If you don’t need the ‘powerhouse performance’ of the Surface Book 2, then the 12.3-inch Surface Pro is a more affordable option for business users who still need to run Windows 10 Pro.
The entry-level model version of the Surface Pro starts at around £800 (inc. VAT), although its Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM are a little underpowered, so it’s worth stepping up to this Core i5 model, priced at £982.50 (ex. VAT; £1,179 inc. VAT, or $1,100). Microsoft doesn’t specify the exact processor, but it appears to be a dual-core Core i5-7300U running at 2.6GHz (up to 3.5GHz with TurboBoost), backed up with 8GB memory and 256GB solid-state drive.
That price doesn’t include Microsoft’s Signature Type keyboard/cover, which costs a hefty £125 (ex. VAT; £150 inc. VAT, or $160), but Microsoft’s UK store does run regular offers allowing you to make some modest savings if you select a bundle containing the keyboard, mouse or other accessories.
The slimline design is highly portable, with the tablet section measuring just 8.5mm and weighing 0.7kg on its own. The 2,736 by 1,824 (267ppi) display is bright and colourful, and well suited to graphics work or presentations, and this Core i5 model uses a fan-less cooling system that allows it to run cool and quiet at all times. Battery life is good too, with Microsoft claiming up to 13.5 hours from the 45Wh battery.