Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) Review Roundup: Not Bad, Still Expensive

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Microsoft’s new Surface launches have been well-regarded by reviewers. While some inclination are some-more niche than others, both a Surface Studio and a Surface Laptop have won accolades for being well-built hardware with clever courtesy to fact and unequivocally plain features. It’s therefore startling to see comparatively diseased reviews for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, that came out from underneath embargo this morning.


Part of a problem is Microsoft’s possess messaging. Unlike prior Surface Pro devices, that were unambiguously marketed as tablets we could insert an discretionary keyboard to, Microsoft’s take on a Surface Pro is that… it’s a laptop. No, really. Hit a landing page, and this is what we see:

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Is it, though? Surface Pro was never positioned as a laptop-first. And this creates even reduction clarity now that Microsoft has a laptop SKU *and* Surface Book.

“This unequivocally is a laptop,” Surface group personality Panos Panay said in an interview with The Verge. “This is how people wish to use it; it’s how they are regulating it.” So instead of saying a Surface Pro as a tablet, it’s a keyboard-less laptop (unless we hack adult $130 to $160 for a keyboard).

The Microsoft pen, that was before enclosed in all though a cheapest Surface Pro 4’s, is now a apart purchase. The cost has also left up, from $60 to $100. This creates a new Surface Pro effectively $100 some-more costly than prior comparison models, and The Verge records that a “full Surface experience” will run we $1,528 if we buy a Surface Pro and $1,299 for a same specs in a Surface Laptop. How many we caring about a detachable keyboard will foreordain that appurtenance is a improved fit, though a malnutritioned $799 choice with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and Core m3 processor isn’t remotely appealing during that cost point.

Most of a Surface Pro’s pattern is a carryover from a Surface Pro 4, with one USB 3.0 port, one mini DisplayPort, one microSD label slot, a headphone jack, and a exclusive Surface energy connector. No USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, support for outmost GPUs, or other cutting-edge facilities are present. When it debuted, Surface seemed to be a cutting-edge height for demonstrating what a PC ecosystem could achieve, though MS isn’t unequivocally pulling a pouch here.

CNBC’s evaluation was blunt: “None of a upgrades justifies a cost you’ll compensate for a entirely packaged Surface Pro.” The cheapest appurtenance is over $1,000 with a keyboard and pen, while a top-end complement is $2,100 — again, for usually a tablet. Laptop was more effusive in a praise, claiming “if we wish a best detachable out there, a Surface Pro is still a one to get.” TechCrunch echoed a thoughts of many other reviewers, essay that “I’m certain there are still people out there for whom a Pro still creates sense. But I’m positively not one. Nor are many of a people I’ve oral to about a space over a final week. For those who unequivocally do find themselves switching behind and onward between form factors and don’t mind a compromises that entails, by all means, this is a plain choice.” Our sister site PCMag was some-more confident about a product, awarding it Editors’ Choice, though was still unhappy by a miss of updated ports and miss of USB-C and/or Thunderbolt 3.

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The problem isn’t that a Surface Pro is a bad machine; it’s that you’re essentially looking during something like a Surface Pro 4.5. Battery life is adult and a few SKUs don’t have fans that carried them final time around. But there’s not many here that’s going to change your opinion. The arrangement is still gorgeous, a coop is still of some niche use, and it’s still scarcely unfit to form with a Surface Pro in your path due to a floppy inlet of a Type Cover. Every prior Surface refurbish has felt as if it changed a bar upwards in during slightest some tiny ways. The Surface Pro, according to mixed reviews, simply doesn’t feel like many of a step forward.

Ultimately, that’s a end many reviewers have come to. If we have an comparison initial or second-generation Surface Pro or haven’t owned one during all, a Surface Pro can make a good option, supposing we know some of a tradeoffs fundamental to a system. But if you’re still rocking a Surface Pro 4 (or maybe even 3), a battery life gains are going to be your usually vital reason to upgrade, presumption we aren’t an artist in need of Surface Pen.


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