Microsoft Surface Pro 7: How good can a 2-in-1 get?

The 2-in-1 we've been waiting for?


The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the company’s newest 2-in-1 laptop. It comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio 12.3-inch PixelSense display rated at a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels. Inside, we find 256GB of SSD storage alongside Intel’s Core i5 quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM in this variant.

Robust multimedia experience

Given the high resolution panel on the device, it is ideal for multimedia watching although smaller bezels would have been welcome. Flanking the left and right side of the screen are the speakers, which from my initial usage sound good. The top bezel also houses a fairly respectable 5MP 1080p video camera with Windows Hello support.

Slightly smaller bezels around the screen would have made this device look even sleeker

The back of the device houses an 8MP camera if you intend to take pictures with the tablet. However, what truly completes the experience is using the Microsoft Surface Pen, which is sold separately. Connecting it via Bluetooth, you can use it to turn the screen of your Surface Pro 7 into a full fledged canvas, supporting 4,096 different pressures.

Get work done on the move

With its magnesium alloy build, the Surface Pro 7 is a solid device. And accompanied by its kickstand, you can orient it in any position that is comfortable to you. It comes with some essential I/O including a Type-A and Type-C USB port, a micro-SD port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and a magnetic proprietary connector on the bottom edge.

Using the Surface Pro 7 with its keyboard is great

This connector is used to pair the device with an accessory like a keyboard. Microsoft’s Signature Type Cover, sold separately, is a great companion for that, especially for people like myself who do a lot of written work. Additionally, it also gives the device a more laptop-like look and feel aside from protecting it.

In the long run

Having used the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 for a couple of hours, I have enjoyed it. Instead of using it as a standalone product, I would recommend you pair it with the Surface Pen and Signature Type Cover to make the best use of Windows 10 on the tablet. With more use, I will be able to comment on the device’s performance and battery life, which will be crucial if this was to become anyone’s primary device of choice.


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