The Surface Pro 8 is the most significant update to the Surface Pro family in years, offering much-needed design changes and much-enhanced performance. Although it’s still clearly a Windows tablet from Microsoft, the Surface Pro feels like a new generation, and it’s here just in time for the release of Windows 11.
Microsoft entirely redesigned its tablet lineup to keep up with the times, adding reduced bezels, rounded corners, and the fastest technology available in a Windows tablet to date. While we mourn the loss of specific venerable connectors, Microsoft has finally caught up with the times by implementing Thunderbolt 4.
The Surface Pro 8’s screen is the most striking feature. In comparison to the Pro 7, the side bezels are noticeably slimmer. The keyboard deck covers the bottom while the Surface Pro 8 is in laptop mode, but the top one is still hefty, making sense since you need something to hold it when you use it as a tablet. The pointer looks better when dragged across the screen, writing with the pen is smoother, and scrolling is considerably more fluid. For the time being, you are stuck going into Advanced Display Settings to increase or decrease the refresh rate until Microsoft lets us know whether and when it will be available for Windows 10.
Pro 8’s Adaptive Color function adapts the appearance of your screen to the surrounding surroundings. However, you can turn it on and off in the brightness settings to witness the difference. The Surface Pro 8 includes a 10-megapixel camera on the back (the Pro X had but not the Pro 7). I had to restart the camera app on a few occasions because it got stuck attempting to move from the front to rearview, but that’s about it.
The carbon fiber core is now used in the keyboard cover, which costs an additional $179 and is not included in the pricing you will see on Microsoft’s website. While Surface Pro 8 and Pro X seem the same on the outside, they are worlds apart on the inside. Intel Core i5 processors are included in the entry-level Pro 8 and Core i7-1185G7 versions, one of Intel’s most powerful CPUs for thin and light notebooks. However, this is a significant improvement over the Pro X, when many programs ran slowly or not on the ARM CPU.
Additionally, the Surface Pro 8 includes an active cooling system, which is just another way of stating it has a fan (as well as a vapor chamber, three heat pipes, and three graphite heat spreaders). Microsoft promised a 16-hour battery life for the Surface Pro 8. Chrome workload running at 60Hz, Battery Saver enabled, and the screen set to medium brightness on a full charge.
A Little Bad Performances:
You may get closer to seven hours of use out of the same chores when you use a 120Hz screen (which is worse but still not a disastrous result). In 50 minutes of mild Chrome usage, you’ll be able to charge the gadget to 60% (it demands quicker while on standby). The two Thunderbolt ports are a little more awkwardly positioned, and setting the Pro 8 over USB-C is not as fast.
There are only a few ports (which is understandable given the thin chassis), but you can connect up to two 4K displays or external GPUs. And I couldn’t suggest either gadget to those persons or to the broader public. But the Pro 8 does not. It’s the computer those folks have been waiting for. It’s the first Surface Pro I can honestly see myself purchasing as the primary driver. Of course, the other side of all this is that the Surface Pro is not cheap, especially for what it delivers.
You can acquire any number of traditional clamshell laptops with its features for a few hundred dollars cheaper, including the MacBook Pro and the Dell XPS 13. That does not make the Surface Pro 8 a terrible device. It’s targeting aficionados for the Surface Pro form factor who require the most outstanding performance in the smallest and lightest chassis imaginable. In the past, those folks have not exactly had a gadget that suited all of their demands. You have had to sacrifice performance for the previous two years to obtain a Windows tablet that looked this great.