Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Microsoft Surface pro 6 to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Surface pro 6 enough for internet use?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
By putting on the market the Surface pro 6, Microsoft offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 12.3 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it Surface pro 6 is provided by default with a touch screen. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. The engineers fromMicrosoft have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i5-8250U. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Surface pro 6is 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.
For hard drive sizing, Microsoft decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 9 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. Microsoft is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that will keep you surfing for a long time.
Surface pro 6 the right choice for watching movies ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Microsoft offers the Surface pro 6 perfect for that. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.3, in 2880×1920, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 0.8 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Surface pro 6 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 6. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-8250U that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
With Intel UHD Graphics 620, 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. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. The Surface pro 6 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.With 9 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
Is Surface pro 6 planned for travelling ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Microsoft the design of this Surface pro 6. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. Here’s what it turned out : 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 light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 12.3 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
This Surface pro 6 is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
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.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. 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. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i5-8250U, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Microsoft; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 9 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Surface pro 6 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 12.3 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
The Surface pro 6 to make audio or video editing.
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. With this Surface pro 6, 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. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5-8250U does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. Being only on batteries, you have 9 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Too bad this model does not benefit from Usb 3.0 technology. This means that you’ll have to be patient when you decide to transfer your audio-visual mounts to an external key or disk.
By choosing this Surface pro 6, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And for the right price/quality ratio.
With this Surface pro 6 product, Microsoftoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
Surface pro 6 for video games?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this Surface pro 6 is one of the average laptops you can play with. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. With a resolution in 2880×1920 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
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.
With its 256 Gb of space, this Surface pro 6 is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. 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.
With an autonomy of 9 hours, it’s better than the competition.
In conclusion, it Surface pro 6 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
Surface pro 6 for office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Microsoft has chosen as usual. It is equipped with 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. An almost featherweight of 0.8 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface pro 6. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
About storage, this model has average space . About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Simply put, it’s not Surface pro 6 the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The Surface pro 6 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 6′ is average but will do the job very well.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– making audio and video editing