Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Last updated date: March 11, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Microsoft Surface Tablets and dug through the reviews from 18 of the most popular review sites including The Guardian, Tech Radar, Digital Trends, The Verge, BestReviews, CNET, Laptop Magazine, Tom's Hardware, Trusted Reviews, Wired, Mashable, PC Mag, PC World, Engadget, Tech Spot, The Inquirer, Windows Central, Creative Bloq and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Microsoft Surface Tablet you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 102 expert reviews, the Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro 6 placed 1st 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
18 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
334 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The speakers are loud, clear and direct, great for watching the NFL while cooking.
- The Guardian
Quad-core processing, Long battery life, Excellent new color option
- Tech Radar
Battery life is crucial for a device that’s meant to be taken on the go. With the Surface Pro 6, Microsoft has finally nailed it.
- Digital Trends
I’m impressed that Microsoft managed to squeeze an Intel Core i7-8650U processor inside a relatively silent machine. I never noticed the fans spin up during my testing.
- The Verge
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Excellent resolution, expandable storage, and nearly silent operation. Incredible battery life of 10-12 hours.
- BestReviews
The Surface Pro 6's jump to new quad-core processors pays off in big performance gains. The new black color option looks cool. Still the best kickstand and keyboard for Windows tablets.
- CNET
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Expect blazing speed from this 2-in-1, with performance scores about 47 percent higher than the last model.
- Laptop Magazine
The 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 display has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which I find to be ideal for productivity (seriously, why don’t all non-gaming laptops have a 3:2 screen?), but is surrounded by thick bezels.
- Tom's Hardware
November 19, 2018 | Full review
The keyboard dock features magnetic strips that enable it to snap and lock into place snugly. The angle of the dock makes the whole thing rise up on your desktop, so that you’re not tied down to a flat surface, as you would with lesser keyboard docks.
- Trusted Reviews
November 2, 2018 | Full review
It shines the brightest in the realm of battery life. Clocking in at over 8 hours in my testing, the lifespan of this hybrid is simply outstanding, particularly when compared to the 5 hours, 45 minutes the Surface Pro 4 mustered.
- Wired
The keyboard offers an excellent typing experience no matter if you're sending off a tweet or typing up a dissertation.
- Mashable
December 1, 2018 | Full review
Well-implemented kickstand.
- PC Mag
The Quad-core 8th-gen Core chip adds a performance bump.
- PC World
The new black option is a nice change. The black case has a hipper and more mysterious vibe in comparison.
- Engadget
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Microsoft promises up to 13.5 hours of battery life.
- Tech Spot
The 12.3in PixelSense display still sports a 2,736x1,824 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio. That display is nice and bright with plenty of colour vibrancy, especially in the ‘enhanced' display mode, though we found the sRGB profile serves up more natural colours.
- The Inquirer
The new CPU is substantially more powerful.
- Windows Central
October 16, 2018 | Full review
The display is really very bright. It’s actually great for watching video on – if you’re after a device to use at home as well as for work, there are few with a display as good as this.
- Creative Bloq
What experts didn't like
The big thing missing is any form of USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which is inexcusable on a premium computer in 2018.
- The Guardian
Still no USB-C, Dated USB 3.0 port, Few meaningful improvements
- Tech Radar
We were a bit disappointed to see Microsoft not opt for a newer Intel chip, like the latest Whiskey Lake U-series processors from Intel.
- Digital Trends
The lapability is still an issue, especially for long periods where the kickstand can dig into your legs.
- The Verge
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Accessories such as the Pen and Type Cover are additional costs.
- BestReviews
Be ready to shell out extra for the keyboard cover, stylus and even for the new matte black design. CPU and color aside, it's a very minimal upgrade over the previous version.
- CNET
October 16, 2018 | Full review
The lack of USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports continues to be a bummer
- Laptop Magazine
No Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C
- Tom's Hardware
November 19, 2018 | Full review
There are no extra connections on the dock itself, which is a shame, seeing as it costs £150.
- Trusted Reviews
November 2, 2018 | Full review
Pricing still feels overwhelmingly expensive.
- Wired
It's a bummer there's no USB-C port on the Surface Pro 6.
- Mashable
December 1, 2018 | Full review
Minimal changes from previous model. As ever, keyboard sold separately.
- PC Mag
Confusing mix of configurations to choose from on Microsoft site.
- PC World
No major design changes as well as performance hasn’t changed much since last year
- Engadget
October 16, 2018 | Full review
External chassis is essentially unchanged... again
- Tech Spot
There's no discrete GPU and again no USB-C connection which means no access to external graphics cards, which is a shame as the processor would be game to have its silicon legs stretched a little.
- The Inquirer
The lack of Iris Plus graphics, which doubles the pipelines to 48 (compared to 24 in the UHD 620) is a bummer.
- Windows Central
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Should replace ports with USB-C, Not the latest Intel processor, Need to buy accessories separately
- Creative Bloq

From The Manufacturer

Unplug. Pack light. Get productive your way, all day. Collaborate on projects, perfect a presentation, manage email, and stream a show when it's all done. From office to home, airport to open road, power your life on the move with new Surface Pro 6, the laptop that adapts to you - now more powerful than ever with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor for faster, smoother multitasking.

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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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