Microsoft has released the Surface Pro X. The decidedly slicker looking surface pro x.
With a new type of chip-set that we’ll discuss more in detail in a bit. Microsoft sent us this Microsoft Surface PRO X laptop.
when we were checking out this device. We figured we will try to do a complete walk-through on this laptop for you guys.
So, that you guys are better prepared to be in the market to actually go and buy the new surface pro X.
With that said there’s a lot to go through so, let’s get started with the styling like the other devices in the surface pro lineup.
Surface pro x specs
- Display: 13-inch (2880×1920) PixelSense display, multi-touch
- Processor: 3GHz Microsoft SQ1
- Graphics: Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685
- Memory: 8GB/16GB (8GB as tested)
- Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD (128GB as tested)
- Ports: 2 USB-C, 1 Surface Connect, 1 nanoSIM, Surface keyboard connector
- Camera: 5MP/1080p (user facing); 10MP autofocus with 1080p/4K video options
- Battery: 38.9Wh (reported)
- Wireless: Wi-Fi5/802.11ac; Bluetooth 5; Snapdragon X24 LTE modem with nanoSIM or eSIM
- Operating system: Windows 10 Home
- Dimensions (inches): 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28
- Weight: 1.72 pounds; 2.37 with keyboard and pen); 2.99 with charger
- Color: Black
- Optional accessories: Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen Bundle (270)
- Price: $999 to $1,499; $971.49 at Amazon
Surface pro X pros
- Lightweight and sturdy
- Beautiful screen, as usual
- An excellent typing experience, though not on your lap
Surface pro X cons
- App compatibility issues and some bugs
- Good, though not overly impressive battery life
- USB-C ports are late, and lack Thunderbolt
Surface pro x design
The Surface Pro X is a 2-in-1 laptop in which you buy the tablet part and then you choose which keyboard cover you want to attach with it.
The Surface Pro X only comes in one color black.
It’s made out of anodized aluminum as kickstand that has some rigidity to it and can be set in a position anywhere from 0 to 165 degrees.
The hinge actually holds the display pretty well compared to the Surface Pro 7 that was also launched at the same time the Surface pro X was launched.
The new Surface Pro X is 7.3 millimeters thin versus 8.4 MM on the Surface Pro 7.
And is a taller 8.2 inches versus 7.9 inches and a less wide 11.3 versus 11.5 but with those differences in dimensions.
We have a larger 13 inch 3.2 aspect ratio instead of a 12.3.2 aspect ratio screen of the Surface Pro 7.
That screen by the way has much smaller bezels around it than the Surface Pro 7 and has a 2088 by 1920 resolution.
Now, they added some pixels to make sure that the slightly larger screen has that same 267 dpi that the Surface Pro 7 has.
This is a touchscreen display that also supports the surface pen input.
The slim version that I have here or any of the other versions surrounding that screen have a dual two watt front-facing Dolby audio capable speakers.
That are hidden pretty well at the top and sound great.
We have a five megapixel front-facing camera that’s capable of 1080p video that looks and sounds great.
The camera is also capable of WINDOWS HELLO LOGIN and allows you to unlock the device with your face.
Around the back a rear 10 megapixel camera that can shoot up to 4k resolution and here are some samples of picture shot on this camera.
The Surface pro X weighs just 1.7 pounds and is one gram literally one gram less than the i7 version of the Surface Pro 7.
Now as with most surface pro the Surface pro x magnetically connects to the cover and that magnet is no joke by the way.
The cover has backlit keys and is covered in the Alcantara fabric that we’ve come to expect from Microsoft.
If you aren’t familiar it is a fabric that is made out of plastic basically. So, it has a softer feel but it’s still less prone to stains.
An actual fabric you feel is when you type on it slightly elevated and connected to the bottom of the screen.
but, on the version with the pen you can pull it down to reveal a small cabby for the new surface slim pen.
This area is also magnetic and again that magnet is no joke.
It’ll even flip the pen around if you try to put it in an upside-down and it even charges the pen for you which is just clever and convenient for sure.
Surface slim pen
That pen when removed from said cabby automatically brings up two shortcuts.
The full screen snip which quickly takes a screenshot of the screen so you can then annotate it with the pen.
Of course, you can also use different pen types, choose different colors and a ruler that you can use with your other hand to create more precise lines.
You can turn the pen around and use the back of the pen as an eraser.
Now, you have to push the pen against the screen enough that the rear button on it is pressed in order to erase.
The faster you move on the screen while erasing the larger the eraser gets.
You can also share the whiteboard using Microsoft teams or a web-based link and collaborate with others.
The pen settings you can also change what app launches when the rear button is pressed, double pressed, then pressed and held.
You can decide what fought the handwriting is in what hand you actually want to write with and other such settings.
For the PORTS here we have two USB C ports and our volume rocker on the left.
We have a power button and the proprietary surface charging port on the right.
One thing glaringly missing though is a 3.5 millimeter audio jack.
So, if you want to use wired headphones you’ll need to buy a USB C to 3.5 millimeter dongle or use a pair of USB C headphones.
The charger is a 65 watt version that can charge the device from 0 to 80 percent in about an hour. Which I can confirm works pretty much as advertised.
I sort of love that fast charging is becoming more and more popular on laptops and not just phones.
By the way that battery will last up to 13 hours been said by Microsoft.
I can confirm that it does last close to that at least and that is thanks in big part to that chip in there.
Said that we should probably start to talk about that chipset.
This laptop has a Microsoft Surface sq 1 processor which in reality is a qualcomm snapdragon 8cX that has been quite optimized for Surface Pro X.
Specifically to enhance the performance and user experience and for graphics rich applications.
This chipset is important to know in this device though because it is essentially based on Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors.
The ones that you’re used to seeing in your flagship phones and because of that it isn’t quite as powerful say like an Intel i7.
But, has other mobile like benefits instead like better battery life integrated gigabit LTE instant-on capabilities etc.
While still apparently being more powerful than an Intel i5 at least according to tests that Qualcomm did.
This is also important to know because it will run most apps that you’ll use on a daily basis like office.
The Chrome browser Windows Store apps and even some of the Adobe suite Photoshop for example and some others have been optimized for it.
Adobe is announced they will bring the rest of the suite as well.
but, there is just no time frame yet there are some less common apps that might have an issue though i.e.
When I try to install Google Drive file stream which is a program I use to access Google Drive and Windows Explorer it just says installation failed.
honestly, this is the only program that I’ve tried to install for my normal workflow that didn’t work now.
The reason for this is because the architecture the chipset uses is called arm 64 and long story short.
The apps have to either be optimized for that architecture or they have to run in an emulator of sorts within Windows to be able to be used.
Now, to clarify because of this it isn’t going to be a powerhouse of a laptop for video editing or gaming etc.
It’s really meant to just be as portable as possible and handle most things you do on a normal basis.
The things I just mentioned and for the most part it seems to be able to do that at least in my limited testing.
When choosing device you can select from either 8 gigs of ram and either a 128 or 256 gig SSD or 16 gigs of ram with either a 256 or 512.
Now, that SSD was mentioned by Microsoft as being removable. but, when you check the fine print on their website.
It says hard drive is not user removable. hard drive is only removable by a skilled technician.
Following Microsoft provided instructions and now that’s not entirely true you can remove yourself and replace it with another one.
The thing is though that they used a particular type of SSD in MDOT.
Well you can as far as I can tell no place seems to have them. Maybe that will change as this device becomes more popular.
That type of SSD does but for now don’t expect to just buy the smallest SSD from Microsoft.
With the plan to then upgrade it yourself to a larger one you know something we would maybe do with other laptops.
To me this removability seems more like a security feature for businesses that buy the device for their employees and need to recover data from the drives.
Now in the area where you get to the SSD which you do so by using a sim ejector tool to open a metal cover under the kickstand.
There is also access to a nano SIM slot that you can use to enable the LTE. Whch I mentioned before.
Something is a bit odd to me is that one of the biggest benefits of the chipset Microsoft is using here is that according to Qualcomm the makers of it can get a lot more than 13 hours of battery life.
Indeed Samsung has just launched a laptop with the same chipset it’s called the Galaxy book s.
It is actually available for purchase yet but on that day lists 23 hours of battery life now for whatever reason it seems by.
Windows 10 home with our usual Microsoft below weird game or to like farm Heroes saga here.
but, they are easily removed by just right-clicking and selecting uninstall really quickly.
It happens to be the only one that I could get to work on this arm architecture.
This Surface Pro X is available for purchase right now and it starts at $9.99 for the 8 gig 128 gig model and goes up to $17.99 for the 16 gig 512 gig model.
Yourself apparently decided to put in a smaller battery maybe in order to make it lighter and thinner instead of opting for the crazy amount of battery life.
The chipset seems capable of 13 hours and is still really good and again I confirm that that’s pretty close to accurate for software we’re running.
Now, I say I’ve never really been a huge fan of the pro lineup form factor I’d rather just have my laptop be clamshell for the most part.
but, with the Surface Pro X and it’s much longer battery life much nicer design even over the regular Pro models.
I think and the way that the pen works I find myself even using it without the keyboard attached.
which I normally wouldn’t do now because of this though I find myself thinking more of a capable tablet with a keyboard LTE pen etc rather than a 2-in-1 PC .
In that respect it might actually give the iPad pro 12. 9 inch a run for its money.
Surface Pro X is a puzzling device. It feels odd to like so many things about a product, yet struggle to recommend it to any type of user.
I’ll start with the good. The Surface Pro X nails three of the four main tenets of any good laptop: it has a gorgeous display; a premium, portable design; and long battery life.
The fourth, performance, is a problem. ARM might be the future of computing but Microsoft jumped the gun with the SQ1, which offers middling performance on top of app-compatibility issues.
But when it comes down to it, my biggest problem with the Surface Pro X is the price.
I get that Microsoft wants to compete head-to-head with the iPad Pro, but $999 is asking too much, especially when the keyboard ($139) and stylus ($145) are sold separately.
You don’t have to look far to find a better detachable tablet.
Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 7 might not be as sleek as the Surface Pro X.
But it offers faster performance without any of the compatibility issues, and all at a lower price (starting at $749).
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is another great alternative that justifies its high price with blistering performance and outstanding battery life.
If you like what ARM offers and don’t want to spend as much, consider the HP Envy x2, which lasts 14 hours on a charge.
Microsoft missed the mark with the Surface Pro X, an overpriced tablet with lots of great features but a few too many caveats.
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