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Surface ProMicrosoft has announced the release date for their Surface with the Windows 8 Pro operating system as February 9th, 2013.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro has gone through a major overhaul when compared to the Surface with Windows RT.

The Windows 8 Pro operating system will allow users to continue using Windows 7 applications and will integrate with your existing infrastructure. The security system underwent significant upgrades. AppLocker and Group Policy will now allow application and security policy control. BitLocker gives the user the enhanced data protection. Furthermore, Windows 8 Pro is compatible with third party security systems.

The Surface Pro with Windows 8 offers more memory than the Surface with Windows RT. The Surface Pro comes in both 128 GB and 64GB models with 7GB of free cloud storage. Each model is packed with 4GB of RAM. The Surface Windows RT comes with only 32GB or 64GB models.

The screen is another Upgrade with the standard now being a 10.6″ with 16:9 and 1920×1080.

The new system is now 13.5 mm in thickness and weighs 2 lbs. In comparison the Windows RT is 9.3 mm in thickness while weighing in at 1.5 lbs.

USB port is now a 3.0 versus the 2.0 and the HD video out port has been replaced with a Mini Display Port. The Mini Display Port is an open source port and allows for higher resolutions using smaller connections.

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When I first heard about this laser projected keyboard I was fired up and ready to plunk down $199 for this cool gadget.  After reading several reviews and watching several videos I had more questions than answers. Even though this technology has been around for over 7 years it still seems like it is undiscovered.  Why has it not caught fire and been that popular among consumers?

The Magic Cube made by Celluon is featured as a full QWERTY keyboard and multi touch mouse that is projected onto just about any surface.  It can be used with a variety of products ranging from smart phones, tablets and PCs through blue tooth technology or USB connection. It is small and portable and sounds like the perfect solution to the small keyboard dilemma for people with fat fingers, like me.

Cnet.com had a modest review citing mostly the features it is designed to do with a 3.5 out of 5 star review. However, laptopmag.com, wired.com and maclife.com were more vigorous in their reviews. All agreed it is fascinating technology but with some practicality issues. The cost ranges from $120-$260, which seems relatively high in range for the technology we’re talking about here. The idea of the convenience and ease of use seems not so highly supported. The technology itself seems to be at issue.  TopLevelReviews posted a pretty succinct review that was helpful for me, being the visual learner that I am!

In the YAY column we have: the cube is compact, portable, easy to set up and install (most of the time). In the BOO HISS column we have: battery lasts 2 hours but takes 4 hours to charge, multi mouse only seems to work well with windows devices. Detection rate is supposed to be 350 characters/minute, however, that has been debatable among users. Also keep in mind it is a QWERTY keyboard and not a standard keyboard. The punctuation and other features like caps lock is not going to be the same and is tricky to get used to.

Overall, I would have to say that if it were less expensive I would probably take the chance and try it for myself because I think it is a really cool concept.