Pros More powerful then most tablets. Able to run both windows 8 apps and standard software. Lighter then most laptops. Pen is amazing to use with onenote. Perfect with microsoft office 2013. USB 3.0 is fast. Display is amazing.
Cons Battery life under high power task is less then optinaml. Display is a little bit small. It is a bit heavy but much lighter then a laptop. Windows 8 glitches that are more with OS problems then with the surface pro. Would love to upgrade SSD
Summary Ill start first by saying this device is not for everyone. If you are a student, teacher, buissness person, IT or anyone that needs a super protable windows PC/ tablet this is a very good choice. For others, a tablet or laptop would be better. I am a student/ photographer and this fits both my uses almost perfectly. As a student i take notes using my onenote 2013 with the stylus. Complex chemical diagrams to CPU designs are no longer a challenge to record. As a photographer, having lightroom 4.3 and photoshop CS6 on location via a light and protable tablet means i can edit on site and save me extra work at editing back at the studio. USB 3.0 makes file transfers with my proable SSD very quick. Quick note on the storage, do not buy the 64gb, the 128 is much better deal and a recived my unit with 98 GB of stoagre. I have a small messenger bag that also holds my SSD so i dont mind carrying an extra drive, i did before using my 17inch gaming laptop anyways. The stylus and pen are amazing in lightroom and photoshop. Would i like to have pressure sensor working in CS6, yes , do i need it as a photographer, no so that wasnt a problem with me. I carry this tabelt with eveywhere, even in the school caff playing civ 5 at lunch, it amazes people that a tablet this small cam be this powerful. People who use Ipads are amazed at the speed of a Core I5 ivy bridge processor and this should be no suprise that this PC is FAST LIKE BLAZING FAST for web borwsing and multimedia. Speakers and camera, i never use them so i cant say much about them. All in all, if you want a powerful PC that is protable yet can run FULL windows 8 software with a core i5 processor, this is a strong contender.
Pros 1. Small, usable device for the enterprise user
2. Integrates entertainment options and office utility in an elegant device
3. Impressive touch screen
4. Runs every Windows program I have tried so far
5. Battery life acceptable
Cons 1. Duality of Metro/Desktop interface sometimes cumbersome
2. No internet connection to Metro apps when connected to VPN
3. Occasionally has difficulty waking
4. Xbox music sometimes very confusing to navigate and integrate across devices
Summary I have had this device for three weeks and am impressed with its capability as an enterprise-level machine. I use Metro for quick access to simple-medium intensity tasks and Desktop for more in depth work. There is definitely a learning curve adjusting to the duality of the operating system not unlike early versions of Windows and DOS. There have been criticisms of the battery life. I have the 128GB version and routinely get about 7-8 hours of usability without intensive audio/video use. I have tried to integrate the entertainment side of Windows 8 with my Windows 8 Phone device-this has been frustrating. Xbox Music can be frustrating to use and cross-platform integration not entirely straightforward. Overall, very happy with the device allowing for some software issues to be worked out in the future.
Pros Lightest and most portable and well built of all non-Atom Windows 8 PCs
Pressure Sensitive Stylus
Touch screen is responsive and tracks ten points of contact
Price: even with the keyboard added in this is one of the lowest price options
Cons 1. Speakers at maximum volume are not sufficient
2. Lap typing definitely possible but at times tricky
3. Wish it had a full sd card slot
4. No where to put the stylus when charging
Summary I considered every possible Windows 8 (non RT)convertible tablet/laptops. For me it came down to the Yoga 13 (which I returned after major issues), the Duo 11 (which I didn't get because no touch pad and potential lack of durability of the mechanism to convert), and the Dell XPS (which didn't have any sd card slot to expand memory). After owning the Pro for a couple weeks I can say I feel like I made the right choice but I wish I could have tried the Sony Duo in a store before deciding. The big con most people say is battery but the battery life is average (4.5hrs) for the category but since this is the lightest of all the devices it is comparably good but not so good generally speaking
Pros Runs full windows programs.
Has a usb port.
Easy to transport, small and light.
Keyboard is very nice but typing without it is as easy as on an iPad.
Processor is quick.
Cons Battery life.
More memory would have been nice.
Summary I'm surprised at how much I am enjoying the Surface!
Pros -Fast, fluid, buttery smooth
-great screen quality, extremely bright
-sub 8 second boot time, if you get a chance in a store try it it is unbelievably fast!
-runs legacy programs
-touch cover once you get used to it is very nice
Cons -its a bit thick and heavy, my iPad 4 is still my go to device for netflix or youtube
-adjustable kickstand would be nice
-battery life is ~5 hours in moderate use, I tend to plug in when playing steam games or programming in visual studios.
Summary It fast its fluid its sexy and best of all IT RUNS WINDOWS.
Finally able to work on the go with a small sleek device that does it all, I was hesitant to jump on the first gen but have no regrets! I intend to upgrade to surface pro if haswell improves battery life and bulk.
It is well worth the price, and the pros definitely outweigh the negatives!!
Overall it is a great tablet, the most uncompromising tablet experience I have ever had!