What is the best Microsoft Surface laptop or tablet for you?

Microsoft offers five different devices within its Surface portfolio: Surface Pro, Surface Notebook, Surface Book, Surface Studio, and Surface Go.

We're expecting new devices soon, but that means there will be some big deals on older models too.

Last year saw four new lineups, including the new Surface Studio 2, the Surface 2 laptop, the Surface Pro 6 and the all new Surface, just sitting at the bottom end of the range - a 10-inch touchscreen tablet for all types of people who work on go.

Confused about what might be for you? Do not worry. It's not as hard as it looks at first glance, and to help you figure out the differences between them all, we've compared all of the device's surfaces to give you a better idea of ​​what's best for you.

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Short resume

The Surface is going into a 10-inch touch tablet that, at first glance, looks like a smaller Surface Pro, but Microsoft insists it has upgraded the tablet's size, weight, design, and more, in order to make it more portable. Microsoft is targeting Apple's iPad users and Chromebook users with this device because it's the smallest surface available and the cheapest.

On the surface, the Pro 6 runs Windows 10 Pro with a 2-in-1 PC with a detachable keyboard, but it's definitely not for people who want a regular laptop. It retains the same design as the last couple of generations, but the internals have been updated.

The Surface Notebook 2 (which replaced the Surface Notebook) is more expensive than the Surface Pro. This is a traditional clamshell laptop; Only surface devices from Microsoft that do not have a tablet component.

The Surface Book 2 is a professional notebook available in 13.5 or 15 inch sizes. What makes it stand out, however, is its detachable screen, which can act as a standalone tablet computer. There is also a variant with a discrete GPU. It's bigger and more expensive than on the surface of a laptop, but it offers more in terms of performance.

The Studio Surface 2 (replacing the old Studio Surfaces) is the most expensive Surface of the device and is primarily for creative people. This is a luxury all-in-one Windows 10 PC with zero gravity loops. With a light touch, it can be lowered down to the desktop position and then used with the included pen surface or even an extra dial surface for drawing.

Which Microsoft Surface is best for you?

Microsoft Surface Go

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  • Dimensions: 637.4 x 438.9 x 12,5 mm, weight 522g
  • Display: 10" PixelSense display; 1800 x 1200 resolution (217dpi), 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Connections: 1 x USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 x surface connection port, surface type cover port, 1 x microSDXC card reader
  • Battery: hours before 9
  • Accessories: coating type, dial surface, Microsoft Office, and pen surface (all sold separately)
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Surface Go is an entry-level surface introduced in mid-2018. It is based on an Intel Pentium processor with gold so not aimed at the final result - and there are 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory. There is another Surface Go model, with 8 GB of storage together with 128 GB of storage. There's also a USB-C (non-lightning) port, a surface-mounted charging port, and a micro-SD expansion slot under the stand.

That built-in kickstand can extend up to 165 degrees while there is a 5MP HD rear camera with autofocus 8MP HD camera, support Wi-Fi and Windows Hello.

Both models work with £99/99$ Surface Pens and do need £99/99$ Surface Type Cover as well.

Cover surface type go in standard black (plastic), or you can do it in alcantara fabric in the following colors: burgundy, cobalt blue or platinum. The surface of the mobile mouse, which has Bluetooth pairing, is also available in burgundy, cobalt blue or platinum.

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Microsoft Surfaces Pro 6

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  • Dimensions: 292 x 201 x 8,5 mm, from 775g
  • Display: 12,3" PixelSense display; 2,736 x 1,824 resolution (267ppi)
  • Connectors: 1x USB 3.0, microSD card reader, mini DisplayPort, port cover, surface, connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: hours before 13.5
  • Accessories: pen surface, coating type signature, docking surface (all sold separately)

Surface Pro is a Windows 10 Pro 2-in-1 hybrid laptop. It's not for people who want a regular laptop.

The latest Surface Pro 6 had an under the hood update in 2018, with no external changes from the Surface Pro 5 in addition, it is available in jet black. There's not even a single USB-C port. We guess we'll have to wait until 2019 for Microsoft to make changes there. However, you are getting the latest generation of Core i5 or i7 processors.

The Surface Pro works with a removable cover type and surface handle, as well as a Surface Dock that turns it into a desktop that can be used with two external monitors, a mouse and a printer.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review

 

Microsoft Surface Notebook 2

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  • Dimensions: 308.1 x 223.27 x 14.48 mm, from 1,25 kg weight
  • Display: 13.5-inch PixelSense display; 2256 x 1504 resolution (201ppi)
  • Connections: one USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, surface connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: hours before 14,5
  • Accessories: Arc Surface Mouse, Dock Surface, Dial Surface, Pen Surface (all sold separately)

The new Surface Notebook 2 replaces the 2017 Surface Notebook with improved internals - the latest Core i5 and i7 processors on board, just like they are from the new Surface Pro 6. The Surface Notebook 2 has a bit of flair, offering an Alcantara keyboard fabric, while there's a new black to add to the existing platinum, burgundy and colbalt blue.

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The screen is amazing and the spec sheet is gorgeous too. However, as with the Surface Pro 6, the Notebook 2 still lacks USB-C. It's a bit of a disappointment for such an expensive device, and we're looking forward to refining the design later this year.

  • Microsoft Surface Notebook 2 review

Microsoft Surface Book 2

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  • Dimensions: 312 x 232 x 13 mm up to 23 mm, from 1.53 kg
  • Display: 13.5-inch PixelSense display; 3000 x 2000 resolution (267ppi)
  • Connections: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB Type-C, Full-size SD card reader (SDXC on), Mini DisplayPort, Surface connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: hours before 17
  • Accessories: Surface handle, surface, dial, docking surface (all sold separately)

The Surface Book 2 is a continuation of the original Surface Book, and is a 2-in-1 convertible device that is also a professional laptop, thanks to its solid base and discrete GPU. That's more than what's on the surface of the laptop, but it offers a lot more in the work department.

The Surface Book 2 is a powerful, touch-screen laptop that graphics professionals in particular will appreciate at work. It's the right surface for those who need a mobile workhouse that will last all day, although it doesn't come cheap.

The base model has a Core i5 processor with dual-core performance, Intel HD 620 graphics, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM, although this is configurable in a Core i7 processor with quad-core power, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM , 1TB SSD and 16GB RAM. Top end 15-inch GeForce models for GTX 1050 and 1060 graphics plus 1TB of SSD.

All models have a Hello face identification window, a 5 megapixel front camera, an 8 megapixel rear camera, dual microphones and stereo speakers with premium Dolby audio.

  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 review

 

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

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  • Price: from $3,499 at Microsoft US
  • Dimensions: 637.4 x 438.9 x 12,5 mm (display), 250 x 220 x 32.2 mm (base), 9.56 kg weight
  • Display: 28" PixelSense display; 4500 x 3000 resolution (192dpi)
  • Connectors: 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, Full size SD reader (SDXC on), Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: cord with rope handle
  • Accessories: Surface Pens (included); dial surface (sold separately)

The Surface Studio 2 has a reinforced specification core, but the same design as the original Surface Studio. This is not a portable device, not the Surface Studio is an all-in-one performance PC along the iMac line, but with a swivel display, which means the device can practically fold onto a desktop.

There is a lone USB-C port in this version, thankfully (why is Microsoft so on including USB-C?). There's a seventh-generation Core i7 under the hood this time around, but it's the graphics that gave a major boost to Nvidia's Pascal-based GTX 1060 and 1070 graphics cards with 6 or 8GB of GDDR5 memory.

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