Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro

From $1,199, mi­crosoft.com/en-au

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

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

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