Well, it has been a week with the Surface Pro 2. I have to say, I am very impressed with it. While it won’t take the place of my MacBook Pro or my iPad, it does have a reserved place in my gear bag. I have gotten it all set up with backups, image processing apps (still trying to figure out which to use most), video apps, my favorite browsers and more. Even have it set up with internal storage (64GB MicroSD card) and 228GB storage on Microsoft’s OneDrive. The biggest thing about it is that it is a full-blown desktop operating system with full desktop apps. No sandbox or anything else. Full browsers are really nice, especially when you need them. That is my one big wish on the iPad.
It will have its place among my gadgets. I have a bag set up for my iPad and charger, Surface and its charger and mouse and stylus’ for both. I look forward to using it more and getting the gadgets to work together. Dracolich is here to stay.
The image is a comparison of the size difference between the iPad (3) and the Surface Pro 2. The diagonal are pretty much the same, but the main difference is the iPad is a 4×3 screen configuration and the SP2 is 16×9. The SP2 is heavier as well.
So I picked up a new computer/tablet. Did I need another tablet seeing as how I have an iPad? No. Did I need another computer seeing as how I have a very good MacBook Pro? No. Is it more than a cool new toy to configure and play with? Yes. It is like the red-headed stepchild of my home technology bundle. It is the only Microsoft Windows device in my house right now. And that is OK. Meet Dracolich, my Microsoft Surface Pro 2.
It will be taking the place of nothing, replacing nothing. It will be adding to my growing list of gadgets that I have for specific purposes. It has already shown itself to be quite capable and as it is a full computer, rather than a tablet running on a separate OS, I can install anything on it I would install on any other Windows computer. I realize my whole house and entertainment center is Mac OSX oriented. And that isn’t changing. I have already installed Plex on Dracolich so I can stream movies to it as well. I have most of the apps on my iPad and iPhone replicated that I would want, so the rest is to be basically Windows 8.1.