A few of us at Tech Advisor towers, myself particularly, thought that Microsoft’s Surface range was never going to stand the test of time. Mainly the tablet form-factor and the mess that was Windows RT, but things have changed a lot since then and we’re big fans of the firm’s own-brand range.
We still think the Surface Pro is a bit of an awkward product and should always come with the Type Cover, but other products in the Surface family have blown us away. With the Surface Laptop and Surface Book, Microsoft has even made some of its hardware partners look a bit mediocre at times.
Combining attractive design, premium build quality and high-end specs, there’s a lot to like about the Surface range.
Not every device has been updated recently but there’s something for everyone from the affordable Surface Go all the way up to the mammoth all-in-one Surface Studio 2 (not listed below as we were unable to review it). You can read about the latest rumours for these unannounced Surface models.
- Surface Book 3
- Surface Pro 8
- Surface Go 2
We’re also looking forward to upcoming devices like the Surface Duo (aka the long awaited Surface Phone) and Surface Neo.
Below we’ve rounded up all the best Microsoft Surface devices available at the moment to help you choose which is the right one for you to buy. While they can be expensive, Microsoft and other retailers often have great deals on Surface products.
They might not run on Windows but you might also be interested in the Microsoft Surface Headphones.
What’s the best Microsoft Surface?
1. Surface Laptop 3
The Surface Laptop 3 is the most versatile entry in the product family to date. Not only does it come in more finishes than its predecessors, with the option of a metal deck alongside the existing Alcantara, as well as more colour options, like the new Sandstone, but Microsoft has also created two discreet sizes for this generation.
The 13.5in model can be had with either a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 chip and up to 1TB of storage, while the larger 15in SKU sports custom Ryzen 5 or 7 processors, along with up to 512GB of internal space.
For the first time, USB-C also joins the fray, however, power users might struggle with that fact that there’s only a single Type-C port and it tops out at USB 3.1, not Thunderbolt 3.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review
2. Surface Go
If you want a new Windows laptop you should seriously consider the Surface Go. It’s more portable and lightweight than the Surface Pro and thanks to its size you can actually use it on your lap.
We recommend the more expensive version with 8GB RAM but if you are a light user than the base model is fine for email, word processing and Netflix. The build quality is excellent but you will have to pay for the not-included Type Cover.
Overall the Surface Go is a triumph and a genuine option over similarly priced, cumbersome laptops.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Go review
3. Surface Book 2
The Surface Book 2 is a stunning piece of work from Microsoft once again. It’s a great example of a premium laptop with top-level design, performance and features. We only have a few minor quibbles such as the lack of Thunderbolt.
It might be one of the best laptops you can buy but not everyone should rush out and get one. The price means that it’s only justifiable for those who will really make use of its modes, features and performance. For the average Joe, a cheaper rival will suffice such as the Surface Laptop 2 or 3.
If you want you can also opt for the 15in version – reviewed here.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Book 2 13.5in review
4. Surface Pro 7
The Surface Pro 7 is a powerful tablet that doubles as a decent laptop if you opt for the Type Cover case, although trying to actually use it in your lap is a challenge not many will succeed with.
The improved internals and upgraded graphics are where the Pro 7 really shines. It’s certainly more powerful than the Pro X, and it’s a massive jump forward from the Surface Pro 6 too. It’s still not a gaming laptop, mind you, and cheaper standard laptops can offer more in terms of raw power, but you’ll lose that versatile design.
If you’re going to get the use out of the portability and flexible nature of the 2-in-1, the Pro 7 is worth considering, but there are more powerful laptops at a similar price if processing grunt is key.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review
5. Surface Laptop 2
The Surface Laptop 3 is now here to replace this model, and it’s worth going for unless you find a great deal on this older model.
For a while, the Laptop 2 was cheaper and the difference between them not enough to justify spending extra. However, the latest model is now easily found on offer and provides the latest experience, including a 15in model.
Still, if you do happen to find a Laptop 2 at an attractive price, it will still serve you well
Read our full Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review
6. Surface Pro 6
If you’re looking for a Windows 10 tablet you could do a lot worse than the Surface Pro 6. The necessary Type Cover still isn’t included in the price, so budget for this as well as the Surface Pen if you need them.
Now in matt black, the Pro 6 is a powerful and versatile Windows tablet that is a great portable option if you want a tablet that is as good as a laptop with full Windows 10. It’s a shame there’s no USB-C port, as can be found on the Surface Pro 7, but otherwise we can fully recommend it.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review
7. Surface Pro X
Before you buy a Surface Pro X, you must understand its limitations. The Microsoft / Qualcomm-designed processor can run older 32-bit Windows apps by emulation, but this takes a toll on both performance and battery life.
Given that the selection of Windows apps designed for ARM processors is relatively small, you’ll need to be sure the apps you use most are among them before committing.
If they are, you’ll love the instant-on, always-connected experience you get with a Surface Pro X, even if you won’t necessarily love the price once you factor in the keyboard and stylus. Also, watch out because there’s no microSD slot or headphone jack like other Surface tablets.
Read our full Microsoft Surface Pro X review