Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review

With the Surface Pro 8, Microsoft finally took the aging design of the Surface Pro lineup and completely modernized it. This is the biggest change we’ve seen on this flagship device in years, rolling out some long-overdue design improvements like thinner bezels, rounded edges, and the inclusion of the Thunderbolt 4.

The Surface Pro 8 is still very much recognizable as part of Microsoft’s core line of Windows tablets. At the same time, it truly feels like a new generation with these design changes and some of the fastest hardware that’s ever been seen in a Windows tablet. And, although we are lamenting the loss of some legacy ports, this is the best Surface Pro we’ve gotten in years. And, it also comes with the new Windows 11 operating system pre-installed. 

Unfortunately, all those much-needed improvements come with a price increase. With its price of entry at $1,099 / £999 / AU$1,649, the Surface Pro 8 is also the most expensive – a lot more than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 7, that started at $749 / £799 / AU$1,249 – and that makes it harder to sell. Still, Surface Pro users who’ve been waiting for years for a proper update finally have one that’s worth upgrading for.

Surface Pro 8 outside on a table showing Windows 11 desktop

(Image credit: Future)

Price and availability

Spec sheet

Here is the Surface Pro 8 configuration sent to TechRadar for review: 

CPU: 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7 (quad-core, 12MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 4.8GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Screen: 13-inch QHD (2,880 x 1,920) touch
Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, M.2)
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4, combi audio jack, Surface Connect port
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6; Bluetooth 5.1
Camera: 1080p IR Webcam
Weight: 1.96 pounds (891g)
Size: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 in (287 x 208 x 9.3mm W x D x H)

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