The biggest change from the predecessor Surface Pro 4 is that the processor was upgraded to the latest 7th generation Intel Core series (Kaby Lake) and battery life has nominally increased to 13.5 hours. (Surface Pro 4 is the 6th generation (Skylake) and nominal 9 hours of video playback)
The interface is the same as before, and one USB Type-A and one Mini DisplayPort are extended, and when it expands, a genuine dock is connected to the SurfaceConnect port.
There is one microSD card slot as a memory card slot.
Surface Pro is just a minor update of Surface Pro 4 due to the information released by Microsoft before release, the state of Touch & Try of each media, the impression that actually touched the shop, and so on, Surface Pro was a little faster with processor update It is about the degree, it is Surface Pro which started to use with about tension, but now that impressions have been used continuously for several days, that impression has completely changed.
Especially usability as a laptop is much better than Surface Pro 3 which we used every day as well as Surface Pro 4 which we reviewed afterwards.
I think that the reason is that the comfort of the part directly linked to day-to-day work such as silence (or silence) by fanless design and improvement of battery life are increasing.
As well as the first laptop, of course, I think that if you get used to handling PC to some extent step up to 2-in-1, I will be able to meet your expectations adequately.
The material of the exterior of Surface Pro is magnesium alloy which followed the Surface series after Surface Pro 3, and the feel of touching the hand is exactly the same.
Vivid display with super high resolution
Surface Pro’s display is 12.3 inch 2736 x 1824 pixels with a pixel density of 267 ppi.
If we say the value of 267 ppi, if it applies to the condition of Retina display which made the article the other day, people with visual acuity 1.0 can not recognize pixels unless face is approached within about 31 cm from the screen.
Speaking of 31 centimeters, it is about as close as possible to a 12.3-inch screen with bending its elbow at right angles and holding a smartphone.
Even if you put your face close to the screen with pen input, I feel that 31 cm is quite close.
In this way, I think that Surface Pro has sufficient resolution.
The surface of the display is a glossy finish and you can not feel the blur (haze) seen on non-glossy displays.
The coloring is very good, the tiles of the start menu and the icon of the task bar are vivid and the tension rises.
Compared to the iPhone 7, iPad Pro (2015 model), MacBook Pro (2016 model) etc. of hands, reflection is only slightly intense. I feel that my face reflected on a dark screen can be seen more clearly than these models, but it is the difference that I notice by comparing them side by side.
Usability as a laptop is excellent
First of all, on the specification side, Surface Pro is a PC with full-function Windows 10 Pro, so there is no shortage to use as a laptop in terms of OS functions.
I think that you do not have to worry about being troubled because something is missing in general office work as all the applications and tools that run on Windows can be used.
Also, since Surface Pro sold to individuals in US will be shipped with “Office Home and Business Premium Plus Office 365 Service”, as long as you are using Surface Pro, you can keep using the latest version of the Office application I will.
In addition, there are many choices of peripheral devices, which is a benefit unique to full-featured Windows models. The point that adopted the USB Type-A port which is highly criticized by the specification of Surface Pro (that is not Type-C) is that most existing peripherals are Type-A connections, and they belong to the majority of smartphones Considering that one of the connectors on the cable is still Type – A, at least it can be regarded as an advantage at this time.
Well, using Surface Pro as a laptop PC actually makes me feel comfortable that the hands are not hot at all.
For ordinary laptop PCs, parts that emit heat, such as CPU and battery (while charging), are concentrated on the back of the keyboard. For this reason, it is not unusual for the compact model to feel uncomfortable with the part beneath the hand hitting the key.
In the case of Surface Pro, there is no heat source on the keyboard side, so there is no such thing as hot or warm as you are typing the key. This is very comfortable.
Also, thankfully, I have much better battery holding than conventional models.
I started to use it with the remaining 100%, and after checking the information with Edge browser, writing the text to OneNote for 3 hours, I continued the usual work for about 3 hours. was. This pace seems to last for seven hours at the last minute.
Also, since there is little power consumption in the sleep state (default is to put the sleep state when closing the type cover), the same time seems to be OK even when used intermittently.
In the home or office use the power cable in the state of being connected, when you bring it out, you remove the cable, close the cover, push it into the bag, when you want to use open the cover and work immediately, you can fight a whole day.
Since the face authentication sign-in by Windows Hello which will be described later is super high speed, after 3 seconds when you really opened the type cover you can go on to the last work.
And, as a unique advantage of laptop size touch operation compatible model, scroll, easy file operation, screen enlargement / reduction, window switching, etc. can be done with touch operation on the screen without using the touch pad It is very comfortable to get used to.
High speed face recognition of Windows Hello is amazing
Surface Pro has a camera for face recognition compatible with Windows Hello.
If you register your face, you can unlock it simply by bringing a face to the front of the surface without entering a password or PIN code.
The time it takes to sit in front of the sleeping surface and operate the power button until it is ready for work is about 2 to 2.5 seconds and it is insanely fast.
If you cancel at this speed, if you do not need to enter a password or PIN, it is not a pain to lock, so you can lock it without hesitation when you take off a seat for a moment, Even if you set it to lock only by not operating time, there is no stress.
As a result, I think that it will be able to obtain a good effect in terms of security.
The fact that little extra software is contained
What I do not like about makers’ PCs is that Intel’s stickers are stuck on the corners of the keyboard and that a number of extra softwares are pre-installed.
Although it is enough to strip off the former, it is troublesome to select things that should not be deleted carefully, because some of the functions can not be set if it is carelessly deleted.
On that point Surface Pro does not have the impression that extra software is preinstalled as compared to installing Windows 10 normally cleanly. (Though some third party applications are coming in clean installation, I feel that it is not particularly many compared with it)
Also, the nice thing about the Surface series is that you can download the recovery image from Microsoft’s website at any time.
Of course, you should be able to compensate for missing things from the clean installation, but you should be able to bring it to a state that moves right, but it is troublesome to find a driver of the device you do not understand, so you can get a recovery image exclusively for Surface I am relieved.
Very easy to type keyboard
I think that there are many people who use a special type cover to use Surface.
Surface type We have repeatedly written about the ease of type of cover type, but it is very comfortable and recommended.
Although the type cover of the surface can be tightly attached to the desk like this in this way.
In general, it is often said that the base of the keyboard is not solid is not good, but as far as the surface type cover of Surface is concerned, this tortoise creates unique key touch, rhythmical You can type in.
Type sound is small so you can use it without worrying about a quiet place.
The impression on the key is a modest one with no extra assertion and a good impression.
Since it has a backlight, it is safe to use in a dark place if you are not familiar with the keyboard. The brightness of the backlight can be adjusted to 3 levels (4 stages by turning off).
Almost no dissatisfaction with the arrangement.
I was slightly dissatisfied with the fact that the width of the right end of the number string (“\” and Backspace) is smaller than the other keys, but I think that there are no other points to point out in particular.
Comfortable Core i5 performance unless you make an unreasonable request
I am using the second model from the bottom of Surface Pro, Core i 5, RAM 4 GB, storage 128 GB.
While listening to music, opening up about 10 tabs of the browser and making text-oriented documents to OneNote, I am completely dissatisfied.
Furthermore, even if you open the Netflix application from this state and try to play the appropriate movie, there is no problem at all.
Even if you change OneNote to Word 2016 or Excel 2016 and paste the image into the document, you are OK.
If it is a Core i5 model, I think that there are very few complaints about office work.
I think that there are not many people thinking to enjoy 3D games on Surface Pro, but if you write down the results you tried, “Star Wars Battlefront” released in 2015 is fun at the lowest resolution and image quality It was not in a state where it could be played properly.
I do not know whether it is GPU’s performance or RAM capacity, but if you want to enjoy games that heavily use 3D graphics, I think it’s better to choose a different model.
The low price model of Core i 5 is 4 GB / 128 GB, the top one is 8 GB / 256 GB, the price difference is a little less than 700 dollars
If you want to keep using for a couple of years or if you want to install and save lots of applications and data, I think it is safe to buy the top model.
Comfortable to use full-function Office
Surface Pro sold for individuals in US will come with “Microsoft Office Home & Business Premium Plus Office 365 Service”.
Since you can use the latest version of full-function Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote), it is unlikely that you will be short of general office work.
The place called “latest version” is important, and when Office is upgraded it is possible to use the new version without additional fee, which is the place where Office is bundled with Office.
Since Office is repeating the major version up around 3 years, the next time it is expected to be 2019 (release probably during 2018) next time. Those who continue to use Surface Pro at that time can download the latest version and install it, you can use the latest Office. It is profitable.
“Office 365 service” is an assortment of Microsoft cloud services and more specifically, it can use the following functions for one year.
- 1 TB of cloud storage “OneDrive” is
the usage right of Microsoft’s cloud storage service.
You can save and view documents from Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. If you install OneDrive application on smartphone, it will automatically upload the taken photos to OneDrive.
The data on the cloud can be referenced anytime, anywhere, from any device, even if it is connected to the network, so it is very useful for those who have multiple devices (already on PC and smartphone).
- With two tablets and two smartphones, you can use mobile version Office with full functionality
You can use up to 4 Office applications for iOS and Android (and of course also Windows 10 Mobile) with full functionality.
Compared to Windows and Mac Office, there are limitations such as not being able to use macros, but since it is possible to create, edit and refer to simple documents, it may be helpful to install them on a smartphone or tablet.
- Free call from Skype to domestic and overseas fixed phones and mobile phones (60 minutes / month)
This is the right to talk to a general phone from Skype application of PC, tablet and smartphone.
“Office 365 service” after one year still at the Microsoft storeIt can be extended by a year from such as.
I also continue to use “Office 365 service” extended to Surface Pro 3. Because the above three services can not be released at all.
Talking a bit confusingly, Office that comes with Surface Pro can be categorized separately into “Office Home & Business Premium” and “Office 365 service”, and the former is attached to Surface body so it will not be usable if letting go Surface (To be exact, it will be that of the person who newly obtained that Surface), the latter will continue to be the one who registered for the first time. And, “Office 365 service” means that you can continue to receive the same service by continuing to pay fees.
Comfort as a tablet
The difficulty with using Surface Pro as a tablet is that it is thicker and heavier than a typical tablet of comparable size.
For example, even the 12.9-inch model of the largest and heaviest iPad Pro as a competitor’s tablet is 1.6 mm thinner than Surface Pro if it is only the main body, it is lighter than 90 g than the main body.
|Surface Pro||iPad Pro 12.9 in|
|Body||292 x 201 x 8.5 mm, 768 – 784 g||305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm, 677 – 692 g|
|Body + keyboard cover *||295 x 208 x 13.5 mm, 1078 – 1099 g||306 x 227 x 13.5 mm, 1064 g|
* Measured size in length and breadth when cover is installed. iPad Pro also measured thickness and weight.
Also, if you hold the Surface Pro vertically as a tablet, the side of the left side of the table becomes a joint with the type cover, but this part is rugged and the comfort is not very good.
And, if you are using for a while, the surface temperature of the main body may gradually rise, especially if you do not handle high loads. (It is strange that it is not always the case)
It does not mean that it is “hot”, but warmth can be clearly felt. This is also a weak point.
Windows 10 has a UI mode suitable for touch operation called “tablet mode”, and on the Surface it can also be set to automatically switch to tablet mode when the type cover is removed.
However, the reaction to vertical and horizontal switching is slow (sense of switching is slow, wasting time with extra screen effect even after sensing) or access to the home screen in tablet mode from the Windows button at the edge of the screen It seems that usability is impaired in a little place, such as being impossible. Especially, the former is stressful, but since it is a place where it can be improved to some extent by software, I think that it would be nice to manage somehow.
Sound from the speaker needs a little caution
Surface Pro series has a speaker slit in the part that will be on the left and right when the main unit is placed sideways.
The volume can not be so large, but it can be put out to the extent that it does not bother trouble to run BGM in the room until about 20 mats.
Sound quality is this size and thinness level, it is better not to expect powerful bass, shimmering treble, etc.
One thing to keep in mind is that when you hold it vertically as a tablet, the speaker will fall to either the left or the right, so when you want to run BGM while reading with the Kindle application, for example, It may be that you feel a sense of incongruity with the sound.
This is the same thing when you hold the iPad (other than Pro) next to it, so it’s only a difference between whether it is vertical or horizontal, but since I was worried about actually using it, I will write it down.
- Home screen is displayed
Move the 5 fingers in the closing direction to display the home screen.
In Windows, it is possible to tap the start button in the lower left corner of the screen, which means that it corresponds to the display of the start screen.
- Open recently opened files from the dock’s application icon On
Windows, you can display the application icon on the task bar.
However, depending on the application implementation, whether or not you can access the recently opened file for each application from the task bar depends on the application as it can be done with this video.
- Miniaturize the movie playback screen and move to the corner of the screen
This function is called iOS picture-in-picture.
In Windows 10, you can always display the mini-screen in front with the standard movie & TV “movie playback application.
- Drawing app and messenger multitasking In
the process of drawing, open messenger and check and send messages.
On Windows, you can display and operate two applications at the same time in tablet mode, so similar things are possible.
- Filer function
There is a filer called Explorer in Windows, and it can be used in tablet mode.
- Sign on the document with a pen
Surface has an application called Drawboard PDF preinstalled, so you can add a handwritten signature with a pen on the PDF file and save it.
- Drawing with various pens It
is possible with free Fresh Paint and other applications.
If you use the new pen that will be released this time, it will correspond to the detection of the inclination of the pen.
- It is a scene where the scenery of the same park is drawn with CG in the screen of the iPad set up in a place like the AR? Park. Is it AR? There are many applications for AR compatible with Windows, too.
- Open file by dragging from filer to dock In
Windows you can open file by dragging from explorer if already launched application.
- You can send a signed document by
attaching a signed PDF file with the Drawboard PDF that you just sent as an email, right? I can do it.
- It is possible on the existing figure
on the application corresponding to the marking pen input with the pen. For example, it is possible with Microsoft made applications such as Word and Excel.
- You can do it as long as you bring the breadcrumbs on the screen and the surface to the cafe. maybe.
Only the alarm clock function is a bit painful, but others seem to be OK.
The above video gathers only the good points of the iPad Pro, but you can see that Surface Pro is able to keep track of it at a considerable level.
Who is Surface Pro recommended for?
Based on the impression of using Surface Pro so far, what kind of people are recommended for Surface Pro is as follows.
- People who want portable laptop PCs and want to also enter pen and touch
- Person who emphasizes function as PC rather than tablet
The Surface series is a device that is often compared to tablets such as iPad, but when viewed as a pure tablet, it is not enemies to the iPad series yet. It is usability as well as battery life.
On the other hand, looking at a laptop PC, it is possible to use a special keyboard easy to strike, a beautiful screen, processing capability that is not insufficient for office work applications, pen input and touch operation, and it is very thin as a laptop and stored in a bag It has excellent characteristics such as easy to do. Thanks to Windows Hello it is comfortable to unlock it without trouble.
For that reason, I would like to recommend Surface Pro as the kind of PC to the last.
Surface Pro is exhibited at shop front of consumer electronics mass merchants nationwide. Although it is difficult to touch the whole face of the charm of Surface by just looking at a bit, I think that it is possible to confirm the beauty of the design and the making of the design, the fineness of the screen and the color, so if you have the opportunity, take it by yourself I would like to have it.
That’s it, Surface Pro review.
Microsoft Surface Pro Review