Microsoft’s recently released Surface Laptop was highly acclaimed due to its premium finish and form factor. After the success of Surface Laptop, Microsoft launched the Surface Pro. It is a powerful laptop packed in a small package. It offers the same premium looks like its predecessors and offers upgraded specs and a lot of powerful new features. The main tagline for this new product by Microsoft is “The most versatile laptop.” Here is an introductory video by Microsoft showcasing the Surface Pro.
Build Quality and Design:
The new gen hybrid works in 3 modes, the Laptop mode, the studio mode and the tablet mode. A kickstand is provided which is used to switch the different modes. Open the kickstand to Enable Laptop mode, lower the kickstand to enable studio mode and close the kickstand to use the Surface Pro as a stand-alone Intel Tablet. The dimensions of the Surface Pro are 11.5” x 7.9” x 0.33” (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm) and is also very light. It weighs around 768 grams to 784 grams (the weight depends on the processor of choice). The edges of the Surface Pro are round which certainly helps when using it in tablet mode.
The build quality of previous Surface products have been excellent, and the same can be expected for this new iteration. The hinge for the Surface Pro can bend about 165 degrees, the same as the surface studio. Microsoft claims that the hinge won’t break even if pushed beyond that. Just like the Surface Laptop, the Surface Pro also features Alcantara fabric keyboard and back cover. The back cover is an add-on accessory which will be available for purchase at $159. The fabric keyboard makes the new gen device look premium and is also comfortable for typing. A total of 4 color options is available, Black, Platinum, burgundy, and cobalt blue for the back cover and keyboard. The ports available in the Surface Pro are USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, Surface Connect port, 3.5mm Headphone jack and Mini Display Port.
The spectacular device features a lot of hardware upgrades over the previous models. For starters, the device is powered by Intel’s latest 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors (m3, i5, and i7). The screen included is a 12.3” PixelSense Display with a resolution of 2736 x 1824. The Surface Pro is available in 3 memory variants 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM and storage variants for SSD are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. The graphic options available are Intel HD Graphics 615 for m3, Intel HD Graphics 620 for i5 and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 for the i7 variant. A 5.0 MP front and 8.0 MP rear camera are available for imaging and video calling. The Surface Pro boasts a humongous 13 hours video playback battery life. The device also features a fan-less cooling system, so you can expect no noise while working with it.
An LTE supported version of the Surface Pro is also available, but it will cost you much more. The LTE version will support micro SIM and eSIM.
The Surface Pro is clearly one of the best devices released this year. If you have been waiting for a tablet/laptop hybrid, then the Surface Pro may work out for you. The studio mode is also a nice cherry on the top of the cake.The support for Surface Dial and the latest Surface Pen out of the box is good and will please most artists and designers out there. The Surface Pro costs about $799 for the basic model. If the Surface Pro fits your budget, then the laptop is recommended, especially if you care about productivity and form factor.
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