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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 (Surface Pro Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, dual-channel, onboard
Display
12.3 inch 3:2, 2736 x 1824 pixel 267 PPI, 10-finger multitouch, native pen support, LG Display LP123WQ112604, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM971 KUS030202M, 256 GB 
, 191 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: microSDXC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, TPM 2.0
Networking
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 292.1 x 201.4 ( = 0.33 x 11.5 x 7.93 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion, SMP M1009169, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 13.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 5 MPix front, Windows Hello
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix autofocus, rear
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Office 365 Trial, One Drive, Xing, Candy Crush, March of Empires, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.078 kg ( = 38.03 oz / 2.38 pounds), Power Supply: 216 g ( = 7.62 oz / 0.48 pounds)
Price
1449 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 80.84% - good
Average of 14 scores (from 24 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 75%, features: 76%, display: 89% mobility: 83%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 90%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5

89.7% Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Olden but golden. Without a USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 model of Microsoft's Surface Pro seems kind of dowdy. The fanless operation we have already seen in Acer's Alpha 12, and unfortunately the device throttles noticeably. Is the only benefit left really its decent battery life?
80% Microsoft Surface Pro Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
With its fantastic PixelSense display, improved Type Cover, faster performance and even better battery life, the Surface Pro is still the king of detachable 2-in-1s.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
71% Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Microsoft Surface Pro is an innovative and flexible device that's great for doodling and jotting down notes all day long while looking up half a dozen reference pages on a browser and blasting music on the side. Living with one poses some challenges because it's still very much a tablet first and a laptop second, in terms of design and performance. You'll have to shell out a hefty amount on accessories to make this tablet a laptop and an electronic scribble pad at the same time.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 71%
70% Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
We really wanted to like the Surface Pro, after having waited so long for it to launch, but the value proposition just isn't working for us in 2018. Microsoft badly needs to release an update, and bring it to India within a reasonable timeframe.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
90% Microsoft Surface Pro review: Power-packed performance, and a pen that works great
Source: The Indian Express English
Yes, if you are a Windows person and limit yourself to the world of Excel and PowerPoint at work and in your personal life. No, if this is going to be your only large-screen computing device and you have nothing else on Windows. But for Windows fans and those who are comfortable switching operating systems, this is a great device to own given its performance and versatility.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% 2017 Surface Pro Review: More Money, Less Problems
Source: Gotta Be Mobile English
If Microsoft hadn't sneakily hiked the cost of getting a complete experience, the 2017 Surface Pro would be the best Windows 2-in-1 for every user. Luckily, great battery life and a few other upgrades still make it a solid Windows 2-in-1 for shoppers with bigger budgets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) Review: Still Setting The Bar For 2-In-1s
Source: Hot Hardware English
Even with the pricing premium, the Surface Pro is a compelling option. It is especially ideal for creative professionals and college students who could put the optional Surface Pen and Dial to use, whether it is for taking handwritten notes in class or creating artwork. Of course, even outside of those demographics, anyone looking for a hybrid, detachable laptop might want to give the Microsoft Surface Pro serious consideration as well.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/10/2017
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Everything you need to know
Source: PC World English
The Surface Pro (2017) is a Surface Pro, plain and simple: tablet, magnetically-attached Type Cover keyboard, kickstand. If you were to put a Surface Pro next to a Surface Pro 4, about the only way to tell the difference would be to look at the attached Surface Pen, which lacks the clip of its predecessor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/20/2017
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Small changes make this the best Surface Pro yet
Source: Hardware Zone English
Surface Pro 4 owners might probably want to hold back on upgrading to the new Surface Pro, but if you are using a Surface Pro 3 or if you just looking for a really portable Windows notebook, the Surface Pro is highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/09/2017
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) review: Small changes make this the best Surface Pro yet
Source: Hardware Zone English
Surface Pro 4 owners might probably want to hold back on upgrading to the new Surface Pro, but if you are using a Surface Pro 3 or if you just looking for a really portable Windows notebook, the Surface Pro is highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/25/2017
80% Review: Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)
Source: V3.co.uk English
Money aside, the Surface Pro has matured into an excellent, all-round portable. However, when taking into account the price it's arguably highly priced for what it offers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Microsoft Surface Pro Review
Source: It Pro English
In the end, if you're looking for a lightweight, powerful and mobile working device, and want to steer clear of Apple's devices, there really is no better alternative to the new Surface Pro.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Surface Pro (2017) Review: The Gold Standard for Detachables
Source: Paste English
As priced, the Surface Pro remains a halo product to showcase the versatility of the Windows 10 operating system. If you want the best showcase tablet from Microsoft’s engineering efforts, the Surface Pro retains its position as an aspirational piece of hardware targeted at creatives. But for its performance, you can find cheaper alternatives that’s worthy your attention.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2017
87% Surface Pro review: Microsoft's best hybrid notebook plays it safe
Source: Engadget English
As it stands, the Surface Pro is a fantastic machine, but it's not enough of an improvement for Surface Pro 4 owners to upgrade. Perhaps Microsoft was more focused on the Surface Laptop this year, but hopefully we'll see bigger changes with the next Surface Pro.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 87%
New Surface Pro
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The New Surface Pro certainly is a natural progression from the Surface Pro 4, rather than a massive leap forward. The seventh-gen Kaby Lake processors and extra battery life are well worthwhile, but to be expected. The additional flexibility of the kickstand is fairly slight, albeit not unwelcome. Hopefully the new Type Covers and Surface Pen will similarly offer some improvements.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/15/2017
81% Microsoft Surface Pro Review: The New Normal
Source: The Verge English
There's another thing about predictability that I haven't mentioned: it means something is ready for the mainstream, that it's no longer a fringe or niche device for only those willing to deal with its eccentricities. Between its battery life improvements and the enhancements to the pen experience that have been added to Windows 10, the new Surface Pro is ready for the mainstream.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 81%

Foreign Reviews

80% Farewell 2In1: Der Surface Laptop Von Microsoft Im Test
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
89% Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 96% features: 87% display: 89% mobility: 84%
Mehr Akku und Leistung
Source: Heute German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2017
Microsoft Surface Pro (i5, 128 GB). Pros y contras (999 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Decent processor; nice display; beautiful design; high autonomy; good cooling system. Negative: Only 4GB RAM; SSD only 128GB; expensive external stylus pen; no USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/05/2017
Recensione Surface Pro Core i5 e Core i7: fanless è meglio
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Slim size; light weight; good hardware; nice display. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/06/2017
70% Surface Pro – Eigenzinnig werkpaard zonder lef
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
74% Test, recenzja, opinia – Microsoft Surface Pro 5-gen. (2017) – świetny, ale nie do ultrawydajnej pracy
Source: 90 Sekund Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 100%
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 – Любимец Публики
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Impressive design; solid workmanship; metal case; light weight; compact size; nice display; good hardware. Negative: No USB-C; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/14/2017
Test av Microsoft Surface Pro
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Positive: Slim size; light weight; good display; decent speakers; long battery life. Negative: No USB-C; high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/05/2017

Comment

Series:

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is the fifth generation in the Surface Pro family. The Surface Pro is solid as a rock and exudes a sense of futuristic quality. It’s also well-designed, with a look and feels that, while minimally changed from the Surface Pro 4, is still an improvement. The corners are more rounded, and the exhaust vents along the edges are less pronounced.  There aren’t many moving parts in the Surface Pro itself. The power and volume buttons along the top are easy to find by feel, and have a crisp action, while the kickstand is smooth and reliably holds the tablet at chosen angle. It now opens up to 165 degrees, an increase from the Surface Pro 4, which opened 150 degrees. Fully flexed, the kickstand can turn Surface Pro into a nearly-flat slate. If a user decides to flip into tablet mode for a moment and fold back the Type Cover, the keyboard will turn off when the cover is tucked back. It can even switch Windows 10 into tablet mode if desired. It attaches to the tablet with strong magnets and connects via a physical port, meaning there’s zero lag when typing. The Surface Pro sports two front-firing speakers on each side of the display. There are small cutouts in the glass to let the sound through, and the design provides impressive sound for a tablet. Music is great, with surprising range, and there’s even a hint of bass. The speakers also get surprisingly loud and can fill a decent sized room without distorting.

The Surface Pro features up to a seventh-generation Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It is seen that the Surface Pro offers a cutting-edge CPU, solid RAM and SSD options, and full support for all of Microsoft’s most innovative Windows 10 technologies. All that will keep the machine relevant for years to come. The Surface Pro is refreshingly light on bloatware. While it’s stocked with the usual Microsoft Windows 10 apps and a handful of casual games, it’s otherwise unencumbered with junk software. The Surface utility is also a nice app that offers the ability to configure the Surface Pen and get some useful information about your machine. Microsoft is using a 45-watt-hour battery in the Surface Pro, which is an increase from the 38 watt-hour battery that was packed into the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro also uses more efficient seventh-generation Intel Core processors. Taken together, the new model offers improved battery life over its predecessor. The Surface Pro is eminently portable, at 0.33 inches thick and 1.73 pounds. Even with the Signature Type Cover attached, the machine is easy to carry around and slip into a bag. It might not be quite as thin and light as the iPad Pro, but it’s also a much more powerful machine that can run real PC applications. The Surface Pro bring a whole new meaning to the word tablet. It is a iPad like device but is actually a real computer.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series). Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
7300U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process. Compared to the older Core i7-7500U, the i5 offers only 3 MB L3 cache but the same Turbo clock speed.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
12.3":

This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.078 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


Microsoft:

Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).


80.84%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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