Excellent DEVICE!! This thing has the SPECS of my IMAC but it is essentially a Tablet!! When I was buying it, someone else was looking at one and said “Ohhh its like an IPAD” the I said, “an Ipad on steroids! Spec wise this is more like a macbook”.. Anyways with that being said I LOVE MINE.. With that being said, I ended up getting mine from Microsoft directly because of their AMAZING bundle deals (See below)
My Use: I am a student and Windows on my IMAC Crashed (Due to an IMAC issue) and I needed something semi powerful to run Access and a few other school applications.. This SURFACE works very well for that and I have found that I am using it for more and more everyday!
Version: I got the i5 with 8GB of ram and a type cover
1.) Powerful – This really is essentially a laptop when it comes to specs.. The i5, while not the newest processor, is a very powerful processor.. It is strong enough for video editing of 4K video, photo editing, and basic gaming!! I have been playing Cities Skylines now on mine without any isses
2.) All in one DEVICE – Tablet! You got it here! Laptop!! You got it here!! Streaming Media Device! You Got it here!! Feels great in hand as a tablet and works very well on your lap as a laptop!
3.) Sits on your lap with a type cover – I hear mixed reviews on this BUT I do get this to sit on my lap with the type cover.. Just like a real laptop!! No issues doing this for me!
4.) Battery Life – The downside of the i5 version, instead of the core M version is the battery life isn’t nearly as good.. But after testing the core M and the i5 side by side, I could feel the difference between the two processors!! The core M was much more sluggish than the i5 so I feel battery life is a good trade off.. If you don’t need the power go for the M version.. The M version DOES STILL have a lot of power
5.) Media Device – GREAT DEVICE for Media!! At the time of this review, if you buy from Microsoft you even get 3 months of free Hulu.. This tablet works WONDERFULLY with Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and other streaming services!!!
6.) FULL WINDOWS – I know, a lot of people have mixed reviews when it comes to Windows 8.1 and 10.. It’s growing on me BUT this is a full Windows device.. That means you are not limited to tablet apps.. You can download anything that can be installed on Windows Systems..
7.) WORK, relax, OR PLAY!!! Office works GREAT on it, it plays steam games fine on medium graphics (Older games it plays fine on high graphics), and like I said it works GREAT with relaxing to movies while streaming on netflix
8.) Includes USB port – Grab a USB hub if you need more ports but with everything being wireless now, I really don’t use the USB port much at all
9.) Full customization – Don’t like the stock versions?? Go to Microsoft directly and you can build your own surface!!!
10.) VALUE (Bundles) – This is honestly a great product especially if you take advantage of the bundles at Microsoft stores!! For mine, I got the Surface and the type cover for regular price minus 10% for my student discount! BUT they offered a bundle that included FREE extended warranty with accident protection! Free sleeve! Free 1 year of Microsoft Office! And free 3 months of Hulu!! Wonderful deal if you ask me
11.) Microsoft Complete Care – Great warranty service.. Again, I got mine for free with a bundle BUT I dropped my first surface.. Took it to the Microsoft Kiosk at the mall and paid my $50/fee and walked out with a BRAND NEW ONE.. no questions asked!! Just a few jokes about being more careful was all!!
12.) Small! Takes up no space in a backpack!!
13.) MicroSD Card Slot – I use my Surface a lot for photo and video editing now.. This takes up a lot of memory!! I have purchased a 128GB MicroSD card to expand my memory. This is really something I didn’t expect to do much on my Surface, but I have found that video and photo editing works VERY WELL on it! I just needed more memory BUT I HAVE THAT MEMORY!! Plus, I can plug my GoPro memory card directly into the Surface and do all the editing on it
Overall: Coming from a Mac fan I really enjoy this Windows Device!! I found it easy to use, very powerful, and a WELL BUILT product.. It might not be for everyone but this is a premium device, one made just as well and just as nice as Ipads or something else top of the line! I highly recommend this! I purchased it for school but found that I am using it more than my IMAC and tablets I own!
**Product WAS NOT provided in exchange of honest review**