Rebecca Khan

Computers, laptops, tablets

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 & Surface Laptop 2 Overview

Microsoft has been impressing us with their line of tablets and mobile devices for years, especially their Surface products. They figured out how to make Windows as a mobile touch experience a viable platform for professionals and home users alike, which has spawned many iterations of the platform since. Microsoft paid attention when they saw the demand for the Surface with its keyboard, and launched the Surface Laptop. The Surface Laptop 2 is now here, along with the Surface Pro 6, so let’s take a look at these killer products, and how you might use them.


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Functionality

  • Surface Pro 6

Many people were sceptical of the Surface range of products when they were first launched, and with good reason. Microsoft did not have a good record with developing its mobile versions of Windows, and the whole experience of using Windows Mobile always felt a little tedious for many people. The Surface Pro changed all of this with intuitive user navigation and touch screen optimizations.

  • Surface Laptop 2

If you are looking for a more traditional mobile experience, then the Surface Laptop 2 is really easy to recommend, especially if you do a lot of typing. The keyboard is a writer’s dream, with satisfying tactile feedback and thoughtfully placed hardware keys. The key switches are high quality and the response is really good, considering how short the travel distance is on these low-profile keys.

  • Deciding Which Device is For You

These devices are both very similar in hardware specs, and in functionality, so it is very difficult trying to decide which one is right for you. If you find yourself working as a professional that needs to type a lot and attend meetings, or if you travel a lot and need to answer emails and edit documents often, then it is very easy to recommend the Surface Laptop 2. If, on the other hand, you are in an artistic field and you need to use a digital drawing platform, the Surface Pro 6 could fit your needs a little better. You can purchase the stylus and keyboard so that you can get the most versatile experience out of the tablet form factor.

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Surface Laptop 2

How Do the Hardware Specs Look?

  • Surface Laptop 2

The Surface Laptop 2 is a 13.5”-inch device with a Pixel Sense display, and a 10-point multi touch screen. It can achieve resolutions up to 2256×1504, and has a pixel per inch density of 201ppi. This gives it an aspect ratio of 3:2, which works well for devices of this size. CPU and RAM options vary depending on your budget, as do the RAM configurations, which are available in 8GB and 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

  • Surface Pro 6

These two devices are similarly matched in the hardware department, with not much to separate them other than the size and pixel density of their displays. The Surface Pro 6 is a 12.3”-inch device with the same Pixel Sense display that comes equipped with a 10-point multi-touch screen. The screen displays at 2736×1824 with a ppi of 267. You can have either an 8th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 version of this tablet, which is identical to the Surface Laptop 2.

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So, what’s our verdict on whether you should you buy either of these devices?

If you are a professional that needs a lightweight laptop that is very slim and powerful, then you would be hard pressed to find something as stylish as the Surface Laptop 2 for the money. It is a fairly simple setup, and gaming is definitely not on the cards with this machine due to the limited graphical power provided by the Intel UHD Graphics 620 that both the Surface Laptop 2 and the Surface Pro 6 ship with. For artists, designers and tablet enthusiasts, the Surface Pro 6 is a smart buy, especially with the keyboard and stylus options. The drawing experience on this device is something to behold, and the detachable keyboard makes this a functional laptop substitute if you are not typing all day. Both of these devices fill a professional niche, and either of these would be a good choice for aspiring professionals as the next mobile device of choice from Microsoft.