On October 2nd Microsoft unveiled a series of new devices that covers the gap between a conventional laptop, a tablet PC, and to many’s surprise, a device that crosses the line between a smartphone and tablet. Whilst Microsoft was showing their most innovative products to date, this artile is not about the new products they have launched, it is about a product that we are all familiar with. The Microsoft Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro 7. Which for the last seven years stayed the same in physical design. It was a revolutionary device when it was first released as it was the only tablet PC convertible that received positive remarks from the consumer, but it still had its shortcomings, especially the battery life and constant heating. It was the first product in the Surface family to feature a stylus pen input in which years later, Apple had followed suit with the iPad Pro. It was a brilliant device for someone who loves to take notes, draw, and just someone who loves writing in general. But in 2019, with all the new competition from other brands, is it even relevant?
As per TechRadar’s review, the Surface Pro 7 is, astonishingly, no longer the shining flagship Surface product, that privilege now belongs to the new ARM-based Surface Pro X. And the most impactful of all from their review is that the latest Surface Pro is a refinement – not a revolution.
There might be some loyal fans to the Surface Pro that will still be eager to buy this product or those people who finds the additional USB type C port useful to upgrade. There are a lot of downside to this launch as it was noted that the Type cover and the Surface Pen is still sold separately. There’s also an issue with a major dip in the battery life of the device compared to previous generation. What happened to Surface Pro 7 is the same thing happening to Apple’s iPhone in which innovation is now defined as the refinement of the things that already existed.
In general, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is not a bad product. Once again, it is the refinement of years of development all cluttered to this device. To answer my question from the title of this article, I would say that it is worth it if you are a big fan of the line-up. If you are someone who already owns a Surface Pro 6, I do think that you can still live without the upgrade.