So, it has been a few months since I purchased my Microsoft Surface Pro 2. I have experienced a little bit of a learning curve, but it is still a PC. I have been told over the years to start with the positives followed by the negatives. I will ignore that advie and start with a couple of negatives:
- The Surface can get too hot and shut down. I stowed the Surface Pro in it’s sleeve with it still on, expecting to use it later and not wanting to have to wait on it to boot up. Big mistake. It completely drained the battery and the temperature caused the sleeve to distort.
- A couple of times, I have had a hard time getting it started. The power up/power down seems to work differently than a PC.
- The docking station is sold out at the Microsoft site, and $50 higher than list on the Amazon site.
- I have yet to find an RSS reader that works disconnected.
- My favorite app, Popplet, is not available in a surface version. I do my mind mapping and task decomposition with Popplet. Surface doesn’t have an app for this, though you can use the web-version(which requires an internet connection). Yes, there are lots of other mind mapping software with a lot more capabilities that I don’t need.
- The port used to display your surface screen on a projector or monitor is different between the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface RT. One can only guess why?????? Not a big deal, unless you are trying to not pay $30 for a cable that you can get for $7 elsewhere.
- It’s still a PC.
The good stuff:
- The USB port is handy for connecting external storage or a mouse. There are some things (visio and powerpoint are a few) that just seem easier with a mouse.
- Surface uses the edges of the screen to allow you to switch programs.
- I like the ability to have a connected keyboard. It’s small and efficient.
- I put Visual Studio on it and it worked fine.
- Visio and Microsoft Project both work on it as well, which I use a lot.
- Of course all the office apps work great on the thing. I can even VPN into our corporate network.
Would I buy this as an iPad replacement? Nope. The iPad is much simpler and easier to use. I would recommend it if you are looking to replace your PC or laptop with a low profile device that can be used as a tablet occasionally.
My challenge is going to be convincing my wife that I need an iPad and a Surface. This looks to be a hard sell.
Thanks for coming in today.