re: Microsoft Surface Pro: Why One SMB Says No
Hi All... I did go ahead with the purchase of the Surface Pro and so far i am quite pleased. Yes, it is an Ultrabook with a bit higher price tag. Intel core i5, 128gb solid state drive, very portable, full Windows OS, 4GB RAM. So far i am impressed. I did load full AutoCAD 2013 on the machine (not LT) and have tested some basic surveying to CAD software for the field. All is well.
Obviously we have to be realistic, this is not a machine for heavy 3D models, Revit, 3D Studio, point clouds, etc. but as far as field review, walkthroughs, isometrics, etc. this machine is functioning quite well. Programs such as AutoCAD WS are also working well when heavier 3D review is needed in the field. I still leave the heavy design/point clouds for the desktop.
The Surface is allowing me to travel light (my shoulders thank me) and have access to all of my normal PC programs minus heavy design (which i would do in the office anyway). I am sure we will see much more power soon (the Lenovo Helix looks interesting) but I am not sure we will accomplish lightweight/mobile, robust 3D in the field until these devices can support dedicated video cards or faster, real time cloud computing (power being fed from server/desktop machine via virtual desktops).
This is not IPad or Android comparable; it is a full ultrabook PC crunched into tablet size. I think there is a definite need for this niche but it will be interesting to see how big of a need. Most people either do not need this kind of power on the go (thus the need for Android/IPad) or would desire even more power (work now done in the office). If the niche remains small, the price will remain higher. If the demand increases, this will force the price down as it goes mainstream. Either way, i am a happy guy. Nice article.. thanks for the read.