Storage isn't what it seems in Microsoft's Surface Pro
29th Jan 2013 | 22:02
On February 9, Microsoft will finally release the Surface Pro to the masses eagerly awaiting the company's more robust entry into the tablet battle.
That notion alone has been a key reason many supporters have chosen to wait for the more expensive, but more powerful, tablet.
However, those devoted faithful may soon be disappointed for another reason altogether, as the Surface Pro isn't going to come with storage as spacious as advertised.
According to Microsoft, the base model Surface Pro with 64GB of storage will actually only come with 23GB of free storage.
That means Windows 8 Pro and whatever other default programs and apps come loaded on the tablet will leave just 36 per cent of the drive open for users.
The 128GB model fares just a bit better, with 85GB (64.8 percent) of the storage space left open for people to use.
Of course, this is par for the course, as the Surface RT also went through some similar memory troubles.
The 32GB Surface RT included just 16GB of storage when it arrived, and the 64GB version allowed users to work with 46GB of space.
The Surface Pro is compatible with USB 3.0 and includes a microSDXC card slot for expandable memory, but that doesn't make the lack of on-board storage any easier to swallow.