Microsoft Surface web benchmarks reveal poor performance

Mark Hattersley
6 November, 2012
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Independent benchmark tests by Futuremark have revealed that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is surprisingly slow at web browsing.

When run through the Peacekeeper: Universal Browser Test, the Microsoft Surface speed test came out at just 348, almost third of the result from the new Apple iPad 4′s score of 951.

The Surface also scored slower than the Apple iPad mini (515), Nexus 7 (489) and even last year’s Apple iPhone 4S model (438). In fact, the Microsoft Surface only just beat the Eee Pad Transformer Prime (344).

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently told CNBC: ”You can go through the products from all those guys… and none of them has a product that you can really use,” Ballmer continued. “Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point.”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook retorted that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a “compromised” and “confusing” device.

For such a high-profile launch packing relatively modern technology, the results from the Surface must be disappointing to Microsoft. Fortunately the sluggish response may be due to Windows 8 software rather than the underlying technology, and Microsoft may be able improve the performance over time.


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  1. Rob says:

    Balmer didn’t say it was speed that was important, but what you can do with it. Apple is a gadget, though fast (according to the article content), but still a consumer gadget.

  2. Pablo says:

    I am growing mighty tired of this rubbished put out by the likes of Microsoft that the iPad cannot be used for work or that you cannot be productive on the iPad.

    I use Pages, Numbers and Keynote on my iPad, and I have iPhoto and iMovie installed as well. So, whether typing a report, manipulating formulae in a spreadsheet, tweaking transitions in a presentation, or even editing photos or video, I have been and continue to be very productive on my iPad. And that is not counting the customised apps that big business is building for employees, we are talking Fortune 500 type companies.

    Futhermore, I read recently that doctors and medical professionals are excited about the ‘pocketability’ of the iPad mini which they can use to retrive and process people’s medical records without lugging around paper, pens, clip boards, etc. and furthermore, iPad’s use on planes dramatically reducing the load of all the paperwork pilots are otherwise required to carry.

    What utter crap from a bumbling CEO; we all remember how Ballmer panned the iPhone when it was originally released. Perhaps he likes the taste of egg on face…

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