Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
It easily transforms into a laptop. It is used to work with office programs, for online shopping and watching movies. They use it for creative work and video conferencing. But this is not the limit of the tablet.
Read an in-depth review of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and find out what users around the world value the device for.
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 8.5 mm|
|RAM||up to 16GB|
|Resolution||(pixels) 2736 x 1824|
|Operating system||Windows 1O|
|Front camera||5.0 MP with Full HD video
|Main camera||8.0MP; 1080p video support
|Connectors and ports||Type-C USB 3.1, USB 3.0, Surface Connect, 3.5mm jack|
|Weight 790 grams||Country of Origin China|
Thanks to the ipsa matrix, you can see the picture on the screen at a wide angle. This tablet is not only suitable for indoor use. The high brightness of the screen allows you to work outdoors on a beautiful day. A great advantage is given by anti-reflective layer, which eliminates the reflection of light from the display. So it is also convenient to work near the window.
The screen rotates 165 degrees and supports 1080p resolution. The user can adjust it as convenient. With a large (almost horizontal) tilt it is more comfortable to draw or take notes. Video is broadcast clear, with pronounced contrast.
Microsoft has offered two color gamuts for the display:
sRGB – for photo processing. It gives near-accurate color reproduction, in which colors are as natural as possible, without excessive brightness;
Advanced – for working with tables, text, surfing the Internet, watching movies and more.
The glossy display extends the colors. The maximum brightness of the display is 410 nits and the minimum brightness is 2.8. The built-in sRGB color gamut isn’t always enough for photo editing and retouching. But for everyday tasks in office programs, the “improved” color gamut is 100% suitable.
Battery and power consumption
With a 45-watt battery, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 lasts up to thirteen hours. If you leave the tablet in “Instant On” with the Internet on, it can withstand the same time. In “Flight” mode, the device can last up to twelve hours. When surfing the Internet for a long time, writing texts, layout, relaxing watching movies or YouTube, the gadget also does not need to recharge for a long time.
The tablet is great for people working remotely. It lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge while in active use. It is convenient to take it on long trips or flights. And you don’t have to worry about charging it up. It is the battery’s autonomy that attracts many buyers.
The performance of the device
People who have already tried the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet have noticed how quickly it loads heavy programs and how successfully it handles multitasking.
The fact is that manufacturers have put a quad-core Ice Lake processor for this version of the tablet. With it, it almost instantly turns on simple office programs such as Word, applications for creating presentations or working with tables.
But that’s not the limit for such a device at all. After all, some of the heavier programs from Adobe also run with great speed. With such a gadget, the user will save a lot of time.
The tablet will not pull complex programs for video editing or recording music, video games and programming. But for the creation of texts, creative pictures, correcting photos, taking notes and work on the Internet device perfectly suits. In addition, it is worth its price.
Working on a tablet with a pen
There’s another big advantage of the tablet that gives a fat plus to saving time and keeping your personal data safe. We’re talking about the “InstantOn” aka “Instant On” feature, which allows you not to wait for a long download. Whether you leave your gadget on for five minutes or a day, your device is always ready to use.
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There are two ports. Added to this version of the tablet is a USB Type C connector, which was not present in previous models. There is no input for the Thunderbolt 3 adapter here. It transfers information many times faster than USB. But for now we will have to make do without it.
The appearance of the tablet has not changed much, compared to previous versions of the device. The manufacturers have paid more attention to the internal filling of the device, and the design has remained the same.
The tablet looks expensive thanks to the metal body. It is in two colors – platinum and black matte.
The device is called “2in1” because of the keyboard. It organically complements the gadget and turns it into a super portable laptop, transforming with two quick movements. You need to tilt the device on the stand, which is behind and attach the keyboard to the magnet. It tilts smoothly. Thanks to this, typing is much easier. True, the keyboard is not included in the general package. And for now, Microsoft has no plans to include it, although it is the one that complements the 2-in-1 concept. Without it, Surface Pro 7 is just a good and expensive gadget.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet with keyboard attached
The Type Cover keyboard is tiny and lightweight. It’s easy to type on. The keys are optimally spaced apart so you can type accurately. It is convenient to use the blind typing method. There is also a backlight. Its brightness is adjustable.
It is uncomfortable to use the keyboard by weight or on your lap. It is not wide, so it is less stable than the laptop. This keyboard is better to work at the table.
General characteristics of the camera
The tablet has two built-in cameras – the main 8 megapixel and 5 megapixel front. Both with auto focus. They both support Full HD. But experienced users these characteristics already do not surprise. Therefore, the manufacturers of the tablet built into the front camera locking system Windows Hello.
The protection system recognizes the person’s face. To do this, you only need to bring the screen to your face. Thanks to this function, the gadget is reliably protected from unauthorized entry into the system. Tablets with this lock were originally designed for the clerks of large companies. So the information and all the data on the device is as safe as possible.
Unlocking is instant. You need to activate it in the security settings. Once activated, you will no longer need to enter a password or a graphic key.
The gadget locks automatically if its user is idle for some time. Windows Hello is a lifesaver if your tablet is stolen. An intruder will not be able to use it, the system securely stores information.
Near the front camera there are two built-in microphones Studio Mic. They provide clear audio during webcam conversations. There are stereo speakers on the sides of the screen. Dolby Atmos technology is also supported, which makes the sound more voluminous.
The Surface Pro 7 was originally created for large organizations and planned to sell only for them from the Microsoft store. But today, the devices are also available in stores for individuals.
After reviewing the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, let’s summarize what this tablet is good for and why it’s worth buying. There are seven reasons:
The Surface Mic’s dual-polar microphones allow for quality video calls.
Windows Hello security system responds quickly to the user and protects data as much as possible.
Ability to use the tablet as a laptop if you buy a keyboard separately.
Battery life is 8-10 hours.
Powerful Intel processor pulls not only office programs, but also applications for work and creativity.
The USB-C port, which was absent in previous versions, expands the capabilities of the tablet.
The screen can be rotated 165 degrees, so you can work at a comfortable angle.
Along with these pluses there are a few minuses, on which Microsoft is still working:
To turn the tablet into a 2-in-1 gadget, you need to buy a keyboard separately;
There is no Thunderbolt 3 port, without which it is impossible to transfer ultra-fast files,
The design of the classic sample, to which everyone is already accustomed.
The great thing about the Surface Pro is that it can be a full-fledged laptop replacement. But at the same time, it is compact and very easy to use. This tablet remains a top 2-in-1 device. No matter how much time you spend at this gadget, it’s reliable for any job.