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Microsoft Surface Pro
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By Aaron Tan, Digital Life, The Straits Times | 02-06-2013

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has been criticised for not being able to run desktop Windows software like a PC.

But its detractors are missing the point - the Surface RT is not a regular Windows PC and does not aspire to be one.

For that, there is the Surface Pro, which will run older Windows programs. Think of it as an ultrabook PC in the shape of a tablet. The Pro is more comparable with an ultrabook in terms of features, battery life and user experience.

Both the Surface tablets were developed at around the same time, so it is not surprising that they share the same design language. Each is encased in a chamfered chassis - the Pro being 4mm thicker and 223g heavier than the RT.

When it is used as a tablet, the Pro's heft makes it tiring to hold. So, unless you intend to use it to beef up your biceps, it is best to prop it up on a table with its kickstand.

You can then tilt the device backwards for a more comfortable viewing angle when you use it with the type or touch keyboard cover, which are available separately. That said, Microsoft should consider an adjustable kickstand in future Surface iterations, to accommodate different sitting positions.

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