The Surface Pro line hasn’t changed much over the years. Each new generation brought incremental spec bumps and slight design changes.Microsoft is giving us newer processors, improved microphones and some Surface Pen software updates. The Surface Pro 7 is pretty much the same as the Surface Pro 6, with one important difference: USB-C. You’ll also get improved performance and microphones, but at the expense of battery life. The Pro 7 is a good hybrid PC, especially for those who’ve been waiting for the new port. The new Surface Pro 7 starts at $749 this year, which is $150 less than last year’s base model
Design and Performance
The overall design for the new Surface Pro 7 is the same as the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Pro 5. Colors for the Surface Pro’s chassis are still matte black, which was introduced last year, or the traditional platinum color. The power and volume keys are located on the top left of the Surface Pro. The 12.3-inch PixelSense screen here is the same as before. It still runs at a 2,736 x 1,824 resolution with a 3:2 ratio.
The Surface Pro’s Type Cover is the same as before. It’s still covered in the luxe Alcantara fabric and will still cost you an extra $160, but pounding out my review on it was a breeze. What I’m most excited about on the Surface Pro 7 is its new USB-C port. It replaces the mini Displayport from older models, which honestly, good riddance. I never used it, and USB-C is far more versatile. For someone like me, who uses USB-C to charge her laptop and smartphone, this is a big deal.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 pen uptades
There are some new Surface Pen features that make it easier to edit documents and spreadsheets, too. When you scrawl into an Excel sheet or a Word doc, Microsoft can recognize not just what you’re writing, but also how you might be editing a piece. There is nothing new with the Surface Pen this year, so those who are upgrading can easily use their current Surface Pen and Surface Type Covers, saving $260. The pen still has the same 4,096 levels of pressure, supports tilt, rotation, and Bluetooth.
Hardware and batery
Microsoft may not have made many major improvements to the Surface Pro, but the machines have consistently delivered excellent performance. Microsoft is one of the first to adopt Intel’s new 10nm 10th-Gen Core U-series processors. Surface Pro 7 with a fanless Core i5-1035G4 will beat last year’s Surface Pro 6 with an actively cooled Core i7- 8650U processor.Where the new Surface Pro fails to measure up to its predecessor is battery life. On our standard test, the Surface Pro 7 barely lasted eight hours, while the Pro 6 and other tablet-hybrids clocked more than 15 hours.
Bottom line: While the Surface Pro 7’s exterior looks like last year’s model (and the year before that), the new 10th Gen Intel processor and Iris Plus graphics bring some serious horsepower to one of the coolest PCs around