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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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Surface Pro 6 Review: Still the best tablet PC

Surface Pro 6 Review: Still the best tablet PC

Posted   10.16.18
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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Surface Pro 6 is the complete tablet PC package: It’s fast, light and has a great keyboard cover. But that was also true of last year’s model. And it’s facing stiffer competition this year from the Surface Go.

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Pros
  • The fastest Surface yet
  • Screen is a big improvement
  • Still the best tablet keyboard around
  • Battery life is better than before
  • Black case option is a nice change of pace
Cons
  • No major design changes
  • Performance hasn’t changed much since last year
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

70
Douglas
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
Microsoft has led the way in this laptop and tablet hybrid design, but it now risks competitors catching up. Apple is still selling the same MacBook Air design, years after most PC makers have caught up and surpassed a laptop design that changed the industry 10 years ago. The Surface Pro 6 might look a little familiar and lack modern ports, but it’s still the portable laptop and tablet hybrid to beat. For now.
 
80
PC Mag
With a modest speed boost and a new color choice, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 may not have changed much from the previous iteration, but what we loved about this 2-in-1 convertible then, we still love now.
 
90
Laptop Magazine
The Surface Pro 6's significantly longer battery life and fast 8th-gen Intel processor make this the Windows 2-in-1 to beat.
 
80
Wired
With six years of history behind it, the Surface Pro has reached a stage of refinement where design changes are largely limited to processor upgrades to keep up with the times, plus minor tweaks here and there.
 
80
CNET
The latest Surface Pro tablet doesn't make any radical design changes, but the performance jump makes it viable as a mainstream performance laptop replacement.
 
80
The Guardian
Unless you’re happy spending at least £1,274 on a machine that you will have trouble connecting to things at some point, the Surface Pro 6 is the best Windows 10 detachable you shouldn’t buy.
 
80
Digital Trends
Now with outstanding battery life, the Surface Pro 6 remains the 2-in-1 to beat.
 
80
TechRadar
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is faster, longer lasting and now comes in a sleek, new black shell but … that’s about it. This is no doubt a better product than last year, but it might not be the generational leap some were hoping for. If you already own a Surface Pro 2017, this upgrade isn’t worth the cost. Otherwise, it’s the best Windows tablet money can buy.
 
70
PC World
Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is the latest iteration of its iconic Windows tablet, complete with an 8th-generation, quad-core chip inside of it. While it's nearly identical to earlier Surface Pro versions, that means its design remains one of the best—plus, it offers very good battery life compared to similar competition.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
The sixth-gen Pro is the best to date thanks largely to improved battery life. However, the familiar form factor, bezels that are larger than competitors' equivalents, and lack of USB-C port feels like this Surface is holding back from what's around the corner.