Please ask your questions here (not in email) – we promise to respond here, no such promise with email. This is a benefit of membership. Here’s info on how to post to this Q&A Forum.
You must be logged in as a Premium Member to Ask the Geeks a question. All are welcome to freely browse the Forums.
We have a Silverleaf Technology VMSpc to run a program for our diesel engine. Our old computer died. I have been hoping that with the introduction to Microsoft Surface Pro 3, old versions will go on sale that are more affordable for us. We need a USB port on the tablet to plug in the VMSpc. I have looked at two Microsoft tablets that are on sale: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with 64GB & another that is quite a bit cheaper called Microsoft Surface Pro 256GB. Something about the Microsoft Pro 256GB makes me uncomfortable & I am not sure why. Maybe because it does not have Surface Pro 2 in the title & the price is less with higher GB. I have read several reviews & none have given me a warm fuzzy feel. Do you know anything about the Microsoft Surface Pro-256GB vs. the Microsoft Surface Pro 2? We cannot use windows rt, it must be windows 8 or windows 8.1. Both of the two I am investigating use windows 8 or windows 8.1. Sorry to ask such a question on your forum, but I need advice from a geek & not a computer sales person?
Judy & Jim Yockey
This is the correct place to ask these questions.
I expect the Surface Pro 256 is a refurb original Surface Pro. The Pro 2 has a better processor and display but lesser storage on board.
Do you want to use it for more than an engine computer? The upgrade might be worth it. Otherwise, save the money.
Nothing wrong with refurbs, either, though I’d not use one for a primary computer. Make sure you get a good power supply with the unit.
I really like my Surface Pro original and would like to upgrade to a Pro 3, but cannot justify the expense.
Helping Travelers to Plan, Preserve, and Share their Travels