For the second day of my 30 day experiment, I took the Surface Pro out of the box, and set things up.

Like its sibling–the Surface RT tablet–the Surface Pro seems to be engineered and manufactured with a level of detail uncommon for Microsoft. It is a solid, well-crafted piece of hardware.

Despite reviews stating that the Surface Pro is thicker and heavier–or perhaps because of them–I was surprised at how it felt to pick it up. It’s like when everyone talks for weeks about how great a movie is, and then you see it and it doesn’t live up to the hype. In this case, there were so many reviews about it being thicker–which is technically true–that my experience didn’t live up to the expectation and it seemed thinner and lighter than I anticipated.

It is definitely a heftier device than my iPad, or even the Surface RT, but why shouldn’t it be? It’s a full Windows PC squeezed into a tablet form, so give or take an ounce or a few millimeters still seems like a victory for the Surface Pro.

I spent the rest of Day 2 getting familiar with the Surface Pro hardware, and getting the tablet connected and ready for use. Check out the full 30 Days with Surface Pro: Day 2 post for more details.

On Day 3, I’ll go through turning it on for the first time and get to work actually playing with the Surface Pro tablet.

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  • Sam

    What happened with day 3? We are now on day 4.

  • Tony Bradley

    Days 3, 4 and 5 have now been posted. I’m still working on taking my notes from subsequent days and getting them online. I should be caught up in the next few days so that the day of the 30 Days series matches up with the date of the month.