MI­CROSOFT SUR­FACE pro

HWM (Philippines) - - Test -

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.

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