Surface Pro 7 review: USB-C upgrade, battery downgrade

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The Surface Pro line hasn’t changed much over the years. Each new generation brought incremental spec bumps and slight design changes. And this time around is pretty much the same. Microsoft is giving us newer processors, improved microphones and some Surface Pen software updates. Most important of all, though, there is now a USB-C port. At last! But when the biggest update here is the new socket, you need to ask yourself whether the Surface Pro 7 is still an option worth considering.

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Pros
  • New USB-C port
  • Powerful performance
  • Best keyboard cover for a tablet
  • Solid build
Cons
  • Poor battery life compared to predecessor
  • Outdated design

Summary

The Surface Pro 7 is pretty much the same as the Surface Pro 6, with one important difference: USB-C. You’ll also get improved performance and microphones, but at the expense of battery life. The Pro 7 is a good hybrid PC, especially for those who’ve been waiting for the new port, but it’s otherwise not worth spending $750 to upgrade.

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