Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: specs and price

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

Why is Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) better than the average?

  • Resolution
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    2736 x 1824pxvs2.13MP
  • CPU speed
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    2 x 2.5GHzvs4.26GHz
  • RAM
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    16GBvs2.32GB
  • Pixel density
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    267ppivs215.97ppi
  • Screen size
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    12.3"vs9.43"
  • Internal storage
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    1000GBvs67.14GB
  • Thickness
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    8.5mmvs8.98mm
  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    8MPvs6.3MP

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Design

1.Stylus included
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
2.weight

1.25kg

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
4.is dustproof and water-resistant
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
7.volume

498.88cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
8.width

292mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
9.Has a detachable keyboard
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
You can detach the keyboard of your device and use the screen as a tablet. Detaching the keyboard makes the device lighter and gives you the possibility to switch easily between laptop-mode and tablet-mode. The keyboard is included when buying the device.

Display

1.resolution

2736 x 1824px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.has a touch screen
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
6.has an IPS screen
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
7.has anti-reflection coating
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
This helps to reduce the reflection from your device.

Performance

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.RAM

16GB

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
3.has an external memory slot
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
5.Supports 64-bit
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Intel Core i7-7660U)
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.
7.Has dynamic frequency scaling
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Intel Core i7-7660U)
Dynamic frequency scaling is a technology that allows the processor to conserve power and reduce noise when it is under a light load.
8.Has integrated graphics
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Intel Core i7-7660U)
With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.
9.Has AES
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Intel Core i7-7660U)
AES is used to speed up encryption and decryption.

Cameras

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a flash
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
5.has a built-in HDR mode
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
It can automatically shoot pictures with a higher dynamic range (HDR).
6.has a front camera
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
A front camera, also called secondary camera, can be used for video chats/selfies.
7.has touch autofocus
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The autofocus is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the touch screen.
8.has a CMOS sensor
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
9.has manual white balance
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
With manual white balance you can choose the most accurate setting and avoid the green, blue or red hue which can occur in auto mode. You can also change the setting for artistic effect.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.Has a radio
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.

Battery

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
2.has a battery level indicator
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
4.has wireless charging
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
5.has a removable battery
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Features

1.has an HDMI output
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
2.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
3.has NFC
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
4.Supports widgets
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Windows 10 Pro)
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
5.is a multi-user system
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Windows 10 Pro)
A multi-user operating system allows multiple users to access the device. Each user has a dedicated profile with apps and data available only to them.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
7.The browser has word wrap
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Windows 10 Pro)
The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
8.Has a fingerprint scanner
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
The device has a fingerprint scanner which identifies the user.
9.is DLNA-certified
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
All DLNA-certified products are compatible with one another. When different devices are connected to the same network, data can be transferred easily between them.

Miscellaneous

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
Allows you to connect to a display using mini-DisplayPort.
5.uses multithreading
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) (Intel Core i7-7660U)
Multithreading technology (such as Intel's Hyperthreading or AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading) provides increased performance by splitting each of the processor's physical cores into virtual cores, also known as threads. This way, each core can run two instruction streams at once.

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