Microsoft Surface Pro 6
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The Surface Pro 6’s significantly longer battery life and fast 8th-gen Intel processor make this the Windows 2-in-1 to beat.
The Surface Pro 6 isn’t for everyone. It’s for people who will truly benefit from having a detachable 2-in-1 that’s light enough to carry anywhere and flexible enough to use as a tablet or laptop.
But if you’re in the market for that kind of device, Microsoft’s convertible is the one to buy.
- Fast quad-core performance
- Excellent battery life
- Bright and colorful display
- Comfortable keyboard
- Silky-smooth pen input
- Still no USB-C/Thunderbolt ports
- 256GB option is pricey and a bit sluggish
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a minor upgrade, but the entire package is a major winner. Those who want the most flexible, powerful, and frankly fun PC around will be hard pressed to find anything better. Last year, I said the Surface “is the culmination of the previous releases with nothing but improvements all around. It’s astonishingly beautiful, reliable, and delightful to use.” That statement is more true than ever.
Give me a Type-C port and add LTE next time, and the Pro will be perfect.
- New CPU is substantially more powerful
- Improved battery life; runs cooler
- Black is awesome
- Excellent build quality and design
- No Type-C or Thunderbolt 3
- No LTE option (yet)
- Odd pricing levels
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is the ideal hybrid tablet. It’s a slate that can run all of the Windows apps you need, and together with its keyboard cover, it can also serve as a solid ultraportable laptop. But honestly, the same was true for last year’s Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro 6 is pretty much the upgrade we expected. It has the latest CPUs, a slightly better screen, and that’s pretty much it. Microsoft basically did the bare minimum this year, which keeps it relevant in the hybrid tablet industry, but doesn’t really push anything forward.
- The fastest Surface yet
- Screen is a big improvement
- Still the best tablet keyboard around
- Battery life is better than before
- Black case option is a nice change of pace
- No major design changes
- Performance hasn’t changed much since last year
The latest Surface Pro tablet doesn’t make any radical design changes, but the performance jump makes it viable as a mainstream performance laptop replacement.
Even though the Surface Pro 6 looks and feels mostly the same on the outside, the biggest internal change is a very important one.
Battery life is also better by a significant margin, adding just over 90 minutes.
It also still has the best-engineered kickstand I’ve found in a tablet, capable of nearly (but not quite) 180 degrees of stable articulation.
- New quad-core processors pay off in big performance gains
- New black color option looks cool
- Best kickstand and keyboard for Windows tablets
- Keyboard cover, stylus, and new matte black design are extra
- CPU and color aside, it’s a very minimal upgrade
Microsoft has led the way in this laptop and tablet hybrid design, but it now risks competitors catching up.
Fortunately, Microsoft has tweaked the internals of the Surface Pro 6 to compensate for the lack of external hardware changes.
Battery life has also been solid. I’ve averaged around eight hours of battery life.
I love the versatility and weight of the Surface Pro, but the lapability is still an issue.
There’s still nothing quite like it in the Windows world, despite some similar offerings from PC makers
- Quad-core performance inside a lightweight tablet
- Mostly silent operation
- Matte black finish
- Still no USB-C ports
- Dated design
- Lapability still not ideal
With a modest speed boost and a new color choice, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 may not have changed much from the previous iteration, but what we loved about this 2-in-1 convertible then, we still love now.
Though the color shift is completely aesthetic, it lends a somehow sleeker look to any already slick design. The display is identical to that of the previous edition, which is to say, it’s gorgeous.
In general use, the device was perfectly snappy. All said, if you plan to do more serious or professional work on the Surface Pro 6, perhaps you should consider 16GB of memory or the Core i7 model.
- Speedy new 8th Generation Intel processor
- Good battery life
- Premium feel
- Sleek all-black color option
- Brilliant display
- Well-implemented kickstand
- Minimal changes from previous model
- As ever, keyboard sold separately
- Not ideal for in-lap use
- Somewhat restrictive configuration combinations. Limited ports
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is faster, longer lasting and now comes in a sleek, new black shell but … that’s about it. This is no doubt a better product than last year, but it might not be the generational leap some were hoping for. If you already own a Surface Pro 2017, this upgrade isn’t worth the cost. Otherwise, it’s the best Windows tablet money can buy.
- Quad-core processing
- Long battery life
- Excellent new color option
- Still no USB-C
- Dated USB 3.0 port
- Few meaningful improvements
If you need a versatile, creative machine with power and stamina, the Surface Pro 6 could be just what you’re looking for.
The main design change is the new matte black aluminium finish, which now joins the existing platinum finish.
The Surface line appears to be getting more expensive.
Unless you’re a workaholic, you’ll get a workday’s use out of the Surface Pro 6’s battery.
- Slick black finish
- Performance boost
- Pen is still brilliant
- Can be expensive
- Type Cover not lap-friendly
- Missing some ports
Although the Surface Pro 6 is essentially a soft update of the Surface Pro 5 - with better chipset options and therefore battery life - it’s still the best-in-class laptop replacement on the market. And it looks particularly fetching in matte black.
No, there’s no USB-C. Yes, the screen bezels are still quite large compared to the current competition. It’s not getting any cheaper either, with the ‘entry’ combination of Pro 6 and a keyboard accessory costing over a grand.
But it doesn’t matter: the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a really well made and great performing Windows device that looks and performs better than many of its rivals.
- Class-leading design for a 2-in-1
- Great screen resolution and brightness
- Plenty of power available from such a form factor
- Battery improved over previous Intel Core i model
- Hardly any different to the 2017 version
- Still no USB-C port
- Keyboard not included
- Can get very expensive (to the point a laptop might make more sense)
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is still the best detachable 2-in-1 around with a beautiful display and solid battery life, but its port selection is stuck in the past and its storage should be faster.
If you’re getting a detachable 2-in-1, it’s hard to recommend anything over the Surface Pro 6. Sure, we saw a little bit of throttling on our tests, but the battery life outclasses other detachables, and the display is excellent. Using it is just a great experience. The biggest hangups are that the keyboard doesn’t come in the box, and there’s no USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3.
- Vivid display
- Solid battery life
- Black color looks sleek
- No Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C
- Storage is slower than competitors
- Type Cover costs extra
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is the latest iteration of its iconic Windows tablet, complete with an 8th-generation, quad-core chip inside of it. While it’s nearly identical to earlier Surface Pro versions, that means its design remains one of the best—plus, it offers very good battery life compared to similar competition.
- Quad-core 8th-gen Core chip adds a performance bump
- Core i5 model does away with the fan
- Battery life improves somewhat
- External chassis is essentially unchanged…again
- Step down in GPU power from previous model
- Confusing mix of configurations to choose from on Microsoft site