Microsoft’s new Surface 2019 devices include Surface Pro 6,
Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones. It also previewed the
Windows 10 October 2018 Update and innovative new Office 365 features.
The Surface Pro 6 and Laptop 2 are available for pre-order for delivery around 16 October. The Studio 2 is due in mid-November. The Surface Headphones will be later this year. Read on for the full Microsoft Surface 2019 devices.
This is an evolution
of the successful Surface Pro 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. It has a new Black or the
Intel 8th Generation Core i5-8250U or
i7-8650U with Intel UHD graphics 620
12.3”, 2736 x 1824, 3:2 display
Up to 13.5 hours of local video playback
8/16GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD
USB-A 3.0 port (not USB-C or Thunderbolt 3)
Surface Connect port (Power and Data)
I use a Surface Pro 5, and it is a quality device. Lack of USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 for more expansion is disappointing. You will still need to use the $299.95 Surface Dock via the Surface Connection port that supports power, data and dual 1080p monitors.
Price includes free Australia wide delivery
i5/8/128GB is $1,349 plus optional keyboard and pen
i7/16/256GB is $2,299 – ditto
i7/16/512GB is $2,879 (add $580 for 1TB) – ditto
The recently released Surface Go 10” is still current and from all reports is selling well.
Adjustable noise cancellation (13-levels up to
Built-in Cortana – touch and voice control
Bluetooth (version not specified)
2 x 40mm drivers and 8 x microphones
Up to 15-hours battery ad 2-hour charge from
3.5mm audio connector
290g approx and Light Grey
Price and Availability TBA
Why would you buy any of the Surface 2019 devices?
The answer comes down to Surface hardware quality and
Windows 10. That is not to take away from excellent
hardware from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS that also run Windows 10. Some of these devices well surpass the Surface products!
And Microsoft is perfectly happy with that. Surface are ‘reference’ devices in the same way Google’s
Pixel is for Android smartphones. Competition is healthy, and Windows OEMs have
devices from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Full-fat Windows 10 gives access to a huge range of peripherals. It joins networks,
finds devices on the network, and runs
all Windows software either from the Windows Store or via third-parties. It
commands more than 85% of all PCs (hybrids, laptops, desktops, servers) compared
to macOS at 10% market share. Ironically it is closest to ‘open-source’ (apart
from Linux that is true open source)
allowing everyone to contribute to a vast, open Windows ecosystem of devices,
apps, software etc.
Because Windows is a service, it is always up to date for the life of the device. The October update
Your Phone App: Access your Android’s SMS and
photos on your computer
on Phone: Access your computer’s docs and searches on your phone
PowerPoint + Digital Pen: Design your slides
with a digital pen
Microsoft Edge Learning Tools: A complete suite
of learning tools
The Windows RS5 Feature Update to Game Bar and Game Mode
Revised layout: A cleaner, more minimal layout.
New audio controls: The new audio control panel gives more control
without leaving a game.
is now an app: Access to Game bar through
the desktop, apps, the Start menu, or taskbar.
Fewer gaming interruptions. Enabling Game Mode
now suppresses Windows Update driver installs and blocks Windows Update
interruptions such as restart notifications while gaming.
GadgetGuy’s take. Surface 2019 devices are an evolution but not enough revolution
I use the original Surface Pro, had a Pro 3 (another journalist uses it now), a Pro 4 and a Pro 5. I also use a Surface Book 1 and coveted a Surface Studio.
They are well designed, have the best screens, very reliable
and still the iconic original design that changed Windows PCs.
Perhaps because I know the hardware so well I am a little disappointed
that there is no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 on the Pro or Laptop – it would have
made great hardware spectacular.
And the reason for this oversight remains obscure. After all
the 15” Surface Book 2 and the recently released 10” Surface Go have USB-C
ports that let you charge your laptop or another
device, transfer files, and connect to external displays, all without
needing different cables.
But the old Mortein ad for Louie the Fly said, “When you are
on a good thing, stick to it”. Microsoft sets its path, as Apple does. Prices are at the premium end.