Everything you always wanted to know about Microsoft Surface, but were afraid to ask
Microsoft Surface is a tablet… but it’s more than a tablet. It’s a full-blown PC in a tablet form-factor, a part of Windows working space, your digital assistant with a handwriting, gesture and voice recognition. Using this tablet you can tap, swipe, write down, dictate. You can surf, skype and do whatever you choose with Microsoft Surface as if you got a laptop with you. You can use your Office and One Drive and Dropbox and One Note. You can type with a keyboard attached.
Microsoft includes two subfamilies in this line of its tablets: Windows Surface and Windows Surface Pro, with three and four models correspondently. Surface Book and Surface Hub have been introduced just recently.
Here come all the models and versions of Microsoft Surface available on the market today:
Surface 1: This model (also known as Surface RT) is a pioneer in-house Microsoft portable under Windows RT 8.0 introduced in June 2012. It got an extendable flash memory and a folding kickstand. But it has no cellular. Thus the user has to depend on public hot spots when outdoors. Besides, it’s functionality is limited to Metro-style applications only.
Surface 2: Ten times faster, an HD 1080p screen and an LTE module aboard. Microsoft offered two years of 200 GB of extra OneDrive storage, one year of free Skype calls to landlines and access to Skype WiFi hotspots, as well as security updates up to 2023. With Surface 2 you’ll never ever be offline.
Surface 3: The baby of the family, introduced in May, 2015. But this baby is very strong and fast for one. With its ClearType display and detachable keyboard, Surface 3 can compete with ultrabooks, and though it loses in performance to Surface Pro 3, it is affordable, and students like it.
Surface Pro is the first gen 2-in-1 detachable tablet. You can attach a keyboard and type; you can plug the tablet to a larger display via Mini Display Port if you like it bigger. And you can enlarge the storage memory with an SD card up to 200 GB. You can also overclock the processor aboard, for it’s a full-blown PC Intel processor! As Microsoft promises, just slip Surface Pro in your bag on your way to school or office, and when there – flip out the kickstand from the back and prop your tablet on a desk in front of you.
Surface Pro 2 is even more comfortable to work with, for due to two-stage kickstand you can place it on your laps. Turn your favorite armchair into an office: Surface Pro 2 combines the advantages of a portable with a full- fledged desktop.
Surface Pro 3: Core i5 or i7 aboard, full-size USB 3.0, hot-swap SD-card slot, a solid state drive, up to three displays support… Wait, are we talking a luxury laptop? No, it’s Windows Surface Pro 3! It’s hard to part with, but if…
Surface Pro 4: Ever dreamt of writing on you tablet as if it’s a paper? With Surface Pro 4 the dream has come true. You won’t notice any difference, for you’re able to put your palm on the screen while writing with an E-pen and nothing will happen. Make notes, put down important info, or doodle when at a boring meeting.
Surface Book has a had detachable keyboard unlike the protective cover-keyboards of its tablet ‘brothers’. That’s why Microsoft has labeled the gadget as a laptop, but it isn’t as wobbly as most 2-in-1 tablets with their board attached. Microsoft engineers saw to it that the keyboard wouldn’t weight more than the tablet itself. It’s a perfectly balanced system in and out.
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