Microsoft Surface Pro reviews are in

John Gruber rounds up some of the Surface Pro reviews and adds some of his smart commentary. Mac Rumors also posted a few links to reviews.

None of them seem to be particularly good.

  • This surprises no one.

  • Vicky

    Yeah and he conveniently ignored positive reviews (theverge, andy ihantko etc.). This site is nothing but a fanboy’s club. As per fanboys, till few days back: Apple would never make big phone. Now, they are giving design ideas about how Apple would do it. Pathetic…

    • I would hardly call the Verge review positive, maybe you missed the last paragraph:

      “Even a well-executed Surface still doesn’t work for me, and I’d bet it doesn’t work for most other people either. It’s really tough to use on anything but a desk, and the wide, 16:9 aspect ratio pretty severely limits its usefulness as a tablet anyway. It’s too big, too fat, and too reliant on its power cable to be a competitive tablet, and it’s too immutable to do everything a laptop needs to do. In its quest to be both, the Surface is really neither. It’s supposed to be freeing, but it just feels limiting.”

      And please, give Andy Ihnatko the respect of at least spelling his name correctly. His review is positive but I wouldn’t say it’s overflowing with praise.

      • I was surprised that Ihnatko had such a different opinion of the battery life than every other review (I know, I read a dozen reviews trying to find someone that agreed with him). Most reviews found ~4 hour battery life while Ihnatko described the battery life as the following: “Battery life is good. I got about five hours of life when I took no measures to conserve, and a little under eight when I was more cautious.”

        I’m curious about the differences.

  • JohnDoey

    Notice the reviews go out of the way to tell you how great they think the COMPONENTS of the Surface Pro are: great screen, great Intel-based guts, VaporMg metal body — but then overall the don’t like the device and certainly don’t want to get rid of their iPads. That is brutally bad design.

    Microsoft could have done iPhone and iPad, but did not. OK. Zbut couldn’t they have at least done iPad mini? To me, iPad mini looks like the device that roughly 75% or more of Windows users have been waiting forever for. That is their price point, it comes with great build quality, as small and light as can be, 10 hour battery, and instead of running cracked apps and viruses, you run legit apps that cost almost nothing and everything happens without I-T help or even much training. And if you only had just one computer, iPad makes the most sense. The secondary system today is the Intel-based system that only a small minority of users need or even know how to use.

    • I find it hard to imagine Microsoft releasing a computing device or software platform that wouldn’t require IT support. Isn’t certifying techs part of Microsoft’s ecosystem?

    • lucascott

      The components are great. Just like bacon, chocolate, beer are all great. Alone. But if you put them together poorly great things turn into a night of barfing into a graffiti covered toilet while Becky holds your hair back and doesn’t tell you that she’ll totally videotaping it to post everywhere cause she knows you made out with her boyfriend and claimed you were at the movies with your grandmother

  • Walt French

    “ None of them seem to be particularly good favorable.”

    FTFY. Some of the reviews, e.g., Ed Bott’s, struck me as quite realistic & helpful…in steering people away from blindly assuming Microsoft hit its “no compromise” target.

    I wonder what would’ve happened had Microsoft put a bit more effort into the SurfaceRT as a standalone product, with a roadmap for future convergence of the sort that the Pro tries to be today (but with the limited s/w, goofball tradeoffs and real-world hardware limitations). I’ll bet that the world would’ve been disappointed at first but people would’ve seen how they could live with it.

    Instead, Microsoft has shown some fair talent in industrial design without quite understanding how people USE devices. Over-promising, in contrast to Jobs’s almost timid “we think there’s room for a third device” intro of the iPad.

  • Nat5150

    They don’t seem particularly good, but neither did many of the reviews for the original iPad.

    Personally, I doubt that Microsoft has a hit of that magnitude up their sleeves, but not-so-good reviews upon release don’t necessarily mean the product won’t be successful.