Surface Pro 6 review

Can the latest Surface Pro keep pace with the iPad Pro and laptop rivals like the MacBook Air?

Our Verdict

Microsoft hasn’t improved this year’s Surface Pro a great deal, but this is still the best 2-in-1 around. The question is whether you need a 2-in-1 or not; will you use it as a tablet? For many, a laptop remains a better option.

For

  • Beautiful display
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent performance

Against

  • Should replace ports with USB-C
  • Not the latest Intel processor
  • Need to buy accessories separately

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The Surface Pro 6 is the latest version of Microsoft’s successful 2-in-1 tablet-PC combo. It’s been launched alongside the Surface Laptop 2, which is a more traditional clamshell laptop design like the MacBook Air.

The new Surface Pro doesn’t have a stack of improvements over the last generation, but it does up the performance significantly; its closest direct comparable is probably the HP ZBook x2, although there are plenty of other 2-in-1 competitors like the Acer Switch 5. However, as a creative, the question is: is it as good a tablet as the iPad Pro or a potential laptop replacement that can take on your current ultra-portable? 

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft hasn’t improved this year’s Surface Pro a great deal, but this is still the best 2-in-1 around. The question is whether you need a 2-in-1 or not; will you use it as a tablet? For many, a laptop remains a better option.

Kerrie Hughes
Freelance writer

Kerrie Hughes is a frequent contributor to Creative Bloq, and was once its editor. One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications such as ImagineFX, Computer Arts and Digital Camera World. After a stint working for the police, Kerrie is back reviewing creative tech for creative professionals.