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Surface Pro 8 Review – A Capable Machine

The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is a powerful workhorse for all office tasks, but its performance is impeded by fickle battery life. This laptop-tablet hybrid has seen new processors and upgrades in hardware over the years. The new Surface Pro 8 is a revamp. Though not much different from its predecessors when one looks at the Microsoft surface pro 128GB with Windows 8 review, its upgrades make it look like a new machine.

New Features

The touch screen is larger with a 120-Hz screen refresh rate, loaded with windows 11, and better performance. The base Surface Pro 8 now comes with a Core I5 processor, and the price tag starts at $ 1100, more than the $ 749 for the Surface Pro 7 model.

The larger touch screen goes up to 13 inches from the earlier 12.3 inches, and the screen still looks spacious even after opening multiple tabs and windows.  It is sharper with a higher 2880 X 1920-pixel resolution and a built-in ambient color sensor.  This makes the Pro 8 easier on the eye in any environment.

The faster refresh rate makes scrolling through Twitter or jotting down notes with the slim Pen 2 makes it feel smooth. However, it impacts the battery life, which is set 60Hz by default.

On the screen is a 1080p webcam that works well in low light. However, connectivity options are slim as Pro8 has only two USB-C ports, whereas Pro 7 has USB-A and USB-C. So it is good or bad depending on what accessories one plugs in. Thankfully, the headphone jack is there.

The chassis is made up of recycled aluminum in place of magnesium, and the black color of the graphite hides the fingerprints well. The material makes the device heavier at 1.96 pounds, up from 1.74 pounds for Pro 7. The Microsoft surface pro 8 Is also heftier than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which excludes the weight of the Type Cover keyboard. If the keyboard is added, the Pro 8   weighs more than 2.5 pounds.  It is lighter than MacBook Air.

The kickstand makes sure it stays upright. Windows 11 optimization for touch makes it easier to use as a tablet. One can move the floating virtual keyboard on display and alter its size.

The type cover keyboard costs $130 extra, but it is a must. It magnetically connects to the bottom edge of Surface Pro 8. The keys are pleasant to type on though the touchpad is small.

Microsoft also sells a combo package at $ 280 for the upgraded signature keyboard and Surface Slim Pen 2 stylus. The stylus can team up well with Pro 8, just as how Apple Pencil sticks on the side wirelessly within.  It helps when one wants to write draw outdoors and does not want to carry the keyboard along.

Battery

The Microsoft surface pro 8 has an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, and if one needs more power, it can be upgraded to Core i7. It has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, with options to upgrade.

The 2-1 with its iCore 5 can handle the day-to-day tasks that include web browsing, word processing, listening to podcasts on Spotify, Slack messaging, or using the Microsoft Whiteboard for manually writing notes. This device, however, is not for intense gaming but can handle lightweight games.

The battery life is the drawback as it does not reach 16 hours, as claimed by Microsoft.  The battery drains on non-native apps, and as there are some popular apps around, it is found that it can get approximately 6.5 hours with a 60 Hz refresh rate on a single charge. At a 120 Hz rate, it will be about 4.5 hours.

A capable Device

The surface pro 8 release date was October 5, the same date as Windows 11 release. The Surface Pro 8 device has a wonderful screen, powerful performance, and versatility with its 2-1 approach. Unlike a MacBook, one can detach it from the keyboard and use it for watching movies or surfing in bed. This avoids splurging on another separate tablet.  And though the iPads have come a long way, having replaced one’s laptop, the desktop experience that windows 8 surface pro review provides makes it a better experience and efficient tool for office tasks.  All new features make the surface pro 8 reviews so positive for an excellent machine are let down by the battery, which sucks so much power irrespective of the screen brightness.  It is not a pleasurable experience to keep searching for the nearest outlets to charge the Pro 8.

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