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Microsoft Surface Pro

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3199 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and screen. The portability and performance also get good views, whereas there are some mixed views about the battery and price.

usability, performance, portability, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface Pro is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the reliability and screen. The portability and performance also get good views, but there are some less positive comments about the size and price.

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price, size

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 128GBMicrosoft Surface Pro 128GB

Aug, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro


alaTest has collected and analyzed 607 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Comments about the design and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the camera and price get mixed opinions.

usability, portability, performance, screen, design

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet (128 GB Hard Drive, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro)Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet (128 GB Hard Drive, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro)

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Matt Smith (

Microsoft Surface Pro Review


Microsoft's Surface Pro fails to solve any problem for any user.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a bold move. By jumping into the tablet business, the company is attempting to counter the “post-PC” era by guiding consumers towards a future where PCs are different, but still dominated by Windows. We think the idea is...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (

Microsoft Surface Pro review


It's a compelling proposition: all the power and application compatibility of a laptop running a proper desktop operating system, all the portability and

Solid-feeling design ; Great 1080p display ; Good performance

Poor battery life ; Noisy, annoying fan ; Un-optimized experiences

Microsoft's Surface with Windows 8 Pro is the best tablet running Windows 8 we've yet seen, but still feels like a compromise when used as a tablet or laptop.

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Microsoft Surface Pro review


On February 9, the Surface gets another lease on life. This version, known as the Surface Pro, tackles head-on many of the complaints about the original Surface RT -- especially that model's compromised Windows RT operating system. The Surface Pro...

The Microsoft Surface Pro fits a full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet. Thanks to the ingenious Type and Touch covers, it offers a comfortable interface and typing experience. The clean, crisp design and sharp 1080p screen rise above...

The battery life is disappointing, and more ports would be nice. The 64GB model barely has any free storage. It costs as much as a regular laptop, especially because the cool keyboard cover isn't included by default.

The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro


The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is the Windows 8 slate tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a PC in a compact tablet form factor.

Compact. Improved UI: Things don't look "too small" in desktop mode. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers. Truly Windows compatible. Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD screen. 10-finger touch screen

Keyboard cover is an optional extra. Only one USB 3.0 port. VGA and HDMI require optional adapters

Tablets with mobile operating systems like Android, iOS, or Windows RT are perfectly adequate if your tasks center on the Internet. But if you need compatibility with older x86 programs in a slate tablet form factor, then you need one running Windows...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : David Pierce (

Microsoft Surface Pro review


I've been waiting to review the Microsoft Surface Pro for a long time. When I decided to make the switch to Windows 8, I did a pretty thorough survey of the computing landscape, and Microsoft's...

Fast, consistent performance ; Handsome and well-made ; Fantastic display

Poor battery life ; Heavy and thick ; Really hard to actually use on your lap

It tries to do everything, but misses doing anything really well

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Alexandra Chang (

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro


The Surface Pro looks like a tablet, but it's not a mobile device. It's a portable device.

Sleek and well-designed hardware. Sharp, beautiful touchscreen. Speedy performance. Runs all legacy Windows desktop applications. Great pressure-sensitive pen. Additional USB port on the charger so you can charge your phone at the same time. Type Cover...

Lacking in usable storage space. Short on battery life. Non-adjustable kickstand becomes a burden with long-term use. Pricey; you’ll need to drop extra money on several accessories (mouse, keyboard cover, external storage). Too hot, heavy and thick to...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Jon Phillips (

Review: Surface Pro is the world's best Windows tablet, but still can't close the deal


Surface Pro is a marked improvement over Surface RT, but the Windows 8 hybrid market is rapidly changing, so Microsoft's latest tablet may not be the device for you.

Ultrabook-caliber components ; Beautiful, 1920-by-1080 display ; Windows 8 grants full desktop application support

Pen is a nice touch, but chintzy ; Display size and keyboard comfort will make you think twice

Basic visual quality aside, the Surface family’s 10.6-inch screens don’t offer enough real estate for complex desktop productivity tasks like image editing. Nor can you comfortably run multiple open chat windows on such a puny display. For these...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (

Microsoft Surface Pro Review


Are tablets the future of mobile computing? Yes, but as the Microsoft Surface Pro demonstrates, there's a long way to go before the right balance is struck between speed and endurance. While we like its design and Core i5 performance, there's no...

Fast boot time, Ultrabook power with Core i5, Attractive design, Sharp and bright 1080p display

Short battery life, Keyboard not included, Must store stylus on outside of tablet, Poor camera quality

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (

Microsoft Surface Pro Review


There's clearly interest in a device that converges the tablet and notebook. ASUS saw some of the earliest success in this department with its Transformer line of Android tablets. Once the first Windows RT/8 designs started appearing, it became clear...

I still believe Microsoft has the right idea here. It just needs some more iterations.

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review


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...

solid, classy design ; noiseless ; very good battery life (12 - 17 hours) ; decent camera with support for Windows Hello ; very good microphone ; bright display with good sRGB coverage ; charges in 2 hours ; very good performance in short bursts < 2...

significant throttling in sustained load scenarios ; no USB Type-C ; Signature Type Cover (2017) optional ; Surface Pen (2017) optional ; high price

The most noticeable difference between the old Surface Pro 4 and the new Surface Pro 2017 is the latter’s improved battery life: more than 12 instead of 7 hours in our Wi-Fi test. No other contestant was able to get even close.

Jun, 2017

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Premium
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 3
Speaker Power:1.6


Battery Capacity:1530 / 3 / 3000 / 42
Battery capacity (Watt hours):42
Battery life (max):13.5 / 3 / 8
Battery performance:1530
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):12
Continuous audio playback time:13.5
Continuous video playback time:13.5
Standby Time:360


Auto focus:Y
Built-in camera: Yes
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.921 / 5
Main camera resolution (numeric):2
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear Camera Resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 0.921 / 8
Swivel camera:N
Video recording:No / Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Grey / Silver / Titanium
Device type:Full-size tablet / Phablet
Form Factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display Diagonal:10.6 / 12.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2736 x 1824
LED backlight:No / Y / Yes
Pixel density:267
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter power:48


Graphics:HD Graphics 4000 / HD Graphics 4400
Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4000 / HD Graphics 4400 / HD graphics 515 / HD Graphics 615 / HD Graphics 620 / Iris Plus Graphics 640
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:32000


Internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866


3G:N / No / Y
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:N / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.1
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Docking connector:Y / Yes
DVI port:N
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Numeric keypad:N
On-board graphics adapter:Y
Optical Drive Type:N
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA 1515 / BGA1023
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included: Yes
Carrying case:Y / Yes
Docking station included:N / Y
Keyboard language:Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:N / Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Personal info management:Games
Personal info management (PIM):Games
Position location:N / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Phone Features

Video call: Yes
Voice call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Connector,Microsoft Surface Cover / Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:N / Y
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini-USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:44 / 48


Bus type:DMI / Opi
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600 / 800
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
PCI Express configurations:1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1 / 1x2,1x4,2x2,2x1,4x1
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 88198 / 95443 / 95449 / 97466 / 97472 / 97537
Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.6 / 2.60 / 3.10 / 3.5 / 3.50 / 3.9 / 4
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR0N8 / SR2EN / SR2ZU / SR2ZY / SR33Z / SR340
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor cores:2 / 8
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel / Intel Core i3 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core M / Intel Core m3
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1.00 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 2.5 / 2.50 / 2.6 / 2.60 / 2.8
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:I5-3317U / i5-7200U / i5-7300U / i7-7600U / i7-7660U / m3-6Y30 / m3-7Y30
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor package size:20 / 20 x 16.5 / 31 / 42 x 24 / 42 x 24 x 1.3
Processor series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-7300 Mobile Series / Intel Core i7-7600 Mobile Series / Intel Core m3-6Y series
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / H0 / L1
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17 / 4.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / No / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes


Bundled software:Mail, Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing / Microsoft 365\nAvira Internet Suite / Windows Mail & Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Video, Games. / Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games / Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games. / Windows Mail, Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, Games
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating system version:Pro
Trial software:Office 30-day / Office 30-days / Office 365 / Office 365 30-day trial


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / MicroSDHC / MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512 / 64
Storage media:Flash / HDD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.335 / 0.52 / 0.528 / 0.531 / 6.81 / 7.91 / 7.93
Height:0.335 / 0.531 / 6.81 / 7.91 / 7.93
Weight:25 / 26.4 / 27 / 27.1 / 27.2 / 27.7 / 31.7 / 32 / 32.1
Width:0.965 / 10.8 / 11.5