Which 2019 Microsoft Surface Should You Buy?

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Microsoft announced its got a bunch of new Surface products on the way at its special event in early October. With some of them being released today and in the coming weeks, we thought it'd be a good time to take a look at which one is most deserving of your money depending on your needs. Here's a look at what's coming.

How To Buy The Microsoft Surface Pro X In Australia

Microsoft is launching a bunch of new Surface products over the next few weeks: The Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7 and new Surface Laptop 3. Each device comes in multiple models with varying specs, prices, and release dates, but all of them can be pre-ordered right now.

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Surface Laptop 3

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Microsoft's new Surface Laptop 3 is a slim laptop entry and comes with a lot of options. First, you'll be able to choose between two display sizes but after that, you'll choose one of five colours, your storage and RAM requirements and whether you want to upgrade to a more powerful graphics and computer processor.

If you just need the bare basics for everyday browsing, streaming and notetaking, you can nab one starting from $1699.

Specs

Specs split by 13.5" and 15" models.

  • Dimensions: 13.5" | 308 mm x 223 mm x 14.5 mm, 1265g - 1288g.

    15" | 339.5 mm x 244 mm x 14.69 mm, 1542g

  • Display: 13.5" | 13.5” PixelSense Display, 2256 x 1504 (201 PPI), aspect ratio: 3:2.

    15" | 15” PixelSense Display, 2496 x 1664 (201 PPI), aspect ratio: 3:2

  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD
  • Graphics: 13.5" | Intel Iris Plus Graphics.

    15" | AMD Radeon Vega 9 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition, AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition

  • Processor: 13.5" | Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor.

    15" | AMD Ryzen 5 3580U Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 9 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition, AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Mobile Processor with Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics Microsoft Surface Edition

  • Memory: 13.5" | 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM.

    15" | 8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM

  • Price: $1699 - $4399

The Surface Laptop 3 is available from 22 October 2019.

Surface Pro 7

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If you're over carting your laptop around and would prefer a smaller beast with just as much power, the Surface Pro 7 is also being released with improvements to its ports (it's got both both USB-A and USB-C now) and coming packed with 10th gen Intel core.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm, 775g - 790g
  • Display: 12.3” PixelSense Display, 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics (i3), Intel Iris Plus Graphics (i5, i7)
  • Processor: Dual-core 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G4 Processor, Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor
  • Memory: 4GB, 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Price: $1249 - $3749

The Surface Pro 7 is available from 22 October 2019.

Surface Pro X

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The big daddy of the Surface Pros is the new Pro X, which is slimmer than the Pro 7, with an enhanced battery life thanks to Microsoft's new SQ1 processor. One downside is it comes without a headphone jack and a regular USB port making things a bit frustrating if you have some (now considered) antiquated tech.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm, 774g
  • Display: 13” PixelSense Display, 2880x1920 (267 PPI), aspect ratio: 3:2, touch: 10 point multi-touch, brightness: 450 nits
  • Storage: 128, 256 or 512GB SSD
  • Graphics: Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 GPU
  • Processor: Microsoft SQ1
  • Memory: 8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Price: $1699 - $2899

The Surface Pro X is available from 19 November 2019.

Verdict

At the end of the day, you should buy the one that fits best with your budget and needs. For people just wanting to use a fast, light laptop for notetaking or light tasks, such as internet browsing, it'd be a waste of money and processing power to buy a model with a great graphics card. If you need something portable and reliable, the Pro X has great battery life and is slimmer than the Pro 7.

With all the models being so customisable, it really comes down to what form you'd prefer: aesthetic, practical or portable. Thankfully, the new lineup seems to have a bit of that for everyone whichever you choose.


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