Part of the value…no, strike that. Most of the value of a Surface Pro (or Windows 8 Pro tablet in general) lies in the fact that it has the power to be a full Windows PC, and the versatility and portability to also be a mobile device. Businesses that replace traditional Windows desktops and laptops with the Surface Pro are equipping users with a flexible device that can fill both roles, and eliminate many of the issues inherent with trying to be productive and keep data both accessible and in sync across different devices.
With that in mind, the first few days of the 30 Days with Surface Pro series have been dedicated to just getting the Surface Pro out of the box, logging in to Windows, learning how to get around the new Windows 8 interface, and now finishing setting up the Surface Pro in my office as a “desktop PC”.
It would be much simpler to use the Surface Pro as a desktop PC if Microsoft had thought to build (and include) a docking station. It can be done with a Surface Pro, but you have to have the power cord, display adapter, USB, and sound all hanging out from different sides of the tablet to get it all hooked up. It’s functional, but far from aesthetically pleasing, and sort of a pain in the butt if you frequently take the Surface Pro with you in tablet mode, and then want to get it all set up at your desk again later. But, I digress.
The focus of today’s 30 Days with Surface Pro post is to cover some issues I had getting the tablet to work properly with my 23-inch monitor. One thing was merely a pet peeve I addressed by changing a configuration setting. The other was actually more annoying, and took some troubleshooting to work out because there was no obvious reason for the issue to exist.
For more about the trials and tribulations connecting the Surface Pro to an external monitor, read Surface Pro, Day 5: Tweaking the display.