Microsoft Surface Pro Review: Pros & Cons


Surface ProThe upgraded Microsoft Surface Pro is here and determined to stay in the top spot. The device has cornered the 2 in 1 tablet market and now even outpaces similar powered laptops. With the new fifth-generation processing upgrades, it truly seems this detachable hybrid is in a race against itself.

Whether you are the graphic artist looking for increased studio design functionality, a media professional in need of portability and cross-functional applications, or the offensive coordinator of any given NFL team (Surface Pro is the official device used by the league) that has to quickly review plays from multiple angles, this tablet has made itself essential.

Features of the Surface Pro

Standard on all versions is the 12.3 inch, 2,736 x 1,824 (pixel density 267) high-resolution screen. The Intel Core i5(7) processors jack up the speeds to more than twice as fast as the Pro 3. With the Windows 10 operating system you are able to run full desktop version of Microsoft Office and other Flash and Java applications. This is in contrast to the iPad Pro which does not offer the same compatibility.

There is a full-size USB 3.0 portal, microSD slot, and Mini DisplayPort for interoperability with other devices or hook up with your TV. This latest version even includes Bluetooth 4.1. The look and feel are basically the same as past Pro versions. Design upgrades did include though front-facing speakers now because, obviously, that makes it easier to hear.

Battery life has improved over 50% from the previous model. All mainstream reviewers have ranked this the highest in the peer group at just under 14-hours in a rundown test. The Samsung Galaxy is the only other with similar results but does not have nearly the same quality screen resolution. The next highest competitor is the Dell Latitude at 11-hours.

How Much Does a Microsoft Surface Pro Cost?

Base Models start at $799 but can go as high as $2,699 for high-end professional performance. The type cover ($129) and pen ($99) are now available separately. Both are recommended for screen protection and to make full use of all features.

No longer is the Surface Pro considered a “secondary device”. With refinements in each iteration and close attention to design and details by Microsoft, consumers will find this upgraded device suits all their needs.

What Are the Pros of the Surface Pro?

  • Ultra-light design
  • 7th generation Intel Core processor
  • Extended battery life
  • Quieter fanless cooling system

What Are the Cons of the Surface Pro?

  • Increased cost
  • Complaints of bugs in early versions
  • Keyboard comfort for long use typing