Why Buy A Surface Pro !!TOP!!
Microsoft has really dropped the ball with it's hardware division ever since the Surface 3. When they first announced the surface line, I was really excited to finally see a useful form of the iPad that I'd always dreamed of. With Surface 1 and 2, with WACOM EMR digitizers, there was always hope of future improvement. As time went on, they just keep falling behind over and over.Surface machines often have Worse firmware support and driver updates than OEMs, which is amazing considering Microsoft has it in-house. Look up threads on the screen cracking failures, wifi issues (from the old terrible wifi chips they used), windows update fails, and on and on. Port selection use to be great, with potential for some really interesting GPU connectivity when the Surface Book came out with the keyboard connectors, but Microsoft never did anything with it. Nowadays they continue to refuse USB4/Thunderbolt 3 integration, because 'security' reasons.
why buy a surface pro
So what do you recommend instead? I am just looking for a small, fast 2 in one that I can keep by my bed side to work on when I am too lazy to go upstairs to my office. (I run photoshop, video editing and other web based apps) I just bought the surface pro 7 with the i7 processor. The keyboards are currently out of stock and I am still within the return window.
I agree with everything you have said. I REGRET having purchased the surface pro 7. It is the greatest disappointment. I had a simple Samsung tablet before for 3/4 the price of the surface pro 7 and it performed 100% better. I won't recommend it, not even to my worst enemy. Horrible product!
You can also angle the keyboard for a more comfortable typing angle by folding the top of the keyboard up against the screen, where more magnets hold it in place. This innovation was introduced to the Surface line several iterations ago, a small addition that makes a noticeable usability difference. The touchpad is also excellent, and it tracks very smoothly. I genuinely enjoy typing on this keyboard, at least on a solid surface, even if the price seems a bit steep. The combined price is still less than many laptops, though, so there's only so far you can take this complaint.
Using the keyboard on your lap remains a little troublesome. While it will always be neat that you can transform this device into a laptop clamshell at all, the flexy nature of the keyboard and the width of the Pro 7 make it tiring to use in your lap for long. This "lapability" has long been a big issue for some, enough to make them choose a traditional laptop over the Surface Pro. Since it's not very wide, and the kickstand is much less stable on your legs than the flat bottom surface of a laptop would be, you have to keep your legs close together and still during use. It makes you quite aware you're not using a normal laptop, so it's much better used on a desk or tabletop. There's still something satisfying about the Surface Pro experience, even if you'd probably choose a laptop keyboard if they were put head to head.
The most interesting feature about the Slim Pen 2 is its capacity for tactile feedback, which means it vibrates in your hand when you write. Normally, writing on glass screens feels terrible because of the smooth surface. The tactile feedback certainly doesn't come anywhere close to imitating paper, but it does improve the writing experience tremendously. Right now this feature is only compatible with the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio.
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