Microsoft Surface Pro 5

8.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Microsoft Surface Pro 5's screen is 12.3 inches with 1824 x 2736 pixels resolution.


There is a Intel Core m3 2.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Windows 10 Pro operating system (OS).

8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


A Kaby Lake CPU upgrade makes a big difference, but the competition is closing in.

- Mark Hachman , PCWorld 

The Surface Pro is an absolutely excellent piece of kit. It's small, attractive and almost scarily powerful.

- Adam Shepherd , IT Pro 

Reviews summary

Based on 15 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • Lightweight design
  • Excellent accessories
  • Plenty of storage
  • Solid performance

What's bad  

  • Price
  • So-so cameras
  • Extra cost for pen and keyboard cover
  • No USB Type-C

Offering both laptop-like performance and an ultra-portable, lightweight package, Microsoft’s Surface redefined the hybrid experience. Their latest release features fewer major upgrades and more refinement compared to the differences between earlier models.

Does the Surface still have what it takes to keep the competition at bay? Reviewers are chiming in with their thoughts on their power new piece of kit.

Let’s see what they’re saying!

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Looking at the Surface, most reviewers were quick to point out how similar it is to the older Surface Pro 4. They found minor differences—mostly in the hinge and corners of the device. However, the difference in the hand pleased most reviewers. Most had no issue with using the device in their lap or holding it for extended periods.

The front of the tablet features a 12.3-inch PixelSense display running at 1824-by-2736 pixels. Reviewers loved the display for its crispness, brightness and color accuracy. Benchmarks show it can handle professional photo editing and other color-sensitive tasks with ease. The resolution also makes the Surface ideal for working with multiple apps, documents or images at once.

Expert Reviews UK put the monitor through their testing routine and declared, “at full whack it’s utterly gorgeous.”

Depending on the model you choose, the new tablet comes with either an Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor and between 4 and 16GB of RAM. Most reviewers agreed that the i5 is the most versatile choice. However, for professional work, the i7 comes highly recommended.

Reviewers had zero issues with the tablet getting warm to the touch despite the new fanless design on m3 and i5 models. For the i7 models, reviewers found the fans barely noticeable.

Alphr summed up performance reviews well, saying, “If you are thinking of doing CAD/CAM work on it, you’ll need to go for the top spec, but a Core i5 version will be fine for most users.”

The Surface Pro 5 runs the same version of Windows 10 as a desktop or laptop computer. Depending on the model you choose, you’ll find between 128GB and 1TB of internal SSD storage. There’s also a microSD slot and USB 3.0 port for added storage options.

Microsoft doesn’t disclose the new hybrid’s battery capacity. While most reviews found that it falls short of the estimated 13.5 hours provided by the manufacturer, most had no trouble getting 6 to 8 hours of the tablet. With lighter usage, reviewers such as IT Pro UK squeezed 11 hours out of a single charge. Keep in mind, however, that the faster processors will use more power.

The Surface Pro 5 features a variety of ports to connect your accessories. While reviewers questioned the lack of USB Type-C support, most were happy with the options. Choices include a USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll also find Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1 support.

Many reviewers overlooked the 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing lens. Those that didn’t found the rear camera only so-so. However, no one had problems using the front-facing camera for Microsoft Hello unlocking or Skyping.

Reviewers agreed the Surface works best when paired with the Type Cover keyboard and Microsoft Pen. Neither are included with the tablet itself, so be sure to consider the added price of the two accessories. For artists, the Microsoft Pen now features 4000+ levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support.

The keyboard cover also received rave reviews. IT Pro UK said, “Not only was it by far the best detachable laptop keyboard we'd ever seen, it was one of the best laptop keyboards around, full stop.”

Overall, reviews for Microsoft’s latest release are positive—though some question whether an upgrade from the 4-series is worthwhile. The Verge summed up opinions well, saying, “The Surface Pro is the best execution on this style of computer: it has the power of a full-fledged laptop and the full support of Windows 10 Pro, while still maintaining a very light and portable package.”

As long as you don’t mind the price, it appears there is a lot to love about this tablet.

Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)

The Verge

The new normal

from The Verge

All of this sameness makes it really hard to see the work that Microsoft says it put into the new Surface Pro. You'll only notice when you use it and it lasts a couple hours longer without the fans spinning up. That’s not to say the new Pro doesn’t work — it’s just as capable as the Pro 4 and is an excellent computer for travel. But even within the frames of this design, I’d have liked to see a little more forward progress, such as a larger screen with smaller bezels, some more modern ports, or a larger trackpad on the Type Cover. Even the most conservative lap... Full review

IT Pro

Pro by name, pro by nature

from IT Pro
Microsoft's Surface family is usually best-of-breed, but the Surface Pro is spectacular even by Microsoft's lofty standards. Raw speed, a gorgeous screen and one of the best keyboards in the business - Microsoft has packed it all into one slim, sexy package. The Surface Pro is, hands down, the best business hybrid out there... Full review

Everything is better, nothing’s gotten worse

from SlashGear
For users that’ve never worked with a Surface device of any sort – I highly recommend taking one for a whirl at a local computer store. I do not recommend buying a Surface Tablet without first seeing how it feels to use in person. It’s a unique device, to be sure, and just like any device that costs hundreds of dollars and presents a new use case scenario, this warrants a trip to the Microsoft Store... Full review

More power for more money

from PCWorld
Of all the surprises that the Surface Pro (2017) offered, one of the most interesting was in battery life. Given that the dimensions of the new Surface Pro left little, if any, room for additional battery cells, it still surprised me that its 45Whr battery ran down over the course of eight hours, substantially more than the Surface Pro 4... Full review

The most massively improved Surface yet

from TechRadar
We’re surprised Microsoft has refrained from calling this the Surface Pro 5, as it’s the biggest improvement on a Surface we’ve ever seen. Despite losing the included Surface Pen, the Surface Pro’s huge improvements help it retain our Recommended award... Full review
Expert Reviews

The technical pinnacle of Windows 2-in-1s

from Expert Reviews

As an incremental update to the Surface Pro 4, the new Surface Pro undoubtedly succeeds. It’s faster, lasts longer, and looks better than the model it replaces. Its only possible undoing might be that it doesn’t go even further. At the time of writing, you can buy an equivalent-spec Surface Pro 4, plus both a Type Cover and Surface Pen, and still end up paying nearly £400 less than just the tablet component of the 2017 model. Are the improvements really worth that premium? Perhaps not for most people, but then the Pro line has always been a premium proposition. Like the 2-... Full review


A great machine, but it’s less relevant than ever

from Alphr
I’ve used the Surface Pro series since the third generation, and there’s no doubt this Surface Pro is the best one yet. It has good performance and great battery life and, because it’s both a tablet and a laptop, it’s a very versatile machine... Full review

Still a Pro, despite an unadventurous update

from Cnet
Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro gets an extremely conservative update, but better battery life keeps it the gold standard of Windows hybrid PCs -- for now... Full review
Laptop Magazine

Fantastic PixelSense display, faster performance

from Laptop Magazine
Other detachables simply can't match the Surface Pro's brilliant PixelSense display, simple but dynamic design and world-class inking experience. Then, you add in a pen with four times more pressure sensitivity than before and the best detachable keyboard on the market, and you've got a recipe for success. On high-specced models like our review unit, the Surface Pro's blazing performance is a huge boon to power users... Full review

Every bit the pro, but battery life is still a blow

from Pocket-lint
The new Surface Pro shows how far Microsoft has come with the series. It's a really well made and great performing Windows device. Even in the Core i7 form of this review model it's approaching silent in operation, thanks to seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors, which is fantastic... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date June 15, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 10 Pro

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Core m3 2.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
128 GB SSD
Digital compass No
FlightMode Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 14 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Magnesium alloy
E-book Reader No
Colors Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, Platinum
Dimensions [H x W x D] 29.2 x 20.1 x 0.8 cm
(11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 766 grams
(27 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1824 x 2736 pixels
Pixel Density 267 pixels
Size 12.3 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Unknown
Screen Reader Unknown
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups Unknown
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Microsoft Edge
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization No
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Main Camera  
Aperture No
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Unknown
Stopwatch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Microsoft Surface Pro (2017), Surface Pro (5th Gen)


128GB SSD storage model
Processor: Intel Core i5
RAM: 4
Weight: 786 grams

256GB SSD storage model
Processor: Intel Core i5 or i7
Weight: 786 grams

512GB SSD storage model
Processor: Intel Core i7
RAM: 16 GB
Weight: 786 grams

1TB SSD storage model
Processor: Intel Core i7
RAM: 16 GB
Weight: 786 grams
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