Surface Pro price suggests it is an ultrabook, but form factor says it is a tablet. Neither does not fit well.
The $899 cost of Surface Pro is a lot of money for a 10.6 inch 64 GB tablet. It is $70 more costly than the top-of-the-line iPad, and it has 3G LTE support as well as a GPS. However, Microsoft sets that price for the low-end tablet with Windows 8 Pro.
A cost of $1028 for a 10.6 inch Ultrabook of 64 GB with a Type Cover keyboard, or $1018 if the Touch Cover is chosen, is fine. The 20mm thick Ultrabook comes with a 1920 by 1080 resolution for its multi touch screen, a stylus and it weighs about 2.5 pounds. Microsoft said that Surface Pro’s price shall be like that of an Ultrabook.
Four hours of battery life is lousy for any tablet as computer tablets are expected to have batteries that can last for the entire day, which is eight hours minimum or nine to 10 hours. Four hours of battery life is not too bad if the device is a laptop and is priced at $1028. MacBook Air has a battery life of five hours, but it is not horrible. Its 1920 by 1080 screen resolution puts the 11-inch laptop to a higher end, as well as its quality and digitizer or pen input.
Compared to other tablets like iPads, Amazon’s range and Nexus 7, the Surface Pro is overpriced with a pathetic battery life. When compared to an ultrabook, it is not bad as it has advantages in some ways and disadvantages in others.
However, the Surface Pro is not an Ultrabook. Its size and quality are that of a netbook, not an Ultrabook. Its keyboard covers and kickstand are fine on a table or a desk, but it has worst class touch pads. Its fixed screen orientation is less usable when there is no desk of suitable height around.
A challenge is now on the shoulders of Microsoft. The company should make sure that Surface Pro is not compared to other computer tablets and dismiss it. For the tablet to succeed, there is a need of a third device category, not a laptop, not a tablet, but a little bit of both – one that exists on its own right, and fulfills people’s computing needs.
That is a thing which Microsoft failed to deliver for a decade already. Without it, however, its tablet Surface Pro is fated to be compared with other devices of its level, and would poorly fare – too limited for an Ultrabook, too expensive for a tablet. It seems to be an all-in-one device that goes up against seasoned experts.