If, like many businesses, your company is accustomed to using laptops to carry out your administrative tasks, you may think there’s no way a tablet could compare. After all, only a laptop could be capable of the range of functions, performance and connectivity your business needs, right?
Not necessarily. Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet, simply called the Surface Pro, is a hybrid enterprise device that combines a number of essential business-specific requirements, and could prove a versatile and cost-effective alternative to the traditional laptop.
We’ve taken a look at the Surface Pro in more detail to see if it really can measure up in a business setting.
It’s adaptable and good-looking
The Surface Pro consists of a 11.5 x 7.9” touchscreen tablet with an optional detachable snap-on keyboard with deep, well-spaced keys, which can be added to any of our Surface Pro leases. The keyboard also has a large highly-responsive trackpad for ease of use, and the ability to connect and remove the keyboard at will makes it perfect for both working at a desk or passing the tablet around in a meeting or presentation. You can prop the tablet up with the fold-out stand, which is adjustable to virtually any angle depending on how you want to use it. What’s more, the Surface 2 pen (also available as an optional extra), fastens securely to the tablet via a magnetic strip and means you can scribble down notes and annotate documents to your heart’s content.
In fact, the Surface Pro doubles up as a portable creative studio, with front and rear-facing 1080p HD cameras, microphone and stereo speakers. And with its 12.3” PixelSense™ display and razor-sharp 2736 x 1824 resolution, the super-bright screen makes text crisp and images vivid.
It’s portable with great battery life
Significantly lighter than any laptop, the Surface Pro weighs less than 2.5lbs even with the keyboard attached, so won’t give you sore shoulders when on the move between meetings and working appointments. It’s also slim and will only take up minimal space in your bag.
Microsoft have also made great strides addressing one of the most disappointing aspects of previous Surface Pro models – battery life. The latest incarnation can keep going for an impressive 13.5 hours, long enough for even the most demanding day in or out of the office.
It’s powerful and connects to other devices
Thanks to its 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 Processor, this hybrid tablet is capable of running all the business applications you use every day and more. It’s fast, even when multi-tasking, and doesn’t become hot to touch, even when used continuously all day. The Surface Pro comes with 4, 8 or 16GB RAM and our leases offer models with 128, 256 or 512GB SSD storage.
It also comes with Windows 10 Pro, which features clever ‘Hello’ facial recognition sign in functionality. Using its front-facing 3D camera, you can log in just by looking at the screen, which works even in bright sunlight and in the dark.
While it doesn’t have as many ports as a laptop, the Surface Pro boasts more than most tablets in its class. It has a full-sized USB 3.0 port, a microSDXC™ card reader port and a mini DisplayPort, and with the additional Surface Dock (available as an optional extra), you can boost with four extra USB 3.0 ports, audio output, two HD video ports and an Ethernet cable port.
We believe the Surface Pro really is a viable and wonderfully flexible alternative to a laptop for business. With Hardsoft, you can choose from our standard Surface Pro leases or work with us to create a leasing plan that suits you. All leases include flexible upgrade and warranty options, and allow you to spread and defer your tax relief.
If this has made you think about the possibilities of the Microsoft Surface Pro for your company, give us a call on 0207 111 1643 to find out more.