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Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Surface Pro Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1065G7 4 x 1.3 - 3.9 GHz, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Core: 1100 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, Dual-Channel
Display
12.3 inch , 2736 x 1824 pixel, Kapazitiver Multitouch, native pen support, LG Philips LP123WQ112604, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: Audio-Combo, Card Reader: MicroSD, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 292 x 201 ( = 0.33 x 11.5 x 7.91 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 5 MPix
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 1.6 W stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
790 g ( = 27.87 oz / 1.74 pounds), Power Supply: 281 g ( = 9.91 oz / 0.62 pounds)
Price
1600 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 81.62% - good
Average of 18 scores (from 19 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 87%, features: 81%, display: 93% mobility: 87%, workmanship: 91%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro 7

88.1% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Review: An i7 Upgrade with Extra GPU Performance | Notebookcheck
The Surface Pro 7 features the best of what Microsoft has to offer. However, the Core i7 CPU might not be worth its price premium under all circumstances. In this particular case more CPU power also means more GPU power.
80% Surface Pro 7 review: Windows world has its own hybrid dream machine
Source: The Indian Express English
The Surface Pro 7 is ideal for those in the Windows ecosystem who need a device that is both powerful and mobile. But I am not sure you should look at this option if the portability is not something you really want. But the way Microsoft has made this, usability and convenience is not really an issue.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Still the best, still no Thunderbolt
Source: Pocket Lint English
Still the best Windows 2-in-1 around, but it remains ahead due to the lack of highly recommendable alternatives. The performance upgrade here is excellent, but design-wise the huge bezels now look dated and Microsoft's dedication to Surface Connect is somewhat puzzling.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
Source: Techradar English
We expected a bit more in advancements from the seventh Surface Pro tablet. USB-C is nice, but for a device at this price, its should be Thunderbolt 3. Plus, the display bezels are awfully thick for a tablet in 2019. The Surface Pro 7 isn’t big enough of a leap over the Pro 6 for us to recommend it to either upgraders or folks just getting into Microsoft’s tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/23/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
Source: Techradar English
We expected a bit more in advancements from the seventh Surface Pro tablet. USB-C is nice, but for a device at this price, its should be Thunderbolt 3. Plus, the display bezels are awfully thick for a tablet in 2019. The Surface Pro 7 isn’t big enough of a leap over the Pro 6 for us to recommend it to either upgraders or folks just getting into Microsoft’s tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
Source: Techradar English
We expected a bit more in advancements from the seventh Surface Pro tablet. USB-C is nice, but for a device at this price, its should be Thunderbolt 3. Plus, the display bezels are awfully thick for a tablet in 2019. The Surface Pro 7 isn’t big enough of a leap over the Pro 6 for us to recommend it to either upgraders or folks just getting into Microsoft’s tablet.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/29/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
100% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: the best Windows 10 tablet PC you can buy
Source: The Guardian English
The Surface Pro 7 is arguably the best windows tablet money can buy, it’s just not that big a leap over the Surface Pro 6.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/23/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
Source: Tech Advisor English
If you’re going to get the use out of the portability and flexible nature of the 2-in-1, the Surface Pro 7 is well worth considering, especially with the upgrades on offer compared to the Pro 6, but there are more powerful laptops at a similar price if processing power is key.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/04/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

95% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Leistungsstarker Notebook-Ersatz
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 97% features: 93% display: 96% mobility: 94%
¡CHOLLO! Microsoft Surface Pro 7 128 GB. Pros y contras (749 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good power/price ratio; nice design; solid workmanship; USB-C; high autonomy; silent system. Negative: No accessories; only 128 GB SSD; mediocre connectivity; heavy.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/08/2020
¡Chollo! Microsoft Surface Pro 7 128 GB. Pros y contras (749 €)
Source: Ofertaman Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price; decent processor; elegant design; USB-C; long battery life; silent system. Negative: No accessories; only 128GB SSD; poor connectivity; heavy.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/27/2020
78% Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/09/2020
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 60%
85% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Recensione: Un 2 In 1 Per Lavorare Ovunque
Source: Everyeye.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/04/2020
Rating: Total score: 85%
93% Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 2-in-1 Business pc
Source: Techzine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/08/2020
Rating: Total score: 93%
70% [Test] Surface Pro 7 de Microsoft : le 2-en-1 qui aurait pu être parfait
Source: Journal du Geek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
86% Recenze Microsoft Surface Pro 7: stejná písnička s mírně pozměněným orchestrem
Source: Smartmania.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 92% features: 93% mobility: 87% workmanship: 91%
86% Recenze Microsoft Surface Pro 7: stejná písnička s mírně pozměněným orchestrem
Source: Smartmania.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 92% features: 93% mobility: 87% workmanship: 91%
80% Test Microsoft Surface Pro 7
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
78% Test: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 - Det konservativa valet
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/13/2020
Rating: Total score: 78%
80% مراجعة للحاسب Microsoft Surface Pro 7: وش الجديد؟
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/03/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model:

Microsoft has to be applauded for its bold move of releasing two Surface Pro tablets together, namely the Pro X and Pro 7. However, it should be noted that the two serve different markets altogether. While the Pro X is a higher-priced, sleeker professional tablet, the Pro 7 is a more affordable version of the Surface Pro variants, bearing some similarities with its earlier releases. 

The Surface Pro models are known for their halfway-house combination between a tablet and laptop. The 2-in-1 criterion had always set these models apart from other Microsoft products. The Surface Pro 7 certainly propels the legacy forward. Despite sharing the same screen size of 12.3 inches, which is similar to its predecessor, the Pro 6, the Pro 7 does have more to offer. One of the notable differences would be the added feature of the Surface Pen, which can be directly used to write on Microsoft Office applications using the built-in hand-writing recognition function. The Surface Pro 7 also has much better far-field microphones for an improved user experience. While the Surface Pro 6 was powered by Intel’s 8th-gen processors, the Pro 7 was introduced with Intel’s new Ice-Lake 10th-gen chips. In comparison to the Pro 6, the newer processor of the Pro 7 offers a 20% performance improvement. It is definitely more competent in various areas, which includes but is not to limited to 3D rendering, video encoding and crunching equations. This will improve the overall general performance as compared to older processors. On top of that, it also comes equipped with Intel’s new Iris Plus integrated graphics. The new Iris Plus graphics make gaming in 1080p viable, though not at ultra-settings. However, it should be noted that this is not included with the Pro 7 version with the i3 processor. The Pro 7 model with an i3 processor and 4 GB of RAM may be a variant of the Pro 7 model, but it is probably only recommendable for users who run lighter applications.

The Surface Pro 7 comes with a MicroSDXC slot replacing the Surface Pro 6’s MicroSD slot. This simply means that the Pro 7 can accommodate higher-capacity SD cards, because MicroSD cards will work on MicroSDXC slots, but the reverse is not possible. Even though the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 does prove to have some notable differences from its Pro 6 variant, the similarities are quite obvious, too. For nearly three generations of Surface Pros, including the 5, 6 and 7, the box of the keyboard has been the same with no changes. Some also claim the Pro 7 has an undeniable similarity with its sibling, the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro 7 might not be able to fulfil the generational leap that was missing in the Pro 6, but Microsoft might be saving the majority of its hardware and innovations for products that will be unleashed in the near and distant horizons.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam 

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 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU): Integrated graphics card in Intel Ice-Lake G7 SoCs based on the new Gen. 11 architecture with 64 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model ranging from 300 MHz base to 1050 - 1100 MHz boost. The Ice-Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm process at Intel produced.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i7-1065G7: Ice Lake based low power quad-core processor for thin and light laptops. The four cores clock between 1.3 - 3.9 GHz and should offer 18% more IPC (instructions per clock) than the previous generations (and therefore partly close the clock speed gap). Produced in 10nm at Intel.» 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.


0.79 kg:

This weight is typical for small tablets.


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).


81.62%: 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.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 13.3-930QCG-K01SE
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.2 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.5", 1.184 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.5", 1.2 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 15.6", 1.52 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
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Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.25 kg
Acer Spin 5 SP513-54N-79EY
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.2 kg
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL-81Q90022GE
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 14", 1.35 kg
HP Spectre X360 13-aw0016no
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0000ns
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.242 kg
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0002tu
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL-81Q9004GMH
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 14", 1.35 kg
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 14", 1.35 kg
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.3", 1.3 kg
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Ice Lake i7-1065G7, 13.4", 1.33 kg

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