After several years of minor updates to its flagship 2-in-1, Microsoft delivered some serious upgrades with the Surface Pro 8.
That includes a more modern design, with slimmer bezels allowing for a larger 13in screen within almost the same footprint. Display has always been a strength of the Surface Pro line, but adding an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate takes it to the next level.
Microsoft has also upgraded both the front and rear cameras, with the former one part of an excellent video calling setup. Dual studio mics and impressive quad speakers complete the set.
You also get improved battery life and the customary processor upgrade (now from Intel’s 11th-gen), although it’d have been nice to see more ports.
It’s the keyboard cover that transforms the Surface Pro 8 into a portable computer, though. The latest ‘Signature’ iteration is the most convincing yet, and it includes a dedicated Slim Pen 2 stylus.
But this is a pricey add-on to a device that was already more expensive than its predecessor. If you can justify spending this sort of money, you’ll probably want to make it your main computer – that’s possible, for a certain type of person.
However, you may want to consider the new Surface Pro 9. In particular, the new ARM-based models add 5G, boost battery life and bring new AI features.