Video and images, in particular, look great, but in a screen of that size, the quality looks about the same as the Surface RT's display, which only offers 720p HD.
Overall, we found three issues that could hamper Surface Pro sales.
The first is the same one found on the Surface RT: The lack of free storage that can be used to install apps, stash files, and to download movies and music.
- Microsoft Surface Pro review
Although the Surface Pro comes in 64-gigabyte and 128-GB models, a lot of that space is used for the Windows 8 operating system and pre-installed apps. In reality, the 64-GB Surface Pro only offers 23 GB of available space and the 128-GB model has just 83 GB of free storage.
Users can expand the tablet's storage using the Surface Pro's SkyDrive, which offers 7 GB of space in the cloud, connecting external and flash drives using the tablet's USB port or memory cards that fit Surface Pro's microSDXC card slot. Microsoft says users can also expand the storage by deleting the tablet's recovery partition.
So it's possible to expand the storage, but when buying something that says 64 GB or 128 GB it's nice to be able to have something that's somewhat close to what's advertised.
Another problem that holds back the Surface Pro is its battery life. Many tablets are capable of achieving nine or 10 hours of battery life from one charge and most laptops can get as much as six hours. The best we could do with the Surface Pro was 3 hours and 35 minutes.
The final issue with the Surface Pro that could scare away potential buyers is its price.
The Surface Pro is not in the neighborhood of other tablets, but rather its price is comparable to that of many laptops. The 64-GB model costs $899 and the 128-GB version goes for $999 -- and that doesn't include the $120 and $130 keyboard covers Microsoft shows in its commercials for the Surface RT.
And if you want to hook up the Surface Pro to a monitor, you'll have to pay $40 for the right adapter. At that point, there's several laptops that cost the same or less and are just as portable.
The Surface Pro is a great machine that wants to and can replace the tablet, laptop and desktop. But it'll cost a pretty penny.