Microsoft’s Surface Pro was introduced to the market as a way to merge the portability of a tablet and the power of a notebook. While some compared it directly with Apple’s own iPad line, the Surface Pro catered to users looking for more power and computing compatibility.
Microsoft rereleased the Surface Pro and added an LTE radio so that you can simply pop in a SIM and use the device as freely as you want to without having to worry about a Wi-Fi connection. This should appeal more to business users who would need on a constant and reliable internet connection on the go.
Though normal PC users would have something to love about this as well. The Surface Pro is still a very capable tablet/computer hybrid that should aid them in their productivity needs.
The Surface Pro LTE mirrors that same design as its Wi-Fi counterpart: a 12.3-inch touchscreen that features a 3:2 aspect ratio and the signature stand at its back. Buttons for the power and the volume are located on top, and also a single USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort, and a microSD card slot. The SIM tray is located next to the microSD card slot hidden behind the kickstand.
On the inside, the Surface Pro LTE unit we have for review is powered by an Intel Core i5 7300U processor along with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. This more than enough to run Windows 10 Pro without any hiccups. It’s passable for everyday tasks and some games, but since this is meant to be a productivity device, don’t expect graphics-churning hardware.
Using the Surface Pro LTE was a breeze. I can conveniently switch between navigating the device using the touchscreen or using the keyboard cover. The display is crisp and detailed, and colors were brilliant without being oversaturated, giving you a better screen to view photos or watch movies. Microsoft has packed a lot of pixels in the display, and while the 2736-by-1824 resolution isn’t standard, it’s enough to give you enough screen real estate.
Other than that the basic Windows 10 functions are present for your needs. I have used the Surface Pro LTE for about a week as my daily PC for work and personal stuff and not once did it falter.
The unit I’ve tested came preloaded with an Etisalat data SIM, and since Etisalat already offers 4G LTE connectivity on literally every part of the UAE, I’ve had a stable connection even when I’m in Abu Dhabi or driving to Fujairah. Additionally, the Surface Pro LTE can intelligently switch to LTE just in case your Wi-Fi connection drops – just make sure you have enough data allowance so you won’t be surprised when your bill arrives.
The Alcantara-made keyboard is a joy to type on thanks to the island-style key design. Microsoft’s Surface Pen, which is the device’s official stylus accessory, works well with the tablet. Though I didn’t use it that much, artists and other creators should have more benefits with it.
Battery-wise, I’ve got about seven hours before I needed to plug in the charger, which personally is decent enough considering that this device is more of a computer than a tablet.
Overall, Microsoft improves upon the original Wi-Fi Surface Pro by providing an always-on connection through LTE. It might be on the pricier side, but the Microsoft Surface Pro LTE stands as one of the best computing devices we’ve tested so far.
+ Brilliant display
+ Excellent keyboard
+ LTE support
– Price isn’t for everyone
Final Rating: 5/5