Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet is due for launch on February 9, but it seems like the Intel-powered tablet will come with less than the desirable amount of free storage—especially the 64GB model.
In an age where 1GB is more or less the amount of space it takes to store a full length non-HD movie, a $900 tablet that comes with 23GB of free storage out of the box is a sign that there’s something missing from the device, and 23GB of free space is exactly what the Surface Pro 64GB will come with. Windows 8 is partly to blame because it takes up the majority of the space, and in total, Microsoft’s latest OS plus various included applications will suck up 45GB worth of space.
Wise tech consumers will probably steer clear of the 64GB Surface Pro, but for first time tablet buyers, the lack of space will become a burden when they figure out after a few days that they have almost no free space left.
In response to criticisms from tech bloggers and enthusiasts, Microsoft had this to say:
"The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives.
Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition."
For many people who are ditching laptops and desktops in favor of tablets, the main focus is that they want to keep everything as mobile as possible—meaning, less peripherals to lug around. A USB 3.0 external hard drive isn’t a bad solution, but the problem is that people may not want to carry around an external drive. A microSD will do just fine with small documents, but for larger files it’ll become a hassle to deal with. Lastly, SkyDrive is fine, too, as long as you have a connection.
For $100 more, people can purchase the 128GB Surface Pro, which has the same specs as the 64GB version but will come with 83GB of free storage out of the box, a better number when compared to the 64GB model—although, 83GB will run out just as quickly if a person decides he wants to use the Surface Tablet for work and fun.