Microsoft Surface Pro X Review


Lisa Gade reviews the Surface Pro X, Microsoft’s new convertible tablet for 2019. The 13” Pro X is similar in design to Surface Pro 7, but it has a 0.7” larger PixelSense IPS 3:2 aspect ratio display, rounded edges and smaller bezels. The Surface Pro X runs Windows 10 Home on a custom Qualcomm 8cx family processor, the Microsoft SQ1 with a 3GHz top speed. This is an ARM CPU, and Lisa covers compatibility in this review. 4G LTE is built-in but as with SP7, the keyboard and pen are sold separately. The tablet itself weighs 1.7 lb / 774g and pricing starts at $999. The Type Cover starts at $140 and uses a different connector than other Surface Pro models.
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33 replies
  1. gyozakeynsianism
    gyozakeynsianism says:

    Great review. Do remember that Google made a class-leading Chromebook when those things were still coming out – it had an i5 and was a couple grand – and it wasn't because they were aiming for a great value proposition. Surface is mostly about showcasing Microsoft's technology to drive the OEM's to lead. Sometimes Surface is too successful (like the Surface Pro series, which dominates the market!) but I don't see that as MS's aim. Also, as you mentioned visually, Chrome ARM64 is coming out, and that should greatly improve battery life. I'm personally looking forward to this one to see how the software eventually catches up to the hardware.

  2. Justice Forall
    Justice Forall says:

    Wow…. 32bit…. Really? You know, before I spend that type of money on this thing, I'd rather spend it on the Samsung Galaxy Fold. At least I'd get a bang for the buck. While this is a beautiful tablet, It need the type of support to make it run more fluid with no lag, no freeze ups, or it needs to have programs that actually work. For over $1,800 bucks, the last thing, and I do mean, the last thing, I want to hear is, the programs doesn't work, or see a bunch of error-messages on the screen. They better get their act together. Hey Microsoft…. …."TRY HARDER!!"

  3. supergabee
    supergabee says:

    This was so disappointing. I was hoping for something that could run autocad, photoshop, etc. Like you can do on the surface book and pro. Microsoft really messed this one up. Thanks for the great review Lisa. Keep on rocking those Ts. 😉

  4. Calle Söderberg
    Calle Söderberg says:

    Lisa, would it be possible for you to create versions of the shots you use to showcase the display which are cropped to the aspect ratio of the unit you're reviewing? It would really help seeing the size of the bezels around the screen compared to having a 3:2 shot of a cat shown on a wider aspect display?

  5. Druido Bianco
    Druido Bianco says:

    Great review, not so great product. For the same price you can get an ipad pro 12.9 that’s a beast. Apple pencil vs microsoft pencil is like comparing a first gen iohon with an old nokia.

  6. 03chrisv
    03chrisv says:

    I hope people don't get seduced by the new design and empty their wallets for this thing. It's like a faux laptop that is somehow worse than an android tablet despite running full fledged Windows 10. I know they want to compete against the iPad Pro but you can't stick an ARM processor under the hood while still running an OS meant for x86 processors and 64 bit apps/software. Microsoft should have worked with Intel to make a custom core i3 chip that doesn't draw a lot of power but still offers acceptable performance and more importantly is compatible with every piece of software. I would skip on this, I'm willing to bet next year's Surface Pro 8 will have a similar design to this year's Surface Pro X.

  7. Steven Woods
    Steven Woods says:

    They wasted their time with this. Instead they should have given us a surface pro 7 that looks like the Surface Pro X with an intel chip.

    Why do these companies keep ignoring their customers?

  8. Jim Emmonstein
    Jim Emmonstein says:

    Why would they not just do the thing Apple did in 2006 with the iPod touch and make a separate fucking operating system for mobile devices. Windows on desktop serves an entirely different purpose from windows on mobile. Fuck off Microsoft. This is fucking 2020. How are you this stupid.

  9. ArmannyMalaga
    ArmannyMalaga says:

    So disappointing, I am still on a surface pro 4 and I barely use it as I have always had issues with it, lagging, touch screen not responding etc… this really looked like a reason to upgrade but I guess I have to wait longer… Thanks for the great review

  10. yungdadi
    yungdadi says:

    This product is not a consumer product in my opinion. It appears to be test bed for developers for what the future could be for Microsoft as such changing the size , efficiency and functionality of future software in the Microsoft ecosystem


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