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Something weird has happened over the past year: I’ve kind of fallen in love with the Surface Pro. After debating its “lapability,” its lack of USB-C ports, and its staid design, I’ve used the Surface Pro 6 on và off as a regular máy vi tính for nearly 12 months now. I’ve been trying khổng lồ think of why I’ve picked the Surface Pro over the many other laptops I’ve also been testing, & it comes down to lớn a chất lượng mix of hardware. It’s small & light enough khổng lồ slip into a variety of bags when I travel, & I can transform it into different modes so I can work on trains, planes, & everywhere else. These are all things Surface Pro owners have known for years, it just took me a little longer to discover them myself.

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So when I picked up the Surface Pro 7 last week for this review, it felt very familiar. I called the Surface Pro 6 a familiar bet last year, and this time around the Pro 7 is an equally familiar bet. You could now place four year’s worth of Surface Pro devices next khổng lồ each other, và they’d all look identical. This is yet another minor refresh for the Surface Pro line, & the kiến thiết I really want on this hardware (slimmer display bezels, rounded edges, và built-in LTE) is coming next month with the Qualcomm-powered Surface Pro X.

Thankfully, Microsoft has finally added USB-C this time around and the performance và general usability has improved as you’d expect with the latest generation processors và hardware. I just wish the Surface Pro 7 looked like a Surface Pro X with an Intel cpu inside.

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With most of the hardware unchanged from the outside, it’s really the internals of the Surface Pro 7 that have changed once again this year. Microsoft has placed Intel’s 10th gene processors inside the Pro 7, & you can pick between a vi xử lý core i3, chip core i5, or bộ vi xử lý core i7 variant. I’ve been using the Surface Pro 6 with an 8th Gen bộ vi xử lý core i7 over the past year, và I’ve been impressed with its performance. It’s equally impressive here, và the Surface Pro 7 remains silent even during times when I pushed it with some video editing.

I’ve also noticed that instant on seems to lớn finally be working with the Surface Pro 7. I’ve heard promises of being able to lớn stop working và instantly resume hours later in the past, but I’ve found that most Surface Pro models simply go into a deep hibernation after just a few hours of not being used. Even the quick resume on the Surface Pro 6 wasn’t always snappy as you’d have khổng lồ wait for the Windows Hello camera lớn wake up occasionally. The Surface Pro 7 feels different & far more responsive. Every time I’ve left it for a few hours, it instantly wakes & Windows Hello logs me in before I’ve even got the kickstand fully in position.




Agree to lớn Continue: Microsoft Surface Pro 7Every smart device now requires you to agree khổng lồ a series of terms & conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read và analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to lớn hit “agree” to lớn use devices when we đánh giá them since these are agreements most people don’t read & definitely can’t negotiate.

As with other Windows 10 computers, the Surface Pro 7 presents you with multiple things khổng lồ agree or decline upon setup.

The mandatory policies, for which agreement is required to use the laptop, are:

Windows 10 License AgreementA Microsoft tài khoản for sign-in (this can be bypassed if you don’t connect the computer khổng lồ the mạng internet during setup)

In addition, there are a slew of optional things lớn agree to:

Activity HistoryOneDrive back upOffice 365Cortana (which allows Microsoft khổng lồ access your location, location history, contacts, voice input, speech & handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, messages, apps, & Edge browsing history)Device privacy settings: online speech recognition, Find My Device, Inking & Typing, Advertising ID, Location, Diag data, Tailored experiences

Add it all up & you have two mandatory agreements and eleven optional ones.

On the Surface Pro 6 you have to tap the power nguồn button khổng lồ get it lớn wake up, but on the Pro 7 it just resumes instantly when you fold open the keyboard. This is a great usability improvement, but it also means Microsoft has tweaked the way this device goes into hibernation. On last year’s Surface Pro 6 it would hold in a standby state for six hours, allowing you to instantly resume. With the Surface Pro 7, it will hold in standby for a massive 72 hours.

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The most obvious trade-off for this constant quick resume feature is battery life. I left the Surface Pro 7 with 86 percent battery life at 11AM one day, và resumed using it nine hours later at 8PM khổng lồ find it had 80 percent battery left. That’s less than one percent per hour, and definitely worth the small drain trade-off for instant wake. The Surface Pro 7 also has a quick charge feature, allowing you khổng lồ get lớn 80 percent battery life in an hour. I found it takes roughly an hour & 40 minutes to get to lớn full charge from nothing at all.

Speaking of battery life, I haven’t seen any major improvements this generation. On average, I’d get around seven lớn eight hours of battery life using a set of apps lượt thích Chrome, Word, Discord, Twitter, Spotify, và more. If I watched more website video, or graphically intensive apps / webpages then this could drop khổng lồ around six hours.

That’s practically the same as my experience with last year’s Surface Pro 6. I’ve been using that device regularly, and it’s mostly enough to cover you for a day of work, but you’ll always need the charger with you just in case. I’m hoping the Surface Pro X will offer the ability lớn not have to carry around a charger as much, and here’s hoping that Microsoft improves the main Pro hardware next time around.

I wrote last year that the Surface Pro deserves a bigger refresh, & it still does. I still love this hardware, và being able khổng lồ squeeze into a tight train seat and work using full desktop apps is still a big selling point for me. But the Surface Pro X has left me feeling more excited, and it makes the Surface Pro 7 feel even more dated. I want khổng lồ see a Surface Pro 8 with slimmer bezels, a rounded chassis, built-in LTE, and removable SSDs, all with the power và legacy app compatibility that Intel’s processors provide.

The Surface Pro 7 is still best in class, & it’s undoubtedly the 2-in-1 khổng lồ beat, but there’s more that Microsoft could do here. I vị wonder if Microsoft has been waiting on hãng sản xuất intel to get its act together on 10nm and beyond, and perhaps opted for the Surface Pro X design with Qualcomm instead. Either way, the usability of the Surface Pro 7 has certainly improved with quick resume & USB-C this year, but things like the clever Surface Slim Pen that slots into the Type Cover on the Surface Pro X just aren’t here. It’s all too familiar.

The Surface Pro X looks like it’s now attempting to lớn set the stage in terms of raw hardware for competitors lớn catch up to, & we’ll now need lớn see if the Pro X can even come close to matching the performance of the Surface Pro 7. That’s highly unlikely, which will leave the Surface Pro 7 needing to lớn catch up lớn the thiết kế of the Surface Pro X next year.

For now, the Surface Pro 7 still offers everything you’d expect from a Surface Pro, but in a hardware package that’s in need of a little attention. I love the versatility of the Surface Pro 7 hardware, but the Surface Pro X represents the future of this 2-in-1. I just wish the future was here now.

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