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Microsoft Surface Pro X Review Rundown

MicrosoftPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Pro X Tablet (2020 update)
Neoscore* 70%
  • Slim, premium design
  • Slim bezels
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Lacks microSD card slot

Summary

Microsoft has updated the Surface Pro X with the Microsoft SQ 2 custom ARM chip, a new Platinum finish option, and new color choices for the Surface Pro X Keyboard. These updates also lead to an improved battery life that now extends to 15 hours of typical usage as well as growing app support for Windows on ARM, including the newly optimized Microsoft 365 applications.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The Surface Pro X has a look and feel worthy of Gotham's caped crusader. It measures just 0.28-inches at its thinnest point and weighs a touch more than 2 pounds. While I really appreciate that Microsoft has finally embraced USB-C for its 2019 Surfaces, I'm not a fan of removing the headphone jack.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim, slim design
  • Hidden stylus storage
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • USB-C port
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Pro X offers most of the things we expect from a Surface device. It's a slimmer version of the Surface Pro 7 with thinner bezels and rounded corners. The 13-inch screen makes for an unwieldy experience when using the device as a tablet.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 13-inch display
  • Comfortable keyboard and stylus
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Middling performance
  • Only one USB-C port

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Surface Pro X is Microsoft's most expensive tablet, starting at $1,499 for the base model. The 13-inch, 2880 x 1920-pixel touch screen is one of the best I've seen on any tablet. The tablet's display covers 73.7% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp, vivid display
  • Sleek, slim design
  • Slim Pen stylus included
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only two versions of the SQ2 chip

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The 13-inch touchscreen has a native resolution of 2880x1920 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. The screen comes with a good factory calibration. The slate only supports applications from the Microsoft Store and 32-bit programmes, which, in practice, can lead to severe limitations. The battery life should have been great, because the slate features an energy-efficient ARM chip.
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Pros[**]
  • Matte IPS screen
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons[**]
  • Only supports 32-bit and 64-bit applications
  • Only one USB-C port

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The new Microsoft Surface Pro X is the best-looking pure Windows 10 tablet ever. Thanks to its custom, unique ARM-based processor, the tablet is whisper-quiet and features long battery life. With the backlit Signature Keyboard attached, the Pro X transforms into a rough approximation of a laptop. Microsoft's own Surface Pro 7 is a better bet.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, sleek design
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in kickstand for propping up desktops
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the iPad Pro

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Surface Pro X has a 13in screen and optional keyboard. It's a direct rival to the 12.9in iPad Pro. You can't treat is as a normal Windows laptop as the ARM chip can't run some apps. You'd be right to expect great performance given what the Pro X costs. But you're more likely to be put off by the absence of a headphone jack.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Long battery life
  • Good graphics performance
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the Surface Pro 7

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is an undoubtedly stellar looking and feeling tablet. Microsoft's newest attempt at an ARM-based Surface Pro device could have been impressive as well. We're more than a little let down by a few key Pro X design choices. Here's the kicker: some big sacrifices were made in the name of thinness and lasting power.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish, modern design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Pro X could be the first ARM-powered 2-in-1 laptop that's worth buying. This $999 detachable is also a direct competitor to the iPad Pro that steals a trick from Apple. It features the expected built-in stand and a custom SQ1 CPU designed in partnership with Qualcomm. Just be prepared to spend a lot once you add the keyboard and pen.
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Pros[**]
  • Slim bezels on the 13-inch edge-to-edge display
  • Long battery life
  • Built-in stylus
Cons[**]
  • Lacks USB-C ports

tomshardware[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is the most beautiful tablet I've ever held. This is the design of Microsoft's hardware future, and it makes the Intel's Ice Lake powered Surface Pro 7 look like a device from the past. For enthusiasts and many business users, it will start and end with one question: Can it run the programs I need?
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Pros[**]
  • Slim, slim design
  • Long battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Slim Pen included
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The second generation of the Surface Pro X is here, and for all intents and purposes it is really the same computer as before. Microsoft has made some cosmetic upgrades, including a new platinum color option and an updated keyboard/stylus combo. Base pricing hasn't changed, though the top-end model now tops out at $1,800.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 13-inch touchscreen
  • All-day battery life
  • Decent performance for the price
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the 32-bit version

references

1. ^ Microsoft's Surface Pro X Goes Full Batman. gizmodo. 2019-11-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X Review. laptopmag. 2019-11-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X (SQ2, 2020) review. laptopmag. 2020-11-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X Review. pcmag. 2019-11-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X review. techadvisor. 2020-02-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X review. techradar. 2019-11-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X review (hands on). tomsguide. 2020-02-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro X Review: We’re Just Not Compatible. tomshardware. 2019-11-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Review: Microsoft Surface Pro X (2020). wired. 2020-12-15 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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