Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Introduction
The old Surface Pro offered superb balance by combining rival iPad Pro hardware with a top Cover type keyboard and the added appeal of full-screen Windows 10. This is the case of the latest generation Surface Pro 7, one of the best convertible Windows on the market. The Surface Pro 7’s clean screen, power, and optional Type Cover keyboard make it one of the best laptops you can buy if you want a detachable drive. But if you can live without USB-C and the latest Intel processors, you can save a lot of money on the equally desirable Surface Pro 6 or consider solid alternatives like the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Design
Microsoft may have eventually included a USB-C port, but nothing has changed at all to the Surface Pro 7 design of last year’s model. The device still measures the 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches (292 x 201 x 8.5 mm) and weighs 1.7 pounds (770 grams). The tablet is also available in the same finishes in matte black aluminum and silver.
The touch screen of the tablet always displays a diagonal of 12.3 inches with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 (267 pixels per inch) and an aspect ratio of 3: 2. It is equally accurate, dynamic, and responsive to the touch than the previous generation, which was already quite impressive. But, the glasses are thick for a tablet of this price in 2019. Now that we have been using almost the same tablet for two years, it is becoming clear that Microsoft has reached its limits on the original Surface Pro design, which is unlikely, or that the company is simply not interested in the slightest adjustment to the Surface Pro – with the exception of tinkering with the Pro X.
Microsoft has the impression that its future dual-screen devices, which will announce the future of the company’s hardware design, depending on their success. Regarding the most crucial design change of Surface Pro 7, we finally have the USB-C technology, but it complies with the USB 3.1 standard and not with Thunderbolt 3. Thanks to this, you get the versatility of this new connection without the raw Thunderbolt. Three technology. However, in favor of Microsoft, the Type Cover keyboard now offers a more in-depth travel feel and a more dynamic feel when our fingers leave the keys.
This is an upgrade, but it will undoubtedly be an adjustment for long-time Surface Pro users, at least for a few minutes. We also appreciate the Alcantara fabric that is making a comeback with this Type Cover, which seems and seems to be more tightly woven than before.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Display
In my tests, my 12-inch, 2736 x 1824, Surface Pro 7 screen looked vibrant and colorful, whether I’m surfing the web, working, or watching videos. The Surface Pro 7 has a brightness of 395 nits on our light meter, which is better than the average laptop, but behind the Surface Pro 6 of last year (408 nits) and the iPad Pro (484 nits).
Christian Bale’s Ford GT40 blue indigo race car was shining on the full board as she raced around a track in pursuit of her red-blooded Italian rival in the Ford v Ferrari trailer. In a high-speed accident scene, the high-resolution panel was so detailed that I could see debris and pieces of soil spinning through the air. Those who do not plan to buy a removable keyboard or a mouse will be relieved to learn that the touch screen of the Surface Pro 7 is very responsive.
There was no delay or lack of grip when I surfed the web with my fingers and the optional Surface Pen. According to our colorimeter, the Surface Pro 7 screen covers 102% of the sRGB color gamut, which surprised me, considering the saturated appearance of the colors.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Performance
The only other significant change with the Surface Pro 7 is the use of the latest Intel 10th generation processor family. Specifically, you’ll be able to choose between Intel Core i3-1005G1 10th Generation Core, Intel Core i5-1035G4 10th Generation, and Quad-Core and 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1065G7. From there, you can further configure, choosing between 4-16 MB of RAM and 128-1 TB of storage.
When testing the new Surface, I found that the transition to Intel’s 10th generation had brought some benefits. The best-performing i7 / 16GB RAM version I tested was subjected to basic processes; it was more than powerful enough for large-scale digital painting projects, small-scale video editing, and lightweight 3D modeling. The game was mostly beyond Surface Pro 7. I have never managed to get that very basic games – such as Darkest Dungeon – to run. Even light games such as Overwatch exceeded the device at playable frame rates, but this is hardly shocking given the lack of graphics options.
The Surface Pro 7 recorded an impressive 17,225 Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, approaching the iPad Pro (17,995, A12X Bionic). As we had hoped, the Surface Pro 7 is much faster than the Surface Pro 6 (13,761, Core i5-8250U), although it failed to capture the XPS 13 2 in 1 (18,684 ) running on a Core i7-1065G7 CPU.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Keyboard & Touchpad
I am relieved that Microsoft has not made any significant changes to the Surf Surface 7’s excellent (but expensive) Surface Type Cover keyboard and is not afraid to say that it is the best detachable keyboard by far. The Type Cover’s backlit keys are full, well-spaced, and offer a surprisingly dark path. And if you spend more on the Signature version that Microsoft sent us, you also have a warm, soft Alcantara fabric surface on which to rest your palms.
What I prefer in the keyboard is the ease with which my fingers bounced between the letters, thanks to the clatter of the keys. Also, I have never feared that the keyboard will come off the tablet. The accessory snaps into the lower part of the Surface Pro 7 thanks to powerful magnets that hold it in place. What I prefer in the keyboard is the ease with which my fingers bounced between the letters, thanks to the clatter of the keys.
The Glass Keyboard Type Cover is excellent for productivity and gives the Surface Pro 7 a head start on the iPad Pro. My fingers appreciated the soft, smooth surface of the 4 x 2.1-inch touchpad, and I had no problem performing Windows 10 gestures, such as pinching or scrolling with two fingers.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Audio
Surface Pro 7’s speakers are suitable for a frenzy on YouTube or Netflix, but they are too quiet to immerse you in your favorite music and movies. Due to their low overall volume and lack of bass, the Pro 7’s speakers have completely blunted out the powerful pop-metal of Issues’ “Tapping Out.”
While the guitars and vocals went well, there was not enough bass or drums to make me want to bang my head. The catchy radio pop of Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” also fell flat on the Surface Pro 7 while Swift’s aerial voice was mostly audible.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Ports
The Surface Pro 7 gets points to finally include a USB-C port, although global connections are rare on this machine. In addition to the USB-C, you have a USB-A port (convenient for existing devices), a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, and a Surface Connect port for optimal use.
Although I am happy that the Surface Pro has finally adopted the USB-C, I was amazed to discover that it is impossible to load the PC via this port in case of loss of the Surface Connect charger. It should also be noted that this is a USB 3.1 port and not Thunderbolt 3, so you do not get the fast transfer rate of 40GB / s from the latter.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Battery
Well, it’s disappointing. Surface Pro 7 only lasted 7 hours and 52 minutes with our battery test, which consists of surfing the web continuously via Wi-Fi at a brightness of 150 nits. It’s almost an hour and a half shorter than the Surface Pro 6 (9:20) and worse than the iPad Pro (1:14) and the XPS 13 2 in 1 (10:57). Surface Pro 7 could not even match the category average (8:14).back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Pen
Microsoft charges the more $99 for the optional Surface Pen. If you have to take handwritten notes, draw pictures, or make a video or photo montage, we recommend you get a feel for the accessory. Among the styli we tested, the Surface Pen is one of the best.
The full list of Surface Pen features includes 4,096 pressure points, a shading tilt, a magnet that attaches to the Surface Pro 7 side, and a rubber piece on the back for erasure. The new thick stylus was very comfortable to hold, and I did not notice any shifts when I was drawing an arcane cat drawing. Again, Microsoft has nailed the metallic red color on the aluminum chassis of the pen.back to menu ↑
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Verdict
Overall, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the most powerful Surface tablet of the company to date. However, this increase in power seems to have a cost in terms of battery life, at least for the moment. If you’re ready to wait for these improvements in battery life and you do not necessarily need to stay up all day, opt for the most technologically advanced Surface.
But be aware that these technological gains are not huge and are at the expense of other aspects of performance, especially the battery. Honestly, we were expecting a bit more progress from the seventh Surface Pro tablet. The USB-C is good, but for a device, this price should be Thunderbolt 3, and the display screens are thick for a tablet in 2019. It seems that Microsoft has recorded all the advances of this year for its Pro X, which is a pity for those looking to pay the same price as last year.
Surface Pro 7 improves its predecessor with better performance and better ports, but the battery life is disappointing.
- Sharp & vivid display
- USB-C finally arrives
- Type Cover is top-notch
- Improved graphics
- Solid performance
- Chassis looks outdated
- Battery life takes a step back
- Soft speakers