Latest release in the range Microsoft, we’ve been running tests onSurface Pro 7…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on Microsoft Surface Pro 7 to find out what it was worth.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Surface Pro 7 adapted to surf the internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is to respond to this type of need that Microsoft has developed this Surface Pro 7.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 12 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The computer is equipped with one of the latest processors Intel Core i5-1035G4. A component providing impressive power and responsiveness. In short, this model will give you full satisfaction for an Internet browsing use. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 128 Gb, this Surface Pro 7 is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 8 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. 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 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
This Surface Pro 7 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 12 inches, it has a resolution format 2736×1824. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. 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 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.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. 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. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
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 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.
The processor installed on this model is a high-end 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.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the Surface Pro 7 has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Microsoft promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
The Surface Pro 7- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in Microsoft the design of this Surface Pro 7. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. The bottom line is this : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
With a weight of 0.8 Kg, it is easily transportable. 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. The 12 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
No backlit keyboard on this Surface Pro 7. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. A beautiful screen and quality images. 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.
With its Intel Core i5-1035G4, this computer has a limited power consumption, one of the best currently. With its processor, the manufacturer has chosen to produce one of the most powerful laptops in its range.
Please note that the autonomy is provided as an indication by Microsoft, and that you should rather take 70% of this value into account.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 8 hours before the breakdown.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Microsoft was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.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. Equipped with a compact 12 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. 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…
In brief, this Surface Pro 7 can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
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. Clearly, this Surface Pro 7corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Since the last generation designed by Microsoft, there have been many improvements on the components. 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.
This laptop is efficient and cheaper than most of its direct competitors for such uses.The software suite provided on this model includes everything you need to start editing photos, videos and music.However, if you decide to go for business applications, you should know that the performance of the processor Intel Core i5-1035G4, and the size of the storage space of 128 Gb, will allow you to do so.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Microsoft made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 128 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.
For the autonomy part, Microsoft proposes last generation batteries. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
On the connection side, the Surface Pro 7i s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With the Surface Pro 7, you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.
A quality product, designed by Microsoft with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
Surface Pro 7 for video games?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. And this Surface Pro 7 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.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 2736×1824, that is to say one of the best on the market.
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. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Intel Core i5-1035G4 and the board Intel Iris Plus G4 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Microsoft has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 128 Gb it Surface Pro 7is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For online gaming, it Surface Pro 7 has high quality Wi-Fi. 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.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 0.8 Kg.
By offering 8 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Microsoft may have put a rather low computer on the market. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 0.8 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface Pro 7. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Simply put, it’s not Surface Pro 7 the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for the right use
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the Surface Pro 7 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– 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
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing