Welcome to The beta Tech. The Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop Beta Technology is still undoubtedly among the best Windows tablets out there. More than two years after its release date and in the shadow of its successor – the Surface Pro 6 – the unofficial Surface Pro 5 still impresses with its ingenious design updates that have stood the test of time and with how it showcases exactly what Windows 10 is capable of.
Introduction To Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop Beta Technology
Windows 10 simply makes this device superior to the first three models in the Surface Pro line, and you’ll see this soon after booting up the Surface Pro 5 for the first time. Microsoft has then coupled that with substantial price cuts, which makes this device an even more irresistible investment.
Pricing and Availability Of Laptop Beta Technology
Even following the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Microsoft hasn’t officially dropped the prices for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 in the Microsoft online store. However, Amazon and other third-party sellers are offering excellent discounts, which you bring you massive savings if you’re opting for this Surface Pro model. Staying in line with previous models of the Surface, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 starts at $749 (£749, AU$1,129), and the price goes up from there. For that entry-level price, you’re taking home a device packing a Kaby Lake Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of memory and 128GB of SSD storage.
This base configuration should be adequate enough for users who don’t really do demanding computing tasks. However, if you have a workload like ours, that’s hardly sufficient power to get the job done. If that is the case, we recommend going with a Surface Pro configuration with at least an Intel Core i5 processor, more RAM, and SSD space. In the US, the Surface Pro 5 maxes out at $1,449. Splurging that much will get an Intel Core i5 processor with 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. This configuration should power you through most of your productivity tasks without too much hassle, though we’d be careful about filling up your SSD with too many photos and videos.
Put up against some of the Surface Pro 5’s competitors, like the latest iPad Pro 11-inch, Apple starts things off at $799 (£769, AU$1,229) for a tablet with Apple’s A12X Bionic processor and 64GB of SSD storage. Meanwhile, the maxed-out version retails for $1,549 (£1,519, AU$2,349) with 1TB of space and the same processor.
Features Of The Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop Beta Technology
Both the 10.6-inch and 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book machines are on hand in the UK. But currently, these are only available to buy through third-party retailers. In the US, the 12-inch version, equipped with a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD, is pricier at $1,299 (about £1,020, A$1,873). When you take into consideration that the new Surface Pro is sold sans the Type Cover or Surface Pen in the box. Samsung’s tablet begins to look like a much more appealing purchase than both the Surface Pro and accessory-challenged iPad Pro. So, it is unfortunate that neither its performance nor its design is especially impressive.
While Microsoft not including the Surface Pen out of the box seems to indicate that the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 costs more to make than its forerunner. A unit purchased with both the Pen and Type Cover would exceed the price of an equivalent Galaxy Book by only $100. Still, we’d love to see the pen included in the initial purchase.
Design Of A Of Laptop Beta Technology
At first glance, the 2017 Surface Pro 5 closely resembles the Surface Pro 4. It has the same stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense touch display with a 2,736 x 1,824-pixel resolution. However, a closer look uncovers a few key distinctions. For one, the magnesium-aluminum alloy frame is considerably rounder at the edges. If you were a Surface Pro 4 user before going for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017. Your fingers may even feel the difference before your eyes see them.
There’s also the hinge, which has been made that much better on the Surface Pro 5, taking cues from the Surface Studio. The hinge now bends back further than ever before. And thanks to a new “Studio mode” that makes for a narrower, 165-degree angle that’s ideal for artists. To that end, the hinge looks especially different, obviously utilizing new parts to make this more dramatic angle possible. It does, however, operate in exactly the same way.
Another change worth noting here is the thermal design, which Microsoft also improved. And making both the Core i5 and Core m3 versions fanless devices. At the end of the day, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 measures at the same 0.33 inches (8.4mm) of thickness as its precursor, with its weight of 1.73 lbs (786g) also the same as before.
Surface Pen gets a big boost
Why the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 wasn’t given the ‘5’ moniker – even though it was followed up by the Surface Pro 6 – is beyond us, particularly when you take into account the fact that it received pretty substantial changes. It is, however, the Surface Pen that got some of the most meticulous and belabored changes.
To begin, Microsoft has improved the pressure sensitivity of the Surface Pen to 4,096 levels, giving creators more control over the width. And the intensity of their lines in designs and illustrations than ever before. Additionally, the Surface Pen now has lower latency. So its tip has a far lower chance of ‘leading’ the ink on the PixelSense screen.
Another thing that’s new here is that the Pen is available in new appealing colors: platinum, black, cobalt blue and burgundy. It meant clearly to match the available colors of new Type Covers.
There’s no question that both the new Surface Pen and Type Cover are well-deserving of their small price hikes. However, we’re still disappointed by the lack of bundles to save loyal customers some money for fully buying in on Microsoft’s products since day one.