Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has its share of decent upgrades, with a faster processor and longer battery life.Unfortunately, this is it.
This is a bit of a weird move from Microsoft, the Surface Pro 2017, the predecessor of the Pro 6, which got a date instead of a number because, as the company claims, it hasn’t brought enough updates to justify the nickname.
Instead, they ignored the Pro 5 completely and inexplicably, but the Surface Pro 6 is also in the same boat. As for Surface Pro 2017, now unofficially Pro 5, this version does not even have major updates.
The tablet’s formula hasn’t changed radically, except for the new silicon and the new black color option, which has missed some of the key changes that many have been expecting since Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 4 in 2015? That old USB 3.0 port also did not receive an upgrade, making it difficult to recommend the Surface Pro 6.
Pricing and Availability
While the original configuration of the Surface Pro 6 is a bit more expensive, the Surface Pro 2017 will cost 99 899 (£ 879, AU $ 1,145) depending on the price. The tablet is currently available in the US, UK and Australia markets.
Remember that like the previous models, the Surface Pro 6 box does not include a $ 99 (£ 99, AU $ 139) Surface Pen or $ 159 Type Cover (£ 149, AU $ 249).
This is unlikely to change in the future, so expect to spend more than a tablet, especially if you want to use it as an alternative to a laptop or to manage your graphic design projects.
The Surface Pro 6 we tested here, whose configurations are listed on the right, costs a high of $ 1,199 (£ 1,149, AU $ 1,568), thanks to updated storage – from 128GB on the original model to 256GB listed here.
This is quite a price increase for an additional storage space of 128 GB.
Design and Display
In addition to the sleek new black color scheme that is adorable to the touch, the Surface Pro is no different in design compared to the 2017 model.
The tablet is only 0.33 inches thick and weighs just 1.7 pounds – again, it’s not that far behind.
The Surface Pro 6 has all the same ports and wireless options as last year’s, plus – not to mention exactly the same cover.
We are satisfied with the latter as the Type Cover is already excellent in its current iteration. In fact, we go so far as to say that this could be the best tool of its kind.
However, we are very disappointed that Microsoft has decided to abandon USB-C again, and this is not because of the obvious benefits the platform offers.
Microsoft has been promoting faster data transfer and broad docking features behind Surface Connect’s proprietary port for some time, forcing users to purchase the $ 199 Surface Dock tool (about £ 150, AU $ 280), which increases the final cost a little more.
The included USB 3.0 is behind the curve of USB 3.1, standardized in 2019, and has twice the speed of data transfer.
That’s not right: it is now costing consumers a lot of money to unlock the full versatility of a device that Microsoft insists it can serve as its only computer.
On a slightly more positive note, the performance improves slightly in one area, though it remains largely unchanged.
It now has a strong contrast ratio of 1,500: 1 compared to 1,300: 1 on the previous model.
It benefits not only consumers with deeper blacks and more vibrant colors, but also content creators, which make movies look better and make editing media much easier and more accurate for content creators.