MICROSOFT SURFACE pro
When it comes to detachable notebooks, the Surface Pro from Microsoft is widely acknowledged to be the gold standard. The Surface Pro 3 from 2014 showed the world that it was really possible to design a tablet that could function as well as a regular notebook and here we are now with the fifth generation of the Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro is wonderfully thin and light. On its own, without the keyboard attached, it measures just 8.5mm thick and weighs a mere 784g. Even with the keyboard, its thickness and weight only increase slightly to 14.15mm and 1.08kg. It is less chunky and less heavy than the Acer Switch 5.
The Surface Pro comes with a 12.3-inch IPS display that supports a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels. Microsoft calls this display Pixelsense. The bezels around the display are a little large but picture quality itself is top notch. The display is super sharp and the colors are vivid and gorgeous.
Inside, the Surface Pro is powered by a seventh generation Core i7 processor, but not the more common Core i7-8550u or Core i7-7500u. The Surface Pro gets the Core i7-7660u. This processor is a bit special because it gets the more powerful Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 integrated GPU. Rounding up its specs, it also has 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
Thanks to the more powerful integrated GPU, the Surface Pro has the strongest graphics performance here. However, what the graphs don’t show is that it is prone to serious throttling too. After subsequent benchmarking runs, we found the Surface Pro’s performance will dip considerably.
The Surface Pro’s battery life is decent as it recorded 246 minutes or just over 4 hours in our battery life test.
As for ports, the Surface Pro has a single full-size USB 3.0 port, a mini-displayport, and a microsd card reader. Obviously, we would have preferred a USB-C port that supports USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3, but at least the mini-displayport works better with higher resolution displays with high refresh rates.
One thing readers should take note is that accessories for the Surface Pro - such as the Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard - are sold separately. This adds a considerable amount to the total cost of the system.