As a preamble to this test
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Surface Pro 7 to surf the Internet?
Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is to respond to this type of need that Microsoft has developed this Surface Pro 7.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 12 inches size. As for the processor level, this model is equipped with the Intel Core i5-1035G4. A component providing impressive power and responsiveness. In addition, this model will make your web browsing sessions pleasant and fluid. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. 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.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. With this laptop Surface Pro 7 it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. 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.
The Surface Pro 7- the right model for streaming and videos ?
This Surface Pro 7 is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen 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.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12, in 2736×1824, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 0.8 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Surface Pro 7. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
For the sound part, the Surface Pro 7 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
With a processor type Intel Core i5-1035G4, Microsoft offers a high performance solution. The result is extremely efficient for managing multiple tasks in parallel such as watching one movie and downloading another. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
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. 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. Indeed, it Surface Pro 7 has only 2 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. 8 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
Is Surface Pro 7 planned for travelling ?
An intermediate model that can be taken along on an occasional basisSurface Pro 7. 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. And here’s the result : What makes this one of the best laptops to carry is the balance between weight, size and the set of components chosen by Microsoft.
Its weight of 0.8 Kg makes it easy to move. 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.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
Thanks to its processor Surface Pro 7, the use in exclusive battery mode is one of the most important of the competition. This processor allows this laptop to be one of the best in terms of power.
That doesn’t mean you’re going to reach that figure, because it’s an average estimate indicated by the manufacturer.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Surface Pro 7 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 12 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
With this Surface Pro 7, Microsoft offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The Surface Pro 7 to make audio or video editing.
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Surface Pro 7, 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. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
With this laptop, Microsoft has developed an effective tool for those who want to have an affordable video editing laptop whose price remains tight. It has the necessary software to carry out your first audiovisual editing. If needed, you can install more pro-oriented applications on the 128 Gb available of the hard disk.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Microsoft made the choice to put only one SSD. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Surface Pro 7 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface Pro 7 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Surface Pro 7 is consequently well designed for this type of use. 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.
The Surface Pro 7- the right model to play with?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this Surface Pro 7 is one of the models in the average. 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. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 2736×1824, nothing better at the moment
With its graphics Intel Iris Plus G4 card and processor Intel Core i5-1035G4, Microsoft has indeed chosen an interesting option. 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.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 128 Gb it Surface Pro 7is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Surface Pro 7 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. 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.
Please note that with an autonomy of 8 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In conclusion, it Surface Pro 7 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.
Is the Surface Pro 7 adapted to office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, Surface Pro 7 it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
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. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface Pro 7. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. 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.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Surface Pro 7can be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface Pro 7 is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the Surface Pro 7….
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. 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