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Surface Pro 7 review: Hello, old friend 🧙

If you’re a clamshell laptopper and want to make the move to a more tablet-centric lifestyle, this remains the best overall example of a Windows tablet.

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  1. Michael Roberts

    October 24, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    No mention of the fact the pro 7 is a massive downgrade in battery life compared to the Pro 6? It should have been the first thing talked about being that it’s such a massive compromise. This is a portable machine, this is their flagship machine, and they are essentially showing us that they built themselves into a corner and couldn’t bring more power while maintaining the long battery life of the Pro 6. There was no need to keep the USB A port. They should have just got rid of it to make the machine thinner and lighter, and the chunky bezel design should have been gone! Instead they put a useless single USB C port in with no thunderbolt support which is the only thing that makes that port worth it. What in the world were they thinking? They got the Pro 7 all wrong and it’s a major disappointment. All trusted reviews show it getting only 7 hours of battery life, which means in real world use when actually working in real software the machine probably can barely pull 5 hours. That’s called going totally backwards.

    • Tom Byrne

      October 25, 2019 at 2:05 am

      80% charge in < hour (think about that on a computer) and you are omitting that fact about Surface Connector +

    • Clint-Excalibur71

      October 25, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      @Tom Byrnelook, not everyone is going to bring a portable USB C charger on the go, people want to use it “without” needing to recharge every 5 minutes

  2. Simon P

    October 24, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Such a shame that you have to fork out for extras.
    This seems to be becoming the norm.

  3. The Tech Guy

    October 25, 2019 at 12:46 am

    It looks almost exactly like the Surface Pro 3 (2014)!

    • Clint-Excalibur71

      October 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      nah, the surface pro 3 was more thicker,

  4. AR9fy

    October 25, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Thunderbolt? 4G LTE? What a fail Microsoft. And Mr Ackerman, what has happened to you. You used to make great reviews before.

  5. glbernini0

    October 25, 2019 at 12:57 am

    I would never call $800 minimum affordable or cheap. $200 is almost cheap. Any in this price range?

  6. Kimsann Taing

    October 25, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Just get a laptop

  7. AlphaApple

    October 25, 2019 at 1:51 am

    How long will Microsoft and Apple release a laptop that fulfills my criteria?
    I want a laptop that is built on 5-nm-technology or lower, a 16-core processor with up to 4 gigahertz, uses 16-GB or more LPDDR5 SDRAM, and 1 terabyte of SSD.

  8. Tom Byrne

    October 25, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Seriously … The Surface Pro # punches way above its weight. Of course you will want a type cover (one undeniable advantage its fully replaceable). The Pen while nice is certainly optional (I prefer to have one) . Regardless, what a Surface Pro offers cannot be experienced until you own one and use it daily. What people don’t get: Full power and portable, versatile in every config, no compromise that is until you own one. It completely replaced my laptop and is way better. There is a reason the Surface Pro still makes up about 75% of all surface devices sold/in use. Its that good. Perhaps the Neo can unseat it as it too is revolutionary.

    • David Dawson

      October 25, 2019 at 3:19 am

      I agree with you about how the surface can completely replace a laptop, but have you tried out the Galaxy Tab S6 yet? Everyone’s sleeping on it and it’s absolutely amazing. Plus, the pen is included. 😂 I love Surfaces, but this thing running Dex, and Android is giving my surface pro a run for its money

    • andyH_England

      October 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

      Tom Byrne In the UK it costs an extra £510 to get an extra 8gb RAM and 128gb ROM! No one in their right mind can call the SP7 value and though it works great for some, the price is a big downside and means so much of the competition becomes more interesting.

      Wait for a deal is my advise.

  9. David Dawson

    October 25, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Im curently using a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, and although it doesn’t run Windows 10, Samsung Dex works flawlessly. I cheaped out, went to Amazon bought a good folio case, a bluetooth keyboard and that’s all I needed to get my work done. Oh yea, and its LTE and the pen came included. Ive always loved Surface pros but if you’re reading this and need to upgrade – try theTab S6! It does everything my surface did!

    • Snow Moon

      October 25, 2019 at 5:20 am

      David Dawson If you are a pro you can need a real computer OS not phone OS. But for other usage why not, Samsung and Apple make nice tablette.

  10. brandan chase

    October 25, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Cnets thumbnails are horrid

  11. onlysublime

    October 25, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Actually Surface Pro 6 had 8th gen, not 9th gen

    • James Sweeney

      October 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

      yep that is what mine has.

  12. Dean Prananda

    October 25, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Surface pro 7 is unchanged of it’s exterior

  13. Ace Hardy

    October 25, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Taking notes 📝

  14. JaySee5

    October 25, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Now that Dell put actual power into the XPS 13 2-in-1, there’s no reason to get the Surface Pro unless you want the better pen.

  15. Angultra

    October 25, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I won’t buy one until the keyboard is included.

    • Different

      October 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      but what if someone has the keyboard from the last 5 years?

  16. Spoopy Doopey

    October 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

    So …slow and awkward conversations? and alot of nostalgic talk?

  17. baitcat

    October 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

    So the surface 7 is identical to the surface 6 except for the USB-C port (Still no thunderbolt). Hopefully it doesn’t have all the issues of the previous surfaces such as the notorious flickergate of the surface 4 or the battery issue with the surface 6 which the response from Microsoft was to release an update that throttled the CPU to 0.4GHz making it unusable and to this day still haven’t fixed. I think I’ll hold off until I can see proof that the tablet isn’t just another cosmetic attempt to seperate me from another two grand.

  18. Erwin Iskandar

    October 25, 2019 at 9:15 am

    well if you bought iPad pro 256 with apple pencil and apple smart keyboard, the price will be a little bit higher than surface pro 7 i5 256

  19. nhihihi5

    October 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Why do I feel like these companies are charging wayyyy too much.

    • Philippe Rostin

      October 25, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      just keep on buying acer dumb broke pos 🙂

    • Dwight Nishimura

      October 26, 2019 at 3:01 am

      Because they are.

    • Tristan N

      October 26, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Because they are.

  20. QBuild Pro

    October 25, 2019 at 11:33 am

    0:04 none of my friends charge $700 to be stupid…

  21. Ricky MAK

    October 25, 2019 at 11:52 am

    So, is it true that surface pro 7 is more powerful than pro X?

    • Flame Beats

      October 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Yes. It has an Intel CPU while the X has a modified Qualcomm CPU.

    • scupking

      October 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      Yup

  22. James Sweeney

    October 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

    what app did you use for drawing?

  23. Njoi Fontes

    October 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    The reason why the keyboard and pen are not included in the box is pretty straight forward: of you have one from the previous surface pro 6 or even 5 if Im not mistaken they will work just fine and you will save some money. Sure they could just throw it in the box anyway and loose the money but that is just not good business for any company.

    • Different

      October 27, 2019 at 12:03 am

      aren’t all keyboards and pens since the surface pro 3 compatible?

  24. Prabhat Scholar

    October 25, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    foldable is better than detachable. Microsoft book2 is best for me/

  25. Aung Thu Moe

    October 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    would be great if it has thunderbolt 3

  26. scupking

    October 25, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    The keyboard and pen should come with it for the price.

    • Different

      October 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm

      I think since the surface pro 3 the pen and keyboard have been compatible

  27. Rove McClain

    October 25, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Loving my Surface Pro 7. The only thing is that I am pretty disturbed that this generation didn’t get a face-lift…… Literally. The back really doesn’t need to be touched. Can’t imagine what they would do with it anyhow but the front definitely should’ve had a bigger screen and razor thin bezels. Sure you could go for the Pro X but there’s some losses there. This really would’ve been the generation for slimmer bezels honestly. Especially since they’ve been gigantic for I don’t know…. 7 generations…lol…

  28. anzatzi

    October 25, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Nobody cares about usb-c.

  29. Corey Shaughnessy

    October 25, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Thumbs up EXCLUSIVELY for Jeff Bakalar cameo.

  30. Ian Ccc

    October 25, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    It’s 8th (not 9) gen to 10th gen processor.

  31. tubetop123

    October 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I have two Surfaces and the main issue is, the screen is low on the table, so you are constantly looking down, really bad for your neck.

  32. Philippe Rostin

    October 25, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    sony 1000 mk iii work really bad with it 🙁

  33. Cam

    October 26, 2019 at 5:41 am

    It’s a shame that this device is marred by such awful software

    • Different

      October 27, 2019 at 12:01 am

      what software would you like it run then?

  34. Chris Laidlaw

    October 26, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Um, 8th gen to 10th gen processor. I know as I’m debating a $400 Cdn savings picking up a Pro 6 vs New Pro 7

  35. GenreOnline

    October 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Dan Ackerman is one of my favorite CNET reviewers. He has a great speaking voice.

  36. world peace

    October 27, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Why do regular folks feel qualified to talk about a laptop. What a waist of time. This is a computing machine not a beauty contest.

  37. Brian Walsh II

    October 27, 2019 at 2:46 am

    There’s so many errors in this. The quality of cnet has gone down considerably.

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