear camera resolution tablets currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the LG V500.

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12 Awards

Techradar Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice techradar.com/au/ Recommended maxit.com.my Design Award alphr.com Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice 01net.com 4 Star tabletmaniak.pl Editor's Choice pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice pcactual.com Recommended notebookjournal.de Good Value for Money tek.no Recommended

Expert Reviews

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14 January 2016

When comparing the new iPad Pro and the Surface Pro 4, a lot of people say that the iPad is a great tablet that works as a laptop and the Surface Pro 4 is a good laptop that works as a useful... Read more…

12 January 2016

I already liked the Surface Pro 3 enough to have run out and bought one after reviewing it last year. The Surface Pro 4 is a step up, and it's going to be hard going back to using the Surface Pro...

1 December 2015

Microsoft has a winner with the Surface Pro 4. It gives new life to the staleness of tablet computing by including a full operating system with powerful hardware, in the same (albeit heftier) form...

20 November 2015

Looking back over last year's Surface Pro 3 review, it's startling how similarities can be drawn with our opinion of this year's model. Microsoft has clearly made strides in ironing out the...

17 November 2015

Not quite notebooks and not quite tablets, Microsoft's family of Surface devices has typically featured well engineered hardware that made compromises in the pursuit of versatility. Last year's... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 28 January 2014 by Clifton k.
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Last Wednesday, I had a revelation about the LAN driver, since the hard locks, while seeming to be random, ONLY happened when accessing the network / internet. (Yes, I probably should have... Read more…

Reviewed 7 June 2013 by Thomas L.
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There comes a point where you have too many options. Here, you can overclock manually via BIOS, OR use the BIOS optimized settings, OR some high power button, OR some DOCP optimization, OR use... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2014 by Clayton S.
(Verified Purchase)

I've seen this board get several one-egg reviews, and in my opinion, many of them are unjustified. DOA boards are unfortunately a fact of life, and no electronics manufacturer is able to ship 100%... Read more…

Reviewed 22 November 2012 by Evan R.
(Verified Purchase)

This is a great budget board and is exactly what I was looking for. I installed the components in this board and booted without a hitch. No problems whatsoever. The lack of right-hand-side risers... Read more…

Reviewed 1 October 2012 by Jared L.
(Verified Purchase)

This motherboard is supremely easy to use and install. The UEFI bios is straightforward and it works. My memory speed came in at 1066, and with the click of a button (Yes, the bios uses the mouse)... Read more…

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