Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is the new 2-in-1 Windows 10 from Microsoft that is characterized by the introduction of the eighth-generation Intel Core processors.
Surface Pro 6 is the new 2-in-1 from Microsoft, a direct descendant of the Surface Pro (2017). The relationship with the previous model is very close as this new product can be considered as a small hardware upgrade of the Surface Pro (2017) aimed at improving overall performance and offering an even better user experience. Therefore, we cannot speak of a true generational leap but rather of a product that takes the goodness of the previous model, bringing it to a higher level. The major innovations, in fact, are at the processor level with the adoption of the eighth-generation Intel solutions.
Thanks to this technical update, the new Surface Pro 6 is a 2-in-1 that is even more suited to productivity, with a nod to creatives looking for a powerful product that is easy to transport during their workday. As for the model from which it derives, also the Surface Pro 6 needs the Type Cover to be able to be exploited to the best as a mini notebook.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Design
Strictly derived from the “old” Surface Pro (2017), the new model has no obvious differences. In reality, however, there is something different. The new Surface Pro 6, in fact, can also be purchased in a new black color that brings to mind the first generation of Surface that had been proposed with this shade. For the rest, the Surface Pro 6 is identical to the previous model. Therefore, given the well-known body in magnesium alloy able to offer both lightness and strength. There is also the well-known kickstand which allows you to tilt the Surface Pro 6 at will to find the right position for use. In this way users will be able to interact more easily with their fingers or with the Surface Pen, positioning the Surface Pro 6 in the best position.
Being a 2-in-1, disconnecting the Type Cover will make it possible to transform the Surface Pro 6 into a sort of tablet PC to take advantage of all the features offered by Windows 10 with your fingers. 8.5 mm and weighs, without Type Cover, between 775 and 792 grams depending on the version chosen.
In addition to the black color, the classic gray / silver variant is also available.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Data Sheet
The news on the technical source are almost exclusively focused on the choice of processors. In fact, Microsoft has decided to offer the eighth-generation Intel CPUs in the Core i5 and Core i7 versions. As for the GPU, the new Surface Pro 6 features the Intel UHD Graphics 620 model. The RAM allocation can be 8 or 16 GB, while it will be possible to choose SSDs of different capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB. There is also a slot for MicroSDXC that allows you to expand the internal space to store data.
The touch display is always the popular 12.3-inch PixelSense with 2736 x 1824 pixel resolution (267 PPI) and 3: 2 aspect ratio. Also present two cameras. The latter adopts an 8 MP sensor (autofocus) that is capable of recording video at the maximum Full HD resolution. Frontally, on the other hand, a 5MP sensor stands out, able to allow video calls with Skype at the maximum resolution of Full HD. The sensor used by Windows Hello for biometric release also stands out frontally. Also present two microphones and stereo speaker with Dolby Audio Premium.
On the connectivity side, the Surface Pro 6 has Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac support. Also present brightness sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer. The data sheet concludes with a USB 3.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Mini DisplayPort and a Surface Connect port. The declared autonomy reaches 13.5 hours. The Type Cover must be purchased separately.
The Surface Pro 6 is compatible with the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial. The standard operating system offered is Windows 10 Home. This is an anomalous choice since up until now all the Surface Pro were adopting Windows 10 Pro.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Availability and Price
The new Surface Pro 6 will be available from February 7, 2019 in the following configurations and prices …
- Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage: 1,069 dollars
- Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage: 1,399 dollars
- Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage: 1,699 dollars
- Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage: 2,099 dollars
- Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage: 2,499 dollars
The Type Cover, costs 149.99 dollars.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Review
The Surface Pro 6 is the perfect synthesis of years of development by Microsoft of the Surface Pro family. A lot of time has passed since the launch of the first model of this family of devices that created a new product category condense the experience gained in this latest version of the Surface Pro.
Aesthetically the Surface Pro 6 does not differ much from the previous model, if not perhaps for the introduction of a new and very elegant black color. But if the design hasn’t changed much, Microsoft has made a hardware refresh that gave it a bit more performance than it needed for its 2-in-1.
The introduction of the eighth-generation Intel processors has made it possible to make the computer even more reactive, transforming it into a perfect product for productivity. Processors that have significantly improved autonomy.
The tested model, probably the most balanced one with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD, made it possible to easily do a full day’s work without having to use electricity.
Due to its technical features, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is basically a 2-in-1 designed for productivity. The absence of a dedicated GPU makes it not particularly suitable for games. Moreover, the 12.3-inch display is not the best for gaming despite its undoubted quality. To work on the move, to view images and videos, the PixelSense screen with 2736 x 1824 pixel resolution (267 PPI) and 3:2 aspect ratio is absolutely perfect and does not tire the eyes even after long hours of use. Video playback also enhances the stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium that have proven to offer very good sound quality.
The build quality is definitely premium already to the touch. The assembly and the materials used are of the highest level and reflect the typical quality of Microsoft which has always been very attentive to every detail. The kickstand is very solid, allowing you to keep the Surface Pro 6 upright and tilting it at will.
Like all Surface Pro’s, the keyboard is a separate element that must be connected through a magnetic connection. Keyboard that is called Type Cover as it also acts as a protective case. In the model under test, the Type Cover was in the declination with an alcantara covering that gives an additional premium look to the computer. No typing problems thanks to well-spaced island keys. Working with the Surface Pro 6 is therefore never a problem, not even if you were to interact on the screen with the Surface Pen sold separately.
Excellent, therefore, design and ergonomics. Performance is also significant. Processor and SSD allow the Surface Pro 6 to never waver. Furthermore, Microsoft has worked very well on heat dissipation. Even in situations of greater stress, the computer does not heat up much. This means that the performance does not fall and above all that the fan never makes itself felt too much.
No problem even with the front sensor used for facial unlocking used by Windows Hello. Even in conditions of not perfect brightness, the sensor is able to quickly recognize the face of the registered user and to unlock the computer.
Being a Microsoft product, integration with Windows 10 is unexceptionable and this is also an element of added value to consider.
Many advantages but also defects. The Surface Pro 6 certainly does not abound of doors and above all it is absent the USB-C which is now a must on most modern devices.
This is a gap that will surely be filled in future models.
The Surface Pro 6 in the tested version certainly costs little. They are 1,399 dollars to which the 149.99 dollars of the Type Cover must be added. However, the price reflects the high quality of the product and above all the guarantee that Microsoft will long support the product with frequent system updates.
A definitely valid investment if the goal is a powerful computer but also very easy to transport and use on the move to work or even to study.