I will be adding a sub blog just for the Surface. I’m no fan boy at all but I do love technology.
This is not a review just some thoughts.
Why am I writing this – the problem with most tech blog’s
isn’t the fact that majority of them receive these device’s free of charge therefor is not going to use it or test it as if it was their own(did that make sense)…
I commute to work from Brooklyn to the city about an 45 minute bus ride. (Very comfortable seats and outlets to charge devices) if I might add. This bus makes a few stops in Brooklyn before then going over the bridge to let passengers off in the city.
All in a nutshell – I love the Surface. The touch cover works well although I’m still use to the tactile keys I might just invest in the type cover. Overall performance is great although I do have some gripes.
Keyboard touch cover works great – it’s a freaking keyboard that’s also a case! It works and it works well. No problem’s there.
Office Suite works great – Can load any Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. file with no problems.
USB – So far everything I plugged in worked. Printers/Mouse/Keyboard thumb drives etc.
Kickstand – It works. I’m a system’s engineer at a Architecture firm – I sit at my desk take my surface out flip the kickstand out put my keyboard down. And that’s it. On my bus ride home I can put this thing on my lap and type away!
Although I wish the kickstand was adjustable!
Battery life – I own a lot of tablets. I have an IPAD, Playbook, HP Slate 2, HP Web OS tablet, Kindle Fire Rooted, Xoom 2 etc….. (You get the idea). The problem with most of the tablets(Except IPAD), when Not using them the battery is some how dead. Never made sense to me. I would go about 2 – 3 days without using the Playbook. When I grab it to use while on the bus to my surprise the device is dead. This never made sense. I’m happy to say with the Surface it is not the case. Battery life will last you the whole day and then some under heavy use.
There’s more but theses Pro’s stand out the most.
Video Playback – it played everything I threw at it (I threw at it) it played back flawless.
Bluetooth – I own a pair of Dr. Dre beat’s Bluetooth headphones. On my commute to work I would like to listen to some music. I’ve added about 100 songs and even created a playlist from the surface. A positive is Microsoft has made it easy for users to add devices. Simply swipe from the left side of the device – from right to left. There you will be presented with the charms menu. From there simply go into Settings then PC settings. Find the Devices option. From there you can add any or(Supported) Bluetooth device printer etc. So of course I paired my headphones with the surface before I left the house. To my surprise when I went to play a song – the music was coming from the speakers instead of the headphones. After minutes of tinkering with the settings it turns out I have to go into my sound playback options and make my head phone’s the default device. What’s worse I have to do that every time I want to use my headphones. Very Annoying Microsoft!
Music Player – Hmm not sure – The music player works for the most part just takes awhile to actually play a song. Not sure why it’s the case.. Nothing a software update cant fix.
More Coming Soon.