30 Days with Surface Pro: Day 5

Today’s post from the 30 Days with Surface Pro series is dedicated to getting it set up in my office, connected to an external monitor. For those of you who are just joining the party, and haven’t been following the 30 Days experiment, I am giving up my MacBook Air and my iPad for the month, and using just a Surface Pro as both my desktop PC, and my tablet. That means, when I am sitting in my office at my desk, I want the Surface Pro to look, feel, and act like any other Windows 8 PC. I have it connected to a mouse, printer, USB hub for external storage, and to my 23-inch monitor.

The idea is that the Surface Pro isn’t just a tablet, like its Surface RT sibling. It runs on an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM, and it runs the full 64-bit Windows 8 Pro operating system. If I set it under my desk and connected all of my peripherals to it, there’s theoretically no reason anyone should know whether its a desktop tower, a notebook PC, or a Surface Pro. It’s just a Windows PC.

I ran into a couple issues getting the Surface Pro connected to the monitor. One was just a personal pet peeve easily fixed by changing some settings. The other was a little more challenging, and required poking around a bit to figure out what was wrong and how to fix it. I’m all set now, though.

Just for clarification, I’m not actually taking an entire 24-hour day to get the Surface Pro out of the box, or log in to Windows 8, or figure out how to navigate around the OS. I have work to do, and I am relying on the Surface Pro as my sole PC this month, so I actually got through those phases in a few hours so I could get down to business. But, I am making notes as I go along, and sharing the highlights on a day-by-day basis so you can live vicariously through my Surface Pro journey.

Read more about the challenges I had connecting the Surface Pro with an external monitor in Surface Pro, Day 5: Tweaking the display.

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