Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on Microsoft Surface pro 6 to find out what it was worth.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Surface pro 6 adapted to surf the internet?
Chances are that your daily use is not limited to surfing the Internet, and that you need the other functions as well.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
By putting on the market the Surface pro 6, Microsoft offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
With a 12.3 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Surface pro 6 on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. It seems that Microsoft has designed a solid model with latest generation components.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i5-8250U. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
For hard drive sizing, Microsoft decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 9 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.
Surface pro 6 for videos?
This Surface pro 6 is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 12.3 inches, it has a resolution format 2880×1920. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 0.8 kilogram.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Surface pro 6 product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Microsoft is primarily intended for film lovers the Surface pro 6. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
On the sound side, it Surface pro 6 has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i5-8250U is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Microsoft didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The Surface pro 6 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
As for the batteries, you could almost replace your TV set with this Surface pro 6 one. Microsoft promises 9hours of battery life; it’s the best on the market right now.What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
The Surface pro 6 to use while travelling.
This Surface pro 6 is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. And here’s the result : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 0.8 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 12.3 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The touch screen is present on the Surface pro 6, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i5-8250U, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 9 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Microsoft was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Surface pro 6 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 12.3 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
In brief, this Surface pro 6 can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
The Surface pro 6 to make audio or video editing.
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. Clearly, this Surface pro 6corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Microsoft has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5-8250U does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Surface pro 6 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. With 9 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. This means that you’ll have to be patient when you decide to transfer your audio-visual mounts to an external key or disk.
By choosing this Surface pro 6, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
A quality product, designed by Microsoft with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
The Surface pro 6 for online or local games.
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. And this Surface pro 6 is one of the average laptops you can play with. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 2880×1920, nothing better at the moment
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
With its 256 Gb of space, this Surface pro 6 is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Microsoft decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 0.8 Kg.
It has an autonomy of 9 hours, more than many others.
In conclusion, it Surface pro 6 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Surface pro 6 for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Microsoft may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model, with its 0.8 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
This Surface pro 6 has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
Simply put, it’s not Surface pro 6 the best choice for office use. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
What about the Surface pro 6 ?
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. The Surface pro 6 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– making audio and video editing