What you need to know about Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft Surface Pro X for business

Microsoft continues to be a serious competitor in the computer hardware market, and this year they didn’t disappoint. On October 2, 2019, Microsoft announced an impressive lineup of smartphones, laptops, and hybrid devices. Most of these devices won’t be available until late 2020, but one product you can expect this November 5 is the Surface Pro X. 

The Surface Pro X is the latest version of Microsoft’s two-in-one tablet. This device has many of the same features as previous Surface Pro models, but there are some unique upgrades, too. If you’re considering getting a Surface Pro X for your business, here’s everything you need to know.

Portable design

At first glance, the Surface Pro X sports the same look and feel as previous versions. It has the trademark slate-shaped design, including a kickstand, two USB-C ports, and an attachable keyboard (sold separately). However, the Surface Pro X is Microsoft’s sleekest tablet yet.

The tablet is thin at 7.3 mm and super lightweight at 0.77 kg without Microsoft’s optional keyboard. Surface Pro X has narrow bezels, making way for a 13-inch (33 cm) display that has a 2880×1920 resolution. For comparison’s sake, older models only have 12.3-inch screens and duller resolutions.

The attachable keyboard and touchpad is nothing new, but it now has a charging dock for your Surface Pen stylus. Additionally, the pen is slim and magnetically attaches to the dock so it sits securely on your keyboard.

Robust hardware

The Surface Pro X also boasts new hardware under the hood. While most Windows machines are powered by Intel CPUs, the Pro X uses an ARM-based SQ1 processor. In layman’s terms, these processors are optimised for mobile devices and are not as power-hungry as Intel chips.

Despite being designed for mobile devices, SQ1 processors provide solid performance. They have eight cores and can reach processing speeds of up to 3 GHz, outperforming some mid-range laptops. Such speeds can handle web browsers and most enterprise apps, but don’t expect to run intensive video editing software. Multiple cores also mean the Surface Pro X is capable of running several applications at the same time.  

In addition to the SQ1 processor, the Surface Pro X has a powerful integrated graphics card that displays crisp images and video. The base model comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage. Meanwhile, premium models give you up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.

Optimised for remote work

Surface Pro X is an ideal gadget for working on the go. For starters, it offers a 13-hour battery life, largely because of its energy-efficient processor. This is three hours more than Apple’s advertised battery life for its 13-inch iPad Pro. Surface Pro X also supports fast charging, capable of charging from 0 to 80 percent in under an hour. 

If you need to take detailed photos, Surface ProX is equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras. The front-facing camera has 5 megapixels (1080p video quality), while the rear one gives you 10 megapixels (4K video quality).

As for connectivity, every Surface Pro X can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. In cases where this is not possible, however, the tablet has LTE Advanced Pro connectivity. So whether you’re at home, on the road, or in a different state, you always have access to high-speed internet. Keep in mind that you’ll need to acquire and activate a compatible SIM card to enable this feature.

Built for business

Surface Pro X for Business is loaded with Windows 10 Pro to give you access to feature-rich Windows productivity apps. What’s more, the tablet is designed to run Office 365 seamlessly and offers enterprise features including:

  • Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM) enables system administrators to remotely manage firmware updates and settings
  • Microsoft Intune lets you set device-specific access restrictions for data, networks, and apps
  • Advanced Threat Protection uses cloud-powered intelligence to detect and prevent threats that can evade traditional security measures  

Cost and verdict

The starting price of the Surface Pro X is $1,699 (and $1,849 for Business users). It’s a big upfront investment, but it is a gadget that transforms from a tablet to a portable studio to a laptop. Ultimately, those who work remotely can greatly benefit from the lightweight design and powerful hardware of the Surface Pro X.

If you’re still unsure whether the Surface Pro X is right for you, talk to Empower IT Solutions today. We have teams of consultants and support engineers to help you make the best decision for your business.