Redmond’s latest hybrid laptop-tablet arrives just ahead of Apple refreshing its iPad Pro and MacBook Air range.
Dimensions: 292 x 201 x 8.5mm
Weight: 775g (i5) / 792g (i7)
Processor: Intel 8th Gen Core i5-8250U / i7-8650U
Memory: 8GB / 16GB RAM
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 (267 ppi): 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense with 10-point multi touch
Connectivity: Wi-Fi ac (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port, 3.5mm headphone jack, micro SDXC card reader
Cameras and mics: 5.0-megapixel front camera with 1080p Skype HD video, Windows Hello, 8.0-megapixel rear camera with 1080p full HD video and autofocus, dual microphones, 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
– Like all of Microsoft’s 2-in-1 range laptop-tablet hybrids, the Surface Pro 6 comprises a Windows 10 tablet with a kickstand and a six-pin port, which lets you attach a Type Cover keyboard dock.
– The keyboard dock features magnetic strips that enable it to snap and lock into place snugly. The angle of the dock makes the whole thing rise up on your desktop, so that you’re not tied down to a flat surface, as you would with lesser keyboard docks.
– Generally the typing experience is pretty good, despite the cramped dimensions. Sensibly, Microsoft has given more acreage to the letter keys, making the function keys smaller. Downsides include the four arrow keys, which are bunched up at the bottom right corner, and the left-hand shift key, which is so small, I found myself ACCIDENTALLY HITTING CAPS LOCK ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION.
– The Surface Pro 6 is really geared towards work and streaming media between writing essays/reports/articles. And to that end, the bulk of my benchmarking focused on that.
– Using Power mark to simulate 10 minutes of browsing and five minutes of streaming video, we got a result of seven hours and 55 minutes, with the screen’s brightness set to 150 nits.
– If you’re someone who needs a light and portable laptop, and you like the idea of also being able to kick back at end of the day and stream a TV show at home or on the commute (if your rail operator is generous with the free Wi-Fi) then the Surface Pro 6 has obvious appeal.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is a light and portable 2-in-1 with a decent display that’s ideal for office work and streaming. I’m impressed by the lightness and nippiness of the Surface Pro 6.