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Microsoft Surface Pro

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3168 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and screen. The portability and performance are also appreciated. There are mixed views on the battery and price.

usability, performance, portability, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface Pro is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Campbell Simpson (

Microsoft Surface Pro tablet


Microsoft's Intel-powered tablet is fantastic, but somewhat flawed. We can live with that

Brilliant design ; Great touchscreen display ; Excellent add-on keyboard connector

Significant, inescapable compromise inherent in form factor ; Mediocre battery life for a notebook, terrible for a tablet ; Frustrating power connector

Microsoft's full-fat Windows 8 tablet is hugely compromised, but that's part of its design. We found its versatility useful, but limiting at the same time.

Mar, 2013

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Surface Pro


Microsoft's full-fat Windows 8 tablet is hugely compromised, but that's part of its design. We found its versatility useful, but limiting at the same time.

Brilliant design Great touchscreen display Excellent add-on keyboard connector

Significant, inescapable compromise inherent in form factor Mediocre battery life for a notebook, terrible for a tablet Frustrating power connector

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Microsoft Surface Pro


The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet.

A full ultrabook experience in a compact 10-inch tablet ; Ingenious Type and Touch covers offer a comfortable interface and typing experience ; Clean, crisp design ; Sharp 1080p screen

Battery life is disappointing ; More ports would be nice ; 64GB model barely has any free storage ; Costs as much as a regular laptop ; Keyboard cover isn't included by default


May, 2013

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (

Microsoft Surface Pro 4G review - connect anywhere to work and play


The Microsoft Surface Pro is already a pretty handy device but now, with the addition of 4G LTE connectivity, it has become even more powerful and can connect anywhere. Oddly, this latest Surface is the follow-up to the fourth-generation product but...

Tablet with the power of a laptop, improved battery life, excellent 12.3-inch screen, 4G connectivity.

Doesn't include the pen and Type Cover, expensive

Microsoft’s Surface Pro was already an excellent mobility product but the addition of 4G conductivity has made this an even more compelling choice. Microsoft’s Surface Pro was already an excellent mobility product but the addition of 4G conductivity...

May, 2018

Expert review by : Sasha Muller (

Microsoft Surface Pro reviewed: stunning build quality, battery life a concern


Good things come to those who wait, or so the saying goes, and Microsoft has finally brought its premium Windows 8 device – the Surface Pro – to Australia. It's been available in the US since February, but Microsoft's 10.6in tablet looks to have been...

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Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Juha Saarinen (

First look: Microsoft Surface Pro


A year is a long time in the computer hardware business.

The 'real Windows' version of Microsoft's Surface tablet impresses with beautiful build and ample computing power, only to disappoint through Windows 8 foibles and short battery life.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Paul Wallbank (

REVIEW: Microsoft Surface Pro


Microsoft has at least delivered on its promise of a powerful Windows-based tablet and the Surface Pro is a good deal for those who have substantial investments in existing Microsoft technology. However, shortish battery life and a lack of cellular...

Overall though, Microsoft has delivered on its promise of a powerful Windows-based tablet computer. For those who have substantial investments in existing Microsoft technology the Surface Pro is going to be a compelling product, for others, the Surface...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Cybershack (

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro


Microsoft's says its Surface Pro is the company's shot at the tablet market, and aimed specifically at the business sector. While the latter may be true, we think that this device is more of a PC squeezed into a tablet with an under-$1000 price tag....

Sturdy; plenty of functionality; good price

Could do with more storage; undersold by manufacturer

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Stephen Fenech (

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is now available


Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is now available in Australia and can be purchased online at the Microsoft Store and in-store from retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman.

May, 2013

Expert review by : Kyle Wagner (

Microsoft Surface Pro Review: Too Much Future?


The Microsoft Surface was the biggest new tech of 2012. Its first iteration — Surface RT, a confusingly named and marketed tablet-with-a-keyboard — bombed. Pretty hard. So why believe in the full-powered Surface Pro? Simple. It's a braver and more...

If it fits your professional needs, you’ll at least want to consider it. Same goes if you have enough scratch to take a flyer on a secondary computer (that also happens to represent the future of computing). For anyone else, the Surface Pro probably...

May, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):No / Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 3
Speaker power:1.6


Battery Capacity:1530 / 3 / 3000
Battery capacity (Watt hours):42
Battery life (max):13.5 / 3 / 8 / 9
Battery recharge time:4
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):12
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous audio playback time:13.5
Continuous video playback time:13.5
Standby time:360


Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Camera: Yes
Face detection:Y
Face recognition:Y
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.921 / 2 / 5
Main camera resolution (numeric):2
Maximum Video Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 0.921 / 5 / 8
Swivel Camera:N
Video recording:No / Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p
Windows Hello:Y


Brand colour:Dark Titanium
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Grey / Silver / Titanium
Device Type:Full-size tablet / PHABLET
Form factor:Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Kids tablet: No
Product colour:Black / Black, Blue, Silver / Black, Dark Red, Silver / Black, Platinum, Silver / Black, Silver / Black,Blue,Silver / Black,Platinum,Silver / Black,Silver / Silver / Titanium


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display diagonal:26.9 / 30.5 / 31.2
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2160 x 1440 / 2736 x 1824
LED Backlight:No / Y / Yes
Pixel density:267
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Graphics adapter:HD Graphics 4000 / HD Graphics 4400 / HD GRAPHICS 515 / HD Graphics 615 / HD GRAPHICS 620 / Iris Plus Graphics 640
Graphics adapter family:Apple,Intel / Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:32000


Internal Memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866


T9 text input:Y


3G:N / No / Y
4G:N / No / Y
4G standard:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:N / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.1
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Docking connector:Y / Yes
DVI port:N
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Mouse included:Y
Numeric keypad:N
On-board graphics adapter:Y
Optical Drive Type:N
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA 1356 / BGA 1515 / BGA1023
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
SSD capacity:128
SSD interface:PCI Express
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB / Yes
Carrying case:Y / Yes
Docking station included:N / Y
Keyboard Included:N / Y
Keyboard language:Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:N / Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes


Stylus pen:N / Y


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / Y
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Personal info management (PIM):Games
Position location:N / No / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y

Phone features

Video call: Yes
Voice call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector type:Apple 30-pin / Microsoft Surface Connector,Microsoft Surface Cover / Microsoft Surface Cover
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:N / No / Y / Yes
Micro-USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini-USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:36 / 44 / 48


Bus type:DMI / DMI2 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600 / 800
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
PCI Express configurations:1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1 / 1x2,1x4,2x2,2x1,4x1 / 2X4
Processor ARK ID:65707 / 75114 / 88198 / 95443 / 95449 / 97466 / 97472 / 97537
Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.6 / 2.60 / 3.10 / 3.3 / 3.5 / 3.50 / 3.9 / 4
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR0N8 / SR16H / SR2EN / SR2ZU / SR2ZY / SR33Z / SR340
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 8
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core M / Intel Core m3 / Intel® Core™ i3 / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1 / 1.00 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 2.5 / 2.50 / 2.6 / 2.60 / 2.8
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / I5-3317U / i5-7200U / i5-7300U / I7-4650U / i7-7600U / i7-7660U / M3-6Y30 / m3-7Y30
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor package size:20 / 20 x 16.5 / 31 / 40 / 42 x 24 / 42 x 24 x 1.3
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-7300 Mobile Series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-7600 Mobile Series / Intel Core m3-6Y series
Processor thermal power:15
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D1 / H0 / L1
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
System bus rate:4 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17 / 4.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Advanced Vector Extensions:Y
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Demand Based Switching:N
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y
Intel FDI Technology:N / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:Y
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes


Face recognition:Y


Bundled software:Mail, Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing / Microsoft 365\nAvira Internet Suite / Windows Mail & Messaging, SkyDrive, Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Video, Games. / Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games / Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games. / Windows Mail, Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, Games
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Operating System Version:Pro
Trial software:Office 30-day / Office 30-day trial / Office 30-days / Office 365 / Office 365 30-day trial


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / microSDHC / microSDXC
Internal storage capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512 / 64
Storage Media:Flash / HDD / SSD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.32 / 1.34 / 1.35 / 13.5 / 17.3 / 201 / 201.4 / 8.4 / 8.5 / 9.1
Height :1.35 / 17.3 / 173 / 201 / 201.3 / 201.4 / 8.5
Weight:710 / 748 / 766 / 768 / 770 / 784 / 786 / 800 / 812 / 900 / 907 / 910
Width:2.45 / 27.4 / 27.5 / 274.6 / 292 / 292.1