Great | Differentiating Features
Runs Windows 10 and all productivity/office applications you need. 8th-gen quad-core CPU. 13.5 hours battery life. One of the best non-iPad Pro tablets out there.
Good | Most Have It
Average | Competitors May Be Better
No USB Type-C. Cover and keyboard not included. Similar to previous models.
Let’s be honest; if you want a tablet for productivity reasons, a Windows slate is going to be the best choice for most people. And at the top of this category is Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6.
As with the iPad Pros, if you hope to use this device as a laptop replacement, you’ll need to buy the separate keyboard cover, which starts at $129.99—expensive, but it’s an excellent piece of hardware. Another similarity to Apple’s slates is that Surface Pen isn’t included, either.
The 12.3-inch screen (2736 x 1824, 267 ppi, 3:2 aspect ratio) is gorgeous. Not only does it improve on its predecessors, but it’s also one of the best tablet displays you’ll find outside the iPad Pros.
You can spec the Surface Pro 6 up to an 8th-gen quad-core Intel i7-8650U, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage, all housed inside a premium body. It can handle most tasks you throw at it, and there’s plenty of onboard storage space for all your work. The battery is another plus point, offering up to 13.5 hours use.
There are some caveats: other than the black color option, the latest Surface Pro’s design is identical to the previous model—even the ports remain, so no USB Type-C, and Windows 10 Tablet Mode isn’t great. But it’s still a premium piece of kit that’s great for working on the move or enjoying in its tablet form.
Just as good for business
While Lenovo’s third-generation ThinkPad X1 tablet offers the same 8th-gen quad-core CPUs (Kaby Lake-R), up to 16GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage as Microsoft’s machine, it does surpass it in some areas: there’s a higher resolution display (3000 x 2000), USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, a fingerprint reader, and a keyboard and pen that comes included. It also has LTE options, too, though that might eventually come to the latest version of the Surface Pro as well.
While it does offer more features, the ThinkPad is behind the Surface Pro when it comes to build quality, and while both machines are expensive, you’ll usually find Microsoft’s is the cheaper of the two, especially at the base specs. The battery life and speakers on the ThinkPad aren’t great, either.
Ultimately, though, the ThinkPad may be the better choice for enterprise users who will take advantage of the extra bells and whistles, though several reviewers recommend the Surface Pro over Lenovo’s device.