Sur­face Pro 2017

Beast-ish

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PRICE $ 3299 www.mi­crosoft.com

Look­ing at the tra­jec­tory Mi­crosoft’s ubertablet has taken since the first Sur­face hit the mar­ket in 2012, it’s cer­tainly rea­son­able to think that, one day, it will be ca­pa­ble of do­ing any­thing a gamer could pos­si­bly want.

With this, the lat­est and most ex­pen­sive Sur­face Pro yet, that day has not yet ar­rived. Iris Plus 640 is an ex­cel­lent on­board GPU, and it can run your GOG li­brary and your in­die col­lec­tions no prob­lem. But cou­pled with the Sur­face’s 2736x1824 dis­play, this GPU still can’t run the lat­est stuff. But per­haps you ex­pected that.

Per­haps as lit­tle as 15 years from now, ev­ery PC will be a shiny slab of pure com­pu­tro­n­ium that can fling 8K graph­ics to what­ever smart sur­face you’ve had sprayed on your wall. But for now, the Sur­face Pro is a per­fect demon­stra­tion of how GPU tech has ad­vanced… dif­fer­ently… to the rest of a PC.

Be­cause apart from graph­ics, the i7-7660U Sur­face that Mi­crosoft pro­vided is an ab­so­lute beast. It’s less than a cen­time­tre thick (in­clud­ing the stand), but it runs a CPU that can boost to 4.0GHz, it has 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. Solder all that to a cus­tom moth­er­board and you get a lot of grunt.

Of course, you have to pay a lot of money for this. With­out the $199 Type Cover, the i7 Sur­face Pro costs $3299. That hurts.

With­out a do-any­thing GPU, not buy­ing an i7 Sur­face Pro is a fairly easy choice. But if you need a por­ta­ble ma­chine for, well, what­ever, then the $1600 i5 ver­sion with 128GB of stor­age is very tempt­ing.

Also Mi­crosoft, time to get with the fu­ture and add some USB-C ports, yeah? AN­THONY FORD­HAM

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