Surface Pro review

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I really want to like the Surface Pro. A full Windows 8 Pro device in tablet form has the potential to shake up the mobile computing world, offering genuine computing power in a truly portable package. To be *that* device the Surface Pro doesn’t need to match the iPad or Nexus 10 in terms of thinness and lightness, or even battery life – after all, it offers functionality more akin to that of a laptop than a Windows tablet. But it does need to come close. UPDATE: see our full Surface Pro 3 review.

The Surface Pro launches in the UK on 23 May 2013. It will cost £719 for the model with 64GB of onboard storage, and the larger 128GB model will cost £799. So now the Surface Pro is available in the UK, should you rush out and buy one?

The good news is that the Surface Pro offers Ultrabook performance in a chassis only marginally thicker than the Surface RT. The bad news is that it is hot and heavy and the battery life isn’t what we’d hoped for. It’s a B+ product. A four-star device that is almost, but not quite, the one device for all. Here’s why…

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