Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Review – Powered by Ice Lake

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 is around the table and everyone wants to know about the new added features and performance enhancements. As, the majority of the improvements in Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 are associated with an Intel Ice Lake microprocessor upgrade, and that is not necessarily a poor thing.

Prior Surface tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 have largely remained static in the last few generations. But you can’t really say the exact same for that of the Surface Pro 7 because of the following 2 reasons:

  • One will be that Ice Lake chip
  • and the particular other is the inclusion of a more modern USB-C port.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 starts from $749, and it is available in either black or platinum. The current Type Covers have several different color options as well, including black as well as the red color. That price also quickly climb to $2, 299 with higher-end machines. Further, a corporate version operating Windows 10 Pro is usually available as well.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 front

 

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 Specifications

Listed below are more details about the particular primary specs:

  • Display: 12.3-inch (2736×1824) (267ppi) touch PixelSense display
  • Processor: Core i3-1005G1/Core i5-1035G4/Core i7-1065G7
  • Graphics: UHD Graphics (Core i3); Iris Plus (Core i5, Core i7)
  • Memory: 4GB/8GB/16GB 3,733MHz LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB SSD
  • Ports: Surface Connect, USB-A, USB-C, miniDisplayPort, microSD
  • Camera: 5MP (user-facing)/Full HD with Windows Hello; 8MP (rear) with 1080p video
  • Battery: 10.5 hours (estimated); quick-charge to 80 percent in an hour
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ax)/Bluetooth 5.0
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home (consumer) / Windows 10 Pro (business)
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches (7.3mm)
  • Weight: 1.70-1.73 pounds, depending upon the processor
  • Color: Black, Platinum
  • Price: Preorders start at $749 at Microsoft.com

Detailed Analysis

If you’re familiar with the Surface lineup, then you’re most likely familiar with the Surface Pro 7 as well. Behind it is typically the familiar kickstand. The optional Type Cover and Surface Pen are usually still here as well. But Microsoft is also touting the dual far-field stereo mics. They figure into the particular enhancements Microsoft is making to digital assistants within Windows, for example putting all of them on the lock display screen in the upcoming “19H2” release of Windows 10.

USB-C Port

Typically the USB-C port is actually a modification that looks to the long run. In the new Surface Laptop 3, for instance, the miniDisplayPort port have been removed and replaced with the USB-C. On the old Surface Pro 6, USB-C was added to the mix of ports, which usually still includes the miniDisplayPort. That was somewhat of an odd choice, in case only since the Surface Pro tablet has the less actual physical volume to play with compared to the Surface Laptop.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Back

 

What’s Inside?

Internally, digging in the Intel Ice Lake processor is the most meaningful upgrade. Remember that the Surface Pro 6 was built on Intel’s Kaby Lake-R computer chip, which is now 2 generations removed. Ice Lake itself doesn’t apparently offer you a great deal of performance uptick, but the Iris Plus graphics do, for the tune regarding 40 % in the Ice Lake preview.

Also, Remember that Iris Plus isn’t available in the Core-i3 version from the Surface Pro 7, which could rule out that configuration for power consumers. The Core-i3 and Core-i5 versions remain fanless, like previous models, although the Core-i7 type includes a fan that may turn on “intermittently. A fanless Core-i5 could end up being a sweet spot or this could mean that the Core-i5 thermally throttles itself under load.

Ice Lake Chip

 

Conclusion

To put it simply, even though, the Surface Pro 7 holds a few secrets. It may be still a comfortable tablet to make use of on a desktop, less so on your lap. Surface Laptop 3 is most likely the better choice right now there. But, the internal improvement makes the Surface Pro 7 attractive.

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