Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Review

In the market for a new laptop? Find out if the latest Surface Pro from Microsoft is the model for you.

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Microsoft has come out hard in 2020 with the new Surface range: the Surface Pro 7, the Surface Pro X and the Surface Laptop 3. New year, new decade, time for some new tech!

We’ll be delving into Surface Pro 7 here, but if you want to look into the Surface Laptop 3, check out our guide here.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

  • Where can you purchase it? Direct through Microsoft’s website, but check for a cheeky discount here first.
  • What models are available? Choose between the Surface Pro 7 i5 – 16GB or 256GB in platinum or the Surface Pro 7 i7 – 16GB or 1TB, also in platinum.
  • How much is it? Prices for the Surface Pro 7 start at around £799 and range up to £2,249.

What’s new?

Successor to the much-raved-about Surface Pro 6, Microsoft’s latest detachable laptop/tablet combo is comfortably one of the best 2-in-1 laptops around right now, with strong 10th Gen Intel performance and a long-overdue USB-C port. Not to mention sharp display, ample power and an excellent optional Type Cover keyboard. But what about design, battery life and audio? Let’s take a closer look.

Design

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is a chunkier tablet than most, transforming into a laptop thanks to its rear-facing kickstand and optional Signature Type Cover keyboard.

This means it tends to feel a little top-heavy when you’re using it in conjunction with a keyboard, but there’s still a lot to like about its versatility. For instance, you can easily rotate the kickstand, meaning propping it up for laptop use or tilting it slightly above desk level for when you’re drawing or taking notes, is fairly seamless.

Ports

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 gets brownie points for finally including a USB-C port. Aside from USB-C, you get a USB-A port, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot and a Surface Connect port for re-charging.

Display

The Surface Pro 7’s new display is rich and colourful to use, whether you’re surfing the web, crunching away at work or watching videos in your downtime.

Audio

We’d argue the speakers on the Surface Pro 7 are perfectly good if you’re a YouTube or Netflix binger, but for the music and surround-sound movie fanatics out there, you may be a tiny bit disappointed.

Battery life

While the Surface Pro 7 will get you through most of the workday, you’ll want to have a portable charger handy for longer trips.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Pros and cons of the Surface Pro 7

Pros
  • Solid performance and display.
  • Excellent optional keyboard.
  • USB-C port.
Cons

  • Battery life could be better.
  • Soft speakers.

What's the verdict?

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 easily improves on its predecessor with stronger performance in terms of display, overall power and better ports. However, its poorer battery life means you will need to carry the charger around with you at all times and quieter speakers means it’s not the laptop for surround-sound lovers.

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