Surface Pro lands at Microsoft Store

The tablet is now at Microsoft Stores. Sunday was the first day that the Surface Pro was on display at the Century City Los Angeles store.

Microsoft Surface Pro is now on display at the Century City Microsoft Store in Los Angeles.
Microsoft Surface Pro is now on display at the Century City Microsoft Store in Los Angeles. Brooke Crothers

Update: This post was updated on February 4 and February 5 with additional commentary and videos.

LOS ANGELES -- The Surface Pro has arrived early at Microsoft stores.

Locations, such as the store near Beverly Hills, Calif., now have the Pro -- slated for sale this Saturday -- on display and available for anyone to use.

So, I spent about an hour with Pro and came away impressed. More impressed than I was initially with Surface RT.

In a word, smooth. In the very limited time I used it, I experienced no lag or stuttering on graphics-intensive sites and videos. And when I ran Microsoft Office in desktop mode (which was installed on the Pro I used) everything was snappy.

(However, note that some reviews of the Surface Pro appearing Tuesday night have not been particularly kind.)

The Intel Ivy Bridge chip paired with a PC-class solid-state drive (and 4GB of memory) makes all the difference.

And the 10.6 -inch display at 1,920x1,080 resolution is a stunner. (That's over 2 million pixels at over 200 pixels per inch, for those keeping track.)

To me, the resolution looked pretty much the same as on my Retina iPad 4. Yes, I know, the iPad 4 has a higher pixel density but fonts were smooth and text was highly resolved (see photo below) on the Pro much like the Retina iPad.

If any of that sounds appealing to you, you can reserve one. A Microsoft store sales rep will take your name and e-mail address and then hand you a reservation card (see photo below).


Typing with the Pro on my lap. Note, you can also use it on your lap with the stand extended but it felt more comfortable for me flat.
Typing with the Pro on my lap. Note, you can also use it on your lap with the stand extended but it felt more comfortable for me flat. Brooke Crothers
Text is smooth, well resolved and looks pretty much like it does on my iPad 4 -- though display aficionados may dispute that.  Note that the wave and grid patterns are a photo artifact, not what you actually see.
Text is smooth, well resolved and looks pretty much like it does on my iPad 4 -- though display aficionados may dispute that. Note that the wave and grid patterns are a photo artifact, not what you actually see. Brooke Crothers
Surface Pro's Metro screen.
Surface Pro's Metro screen. Brooke Crothers
My Surface Pro reservation card.  I was told to bring it on Saturday -- when Surface Pro goes on sale.
My Surface Pro reservation card. I was told to bring it on Saturday -- when Surface Pro goes on sale. Brooke Crothers




About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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