Today was the big day from Microsoft where the new Surface Pro would be announced in Shanghai and after watching some reviews and news snippets I can say MS will not be getting my money when I have to get a new computer. The new Surface Pro is a little thinner and has the updated Intel processors but other than that there isn’t anything compelling me to buy it. Sure I want to be able to use a stylus for drawing and stuff but thats mostly for work and not for personal stuff (and according to work, I might be able to get a computer with a stylus during the 2018 refresh). The stylus is much improved from last year but since I draw pretty infrequently I’m debating my real “need” to have a pen with my computer. I have a stylus for my iPad Air 2 (its not an Apple Pencil though) that I can use just fine although having an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil would be awesome but the Air 2 needs to die first.
The cost of the version of the Surface Pro that I would buy is about $2699 and thats without a type cover which is kind of essential. Just on pure cost I won’t buy it, also it doesn’t have any USB-C which I think will be important in the next few years. Also it only has 1 USB 3.0 port and I always have at least 2 USB devices plugged in all the time. I can get something relatively similar with a Core i5 instead of an i7 processor from Apple for $2400 but with the 16MB of RAM and 1TB drive which matches the Surface Pro configuration.
I guess its time for me to wait until June to see if there are new MacBook Pro’s coming out. I only need the processor bump and the date of purchase to make sure its supported for the next 5 years. I still think its amazing that my desktop computer is still chugging along on Windows 10 after 9 years. I’m very tempted to stick the SSD from my old MacBook Pro in it to speed things along and give it some juice and new life. I think that’s what’s making it so slow, the fact that the hard drive is still an old spinning disk and not a microchip. It’s only 2 or so weeks. If they let me pre-order on the employee purchase site you can bet I’ll be doing that during the keynote.