沃尔特莫斯伯格,查看Microsoft Surface Pro

It’s too hefty and costly and power-hungry to best the leading tablet, Apple’s full-size iPadIt is also too difficult to use in your lapIt’s something of a tweener — a compromised tablet and a compromised laptop.


先生Ballmer and other Microsoft executives repeatedly use the words “no compromises” to describe the tablet computers they envision running Windows 8 and Windows RT — which means that users will be able to use work-oriented tools like Microsoft Word and Excel programs, not just be used for watching movies and surfing the Web.


我们的目标是不妥协的设计[…] We chose to take the approach of building a design without compromise[…] You don’t have to compromise! […] Our design goal was clear: no compromises.

Joanna Stern,审查ABC新闻的Surface Pro(标题:“与妥协的平板电脑/笔记本电脑混合“):

As a tablet, the Surface Pro is not as strong as its competitors. It’s larger, the battery life can’t compete and still lacks critical appsAs a laptop it’s hampered by its smaller screen size, lack of a good mouse option and the fact that it doesn’t really sit on your lapPutting the two together results in a breed that’s simply not as compelling as separate tablets and laptops.

蒂姆史蒂文斯,查看Surface Pro for Engadget

Finally, just getting into the tablet takes longer than the Android or iOS competitionHit the power button and you’ll have to wait for about three to four seconds for the display to pop on[...]

The Surface Pro comes about as close as we’ve yet experienced, but it’s still compromised at both angles of attackWhen trying to be productive, we wished we had a proper laptop and, when relaxing on the couch, we wished we had a more finger-friendly desktop interface — though more native Windows 8 apps might solve the problem by keeping us from having to even go there.


Microsoft likes to use the phrase “no compromises” when describing that versatility, but in fact, Surface Pro — like all computing devices — is a study in compromisesIt’s bulkier than Surface RT because its components require more interior spaceMicrosoft’s stated battery life is five hours, compared to eight for Surface RT即使是AC适配器也很便携。

大卫皮尔斯,为The Verge审查它

It’s too big, too fat, and too reliant on its power cable to be a competitive tablet, and it’s too immutable to do everything a laptop needs to do.


Microsoft and Apple are going in two very different directions, especially when you compare iOS to Windows 8Apple has embraced compromiseThe compromises in iOS are, for many people in many contexts, what makes the iPad better than a MacThe compromises enforce simplicity and obviousness in design, and at a technical level they lead to iOS’s excellent battery life.

I do work on the road using a MacBook Air, not an iPad, because I’m one of those users for whom the iPad’s design compromises get in the way, and slow me downBut I like having the iPad as a separate device, for reading and videoThe marvel of the iPad is not that it can replace a MacIt’s that it opened the door to all sorts of things that a Mac was never all that good for.