First 10 days with the Surface Pro 128

March 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

A quick review of my new Surface Pro 128

 

I received my Surface Pro 128 10 days ago and so far it is the answer to all my wants for a small, lightweight, touch screen computer. I have loaded Office 2013, Lightroom 4.3, Photoshop 5.1, Breeze Systems Downloaded Pro and Mirror Folder, my 3 favorite field guides and still have 73 GB free on its 128 GB Solid State Hard Drive. 

Speed, yes it is fast, in fact it is faster than my windows 8 touch screen notebook. The I-5 Dual core flies using Lightroom, Photoshop, or any of the Office 2013 apps. The folding cover/keyboard is great but not a necessity especially with the stylus and it’s great hand writing recognition for blogging of taking notes in the field. 


I have used a mini USB 3 powered hub connected to a card reader and 2 1-TB hard drives. Downloading from compact flash cards to one of the external drives and at the same time mirroring to the second drive is fast. So far a full charge lasts me about 6 to 7 hours. 

This is a workhorse tablet computer capable of running real applications and weighing in less than 2 lbs. I’m looking forward to my first long trip in May to give it a real test in the field.

Update - Photo App Test:

I loaded about 100 photos from my traveling (notebook/iPad) slide show. The new built in Photo App rocks. 


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