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  • Surface Pro X review embargo just lapsed

    Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 03:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you look around, you’ll see a flood of reviews of the Surface Pro X, which apparently went off embargo around 10 pm Redmond time. That’s how the hardware review business works: Publications line up to get free first-run machines, promising to hold off on reviews until a specific date and time. Looks like the alarm just went off.

    Of course, Microsoft doesn’t send me review units. (You thought otherwise?) So I just read the reviews like anybody else. Of course, given the Surface support history and the fact that it’s an ARM-based machine with all the compatibility headaches that implies, I would never buy one. But still it’s cute seeing Microsoft’s response to the iPad.

    Part of a natural ARM progression: Windows RT was a joke. Surface RT died a horrible death. Windows 10 in S Mode was an embarrassment. Now Surface Pro X. The review practically writes itself — although Microsoft will assure you ten ways from Tuesday that the Surface Pro X is better and different because it’ll run Windows desktop apps.

    Yep. Pull the other finger.

    Dieter Born at The Verge: MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO X REVIEW: HEARTBREAKER

    Brad Sams at Petri: Surface Pro X Review: A Classic Look For The New Mobile Worker

    Cherlynn Low, Engadget: Surface Pro X review: Gorgeous hardware marred by buggy software

    Sam Rutherford for Gizmodo: Microsoft’s Surface Pro X Goes Full Batman

    Dan Ackerman at CNet: Surface Pro X review: A Surface evolution, but the software hasn’t caught up yet

    Jacob Krol, CNN: Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is for many, but not everyone yet

    And on and on…

    Just in case you were wondering, yes, absolutely, Microsoft vets their reviewers carefully. For example