In Short

The Surface Pro is Microsoft’s first professional-grade tablet.  Microsoft announced the Surface Pro at a private press event in June 2012. The Surface Pro was later available on February 9, 2013. The Surface Pro, along with the Surface RT, is part of the first-generation of Surface products.

The Surface Pro shares a similar design to the Surface RT. Like the Surface RT, the Surface Pro features a 10.6-inch display, has an integrated kickstand and is made of a molded magnesium casing known as VaporMg. However, that’s about where the similarities end. The Surface Pro is a workhouse.

Inside the Surface Pro is an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor. You also get 4GB of RAM and can chose either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB for your storage options. You can expand your space with an integrated microSD card slot. The 10.6-inch ClearType display has a 1080p screen. It also comes with an included pressure-sensitive digital pen that features Wacom digitizing technology.

Like the Surface RT, the Surface Pro can attach magnetically to optional keyboards. Unlike the Surface RT, the Surface Pro has extra contacts to attach an expandable battery keyboard.

The Surface Pro was well received, though it did suffer from poor battery life. Microsoft claimed 4-5 hours, but users would be lucky to get close to 4 hours.

The Surface Pro 2 is the follow-up product to the Surface Pro. Many of the shortcomings, namely battery life, were addressed in this second-generation model.