As an introduction to this analysis
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide 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 is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Surface Pro 7 enough for internet use?
Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
A laptop that meets all the requirements! This is what the Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft seems to be.
With a 12.3 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. It Surface Pro 7 comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Microsoft has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Intel Core i7-8650U, is a rational choice. Microsoft basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. A standard equipment with 16 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, thanks to an autonomy of 10.5 hours, you will have enough time to browse the web in Internet browsing mode with active Wifi. This is one of the most important laptops on the market at the moment compared to other laptops. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for watching movies ?
High quality, the engineers of Microsoft have chosen to make this Surface Pro 7 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Equipped with a small screen size, 12.3 inches, it has a resolution format 2736×1824. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. 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.
For the sound part, the Surface Pro 7 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. 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 Intel Core i7-8650U sufficient one for audio and video. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
On the application side, Microsoft chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 Famille on which you can install the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
With Intel Iris Plus, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 16 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.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Microsoft. The Surface Pro 7 only 1 ports only provides you with ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.With 10.5 hours of autonomy, it is one of the best models in its range. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for travelling connected ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Surface Pro 7. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
With a weight of 0.8 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 12.3 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Microsoft has decided to provide a touch screen on the Surface Pro 7. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
With its processor Intel Core i7-8650U, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 10.5 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. 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.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 12.3 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
It Surface Pro 7 provides only 1 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The manufacturer has surely decided on this model to limit the manufacturing costs, and thus removed the Bluetooth functionality; a pity when we know that sharing between devices (phones or speakers) is convenient with this technology.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. With this Surface Pro 7, you can be sure you have the right machine. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Microsoft has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10 Famille, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Intel Core i7-8650U makes it possible. With its 16 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. 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. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The interest of the laptop is to be able to be used in unplugged mode. Being only on batteries, you have 10.5 hours of autonomy at your disposal. This is the best on the market today.
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. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
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. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
Surface Pro 7 for video games?
Considering that today’s games involve a lot of fast movements, with thousands of calculations per second and requiring a lot of resources, this laptop can be made for that. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. On this Surface Pro 7, Microsoft has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 2736×1824 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The graphics Intel Iris Plus card and processor Intel Core i7-8650U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Intel Core i7-8650U and the board Intel Iris Plus 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.
The huge advantage of choosing a gamer laptop is that they are able to do everything very quickly. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment, it will be able to make very complex calculations and display your games in a fluid and realistic way.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 0.8 Kg.
With an autonomy of 10.5 hours, it’s better than the competition.
Clearly, a good quality rendering on the graphics, a size of 12.3 inches, thin and rather light (0.8 Kg), make this Surface Pro 7 an excellent one for a video game use. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 10.5 hours. The right tool for maximum performance!
The Surface Pro 7 for office automation.
Access on efficiency, this Surface Pro 7 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. With this product, the manufacturer brings a quality computer to the market.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Famille that’s running it.
It’s not Surface Pro 7 equipped with all the applications you’ll need. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Microsoft in this product line. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model weighs 0.8 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
This Surface Pro 7 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
What about the Surface Pro 7 ?
The key to choosing a new laptop is to clearly define your needs; it’s good in almost any conditions of use. It performs well in almost everything, the Surface Pro 7 remains reasonable in terms of price.
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games