Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – FEATURES:
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 was launched in October 2018. It is a lightweight and portable 2 in 1 device that is an ideal device for streaming office work. It comes with a 12.30-inch touch display and a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels and the pixel density is 276 pixels per inch. It has 8 GB of RAM. And about the camera, it has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It is based on Windows 10 Home and has 128 GB of inbuilt storage. And its connectivity options are that it includes Wi-Fi 802.7 A / B / G / N / AC. And the sensors on the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 include an ambient light sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer. It is 201.00 x 292.00 x 8.50 mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 775 grams. And it is available in platinum and black.
Microsoft has actually released a Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter, which you can connect to the proprietary charging port and give your devices some extra juice (or charge your Surface Pro 6 over USB-C), but it’s an extra $80 and, at the time of writing, isn’t available to buy in the UK.
As a neat touch, the main adapter you get in the box has a USB-A port, which you can use to charge phones or other best gadgets, the Surface Pro 6’s USB port, among other things. Leave free. However, there is no data pass, so you cannot connect your phone and an external drive at the same time.
The Surface range is also generally synonymous with bright colors, or smooth, spaceship grey plastic. But, for the first time, Microsoft’s launching a new Surface in matt black.
The Type Cover dock of the Surface Pro 6 measures 295 x 217 x 5mm and features a full QWERTY layout including function keys and a trackpad. Generally, the typing experience is pretty good, despite the cramped dimensions. Sensibly, Microsoft has given more acreage to the letter keys, making the function keys smaller. Downsides include the four arrow keys, which are bunched up at the bottom right corner, and the left-hand shift key, which is so small, I found myself ACCIDENTALLY HITTING CAPS LOCK ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION. The trackpad is very precise and responsive, allowing you to scroll through long articles with ease and get a quick overview of running processes with a three-fingered drag. There are no buttons next to the trackpad, but it assists both left and right clicks. There was a little bit of flex at the bottom-right corner of the review sample we were sent, which is slightly worrying. Given that these things cost £150 a pop, I’d have hoped for a bit more resilience here.
Using Powermark to simulate 10 minutes of browsing and five minutes of streaming video, we got a result of seven hours and 55 minutes, with the screen’s brightness set to 150 nits. Typically, a day spent writing and streaming Spotify playlists to a Bluetooth speaker would give us around seven to eight hours of power, and we’d get about the same out of an average Netflix binge session, too. That’s about what we’d expect from a hybrid device of this kind. Surface Pro 5 gave us approximately eight hours of use off the back of a single charge. Microsoft quotes you 13 hours 30 minutes of looped video playback in the spec sheet, but in our experience, you’ll get an hour or so less than that. Like most tablets, once the battery falls beneath the 10% mark, battery-saving mode kicks in, but power still tends to fall off a cliff. From an empty tank, we’d get around 60% full after an hour. Generally, it takes about two hours to completely charge a Surface Pro 6.
Specs for the Surface Pro 6 range differ slightly, depending on which of the two processor options you go for. Here’s how everything stacks up:
292 x 201 x 8.5mm
775g (i5) / 792g (i7)
Intel 8th Gen Core i5-8250U / i7-8650U
8GB / 16GB RAM
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI): 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense with 10-point multitouch
Wi-Fi ac (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connects port, Surface Type Cover port, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSDXC card reader.
Cameras and mics
5.0-megapixel front camera with 1080p Skype HD video, Windows Hello, 8.0-megapixel rear camera with 1080p full HD video and autofocus, dual microphones, 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – Performance:
The Surface Pro 6 Microsoft sent in for review is one of the entry-level models, with an Intel Core i5-8250U (1.6GHz, boosting to 1.8GHz), 8GB of RAM and Intel UHD Graphics 620.
Here’s a rundown of the range with pricing options:
· Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage – £879
· Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage – £1149 (tested)
· Intel Core i7-8650U, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage – £1429
· Intel Core i7-8650U, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage – £1799
· Intel Core i7-8650U, 16GB RAM, 1TB storage – £2149
The Surface Pro 6 review model performed good in benchmarks, in line with mid-range laptops like the Acer Swift 5 (SF514-52T-531B) and Acer Aspire 5 (A515-51G).
Given that those laptops are powered by the same processor, the quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U, it’s not that surprising that both the Geekbench 4 single and multi-core results are pretty similar.
Now we are going to talk about the review of Microsoft Surface Pro 6. It comes in stunning black color and has a very nice tactile feel but is no different from the Surface Pro which was launched in 2017. Surface Pro 6 has all the same port and wireless options as the previous model launched in 2017 and also the same model cover. The type cover is a very new and impressive accessory that affects everyone. Despite all this, the absence of USB-C is a disappointment. For its users, who have received it at a higher cost, Microsoft is getting faster data transfer and wider docking capabilities. Even though the device does not have an attached keyboard (which we need to buy separately) it has a kickstand that is wide and fairly stable to ensure that the device is well supported and not easily knocked down. One of the features of the keyboard is the Surface Pro 6 that has magnetic stripes that lock onto the tablet easily and comfortably. And the angle of the dock is designed in such a way that the entire device stands more on the table and is more comfortable to work in contrast to other flat keyboards. And it’s no good that the included USB 3.0 is behind the curve of USB 3.1 and because of this the user has to unnecessarily spend extra money to unlock the full flexibility of the device. Microsoft released another Surface Connect for USB-C adapter that we can connect to the device charging port but we need to spend money and buy that too. Also in the box is the main adapter we get from the USB-A port that we can charge our mobile phones or other devices which leaves the Surface Pro 6s port free for other uses. Furthermore, a positive aspect is that performance is slightly improved in one area. The device has a strong contrast ratio of 1,500: 1 compared to the previous model which is 1,300: 1. This is a nice bonus for all users of Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and content writers because of the dark black and bright colors that make movies more effective and make media-editing easier and accurate for content writers and creators. And this device is quite good for Photoshop editing and its advantage is that it is portable. It was intended to help most people without wasting time and the device has excessive processing power to easily meet needs and battery power that lasts for a full day. The Surface Pro 6 has an Intel Cabi Lake refresh. Processor, which provides less energy-intensive quad-pro processing power. And this device also supports Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus so that users can take notes with moving hands and sketches, which is not enough time for anyone in this fast-paced world. The typing experience is very good despite the tight dimensions on the keyboard. And it may be mentioned that Microsoft has extended the letter keys more and the function keys are slightly smaller which is easier for typing due to the larger size. The trackpad is also very precise, accurate and responsive which allows us to scroll through articles very easily and have a quick overview of the process of moving and the trackpad has no buttons but it supports right and left clicks. But the device has an overall good performance with some drawbacks that most devices have.
Generally, though, I’m impressed by the lightness and nippiness of the Surface Pro 6. Yet, I want to see how the Core i7 versions perform. If you want something more powerful, I’d recommend checking out those. As well as giving you more processing power, there’s twice the amount of memory there, so applications and games should move at a much better clip.