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The reviews are in on Microsoft’s Surface Pro from C/Net, Engadget, The Verge, TechCrunch, Walt Mossberg and ZDNet.

Surface Pro benchmarks from Anandtech show it to be just as fast as any ultrabook, reports C/Net.

The solid-state drive in Microsoft’s new Surface Pro tablet, is particularly fast compared with the flash drive in Apple’s iPad 4.

“You…get a full blown…SSD,” wrote Anand Shimpi of Anandtech, referring to Micron Technology’s C400 solid-state drive in the Surface that Anandtech tested.

The Micron SSD posted speeds of 400 megabytes-per-second when reading data and just under 200MB/s whereas the 4th generation iPad are typically on the 20-30MB/s range, says AnadTech, adding that the flash drives in most tablets are, by comparison, “horribly slow.”

Microsoft’s Surface Pro uses a 17W Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge) processor with Intel’s HD 4000 graphics and a 3MB L3 cache. Connectivity includes a 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), USB 3.0, and Mini DisplayPort.

AnandTech’s 128GB review sample was partitioned down to 110GB with roughly 8GB used for the recovery partition. Of that 110GB, 89.5GB was free space that remained. Microsoft claims something like 23GB of free space remains on the 64GB model – enough for some apps and data.

AnandTech writes, “USB 3.0 is equally as impressive on Surface Pro. Using a simple USB 3.0 to SATA adapter I could easily read and write at around 200MB/s. Compare this to the 20MB/s you get on most ARM based tablets and it’s obvious that this Surface deserves its Pro moniker.”

Microsoft’s new operating system brings with it a whole new class of application, observes PC Magazine. Formerly called “Metro” but now simply called Windows 8 apps, these full-screen, touch friendly programs can connect both to the Web, to each other through “contracts,” and to features of Windows 8 itself.

They list their picks for the 20 Best Windows 8 Apps. More are available at the Windows Store.

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