Welcome to the 2017 version of the Microsoft Surface, called the Pro. Microsoft followed Apple’s naming strategy where their latest iPad is just called the “iPad” (doing away with 1, 2, 3, etc.), Microsoft also decided to do away with the numeric versions. 2015’s Surface 4 has now been replaced by the Surface Pro. As with every new “upgraded” product. The question arises …Are there enough differences to purchase the upgraded version? Let’s take a look at the Microsoft Surface Pro:

There are a few subtle differences for this year’s model of the Surface Pro. While the size of this tablet is very similar, the Surface Pro is slightly lighter. Perhaps it’s the now “fanless” design? From the side, you won’t be able to see heat vents.

The processor on the Surface Pro is slightly faster for quicker performance. Microsoft Surface Pro offers 6 options for the new 7th Gen processors:

  • Core m3
  • Core i5 with 4gb RAM and 128gb SSD
  • Core i5 with 8gb RAM and 256gb SSD
  • Core i7 with 8gb RAM and 256gb SSD
  • Core i7 with 16gb RAM and 512gb SSD
  • Core i7 with 16gb RAM and 1TB SSD.

Starting cost? They start at around $800.00 and go up from there depending on the version you choose.

The Surface Pro offers a much longer battery life with about 13.5 hours battery life. Of course, real world use would have it about 10-12 hours. That’s still plenty for most people.

The beautiful touchscreen is still the same as the Surface 4. At 12.3” with a 2736×1824 resolution.

So is it worth it to buy? That depends on your budget and your need. If you’re a consumer, I don’t see a huge enough difference to warrant the upgrade. As a business user, I can’t justify it. Remember, when you buy the Surface Pro, you’ll need to get the cover AND the touch pen as well. These accessories will increase your overall cost by $200-$300.00. Even if you are in the market for a new to the device, it might be worth looking at the Surface 4 over the Surface Pro. It will be substantially less expensive yet, very compatible. The Surface 4 includes all the accessories. Moving to the new Pro is not a must have. The Microsoft Surface Pro upgrade was not enough to make the upgrade a necessity. Without LTE as an option, that’s disappointing to a lot of business travelers. To upgrade or not to upgrade … is the question? Whichever you decide, the Surface remains the king of the Windows tablet, Laptop replacement.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017