Surface Pro 7 Plus Review: The perfect choice

Surface Pro 7 Plus
Surface Pro 7 Plus

The Surface Pro 7 Plus which was launched in early 2021 is considered the best Surface Pro ever and currently holds the position of the best Windows tablet on the market. So, what makes this device a success, what amazing features this 2021 version deserves.

Overall, this new version includes new features such as an 11th Gen Intel processor and a removable SSD with LTE option. While it’s technically a Windows tablet, its performance and functionality leaves a 13-inch laptop open.

It’s not exactly the same as the Surface Pro 7, it adds some versatility and fits perfectly into a removable Windows tablet. This article will review Microsoft’s recently launched Surface Pro 7 Plus 2021 in detail.

Surface Pro 7 Plus Specifications

Surface Pro 7 Plus Specifications
Surface Pro 7 Plus Specifications

Microsoft has launched the Surface Pro 7 Plus for business and education customers. With a design that is identical to the Surface Pro 7 in terms of size, screen, and port location.

However, this new product brings a lot of impressive improvements. About the specifications compared to the original version. The screen of the device is still PixelSense 12.3 inches. And users are provided with USB-C and USB-A ports.

Combines a 3.5mm headphone jack with a Surface Connect port. The engine is currently rated for 15 hours of mixed use. The Surface Pro 7 has a rating of 10.5 hours. Thanks to a larger 50.4Wh battery (compared to the Surface Pro 7’s 46.5Wh). And new generation Intel Core CPU performance improvements.

In particular, the Surface Pro 7 Plus is also equipped with the latest 11th Gen Intel processor from Intel, the versions sold include:

  • Surface Pro 7+ Intel Core i3 (1115G4), 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Wifi only, priced at $899
  • Surface Pro 7+ Intel Core i5 (1135G7), 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Wifi or LTE Support, priced at $1149
  • Surface Pro 7+ Intel Core i5 (1135G7), 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Wifi or LTE support, priced at $1,649
  • Surface Pro 7+ Intel Core i7 (1165G7), 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, priced at $2799

One of the most important additions is the optional LTE. For wireless coverage when you are away from Wi-Fi. This isn’t the first time the Surface Pro has included LTE (we’ve reviewed a specific model with LTE for this, the Surface Pro With LTE Advanced).

The SIM card slot is located under the stand, and of course, you have to pay for the LTE service plan. This system uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem.

SSD Type Storage

Surface Pro 7 Plus with SSD Type Storage
Surface Pro 7 Plus with SSD Type Storage

In the current version, the Microsoft hardware team has completely revamped the interior of the Surface Pro 7 to provide removable SSD components. Also the TDM component has been updated, allowing a slightly larger battery to fit the same amount of space.

The fact that Microsoft decided to refresh the hardware instead of replacing the Surface Pro 7 with the Surface Pro 7 Plus is for business to keep the design elements consistent.

This is a useful addition as the SSD is removable, useful for users looking to upgrade, maintain, or swap drives themselves. The SSD 7 Plus M.2 Type-2230 (30mm) is located right next to the SIM slot under the stand.

Design Review

Surface Pro 7 Plus Design Review
Surface Pro 7 Plus Design Review

The Surface Pro 7 Plus retains the same magnesium alloy construction for a premium feel, platinum color options evoke luxury and classic black suitable for those who love traditional beauty.

The 0.33 x 11.5 x 7.9-inch dimensions and 1.7 pounds (770g – keyboard excluded) of the 7 Plus both feel solid, easy to hold, and ensure the portability, dynamics and aesthetics that modern devices require.

The Surface Pro 7 Plus features a 165-degree flexible kickstand on the back, allowing users to easily adjust the camera angle to suit the best viewing angle regardless of laptop or tablet mode. At the same time, as a 2-in-1 tablet, it also supports a removable magnetic Type Cover keyboard.

Type Cover currently has a very diverse color palette, users can choose arbitrarily to synchronize with their personal preferences or workspace.

High Quality Screen

As far as the screen goes, it’s one of the highest quality displays to date with a distinctive 12.3-inch diagonal size, document-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio, Sharp Pixel Sense 2736 x 1824 resolution, precise multi-touch panel, and support for Surface Pen.

In addition, Surface Pro 7 Plus is equipped with a 5.0MP front camera (full HD 1080p video), 1.6W Dolby Atmos stereo sound system and dual far-field Mics Studio for maximum support for video calling applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Team, Skype, etc.

At the same time, users can also use the Surface Pro 7 Plus to take photos, scan documents, scan images even in low light environments thanks to the 8.0MP autofocus camera (full HD 1080p video).

Long Battery Life

Microsoft says the Surface Pro 7 Plus has up to 15 hours of battery life (Wifi version) and 13.5 hours (LTE version), about 5 hours longer than the Surface Pro 7 2019 (10.5 hours) thanks to the lower-cost 11th Gen Intel processor. energy. and a larger 50.4Wh battery capacity.

In actual PCmag testing to compare the battery life of this new Surface with other competitors in the price range when all devices are fully charged, unplug the charger, turn on power saving mode, Turn on airplane mode, brightness 50%, volume 100%, turn off Wifi and enable playback Pre-downloaded 720p Tears of Steel file, Surface Pro 7 Plus run 14 hours 54 minutes, longer than Pro 7 11 hours 58 minutes, Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 14 hours 21 minutes, HP Specter x360 12 hours 41 minute.

Conclusion

The Surface Pro 7 Plus 2021 series from Microsoft is associated with a premium price tag and not the average budget-friendly option, but in return, quality design, performance and features are the main points that this line of equipment has always stood out. The latest processors bring new life and fierce competition, the convenience of built-in LTE for users who need to stay connected anytime and anywhere, a removable SSD that is suitable for those who plan to upgrade the level of future hard drives and a distinctive design style define Surface Pro 7 Plus – Microsoft’s most powerful 2-in-1 tablet.

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