The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the best Windows tablet you can buy right now thanks to the 10th generation intel processors.
The performance is excellent while the design with an integrated kickstand looks good and works great.
But, other aspects like the 12.3 inch screen keyboard and surface pen haven’t changed and continued to be fantastic.
However, it’s a pricey tablet including accessories. you can spend over $2,500.
In this Microsoft Surface pro 7 review you will get all the important details let’s start this review with the heartburn performance.
Surface pro 7 specs
- Display: 12.3-inch touchscreen, 3:2 aspect ratio.
- Dimensions: 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm.
- Weight: 1.7lbs (i3 and i5) 1.74lbs (i7)
- Processor: Intel Core i3, i5, or i7.
- RAM: Up 16GB LPDDR4x (non-upgradable)
- Storage: Up to 1TB SSD.
Performance of Microsoft surface pro 7
Microsoft is using intel’s 10th generation processors.
You can choose between an Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7. While, the class 3 is a dual core shop the other two have four cores.
You can select versions from 4 gigabyte, 8 gigabyte and 16 gigabyte of ram. The SSD in this laptop can be between 128 gigabyte and one terabyte in size.
Depending on the one you’re getting you will have to pay between 749$ and 2299$ dollars.
Yes, that’s without the pen and keyboard.
My surface pro 7 is the one with an Intel Core i5 and 8 gigabytes of RAM.
You can see the benchmark comparison that the 10th generation Intel Core processors are quite a bit faster than the surface pro 6.
However, you get those hours plus graphics with the Core i5 and i7 versions. So the performance is fantastic in real life.
Especially, office work with Word Excel and lots of multitasking went super smooth that’s what I can say about Chrome as well.
I often use many tabs including at least one with YouTube at the same time. but, the performance is good that’s the case for note-taking apps.
I also worked with Adobe Photoshop my camera is taking 24 megapixel RAW files and Photoshop handles easily.
I don’t think you will run into problems with Photoshop as long as you do normal photography.
However, I’m sure that huge documents with tons of layers can be too demanding and I don’t think that you will have much fun with 4 gigabytes of RAM.
You should get at least 8 gigabyte of ram for Photoshop and video editing apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere rush for editing full HD videos works great and you can edit 4k videos too.
but, not true demanding projects.
If you really want to add tons of 4k footage change the color and it effects.
I’d suggest you get the quad 7 version with 16 gigabytes of RAM for heavy editing work and a dedicated graphics card is usually the best option.
You don’t get that with a tablet that also means it’s not an amazing gaming machine you need a dedicated graphics card for that too.
I did install and play fortnite with the lowest settings. That game runs so very well the frame rate varies between 35 and 60 frames per second depending on the scene. which is great.
The Fortnite does run with some medium graphics too. but, with those settings you will see some stuttering in between and when the frame rate is at around 30 frames per second.
When just walking a bit it can quickly drop to a 120 or so or even lower that’s not good enough for most gamers.
CUDA and simpler games were great of course.
I tried the platform as a messenger and it went fine by the way so i7 version is the only one with active fans.
The ones with a core i3 and i5 are both passively cooled.
Which means you won’t hear any noise at all. yes, this still have those air vents. but, they’re very well hidden I like that a lot.
However, the body does get warm especially when using demanding apps.
I noticed that when working in Photoshop with a pen and holding the tablet it does not get super hot but it does get quite warm. let’s get to its design .
Microsoft Surface pro 7 design
The surface pro 7 has the exact same design as the surface pro 6 and like its predecessor. basically, there’s not much has changed.
Since, the surface book 3. sure, for the end of 2019 the screen bezels could be thinner.
but, still I like the design. overall, it just works and has proven to be very useful.
The magnesium body continues to feel very premium and it’s 8.5 millimeters thin and weighs 775 grams without the keyboard on its back.
There’s an integrated kickstand that’s made of magnesium. you can open and close it very wide and very smoothly at every angle.
Let’s get to a new feature that no surface pro until had.
Ports and Connectivity
Instead of the mini display port the surface pro 7 features a USB-C connector and thunderbolt 3 is not supported.
but, you can connect USB-C hubs and external monitors.
There’s a standard USB 3.0 and type-A port underneath even though you can use that USB C port to charge your tablet.
Microsoft continues to use the magnetic service connector from the previous versions.
This also means there’s no USB-C charge included instead, we get a service connect 1 with 64 Watts.
Writing this review I only used PC charger. However, the service connector can be used for it because it’s magnetic and it also means you will be able to use old accessories.
On the left of surface pro 7 there’s a headphone jack and the power button and volume rockers.
I’ll look at it on the top as usual there’s a micro SD card slot hidden underneath the kickstand.
Camera and webcam
The camera on the back has a resolution of 8 megapixels photos and videos look fine.
I used to scan a couple of documents and that works great for skypes a 5 megapixel front facing camera is great too. well, you can record Full HD videos.
But with both 4k is not supported. Overall, the cameras are very good for a Windows Device.
The webcam is much better than the ones from many notebooks.
Next to the webcam sits an infrared camera.
Thanks to that one you can unlock the surface pro 7 using the facial recognition of Windows hello.
This works surprisingly well and I didn’t have any issues with that at all.
Speakers on surface pro 7
The stereo speakers are pretty good for a tablet.
I watched lots of YouTube and a little bit Netflix and to some quality it’s time for that bigger high-end notebooks usually have better speakers.
Keyboard and trackpad
Though a couple of words about the Microsoft type cover the surface pro 7 supports these same keyboards.
if you owned one of its predecessors you don’t have to get a new one.
The type cover continues to be fantastic. I still think it’s the best official keyboard cover for a tablet.
The keyboard from Apple and Samsung are much worse.
I really like that it’s a full sized keyboard. but, with keys that you can actually press down this even has a background light.
I was able to type on it smoothly immediately and didn’t feel any urge to switch to a desktop keyboard.
There’s a touch pad underneath the keyboard which is very precise and it supports all the windows 10 multi-touch gestures.
I think it’s a good touchpad. but, it’s not as big as the ones for many premium notebooks.
Well, that is totally fine when you’re traveling or so I’m connecting a mouse when using it at my desk.
Microsoft’s type cover is connected magnetically to the tablet. When closed the display is protected. but, the body is not.
This has a magnet at the top which means you can use it at an angle. because, of that it feels like writing with a laptop.
Overall, the keyboard is very premium feeling but it is made of plastic. Of course, the cover material is some kind of fabric.
I’ve gotten the cheapest black version which costs around $130 for around $160 you can get this signature type cover in several colors and with an Alcantara fabric and also you can get one with an integrated fingerprint scanner.
Surface pro 7 display
The display is the same one we got with a Surface Pro 6.
It continues to be a 12.3 inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 2736 by 1824 pixels text on photos look very sharp.
Viewing angles and white color reproduction is good and it’s bright for windows tablet.
However, it’s not as bright as the iPad pro. I like that it’s aspect ratio is 3 by 2 that means you’ve got more room in the vertical and you won’t have to scroll that much when using the browser or when working with Microsoft Word.
but, yes, that also means you will see black bezels on the top and bottom when watching movies.
It’s time to talk about the Microsoft Surface pen.
Microsoft surface pen
Nothing has changed here. Because, exactly the same things I saw in the previous generations.
If you owned a surface in the last couple of years you don’t have to get a new pen.
While you still have to pay around $100 when buying it for Microsoft you can often get it cheaper or use from other retailers like last year.
I like the surface pen a lot it’s made of metal and is comfortable to hold.
Just like a normal pen on the back you can open it and insert or change the battery.
You’ve got to do that sometimes. because unlike the Apple pencil it’s not rechargeable.
however, you can connect it magnetically to the side of the tablet just like apples and Samsung’s pens.
The surface pen is pressure-sensitive it supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity that means you can draw a thin line by pressing slightly and your thicker line by pressing harder.
I use this surface pen for handwriting notes and I also used to work with layer mask that works very well.
Overall, I think the surface pen is a fantastic stylus.
In my standard battery test. The surface pro 7 got a runtime of 11 hours for this.
I’m always looping in HD video at medium brightness and turned on Wi-Fi as you can see my comparison that’s a very good result for Windows tablet.
however, super Perot and many Android tablets last longer.
keep in mind that this is an official test when playing fortnite or working with Photoshop the battery will be drained much faster with simple office.
This laptop might last you a working day.
When you’re doing your best to conserve energy. but I think most should take a charger with them.
Well at the end of my Microsoft Surface pro 7 review as I said I think it’s the best Windows tablet you can buy.
While the design is old I think. It’s an excellent one it’s well made and the kickstand is super useful.
I also like that we’re getting a USB C port finally.
Sure the screen bezels could be thinner but that’s not a big deal.
The display and surface pen are as good as last year and the performance of those new entry processors is noticeably better not better enough to justify an upgrade if you own a surface pro 6.
but, you will notice it a lot when upgrading from a surface pro 5.
I can recommend the surface pro 7 if you’re looking for the best Windows tablet and don’t care much about the costs. it’s a great laptop replacement.
I did replace my notebook with it for this review and it works just like any other Windows computer the same time.
It’s also great to watch Netflix worse and to use it as a pure tablet. however, if you’re just looking for a tablet to watch Netflix and play games with.
I think in Android or iPad 2s device is better suited for you now let’s check out some alternatives.
If a cheaper alternative is in Microsoft Surface Pro 6 of course. well it’s a bit slower.
The basic design and accessories are the same if you want to save a bit of money and you can find a good deal.
I think you will be very happy with the surface pro 7 for some the iPad pro might be a fantastic alternative though the tablet from Apple is much thinner has a brighter screen.
The performance is good enough for abstract Photoshop and video editing.
Thanks to its keyboard of a pencil and iPad 2s it’s a good working machine and it certainly is a better gaming tablet.
I think surface pro 7 is the best tab. that if you’re looking for a tablet and a notebook replacement.
but, if you don’t need to replace a laptop and if you don’t need Windows surface Pro is a better pure tablet alright that’s my Microsoft Surface pro 7 review.
if you have any questions please feel free to write me in the comments. We are moving pretty much in every tablet that is released almost worldwide.
thanks for reading and see you next time.