Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup have pretty much set the standard for the 2-in-1 detachable category. I don’t think there’s a device in the market right now that can really match the package Microsoft offers with their Surface Pro.
But, like Surface Pros tend to be, they’re very expensive and that usually begs the question: Is it worth the premium over the other, more affordable, 2-in-1 detachables in the market? Well, today I got to spend some time with Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro and here’s what I think.
UPDATE: Microsoft confirms that the new Surface Pro for 2017 will be officially available in Malaysia starting 15 August 2017.
The 5th generation Microsoft Surface Pro has finally arrived in Malaysia. This convertible 2-in-1 laptop was first announced a few months ago and you can now secure your unit online from as low as RM3,699.
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Microsoft has made probably the most important refresh, at least in their hardware division, of the year and first impressions are a little lukewarm. Their updated device is called the Surface Pro (so they’ve dropped the numbering scheme) and although it seems like a pretty good upgrade overall, there are one or two big design choices that leave us befuddled.
After introducing the Surface Laptop, Microsoft is expected to release a successor to its Surface Pro 4 convertible tablet next week. Serial leakster @evleaks once again has dropped early details of the upcoming device and it will be simply known as the Surface Pro.
Ah, tablets. If a tablet was one of the characters in my sappy rom-com, it’d be the ‘one that got away’. To me, it was a novel idea where you could have your smartphone with you for the serious business stuff while your tablet showed you a good time between working hours — literally, with videos and movies or a good book — but when you actually think about it, the tablet simply isn’t practical.
If you take a look at the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest report on their preliminary data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, you’ll find the truth in my words as tablet sales are on a downward trajectory. That’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom though as their report also says that detachable tablet sales have reached an all-time high — lead by the sales of none other than the Apple iPad Pro.
Working around the clock to make up for their mistake, Microsoft has already put up the web page that allows users globally (Malaysia included) who currently use a Microsoft Surface Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 3 (sold before 15th of July 2015) to replace their faulty AC power cords. This follows concerns that units have been reported to cause fire hazards.
Users using the Surface Pro 4 will be not be involved as their cords are fine to begin with.
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It’s a bad week for manufacturers, especially Microsoft. After reports of child labourers used in their acquisition of cobalt minerals for lithium batteries, it seems that Redmond will be issuing a global voluntary replacement/recall for Surface Pro charging bricks and cables.
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The tablet is normally seen as a media consumption device and nobody has done productivity better than Microsoft’s Surface Pro series. The new Surface Pro 4 marks its 4th generation of its 2-in-1 tablet/laptop convergence device and it runs on the very latest Windows 10.
The current Surface Pro 3 to us is a breakthrough as it offers a full Windows experience in a true tablet form. It did live up to its “Tablet that could replace your Laptop” claim and the new one just raises the bar to a whole new level.
These days it is common to find yourself owning a laptop, a tablet and a smart phone. While each of them fits well for different scenarios, is there room for a hybrid convergence device? To find out, Microsoft has conducted a survey among working professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea and Malaysia.
Results show that most working adults spend half of their time on the move and device weight is also a concern. Majority of those holding back from buying a tablet had responded that they have yet to find a tablet that could give them the best experience of a laptop and a tablet.
This is where Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 comes in as it offers the power of a full fledged Windows 8.1 laptop with a form factor of a tablet. Today, it is officially launched across 28 markets including Malaysia where it is sold from RM2,729.
To illustrate the findings of their survey, Microsoft has released an infographic that you can view after the break.
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The Surface Pro 3 is now officially in Malaysia and Microsoft is calling it the tablet that can replace your laptop. It is available now with a choice of 5 configurations and the pricing are as follows:
Core i3, 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage – RM2,729
Core i5, 4GB RAM + 128GB Storage – RM3,299
Core i5, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage – RM4,199
Core i7, 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage – RM4,999
Core i7, 8GB RAM + 512GB Storage – RM6,779