Microsoft Surface Pro X: Review, x-ray and iFixit teardown

Great looking machine!

Once again we at Creative Electron are partnering with iFixit to x-ray and teardown the latest from Microsoft. This time, the Surface Pro X. First of all, this is a beautiful, well-made hybrid tablet device that looks better than any other PC based computer we have examined in the past year. However, the outside case is a fingerprint magnet. You’ll be constantly wiping it down or give up and live with it.

Brace yourself, the base price with a keyboard is $1,138.99. That’s a lot for a hybrid. Windows itself runs quite well on the Surface Pro X. The most important change Microsoft made to the classic Surface formula was to trim down the bezels to give the Surface a 13-inch touchscreen in a body that normally would have a 12.3-inch screen.

X-ray of interior

The PixelSense touchscreen looks good and offers the 2800 x 1920 pixels, which means it maintains the classic 3:2 aspect ratio Microsoft has changed on many of other devices. But, how different is this machine from the Surface Pro 7? First of all,  The Pro X is thinner, lighter, and doesn’t have any fans. The power and volume buttons have been moved to the sides of the tablet. Also, there’s no microSD card slot, but you can pop open a door to access the SIM card slot and a replaceable SSD. Be warned, there is no headphone jack either, but the Bluetooth performance with wireless headphones is great. Microsoft also has gone with two USB-C ports that are used to charge the laptop, transfer data, or connect to an external display.

The keyboard is clever with a support flap that folds up to magnetically attach to the screen for stability. The X also comes with a magnetic stylus pen that snaps into place and starts charging upon contact. You’re never without a charged tool and the magnetic attachment keeps you from having to search for it.

We ask this because the Surface Pro 7 fitted out with equivalent RAM, storage, keyboard, stylus, and an Intel Core i7 processor, was faster and compatible with all Windows apps – and cost hundreds less. As for being a work horse for applied function? Well, it looks good but there are more robust machines. One of our tech colleagues said it best, “The Surface Pro X is a CEO’s computer, not an engineer’s machine.”

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