1. Microsoft Surface Pro
While Microsoft didn’t call this year’s tablet the Surface Pro 5, in many ways it’s a sequel to the Surface Pro 4 (which also features on our list of the best business tablets), with a 32% increase in battery life – according to our benchmarks — as well as a refined design that remains thin and light, while also providing plenty of power. The new and improved Surface Pen and Type Cover makes this a brilliant business tablet that can be used as a laptop replacement, and it comes in a range of specifications, which makes choosing the right model for your business (and personal) needs easy.
Each has a touchscreen, but only three of them are “mobile”, as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that sits on a desk and one of them runs a sandboxed version of Windows known as Windows 10 S.
Confused about which one might be the one for you? No worries. It’s not as complicated as it first seems and to help you figure out the differences between them all and work out which is the best for your requirements, we’ve compared each of the four Surface device families spec-by-spec to give you a better idea of which is best for you.
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In the first-party device category, Surface Pro 4 takes the cake at 39.7 percent while the Surface Pro 3 of 2014 is still holding on at 21.7 percent. The third-place Surface 3, at 10.4 percent, is not too far ahead of the Surface Pro (2017) at 9.2 percent — not too bad for replacement grades at the six-month mark. All we have to do is wait for LTE-equipped Surface Pro devices to show up on the list.
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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is an even stronger MacBook Pro competitor than before. Mostly, that’s because there’s finally a 15-inch model for people who need a bit more screen real estate. But the company has fixed most of the issues we had with last year’s 13-inch model, as well. That’s particularly true when it comes to the Surface Book 2’s unique hinge, which lets you remove and flip around the display. It’s the ideal follow up — one that does everything its predecessor did well without any compromises. It’s another strong entry for Microsoft, in a year where it already launched the excellent Surface Laptop and Surface Pro.
The Surface Book 2 is one of the most powerful and well-designed Windows laptops on the market. And thanks to its improved hinge, it doesn’t feel any different than a traditional notebook. It’s the best MacBook Pro competitor we’ve seen yet.
Stephanie Tarling’s Pure Imagination was a key part of the spine-chilling magic of the Surface Studio unveil, and the artist has since contributed to the marketing of Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2.
Peter Kyriacou heads up the program management team for all Surface devices. The secret to product perfection, he tells ZDNet, is to test lots of ideas, ‘fail fast’, and develop the good ones.