Microsoft Surface Pro X 13″ Windows Tablet with LTE
The Surface Pro X features a high display resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels for a very sharp picture quality. As same as the other Microsoft Surface tablets, the Pro X has a document editing-optimized 3:2 screen aspect ratio, IPS-class wide viewing angles, support for both finger touch and active digitizer pen input on the display (pen sold separately), and optional keyboard cover.
Besides the screen size, the main difference between the Surface Pro X and its Surface siblings is its ARM processing technology you can typically find in mobile phones and devices such as iPad. But still, the Surface Pro X runs Windows 10 operating system. The caveat here is that some programs under Windows on ARM processors run only in emulation mode, with possibly lower performance of the programs. Also, some peripherals that work on other Windows 10 computers might not work on the Surface Pro X, if there are no ARM-compatible software drivers for the peripherals.
The incorporated ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 processor is rather designed for power efficiency than top-notch performance. This enables a long battery life of “up to 13 hours”, according to Microsoft. For comparison, the Surface Pro 7 with its smaller 12.3″ screen and an Intel processor is rated at 10.5 hours.
Generally, the SQ1 and its integrated graphics are suitable for regular home and office usage, involving Microsoft Office apps, web browsing, light casual gaming, and similar. When you add the Pro X’s built-in LTE mobile broadband internet connectivity to the mix, it can be said that the device is aimed at mobile office professionals who require a great portability, long battery life and “always-on” internet connection. For heavier tasks like media production, recommended are the regular Intel or AMD processors you can find in the Surface Pro and many other Windows laptops and tablets.
Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Pro X
Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro X with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.
|2-in-1 convertible laptop PC
2-in-1 means the laptop can convert itself into a tablet PC.
2-in-1 PC with detachable keyboard
It can transform itself into a tablet PC by detaching the keyboard deck.
The device can be used as a tablet, without a keyboard connected to it.
Ultraportable (small laptop)
The light weight and small dimensions make this ultraportable laptop easy to carry around or travel with.
It belongs to the laptop maker's premium-class lineup.
This notebook provides a basic computing power. It can be used for the daily home and office tasks, but operation won't be as smooth as on the mid-range or high-performance laptops. On the positive side, entry-level laptops tend to be very power efficient. Read more about performance of the laptop in the CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage sections below.
This is a small display size, typical for ultraportable laptops. There are however laptops with even smaller screens, with diagonals of 12.5" or less.
|2880 x 1920 pixels
This screen resolution provides a decent picture sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and apps. It's better than the popular Full HD but not as good as the premium-class 4K and similar.
|Finger multi-touch input
The screen supports finger touch input, including multi-touch gestures.
Active digitizer pen input
The screen supports active digitizer pen input, besides the common finger multi-touch input. In comparison to simple capacitive pens you can use on any touchscreen, active digitizer pen input provides advanced features like pressure sensitivity. Check with the laptop seller whether the active pen is included in the package.
|Other Display Specs
Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
3:2 aspect ratio
The 3:2 aspect ratio makes the screen taller than the common 16:9 ratio. 3:2 is more suitable for document editing and productivity than the video-centric 16:9.
|Microsoft SQ1 (power-efficient processor of Surface X tablets)
|Adreno 685 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
|System Memory (RAM) Size
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2023. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.
128GB is a relatively small storage space. However, it is usable if you don't store a lot of large files like movies and don't install a lot of programs.
256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.
512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.
|DVD Optical Drive
|Keyboard & Input
|Backlit keyboard without number pad (optional)
This computer optionally comes with a keyboard deck. The optional keyboard has backlit keys for easier typing in the dark. There's no separate numeric pad you can typically find on the right side of the keyboard on many laptop models.
Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface (optional)
The keyboard deck with touchpad featuring left and right click buttons built into the surface is optional on this model.
Active digitizer pen (optional)
|Speakers & Audio
As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
|Front + rear
Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This device additionally has a rear camera.
5MP front + 10MP rear
Besides the usual frontal camera, this device features a rear cam as well. The cameras feature 5 and 10 Megapixel sensors, respectively.
The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
|Ethernet Network Port
This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
|2 x USB-C
A pair of compact Type-C USB ports.
|Video Output Ports
|1 x mini DisplayPort
DisplayPort is a digital video output port. It is not as widely used as HDMI. The laptop has a compact "mini" version of DisplayPort on its side.
|Media Card Reader
The laptop has no SD card slots. For reading from and writing to SD and microSD memory cards, you'll have to use a separately sold memory card reader via a USB cable.
|4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity
Surface Connect port
A proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and compatible accessories.
|"Up to 13 hours of typical device usage"
|Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro version adds some business-specific features in comparison to the standard Windows Home. Windows 10 Pro upgradeable to the latest Windows 11 Pro for free.
A typical laptop warranty.
|Year of Release
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