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Latest release in the range Microsoft, we’ve been running tests onSurface Pro 7…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on Microsoft Surface Pro 7 to find out what it was worth.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Surface Pro 7 to surf the Internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Microsoft with this Surface Pro 7.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 12 inches size. The computer is equipped with one of the latest processors Intel Core i5-1035G4. A component providing impressive power and responsiveness. In addition, this model will make your web browsing sessions pleasant and fluid. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Surface Pro 7is a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 128 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
In the end, with an autonomy of 8 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Is Surface Pro 7 okay to watch videos ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 7 perfect for that. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 12 inches, with a 2736×1824. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 0.8 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Surface Pro 7 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Surface Pro 7 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface Pro 7. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
This model has one of the best processors of the moment; the Intel Core i5-1035G4. Belonging to the latest generation of processors, this laptop will not be impressed by multiple multimedia tasks. This means that several billion calculations can be carried out simultaneously.
With Intel Iris Plus G4, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. The Surface Pro 7 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. Microsoft promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
The Surface Pro 7- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
This Surface Pro 7 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. And here’s the result : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
Its weight of 0.8 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 12 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
Equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-1035G4, this model has a very low power consumption. With its processor, the manufacturer has chosen to produce one of the most powerful laptops in its range.
On the other hand, these are estimated data based on average laptop usage.
An autonomy of 8 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 12 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
With this Surface Pro 7, Microsoft offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Surface Pro 7, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
This model, Microsoftoffers an effective product without being too expensive.It has the necessary software to carry out your first audiovisual editing. If needed, you can install more pro-oriented applications on the 128 Gb available of the hard disk.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Surface Pro 7 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
For the autonomy part, Microsoft proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 8 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A result in the average of the competitors.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface Pro 7 receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Surface Pro 7 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
A quality product, designed by Microsoft with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
Surface Pro 7 for video games?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this Surface Pro 7 is one of the models in the average. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 2736×1824, nothing better at the moment
Microsoft has also chosen a processor Intel Core i5-1035G4 which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the Intel Iris Plus G4, for a good result. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-1035G4’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
Microsoft like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 128 Gb it Surface Pro 7is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Microsoft decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 0.8 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Please note that with an autonomy of 8 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Surface Pro 7 for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface Pro 7 it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 0.8 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This Surface Pro 7 has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the Surface Pro 7 is an average choice. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The Surface Pro 7 in conclusion
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Surface Pro 7′ is average but will do the job very well.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing