Like all Surface machines before it, the Surface Pro is a hybrid machine, meaning it is perfectly at home acting as either a laptop, with conventional keyboard and trackpad, or a tablet. It also supports a stylus too.
Microsoft says the Surface Pro is the “most versatile laptop” ever; though, interestingly Microsoft seems to be distancing itself from the term “tablet” – guess that’s because the tablet space is pretty much dead right now.
“Surface Pro continues the iconic look and feel of previous Surface Pros,” said Microsoft, “but has been completely redesigned from the inside out. We’ve optimized every millimeter, with over 800 new custom parts and used 99% of the space inside the device – to give people exactly what they need to work and create anytime, anywhere."
50% More Battery Life Than Surface Pro 4
Microsoft says the Surface Pro has around 50% more battery life than the outgoing Surface Pro 4. That’s a rather alarming increase, so we’ll take that claim with a pinch of salt for the time being.
“This is a powerhouse laptop with 2.5 times more computing performance than the Surface Pro 3,” added Microsoft, “and 1.7 times the compute of iPad Pro.
It added: “The improved Surface Pro hinge has a full 165-degree range of motion, letting you immerse yourself in ‘Studio Mode’, an angle inspired by the Surface Studio, perfect for writing, sketching, and drawing on the go.”
Beat The iPad Pro – At ALL COSTS
Reading through Microsoft’s official marketing materials for the Surface Pro, I kind of get the impression that Microsoft has something of an inferiority complex. All it seems to want to do is say how much better the Surface Pro is than the iPad Pro – and that’s fine.
But over and OVER and OVER AGAIN kind of makes you look a bit, well… pathetic. Sorry, but it’s true. And, for the record: the Surface Pro – and Surface Pro 4 – are better than the iPad Pro. It’s just kind of unbecoming to constantly hammer home the point.
Full-size USB 3.0 microSD card reader Surface Connect Headset jack Mini DisplayPort Cover port
Cameras, video, and audio
Windows Hello face sign-in camera (front-facing) 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video Stereo microphones Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Volume key and power key Surface Pen (sold separately) Surface Keyboard (sold separately) Surface Mouse (sold separately)
Ambient light sensor Accelerometer Gyroscope
What's in the box
Surface Pro Power supply Quick Start Guide Safety and warranty documents