Microsoft Surface Pro 5th Gen

Last updated date: March 11, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Microsoft Surface Tablets and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Tech Radar, Pocket-lint, The Verge, Trusted Reviews, CNET, Digital Trends, PC World, Anand Tech and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Microsoft Surface Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 93 expert reviews, the Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro 5th Gen placed 3rd when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
600 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Great oversized and high-res screen, magnets hold onto the stylus when not in use, compatible with tons of accessories including a dock
- BestReviews
Hugely improved battery life
- Tech Radar
March 25, 2018 | Full review
Great screen resolution and brightness.
- Pocket-lint
October 2, 2018 | Full review
Full PC performance in a thin and light design.
- The Verge
June 15, 2017 | Full review
Most sensitive Surface Pen to date
- Trusted Reviews
September 26, 2018 | Full review
The Surface Pro gets better performance and battery life from its CPU update, and most models are now fanless. The excellent kickstand is even more flexible.
- CNET
Excellent notebook performance in a tablet format
- Digital Trends
Iris Plus GPU gives it the graphics oomph of a discrete GPU
- PC World
With the launch of the Surface Pro this year, they’ve now moved onto the latest Intel CPUs, which offer both improved performance and thermals.
- Anand Tech
June 15, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some users complain of light bleed around the edges, which can be distracting. It's ultralight, which is great for portability, but many have found that it bends too easily
- BestReviews
Surface Pen pulled from package
- Tech Radar
March 25, 2018 | Full review
Can get mighty expensive - to the point a laptop might make more sense
- Pocket-lint
October 2, 2018 | Full review
Pen is no longer included, now costs $99 extra.
- The Verge
June 15, 2017 | Full review
My only complaint is that the left- and right-click buttons are the bottom corners of the touchpad, rather than being separate. This may sound a minor issue, but the lack of such buttons makes it a little easier than I’d like to mis-press and send the cursor flying, which is very annoying when you’re in the middle of editing a document.
- Trusted Reviews
September 26, 2018 | Full review
Minimal redesign leaves out USB-C and Thunderbolt options. The Surface Pen stylus is no longer included by default, and new keyboard covers are more expensive than ever.
- CNET
Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen are costly add-ons
- Digital Trends
Battery life is nowhere near promised 13.5 hours
- PC World
It would be nice to see a more solid mechanical device to hold the pen to the Surface, since the magnets are strong but still allow the pen to be dislodged in a bag.
- Anand Tech
June 15, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Better than ever, the new Surface Pro is the most versatile laptop we've ever built. Completely redesigned from the inside out with all new custom parts, Surface Pro delivers more battery power, more performance, and a superior display. The stunning PixelSense display supports pen and touch, while the refined design provides 68% more battery life and 2.5X the performance of Surface Pro 3. A powerful Intel Core processor runs full desktop software with ease, ensuring a smooth, productive workflow. *Up to 13.5 hours for video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors. *3DMark 11 Overall score comparison; Surface Pro i7 vs. Surface Pro 3 i7. *Applies to i5 & i7 with understanding that m3 is 2g heavier.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 5th Gen
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Microsoft Surface Go
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 14
6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Microsoft Surface RT
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Microsoft Surface 2
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7

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