First impressions are important, and not everything (read: most things) in the tech industry leaves a good one. Case in point: Microsoft’s Surface Pro. But after months of collecting dust, I one day decided to give the tablet / laptop hybrid a proper go, and I’m so very glad I did. Right now, out of all the awesome gadgets I’ve had the opportunity to use this year and last, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces of tech, thanks in large part to its design, convenience and software.
That’s not to say I don’t have issues with the experience, because I do. But over the past few weeks I’ve used the Surface Pro as my main home computer, I’ve learned to love it. It was by no means love at first sight; far from it. The hardware, it must be said, is tremendously handsome, and one of the most impressive feats of engineering in the last several years. The software, however, was what truly held me back.
When it takes a number of days of heavy use just to understand Windows 8 at its most basic level, things are not right. Microsoft has faced a lot of criticism from media and consumers over its approach with Windows 8, and the company’s insistence on sticking with the Live Tile format. But I’ve slowly come around, and the experience has definitely grown on me. I don’t love it enough for it to be my daily driver, but it’s getting there.
Maybe it was the fact that the Surface RT left us unfulfilled, or the initial difficulty of learning Windows 8. After sitting down with the Surface Pro, however, and really using it to its fullest potential, I can honestly say I’m very excited for the Surface Pro 2, and I can’t wait to see what Microsoft introduces with Windows 8.1 next month. I’m late to the party, but count me a fan.