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Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft Surface Pro X

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73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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 X is a beautiful piece of hardware and the best Snapdragon-powered PC around. It offers a great 2-in-1 experience, a speedy gigabit LTE connection and an excellent keyboard case (for an extra $140). But the entire Windows on Snapdragon platform is plagued by limited app compatibility and bugs. If you must have Microsoft’s software to get work done on the go, the Surface Pro X is a solid choice. But most people will be better served by either a Chromebook or the Surface Pro 7.

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Pros
  • Beautiful build
  • Speedy and reliable LTE
  • Comfortable keyboard case
Cons
  • Limited app compatibility
  • Buggy performance
  • Expensive
73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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).

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Score Breakdown

 
63
Average Critic Score
 
70
The Verge
The Surface Pro X is the best-looking computer I’ve used all year. But we don’t need to look at computers, we need to use them.
 
70
Gizmodo
If you look close, there are glimpses of a masterpiece, and if you isolate these situations, the Surface Pro X can be a hero.
 
70
New York Times
At home with the Surface Pro and iPad Pro, I ultimately found myself wanting to reach for the iPad Pro more often to check email, browse the web and watch videos. When it came to work tasks, I yearned for a normal computer. That was abundantly clear when I faced a tight deadline for writing this review of the Surface Pro. Instead of using the Surface to type this out, I returned to the office to write on a PC.
 
70
CNN
I really like the Surface Pro X, but the core item holding me back from recommending it is the ARM-based CPU. Yes, it can handle web browsing and the apps that it supports, but it isn't the full Windows experience. Developers will need to do their part and support the Pro X, as it's likely going to be a popular device.
 
70
TechRadar
While we applaud the Surface Pro X for its slick and refined, thin and light design, and comfy typing experience, the Surface Pro X is difficult to recommend for most people. It ends up being an ideal device for a very small group of users, thanks to the lack of a headphone jack and no support for a variety of apps.
 
60
Laptop Magazine
Microsoft's Surface Pro X doesn't offer enough performance to justify a high price and app compatibility issues.
 
60
Time
The Pro X’s potential is frustratingly hamstrung by poor planning and a narrow view of its audience. Widespread app incompatibility and sporadic performance issues make it impossible to deem the Surface Pro X a device worthy of serious consideration, especially when it costs over a grand to get it tricked out just right.
 
70
CNET
There's so much I really like about the bold new Surface Pro direction. ... But the relatively high price, especially considering the cost of accessories, the software compatibility issues and tough spec comparisons with the mature Surface Pro 7 make this ideal for only a small subset of the tablet-toting population.
 
60
Tom's Hardware
The Microsoft Surface Pro X is a beautiful piece of hardware, but it’s Windows 10 app compatibility issues and price make it hard to swallow.
 
30
Wired
Here’s my prediction: The Surface Pro X will go down in history alongside Microsoft Bob and Clippy as one of the worst mistakes it has ever made. I expect it will be quietly discontinued in a year or so. Also, you should not buy one.