Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Review – USB-C Is The Main Upgrade

Published on October 7, 2019

The Surface Pro 7 is among the latest hardware launched by the Microsoft’s recent event. Although it is not the most advanced technology; however, it will likely be one of the most selling hardware.

Main updates in the Surface Pro 7 are the remodelled kickstand and USB-C that is the looked as the most peripheral updates among the last few updates. It felt like Chief Product Officer of Microsoft, Panos Panay, thinks that the Surface Pro has achieved the stage to take care of itself and it doesn’t require additional revolutionary hardware updates.

The major change since the last update of Surface Pro, of course, is the addition of USB-C port, which is the direct replacement for the mini display port. Surface connect dock and the USB-A port have been kept in the latest edition. The addition of USB-C port is a refreshing and much awaited change.

The major difference between Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X is the ability to select either USB-A port or USB-C port depending upon the user needs. Some users always prefer certain ports for hardware connections over the others.

In term of design, Surface Pro is very similar to the Surface Pro 6 with robust design beautiful display. The remodelled kickstand has given a beautiful and more versatile look to Surface Pro 7. The weight and thickness is also same as the Surface Pro 6 although one can argue that the Surface Pro 7 feels a bit heavier to use as a tablet. However, the Surface Pro 7 is still one of the lightest tablet-cum-laptop devices available in the market. If you have held the Surface Pro X, you might not want to go back to the Surface Pro 7 though.

There are still some outstanding issues such as bezel size which were expected to be taken care of itself in the latest edition of the Surface Pro series. However, this design change has been kept for another day or may be more expensive product, Surface Pro X.

Intel’s latest Ice Lake processors & improves graphics

The hardware changes might be minor but the Surface Pro 7’s performance has been overhauled in the latest edition Microsoft has added the Intel’s latest Ice Lake, 10th generation processors, into the Surface Pro 7 which means it’s one of the very few machines that are using the Intel’s latest technology. These processors have redefined a few different aspects and the graphics is one of them.

Surface Pro 7 has an option available now for Iris+ graphics which are one of the most improved integrated graphics by Intel. One of the other machines that is using these graphics is Dell XPS 13 which has improved the machine’s performance by two times in both 3D games and 3DMarks compared to standard Intel UHD 620/630 graphics.

You can still play Fortnite at a reduced resolution although it is not considered to compete the fully dedicated graphic card such as Nvidia RTX graphic card incorporated in the Surface Book 2. The advanced Surface Pro have the Core i7processors which starts at $1500 without the Type Cover and Surface Pen.

The other big performance change is the RAM which is only 4 GB in the base Surface Pro 7 model with Core i5 processor. The RAM change has reduced the price of the Surface Pro 7 to $749 compared to the $799 rice of the previous versions. You will enjoy the $899 Core i5 model if you want to benefit fully from the new Surface Pro edition.

Microsoft has started receiving the pre-orders of the Surface Pro 7 today and shipment will start on October 22, 2019.

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