Microsoft Surface Pro
From $1,199, microsoft.com/en-au
Another Surface Pro? Didn’t they recently release one?
Not unless you count 2015 as recent. The new Surface Pro is Microsoft’s latest take on its versatile hybrid for creatives, and it looks ace with that 12.3-inch PixelSense touch display. This time around, the Surface Pro is faster and sleeker, offering up to 50 per cent extra battery life for extended use.
I’m a digital artist. Well, sort of. Would this suit me?
Absolutely! The new Surface Pro transforms from PC (with the latest-gen Intel processors) to digital sketch pad within seconds. A new hinge design that adjusts to 165-degrees means you can transform the Surface Pro into Studio Mode, an angle inspired by Surface Studio, to work in an optimal writing or sketching position. It also ships with the latest Windows 10 Creators update.
Is it still nice and light, though?
Weighing roughly 766g (starter model) and a mere 8.5mm thin, you’ll hardly feel it in your bag or when carrying it between meetings. Everything about the design has been streamlined from previous models, putting the emphasis on comfort and ease of use.
That’s good, but what am I supposed to type on?
For typing on an actual keyboard, you’ll need to purchase a Surface Pro Signature Type Cover ($249.95). It features 1.3mm of key travel for faster, more accurate typing, and is wrapped in soft Alcantara material for a luxurious feel. And if you want to draw, the Surface Pen is extra too: that’ll cost you $140.
Okay. So when is this coming out?
The new Surface Pro is available to buy right now.
The new Surface Pro is designed to feel lighter and more streamlined, powered by a 7th gen Intel Core processor and designed with a stunning, 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 PixelSense display.
It’s still a great hybrid machine, and now it lasts even longer.
The Type Cover, Surface Pen and Surface Mouse are all optional extras… go crazy and it could add up