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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Microsoft Surface Pro 7 to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.We’ve put this Surface Pro 7 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for surfing the internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is in this spirit that Microsoft has developed this Surface Pro 7.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Material that seem to be well-designed.
With a 12 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. As for the processor level, this model is equipped with the Intel Core i5-1035G4. Its power will give you the assurance of having a laptop that will work very well for 10 years. In addition, with this model, you have at your disposal a tool that will make your internet navigation fluid. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Surface Pro 7is a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 128 Gb, this Surface Pro 7 is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. With this laptop Surface Pro 7 it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Surface Pro 7 the right choice for watching movies ?
This Surface Pro 7 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.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 12 inches, with a 2736×1824. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. 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 main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 0.8 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Microsoft is primarily intended for film lovers the Surface Pro 7. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
For the sound part, the Surface Pro 7 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
With a processor type Intel Core i5-1035G4, Microsoft offers a high performance solution. The result is extremely efficient for managing multiple tasks in parallel such as watching one movie and downloading another. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
Equipped with the Intel Iris Plus G4 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 7 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
As for battery life, it Surface Pro 7 can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. 8 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
The Surface Pro 7- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
This Surface Pro 7 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.
Its weight of 0.8 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 12 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
With its Intel Core i5-1035G4, this computer has a limited power consumption, one of the best currently. The processor of this computer is one of the most powerful at the moment.
On the other hand, these are estimated data based on average laptop usage.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 128 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. With a screen of 12 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
With this Surface Pro 7, Microsoft offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The Surface Pro 7- the right model for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Surface Pro 7, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Microsoft puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
With this laptop, Microsoft has developed an effective tool for those who want to have an affordable video editing laptop whose price remains tight. It has the necessary software to carry out your first audiovisual editing. In case you want to upgrade to professional applications, the processor Intel Core i5-1035G4 and disk size of 128 Gb will be more than sufficient.
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 7 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. Indicated for an autonomy of 8 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface Pro 7 receives the USB3 connection. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Surface Pro 7 is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing.
The Surface Pro 7 for online or local games.
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Microsoft in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 2736×1824 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
With its graphics Intel Iris Plus G4 card and processor Intel Core i5-1035G4, Microsoft has indeed chosen an interesting option. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-1035G4’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.128 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
A better access to wifi on this Surface Pro 7 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 0.8 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
By offering 8 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
It Surface Pro 7 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
The Surface Pro 7 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. Here are the main reasons.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. An almost featherweight of 0.8 Kg.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface Pro 7. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not Surface Pro 7 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.
In short, is the Surface Pro 7, the right choice ?
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Surface Pro 7 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing