Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM ET
Surface Pro launch day! Yes, Microsoft's hardware Hail Mary, the Surface Pro, makes its debut Saturday after months of anticipation.
Microsoft is betting a lot on the new hybrid tablet-PC, announced way back in June. We've already reviewed the device (properly called Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro) and found it promising, but ultimately wanting. As NBC News Tech/Science editor Wilson Rothman puts it:
The Surface Pro is the first time I've seen anything that could technically be a match for both an iPad and a MacBook Air (or PC ultrabook). That said, I am not going to tell you to rush out and buy it. This is Version 1.0, and it could benefit from a little evolution, in both hardware and software.
It really is a laptop in a tablet format, and it does some things well, but we couldn't help but feel that there are serious improvements coming down the line (as well as some competing devices).
The $999 128GB Surface Pro version is $999; the 64 GB version is $899. It's got a more high-resolution screen and far better specs than the cheaper Surface RT, but is also considerably more expensive and about half the battery life.
So while we don't expect there to be midnight lines at the Microsoft Store, this weekend would be a great time to drop by there (or your nearest Best Buy or electronics store) and see what the fuss is all about. Having a minute or two of hands-on time could seal the deal — or break it.
Further announcements and news will likely show up on Microsoft's brand new Surface Blog, so check back there occasionally if you're Surface-curious.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.