The Microsoft Surface Pro is a premium tablet running Windows 10. Its main highlight is an elegant design, an integrated kickstand, a keyboard cover and an active stylus. You can get the Surface Pro with a 7th generation Core m or Core i processor. This is the tablet that started the famous 2-in-1 boom. Here is everything you should know about the Microsoft Surface Pro.
- Premium design
- High-resolution 12-inch screen
- 7th generation Intel Core processors
- Up to 16GB RAM & up to 1TB SSD
- Keyboard cover
- Active Surface Pen
Microsoft Surface Pro: The Basics
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 looks very similar to its previous generations. Thanks to its full magnesium alloy body, it feels very high-end, is robust and looks nice. Like its predecessors, it features an integrated kickstand on the back that closes „like a car door“.
As you might not have expected, there is no USB Type C port. Instead, Microsoft is still using a standard USB 3.0 port, a mini display out and a micro SD card slot. We‘re also getting a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Windows Hello support and an 8-megapixel camera on the back. In addition to an eSIM, the LTE version of this tablet features a nano-SIM slot as well.
The Surface Pro has a 12.3-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2. Microsoft called it a PixelSense display and this one has a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels. As usual, you can draw or take notes on the touchscreen using an active pen. The new Surface Pen supports 4096 pressure points.
You can get the tablet in a lot of configurations. The cheapest runs an Intel Core m3 7th generation processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. If you like, you can get a Core i5 or Core i7, up to 16GB of RAM and an up to 1TB SSD. Unlike with the Surface Book, there is no dedicated graphics card option.
While it certainly is a nice Windows tablet, it gets really useful if you decide to purchase the keyboard cover. Microsoft calls it a Type Cover. With that one, you can transform the Surface Pro into a notebook. Yes, sadly, you have to buy the Type Cover separately.
|Tablet||Microsoft Surface Pro|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Display||12.3-inch with 2736 x 1824|
|Processor||Intel Core m3, i5, i7 7th generation|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 615/620/640|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD|
|Expandable||micro SD card reader|
|RAM||4GB, 8GB, 16GB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||USB 3.0 Type A, Mini Display Port|
|Battery||Up to 13.5 hours|
|Security||Windows Hello face recognition|
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 8.5 mm|
|Weight||768 – 784g|
Surface Pro Competitors
Even though Microsoft started this popular 2-in-1 design, by now, there are tons of direct competitors. Most of them are a bit cheaper. The cheaper alternatives are tablets like the Acer Switch 5 and Lenovo MIIX 520. You can get very similar hardware and similar premium designs with the ASUS Transformer Book Pro or Huawei MateBook E.
Availability & Price
The Microsoft Surface Pro is available almost worldwide. Besides the United States, Canada, Britain, and Germany, you can also get it in India, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. And yes, Australia and South America as well. Prices vary widely by country but usually start at around 800 dollars without the Surface Pen or Type Cover.
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