I have reviewed the new generation of Surface few months back and I am still impressed by how it manages to satisfy our needs in doing everything. The keyboard, performance, and battery life are solid and really expected from a Microsoft’s product. Now, surprisingly the company provides the cheaper version of it similarly like what Apple did with their Ipad series. Here, for around 600 dollars you would get a system that powered by Intel Core M3 which is not bad at all especially if you are just a student and business users that want a machine for checking email, browsing, and doing presentation. This is going to be the perfect choice for you in low budget.
I guess Microsoft really wants for broader audience to try their product. There are so many things to expect here moreover with its cheap price range. Let’s how this version stands out in comparable with its brother. That is what we are going to talk about here. I hope it would be turned out to be a nice deal for everyone. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
At first glance, the new design is pretty similar to its last generation. There is not much difference made here besides than now the build construction is much better than before. The entire chassis is built from magnesium alloy material and for some reasons the edges around the chassis are more rounded than before. If you have a chance to get the last gen Surface, then you will easily know how it’s different. One new thing that I love here is the hinge system. The hinge now is adjustable even further to 165 degree and really providing a perfect viewing angle for drawing. I am surprised they do not market this feature during their marketing.
Measuring at 786g, the laptop still has 8.4 mm thickness and the weight is remaining similar here. But, surprisingly they are able to fit of 20 percent bigger battery here with the same thickness and weight. It’s an impressive work as having bigger battery is important here. As for the connectivity, well it only has a single USB 3.0 port without any USB type-C or other USB ports. I just hope the ports connectivity is better as having a single USB port is tough for doing many things at the same time. Using the USB dock is much recommended here.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
For taking care of your multimedia aspect, the 13.5 inch screen is equipped here and it’s coming with 2256 x 1504 resolution. The resolution here is quite lower than its brother, but the screen is still using of Pixelsense technology and means you are not going to see any big difference here. In term of quality, the panel is better than I expect because it looks bright and accurate. It produces around 90 percent of SRGB color with 400 nits of brightness. Reading the document and streaming movies feel wonderful especially in the tablet mode with your single hand holding it. The quality is always important for them and its showing here.
As for the input device, we have a type keyboard that comfortable enough for long typing. The keys stroke and feedback are nice although the travel key is quite small here. Its rarely for me to accidentally press the same button twice, but it takes time to get used with it. Keep in mind that the keyboard is not included on same versions, so better to check everything and making sure the keyboard is included when you have plan on buying it.
|Microsoft Surface 13.5 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core M3-7Y30 1.0 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD 515 Integrated Card|
|OS||Windows 10 S Upgradable To Pro|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The new Surface is available in many different versions included the core I5 and I7 version that basically the most expensive version for it. The cheaper version available right now is the one that I have here which is installed with Intel Core M3 7Y30 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD. The hardware specification is pretty standard and only suitable for light and medium activities. The processor itself features of 1.0 GHz default clock and 2.6 GHz for boosted clock. This is a low power processor that limited in 4.5 TDP watts, so there is a zero chance it will stand out alongside with Core I5 even the Core I7 processor. For a daily activity, you should not have any problem on doing your activity as long as the task is not heavy.
The performance is not so great and what about its battery life? Well, the battery consumption from the processor is pretty low here and thankfully it’s making a big impact on battery life. For most all of time, it delivers of solid 10 to 11 hours of battery usage in single charge. I tested by streaming and web browsing while connected to WIFI and that is the result I always get here. The battery is getting improvement over its previous generation. This should be becoming a big consideration for taking it back home here.back to menu ↑
This cheap Surface Pro version might not provide the most powerful performance, but would be a worthy option for users who have job related to some light tasks. Not all of people need a powerful hardware and this is a right choice for you without breaking of your pocket. The keyboard is comfortable, the screen is vivid and bright, and the battery life is long lasting. Those things are perfect combination for a 13 inch portable device. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. I just hope the information is good enough for you. At last, thank you for reading the article and see you again next time.