Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: USB-C upgrade, battery downgrade

  • čas přidán 23. 10. 2019
  • The Surface Pro 7 looks so similar to its predecessor you wouldn't be able to tell them apart if not for one welcome addition, a USB-C port. While the port is a welcome addition, nothing else feels revolutionary here. This is still a good portable machine, but with a worse battery life and only mildly improved performance, it's more iteration than upgrade.
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Komentáře • 292

  • LoveboxSE
    LoveboxSE Před 18 hodinami

    How is the battery life after the firmware upgrade, that was released 22 of October?

  • iCmonsters
    iCmonsters Před 8 dny

    The tab S6 with a surface keyboard and any other operating system,would be a dream that I would cherish.

  • N G
    N G Před 11 dny +2

    Seriously how are these CHclipers unaware that a better chip means improved battery life so you don’t need as much of a big battery.

  • N G
    N G Před 11 dny

    Seriously how are these fucking CHclipers unaware that a better chip means improved battery life so you don’t need as much of a big battery.

  • Mariusz Nowak
    Mariusz Nowak Před 12 dny

    bezels .

  • Greg Soledad
    Greg Soledad Před 14 dny

    i stopped watching before the 20th second. This reporter’s voice and tone is annoying.

  • Gr3gor
    Gr3gor Před 17 dny

    Got this 2 days ago
    Performance is nice but battery is not that good
    Loses 25% in 90 minutes during web browsing in edge with normal power mode at 40% brightness
    I hope there is a fix for this I don’t want to return it though

  • Jie Feng Chan
    Jie Feng Chan Před 17 dny

    u must be an idiot coz its meant to be a tablet at the same time

  • Mr. Yonosenada
    Mr. Yonosenada Před 18 dny

    This review seemed a bit... off. I also don’t know what to make of her speech cadence🤔 I would not go as far as claiming that this review was as bad as some made it out to be.

  • Giuseppe Montesanto
    Giuseppe Montesanto Před 18 dny

    What a stupid review

  • LionPride11241968
    LionPride11241968 Před 19 dny

    Microsoft already has the REAL MAJOR UPGRADED SURFACE PRO, but for 2020. They had to save something for next year, since they had so much for 2019. I can't wait until 2020 holiday, so I can get my hands on a Surface Duo Windroid phablet book phone.

  • wile123456
    wile123456 Před 19 dny

    no gain for less battery? The gpu is like 10 times faster

    PHENIX STUDIOS Před 19 dny

    The pixel book sucks it’s not even comparable to the first dell laptop

  • Cedie Pili
    Cedie Pili Před 19 dny

    I saw the tab s6 at the samsung store and it's gorgeous

  • Cedie Pili
    Cedie Pili Před 19 dny

    No i want the surface neo

  • Thendiman
    Thendiman Před 19 dny

    usb-c without thunderbolt with such price tag. WHY

  • Tshepiso Maswanganye
    Tshepiso Maswanganye Před 20 dny

    She sounds so bored by this so bored

  • Alpha Delta X
    Alpha Delta X Před 20 dny +1

    They will give the total refresh next year. This year was a minor upgrade. I’m sticking to my Surface Go for now lol

  • Alexander Huang
    Alexander Huang Před 20 dny

    Sorry to say but this review sucks. Good video, bad presenter

  • Mohankeneh
    Mohankeneh Před 20 dny

    my SP5 was estimated at 13.5hours of video playback ( and i struggle to get 8 hours. Its so sad that after 2 generations later, the battery has not increased at all......looks like ill have to wait for the SP8 to see if i can trade in my anemic SP5.
    2 generations later and all thats significantly different is the addition of the USB-C sad.

  • Frank Feng
    Frank Feng Před 20 dny

    To me XPS 13 2 in 1 is the home-run convertible PC. MS just keeps cutting corners in hardware.

  • Bear Gaming
    Bear Gaming Před 20 dny

    Horrible battery life!!! OH WAIT IT CHARGES HOW FAST?!!!!!?!?!?!?!? HOLY SHIT

  • general65644
    general65644 Před 20 dny

    Why the histeria with the usb-c???

  • xtremehunta
    xtremehunta Před 20 dny

    I don't think she understands what the Pro really is 🤣

  • Brian Hartman
    Brian Hartman Před 20 dny +1

    "As if you'd really want to get this tablet without the type cover, anyway."
    And that, right there, is my problem with these kinds of tablets. If it's built for productivity, you _need_ the keyboard. And if you need the keyboard, you might as well just get a laptop. Starting at $750 _without_ the cover, you'd be much better off with a laptop, unless you have a particular need to use the tablet portion. And frankly, it looks a little big to use as a tablet.

    • Maverick Hunter K
      Maverick Hunter K Před 20 dny

      @Brian Hartman Let me correct myself while adding context:
      Not all productivity requires writing, so a keyboard is a good and maybe even necessary accessory for people who need to write a lot, sure.

      What I really meant was not only the keyboard, but the whole keyboard+mouse(touchpad) paradigm.

      That said; I stand by the fact that the iPad is perfectly usable as it is, even if perhaps not 100% comfortable for people who type a lot, compared to something running Windows. I tried going Windows+touch only and it's literally impossible at the moment, the OS just won't allow it.

    • Brian Hartman
      Brian Hartman Před 20 dny +1

      @Maverick Hunter K I'm not sure I agree with you about the iPad. I've got one, and if I'm doing something productive (i.e., writing), a keyboard is a must. It's the first thing I bought after I got the iPad. The virtual keyboard on the iPad is good, but you're not going to type on it long-term.

      The problem isn't so much needing the keyboard as it is needing a $130 keyboard. I bought a $20 Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad, and it's perfectly fine. The only things the Surface Pro keyboard give you are the touchpad and the ability to attach to the case. If you can live without those things, it's fine.

      Touchpads on keyboards meant for tablets don't make any sense to me, anyway. It's a touchscreen. You want to move the cursor? Touch the damn screen.

    • Maverick Hunter K
      Maverick Hunter K Před 20 dny

      Yes. That's what most reviewers don't get about the iPad and what makes it so good.
      You do NOT NEED A KEYBOARD. It's made from scratch for you to be able to handle things with the tablet alone, and the keyboard is an optional attachment.

      Windows, on the other hand, is not and will never be a touch operating system. You will always need a keyboard.

  • Michelle N
    Michelle N Před 20 dny

    But I love noisy keyboards

  • Nicholas Scott
    Nicholas Scott Před 20 dny +2

    I like the bezels as they give you something to hold onto when moving it around the desk or using it in tablet mode, and not wanting to deal with touches being annoyingly misregistered, as like what tends to happen when dealing with touchscreens with bezels that are too thin. They could be a bit thinner though I guess, a la the iPad Pro.

  • Khoa Doan
    Khoa Doan Před 20 dny

    I was told in-store that the USB-C port cannot be used for charging but this nice woman is saying you can. Can someone confirm please?

  • Orbmiser
    Orbmiser Před 20 dny

    I like a bit of bezel. How else are you suppose to hold it without fingers covering up screen and content? Most business professionals find a tablet/laptop running android or ChomeOS does not fulfill their real world needs. So no real threat from android or ChromeOS due to students to MBA's needing full desktop apps to get work done. As to having a usb-c charger at home & office. Same goes for me with a Microsoft charger as have two so usb-c in that situation is a mute point. And like most more have usb-a devices than usb-c devices.

    As a long time Surface Pro 6 never did 10-13hrs. you stated for normal use. That was advertised video looping test not real world use. All SP6 users have always getting 7-9hrs of battery use depending on load. So your battery statements comparing the 6 to 7 are kind of inaccurate and misleading. Check out any other reviewers to verify about battery life.

    Otherwise a nice review covering many pluses of going with a Surface Pro 7.

  • animedudevid
    animedudevid Před 20 dny

    How is the design.... not up to date anymore? Everyone is making the same slate. Because it has bezels? Those bezels are important if your drawing on the device. It give you some place to touch with out having to strain the palm rejection too much.

  • DemiImp
    DemiImp Před 20 dny

    I hate how everything in this review was worded. It was very hard to understand so many sentences/points because of how they were phrased.

  • anzatzi
    anzatzi Před 20 dny +1

    no one cares about usb-c except reviewers. this review is so ignotant

    • Will B
      Will B Před 19 dny

      I was taking about the port it's self.

    • anzatzi
      anzatzi Před 19 dny

      @Will B You specifically cite epgu support and fast data transfer in your first reply as justification for usb-c. And I corrected you
      noting this was not thunderbolt

    • Will B
      Will B Před 19 dny

      ​@anzatziI know exactly what I am talking about, practically everyone forgets that USB-C is the connector, not the transmission protocol (for the lack of a better descriptive term)
      what I was doing was demonstrating exactly what the USB-C port is capable of, in general, not what it is capable of on the Surface Pro 7. Why MS didn't add TB3 is a mystery as you can put duel TB3 on a tablet as Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet proves.
      also, if I'm not mistaken, I may be, that 0-80% fast charging is when it is being charged via the Surface Connect port.

    • anzatzi
      anzatzi Před 20 dny

      @Will B udb-c on the surface is not thunder bolt, so forget egpu and ultra -fast storage. Device currently charges up to 80% in an hour. Sounds like you don't
      what your talking about

    • Will B
      Will B Před 20 dny

      i do.
      one cable to potentially charge a phone, tablet & wireless headset (at up to 100W), far faster (up to 4x faster), smaller and reversible, allows the use of external GPUs, ultra-fast storage etc.
      Also, literally what's the harm with replacing the mini display port?

  • Peter Cheung
    Peter Cheung Před 20 dny

    only idiot excite on usb-c

  • Christian Kubat
    Christian Kubat Před 20 dny

    The changed the method of measuring the battery life. In real life usage the Pro 7 battery last longer than the Pro 6

  • Blake Helms
    Blake Helms Před 20 dny +1

    Everyone always mentions the fact that the keyboard cover is sold separately and I don’t understand why. The keyboard cover comes in a variety of colors. If Microsoft put it in the box then it would create a HUGE number of SKUs and would become unwieldy. If they kept it as is but included the TypeCover in the price then the Surface would just cost $150 more. Microsoft is a business not a charity. People slam Microsoft for not making radical changes to the Surface design but the benefit is that for nearly 5 generations all the accessories and peripherals are still compatible so if you already bought a TypeCover for a previous Surface then you don’t have to buy a new one if you get a new Surface. Honestly, it’s pretty consumer friendly. A good review should provide context. This ones does not.

  • Miguel Melchior
    Miguel Melchior Před 20 dny +9

    Why does she talk like a snob disgusted teenager?

    • Thomas John
      Thomas John Před 17 dny +4

      Exactly lol She's the last person I'd trust to give anybody an informed review.

  • Francis powell
    Francis powell Před 20 dny

    Yo, you need to stop giving reviews. Let the other guys do the reviews. You honestly just sound like someone who has no idea what you're talking about. As soon as I hear your voice in a video, I immediately pause it and never finish the video ever. Honestly, just stick to the behind the scenes stuff. You know, where no one can hear or see you.

  • Xavier Foucha
    Xavier Foucha Před 20 dny +1

    Oof this review is bad

  • Trinajskaa
    Trinajskaa Před 20 dny +1

    Did she manage to unlock the pixel without makeup? 😂😂

  • Jayan C
    Jayan C Před 20 dny

    The most excited about this product is USB-c. ?.. that's so boring !!😃

  • Steven OConnor
    Steven OConnor Před 20 dny

    The absolutely biggest problem that those devices have are the ability and unfortunate vulnerability to get hit with spam bots and viruses

  • Steven OConnor
    Steven OConnor Před 20 dny

    I respect there for the Microsoft does but they have still not made the experience of using the device cohesive it’s still tries to retain too much with the desktop style use set an a touchscreen and Microsoft is not the master of all it is more of a jack of all trades and master of absolutely none of them in the touchscreen device that is a problem.

  • Powerwegy
    Powerwegy Před 20 dny +4

    Damn, she just went ham on the SP7. You trying to deter people from buying it?

    • Powerwegy
      Powerwegy Před 17 dny

      As an artist, Why fix what's not broken? Plus the i5 is more powerful than the previous i7 and fanless and the usb c is a welcome addition so I'm good.

    • yamamancha
      yamamancha Před 17 dny

      Well Microsoft needs to stop acting like Apple with thier product strategy.

    • Maverick Hunter K
      Maverick Hunter K Před 20 dny

      @David Sanchez Well, the performance boost and USB C are the only relevant upgrades we got and we could really have used that Surface X's 13 inch screen. We live in a world were all bezels got smaller, except for the iPad Mini and this SP7.

    • David Sanchez
      David Sanchez Před 20 dny

      I thought the same thing - seemed heavy handed to discourage people not to purchase it, especially with the "it seems dated" comment

  • nmr m
    nmr m Před 20 dny

    Just like skylake, the icelake architecture is just a new start with remarkable ipc improvement. So Surface Pro 7 is a good device in terms of the chip architecture.

  • Kevin Bhasi
    Kevin Bhasi Před 20 dny +1

    4:32 "Excel hasn't been activated"
    Trial version?

  • Andreas Cruickshank
    Andreas Cruickshank Před 20 dny +1

    No mention that the 10th gen intel i5 version is fanless? That in my opinion is the best reason to buy this instead of other windows notebooks/2-in-1.

    • Massimo Giussani
      Massimo Giussani Před 4 dny

      My Surface Pro 6, that has an 8th gen I5 CPU, is fanless too (and also thermally good). That is why she didn't stressed it, as it is exactly like the previous generation : no difference here.

  • Q
    Q Před 20 dny

    The iPad pro is not 2 in 1 !

  • I agree with you.
    I agree with you. Před 21 dnem +4

    That USB c needs to be thunderbolt. Dell XPS laptops have been adding them for a while.

    • I agree with you.
      I agree with you. Před 20 dny

      @Red Alert it's a shame

    • Red Alert
      Red Alert Před 20 dny +1

      I think Microsoft is waiting on usb4 😓, it's so annoying

  • THIN Soklearp
    THIN Soklearp Před 21 dnem +17

    why you use USB C for headset when there is still 3.5 mm port there??

    • iCmonsters
      iCmonsters Před 8 dny +2

      @Michael Garry Bingo.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry Před 20 dny +6

      When you already own a USB C headset? I mean, she was talking about that just after mentioning she travels with a USB C phone. Its not hard to imagine that use-case.....

  • The Final Hazard
    The Final Hazard Před 21 dnem +39

    Wow this is a terrible review, very laughable

  • Karim Green
    Karim Green Před 21 dnem +21

    This really wasn't the best review

    • ZuneGuy1118
      ZuneGuy1118 Před 8 dny

      @riccagianna Why? The women is comparing a full fledged PC running full Windows 10 with iPads and Pixel Slates. She's comparing the breadth and depth of Windows against devices running mobile operating systems. The review was not good. It's just poor journalism. She doesn't know who the Surface is for.

    • riccagianna
      riccagianna Před 20 dny


  • Arighi Studio
    Arighi Studio Před 21 dnem

    Windows OS just cant compare to iPadOS and Chrome OS... full pledged PC on the go yeah!

  • Gheorghita Melinte
    Gheorghita Melinte Před 21 dnem +23

    bad, misinformed and generic review from somebody that loves to hear herself talking

    • yamamancha
      yamamancha Před 17 dny

      @Gheorghita Melinte You can criticize the content without the personal attack.
      Being yourself in front of the camera is harder for some people (myself included).

    • Gheorghita Melinte
      Gheorghita Melinte Před 17 dny

      @yamamancha why you're defening her?

    • yamamancha
      yamamancha Před 17 dny +1

      Too harsh. Not everyone is great at following a script while looking into a camera. It's harder than it looks.

  • craig mclendon
    craig mclendon Před 21 dnem +1

    I have the Surface Go, was considering the Pro7 but I'll wait till next Spring

    • Ash Moe
      Ash Moe Před 19 dny

      why are u buying another computer?

    • Maverick Hunter K
      Maverick Hunter K Před 20 dny

      If you have the Go, you may benefit from the X even. It will probably run even traditional apps better than the poor performing Go.
      We'll see.

  • TigerRibs
    TigerRibs Před 21 dnem +2

    the iPad pro is not yet a 2 in 1

  • Ahmad Tariq
    Ahmad Tariq Před 21 dnem +3

    It has fast charger.

  • Abhisheik yk
    Abhisheik yk Před 21 dnem +45

    Not a great review

  • Shahhan Spall
    Shahhan Spall Před 21 dnem +6

    Yes I agree it's not perfect and it's high time Microsoft start to overhall this design. I am not one bit excited for this new surface pro 7. But, this review does not do justice to what the surface pro 7 is, with errors in the information given.
    Its neither a tablet (you can not compare it to other tablets, iPad Pro with a keyboard or galaxy tab with a keyboard) and it's neither a laptop/notebook (you can't comopare it to dell xps 13/ hp x360 13"). It is it's on type of product.
    I've had the surface pro 4 (Pro 3 before it) for a long time now. For a student, it literelly is able to do everything and anything you want it. And it can be your personal computer all the time not just some times. Granted, some apps do turn on the fan, now after years it does get abit laggy here and there with drawboard (only because I do alot of annotating) + I can hear it struggling with the complete anatomy app, which is a heavy graphics heavy application.
    There is no other device this powerful, in such an easy to carry form Factor (not including surface pro x in this as I'm not sure exactly how powerful this new arm based chipset is going to be). If you are looking for portability first, there aren't many products that are better than this.
    A standard home use scenario:
    1) having it wirelessly displayed to a second monitor
    2) watch videos/presentations on the second monitor whilst writing notes on onenote (on the tablet screen itself). And various other ways I've had multiple apps open while im studying, making a presentation etc.
    3) Bluetooth keyboard and mouse attached.
    On the go I keep it attached to the keyboard, never had a problem with it. (except battery life sometimes. If I know I'm going to use it past the 8hrs, I take the charger with me).
    Final point, the pen features mentioned here are actually office features. They will be comming to all windows devices with an office update. So literelly the only reason to get this is a USB-c port (without thunderbolt) 🙄🤷🏻‍♂️.

    • Shahhan Spall
      Shahhan Spall Před 18 dny

      @LionPride11241968 very true. I've also read that surface pro is going to be getting an overhaul next year aswell. I am actually really excited about the neo (and appreciate how much thought they have put into that product), but because of money limitations, I'm failing to create enough arguments for it over the next surfacebook3/surfacepro8.

    • LionPride11241968
      LionPride11241968 Před 19 dny +1

      Microsoft already has the REAL MAJOR UPGRADED SURFACE, but for 2020. They had to save something for next year, since they had so much for 2019. I can't wait until 2020 holiday, so I can get my hands on a Surface Duo Windroid phablet book phone.

  • Esteban Sánchez Rosado
    Esteban Sánchez Rosado Před 21 dnem +1

    It's not a battery downgrade. It would not make any sense. The only thing is that they have carried out a different test this time than on the pro 6. It used to be continuous video playing while the new test is real average usage, including web surfing and so on. Check on that. I think nobody realised, but it is on Microsoft's website.

  • Joe Hannouch
    Joe Hannouch Před 21 dnem +114

    Such a misinformed review. I'm sorry but you can't compare a fully-fledged operating system to tablets and pixelbooks.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry Před 5 dny

      @ZuneGuy1118 Thats not even close to being true. In fact: reference required. How are you even measuring that?
      I work in games. Its my career and I would not make that claim at all.
      You talk of "1 billion" Windows users. Steam, the number one gaming store/platform by a massive margin, have "only" about 70m monthly active users. And that is across 3 platforms, even if Windows is by far the largest of the 3. Windows 10 is on approx 700m devices (2018 figures), which makes the leading gaming platform 10% of the overall Windows 10 user base AT BEST.
      Meanwhile Apple have sold over 360m iPads since they were first introduced. How many are used and in what manner is a different question, but they are filling a gap from Windows users.

    • ZuneGuy1118
      ZuneGuy1118 Před 5 dny

      @Michael Garry Well actually you're wrong. The largest group of users of PCs is in the gaming market as PC gaming has literally exploded in the past five years. In fact during the desktop PC decline when the iPads were once all the rage and everyone (my wife included) had to have one, the PC Gaming sector was steady, and from there took off and hasn't stopped since. This is due to powerful hardware and top level customization by the customer. Which is another area where the PC has always won against other platforms - options, and customization. Then you have Samsung DEX which Samsung desperately wants people to consider before Windows - completely laughable. Apple still trying to convince that masses that an iPad is a PC replacement. Both platforms still present all the limits that a Windows world doesn't - mainly know x86 compatibility. Microsoft tried to convince us that UWP is the best way to go, but people didn't want it. Now it's floundering. UWP apps is not at all why Surface has grown and become so profitable in such a short time.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry Před 5 dny

      @ZuneGuy1118 Hobbyists? I'm talking about actual working, professional people. I hate to break it to you, but by far the biggest group of users of computers only use them for email, office and light browsing. Of those "1 billion" Windows 10 users, MOST FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY. They do have options from other OS's such as ChromeOS, Mac, iPodOS and to say otherwise is ridiculous.
      Hell my wife, who works in IT at one of the worlds biggest companies, just bought herself a Macbook Air as that's all she needs to do her job. A screen, a keyboard a "good enough" CPU and a decent trackpad. All her work is remote now anyway, as long as the web browser has the necessary plug-in she could work on any of those devices I listed. That's someone working in development of multi-million dollar projects.
      As for the rest of us, who I would put into a more "hardcore" group, I certainly agree MS is losing out by ignoring TB3. I for one simply do not look at non-TB3 devices at all anymore. But I also recognize I am very much in a minority of overall users.
      I'm 44, not too far behind you buddy.

    • ZuneGuy1118
      ZuneGuy1118 Před 6 dny

      @Michael Garry " It may not be competition for you, I or the majority of users, but there is a category of user whose required apps work on arm, or iOS, or Android, or ChromeOS that let them choose between all those devices."

      Ah! yes, - hobbyists... I don't know who these hobbyists are, but they are the in the minority. And please don't count cellphones as they can do no heavy lifting in the business world, plus they fail to be anywhere near as versatile, I mean 1 billion Windows 10 users - c'mon. That woman is out of touch with the Windows scene. The only improvements that need to be made are more ports, preferably Thunderbolt. That's where Microsoft has been dragging their feet with regards to the Surface line. Sorry about the kid remark, but I'm 48.

    • Michael Garry
      Michael Garry Před 7 dny

      @ZuneGuy1118 Kid? Don't call me kid. I'm probably older than you.

      It IS competition to certain users. I don't know how many times I have to say the same thing. It may not be competition for you, I or the majority of users, but there is a category of user whose required apps work on arm, or iOS, or Android, or ChromeOS that let them choose between all those devices. There are a lot of people out there that only use computers for Web,Email and light office work. For those users, any of those devices ARE competition.
      "If you read most people on here did not like here review. We did listen, that's why we don't agree with it."
      Most people on here struggle to think outside their own requirements. That is not new.