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Submitted by jobster 573d ago | article

Surface Pro vs. PC gaming

Microsoft is marketing its Surface Pro tablet as a productivity machine, but I'm a hopelessly addicted PC gamer, and have less, well, conventional plans for the hardware.

Recent Internet hubbub says Surface Pro holds its own as a gaming device, so I had to validate the claims for myself. $1000 is an expensive entry fee for playing Portal 2 on the bus, so as soon as I could pry the Surface Pro from the other editors' hands, I put it through a battery of real-world gaming tests. (Microsoft, Mobile, PC)

SilentNegotiator  +   573d ago
$1000?!? Why not just buy a Laptop that outperforms it by a mile for the same price?

Even for non-gaming purposes. Is it really worth having a detachable keyboard?
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Chard  +   573d ago
I see potential in it as a digital drawing pad for artists, given that it is pressure sensitive and works with the digital Wacom pen (unlike iPad for example). But I don't think it's quite there yet.
ninjahunter  +   573d ago
Off the top of my head, A tablet like this is infinantly more convenient and portable. The battery life is probably notably better than most laptops too. The idea of a fully functional PC with that much freedom is pretty tempting, but i dont see any real reason to get this one in particular in comparison to the razers edge. I think that this thing is more tailored towards the desktop PC market and the college kid market, This thing would actually be a life saver in college. My laptop was breaking my back and filling my messenger bag more than i could afford, this thing takes up next to no space at all.
nukeitall  +   573d ago
@SilentNegotiator:

It's not the fact that it has a detachable keyboard that people care about Surface Pro.

It is more to do with the form factor that is relatively light, and can perform as a tablet. Full Windows application backwards compatible, yet lightweight and can be used as a tablet. The fact it can play games is a huge plus.

If you are looking for a thick, heavy and loud laptop for gaming, then sure, get something else.
KayTannee  +   573d ago
I have a 17.3" Gaming Laptop, that cost a quite abit more then $1000. And I want the Surface Pro, not because I want it as a gaming rig, thats just a bonus. (Cracking out some Civ5 on the train)

I want it for work, and portability. Try carrying a 17.3" laptop with you,.. anywhere, on a daily basis. Do able, but hardly practicable. The power brick alone weighs considerably more then the entire surface pro. Can't even consider quickly getting it out on the go for anything.

An ultrabook, would be the other alternative. Which come in about the same Price and Power, But I also would like a tablet. All other tablets though, are completely useless to me. They're just over glorified smart phones.

Then, theres the fact its a portable Wacom screen...
Which can not be stressed enough, how important that is for some people. The cheapest wacom screen on its own goes for close to $1000.

So yeh, think theres quite a few reasons.
EbeneezerGoode  +   573d ago
This thing just costs too much to make any sense. And I had big hopes for it when it was first announced.

It needs to be half the price and then it would sell like hot cakes ;)
Aceman18  +   573d ago
hmm i wouldn't pay the crazy $$$ apple asks for its laptops, and i sure as hell wouldn't pay a $1000 for this just because of its form factor.

the price these companies ask for are insane. best to wait till they are super cheap.
SilentNegotiator  +   573d ago
Don't be too quick to believe the "form factor" praises from certain users that constantly give undue amounts of love to a certain software giant.
Aceman18  +   573d ago
Trust me i don't believe what others say i usually would judge for myself when it comes to purchasing things.
NYC_Gamer  +   573d ago
1K could build a kick ass rig

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