Surface Pro 7 Review – Ships with minor updates; Offers perfect combination

Surface Pro 7 is the 7th iteration of the legendary Surface Pro lineup of 2-in-1se. One of the highlighting features of this device is that it is being powered by a 10th Generation Intel processor. Some of the factors that make this device better are the support for faster charging and USB Type C port. This is our in-depth hands-on review of the all-new Surface Pro 7 2-in-1.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review

In this hands-on Surface Pro 7 review, we will be covering the following aspects:

  1. Specifications.
  2. Performance.
  3. Surface Pen and Type Cover.
  4. Design.
  5. Peripherals Compatibility.
  6. Ports.
  7. The Verdict.

1] Surface Pro 7 specifications

Surface Pro 7 runs on Windows 10. It has a 12.3-inch Pixel Sense Display with a resolution of 2736 × 1824 and a pixel density of 267 PPI. This maintains the same 3;2 aspect ratio.

It is using the 10th Generation Intel Processors. It has three variants of Dual-core 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G4 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor.

The Intel UHD Graphics handles all the graphics processing for the Intel Core i3 variant whereas, the Intel Iris Plus Graphics handles all the graphics processing for the Intel Core i5 and the Intel Core i7 variants.

The device comes in three variants of 4 Gigabytes, 8 Gigabytes and 16 Gigabytes of LPDDR4x RAM and an inbuilt SSD storage of either 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB.

Microsoft is claiming a battery life of about 10.5 hours in a single full charge given the power efficiency of new 10mm CPUs made by Intel.

The device is of 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm in dimensions.

The Intel Core i3 and the Intel Core i5 variants weigh around 775 grams. On the other side, the Intel Core i7 Variant weighs about 790 grams.

2] Performance of Surface Pro 7

As already mentioned already, this device runs on the 10th Generation of Intel Core processors chip based on the 10nm architecture. Hence, it brings in features like a Fast startup, and more. The 10th Generation Intel Core i5 is clocked at 3.7 GHz.

The Intel UHD Graphics for the Intel Core i3 variant and Intel Iris Graphics chip of Graphics Processing Unit offers some very decent gaming.

Just like the previous iterations of the device you can be highly productive with this device as it is great with both work and play.

3] Surface Pen and Type Cover

Microsoft is not including the new Surface Pen with this device. However, it is a separately sold accessory and would be compatible with it.

Talking about the Type cover, it can be used with the Surface Pro 7 to charge the new Surface Pen.

If you already have the older Surface Pen and the Type Cover, they both can be used as they worked on the previous iterations without any extra efforts or problems.

This new design of the Surface Pen might take some getting used to but Microsoft claims that it is best suited for artists and other creators.

4] Surface Pro 7 – Design

The design has not changed even slightly. It still boasts the same design as the older Surface Pro 6. This means that the footprint of the device has not changed.

The main design for the device remains great with the kickstand which allows you to place the device in any orientation.

5] Peripherals Compatibility

Just like any other computer, Surface Pro 7 will support any peripherals that a normal computer supports. The presences of various ports on the device bring in the scope for connecting hubs and bring in more ports to the device which are not soldered to the main motherboard of the device,

6] Ports on Surface Pro 7

The most welcomed addition to the ports on the all-new Surface Pro 7 is the addition of the USB Type C ports. There are 1 USB Type C and 1 USB Type-A ports on this machine. The USB Type C port is not Thunderbolt but can be used for charging and high-speed data transfers with USB 3.1.

If you want to plug in headphones, you can use the 3.5 mm audio jack, a wireless headphone or the ones that come with USB Type C. This will still deliver a high quality of audio output for the same.

The new Surface Connector Plus port offers faster charging rates with the same proprietory 65 Watt charger. You can still plug in hubs to both USB Type C port and the Surface Connector Plus port to use a variety of ports on the device.

7] Verdict

The device is almost an incremental update with respect to the previous iteration of the Surface Pro 6. You can use this device to do some decent video rendering, data visualization, Adobe Photoshop and more. With the versatility of the form factor, you can use it for work and play. It will offer you great battery life with the new CPUs and support for fast charging.

Some of the Pros of this device are:

  • Fast Charging.
  • All-day battery life.
  • Powerful CPU.
  • Support for the redesigned type cover and the new Surface Pen.
  • Universal ports of USB Type C.
  • Availability of the 3.5 mm audio jack.

Some of the Cons of this device are:

  • Expensive Surface Pen and the Type Cover.
  • Reliance on hubs for plugging in Ethernet.
  • It could have been a little cheaper.
  • Same old design.

Like Surface Pro X, the device is now available for purchase at the Microsoft Store and other partners and starts at $749. However, you can preorder it right now at the Microsoft Store.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.