Five months is an eternity in the technology industry. Five months ago I wrote about how I was excited for the Windows Surface Pro tablets to hit the market. Today, I couldn’t care less about them. A few key factors have caused my 180° turn around from my previous excitement.
First off, I ended up buying an HP Ultrabook. I ended up with the Envy 4 model. I couldn’t take the slugish Atom powered netbook any more (I’m surprised I lived with it for as long as I did), and I needed something portable and with power. I snagged a third gen Core i5, 8gb of ram, a 32gb ssd with 500gb hd, and wifi and bluetooth built in. It was pretty much exactly what I wanted, and performs close to my gaming rig desktop (aside from games of course, but the Intel HD 3000 graphics actually do an ok job). With the acquisition of the Ultrabook, I don’t really feel the need for a Surface Pro tablet any more.
Second, Windows 8 is an absolute train wreck. I haven’t written anything on Windows 8 yet, but I think it is a disaster. The new “start menu” gui is just poorly done. Microsoft breaks GUI design 101 at every turn of the corner in 8. Microsoft is trying way too hard to be like Apple, but they’re forgetting one thing; they’re not Apple, and that is why they control 90% of the desktop market. Abandoning clean user interfaces for cluttered up disasters is the absolute wrong direction to take Windows and it is going to cost Microsoft dearly. Now that I have spent time with Windows 8, I want no part of it.
Third, the limited storage options are a disappointment. I know it is a tablet and so should be SSD, but 64 or 128gb? That’s it? When the Windows 8 install eats up 16gb of that? Down right pathetic. For a device that is supposed to replace a laptop, crippling it with such minuscule storage is going to prevent it from ever taking hold.
Anything Microsoft Surface is a PASS on my list.