Saturday, October 10, 2020

Microsoft Surface Pro X 2020 Review


Before we talk about the 2020 surface pro x, we have to talk about the 2019 model from last year. It's black and it gets a lot of fingerprints but we have to talk about this because it was a special product like I was at the microsoft event. I was watching and listening to panos panet do his thing and I couldn't help myself but think wow this is a two-in-one. That's absolutely gorgeous like why couldn't they bring this design to the surface pro line and then I finally got in my hands.

I picked it up and started looking at it and there's one reason it's too thin, imagine an intel processor inside with no proper ventilation. It's a recipe for a disaster, it would just get too hot and would slow down. The fans would kick on and it would be loud but this with an arm processor is totally possible and i want a future of laptops that look like this that are thin and don't have fan noise as loud as some of the intel processors get when they're under load.

We have to go through some hiccups and bumps before we get there and that's what arm is about right now on windows when this was announced a lot of software wasn't compatible even microsoft's own browser wasn't compatible and then you take other applications that are x86 but 64-bit and it wouldn't run on the 2019 model at all now things have gotten better in a year like microsoft's edge browser is now arm compiled which means it runs fast like just as fast as any browser on an intel based laptop but not everything's perfect like you still can use 32-bit apps but 32-bit apps are nowhere nearly as fast as they are on an intel based system and if you want to run 64-bit apps that are x86 forget about it it's just not possible.

Now microsoft did say they're going to be releasing an emulator in the near future that will allow you to run anything on these laptops but the problem is even if you're running 32-bit or 64-bit x86 apps two things are probably going to happen one the performance is not going to be as good and two the battery life is going to take a hit now that's not the end of the world because if you're someone who lives in a browser kind of like you would on a chromebook or you're using all of microsoft's apps with a few productivity apps like zoom spotify maybe you're doing a little discord on the side then this surface pro x is wonderful like wonderful like when i open this up like look how fast that is boom.

That was literally in seconds the on-demand opening of this laptop is like nothing else i've experienced on a windows laptop it's also much faster than it is on the 2019 model like you're not going to get a big performance upgrade by buying the 2020 version like this sq2 which is uh based on the qualcomm snapdragon 8c xxx processor whatever it's called is only about five to ten percent faster and if you were to like benchmark this against smartphone chips it looks really slow but that's the thing about arm if you have the hardware and the software to take advantage of the hardware everything feels smooth and that's the future of what microsoft wants more applications to be compiled for arm and when that happens that means you're going to get laptops that are super quiet you're going to get laptops that don't get super hot and you're going to get laptops that have insane battery life now if you have the surface pro 19 buying the surface pro 2020 would be a waste of money.

The upgrade reason to do it is just not there like the only difference in terms of overall design quality is the processor that i just mentioned and the newer signature keyboards are a bit more sturdy like typing on this feels a bit more solid than it does typing on the 2019 model the displays are exactly the same like it's still that wonderful 3x2 aspect ratio that has very color accurate panels good color gamut overall super solid the webcam 1080p a really good webcam better than the webcams you'd find on a macbook pro or macbook air i mean you can't upgrade it you know like you can't swap out the ram to increase more it's soldered onto the motherboard but you do have access to the ssd this one's you know it's kind of fast it's faster than a regular ssd but it's definitely not one of the fastest nvme drives that i've ever used and the big thing about these surface pro devices is that you can use it on a cellular plan like you can connect it using an esim or your own sim and connect it to the network.

I'm still not getting that 20 to 25 hour battery life that these companies are promising i'm only getting about 13 hours and 46 minutes but that's still impressive and i think as time goes forward and the software gets better then we're gonna see better battery life then there's microsoft's digital pen it's always there it's resting inside of the magnetic display it feels so good to write with you take it out tap the top once the white board appears you can automatically go ahead and start jotting down notes tap it twice and take a screenshot you can go ahead and share it on social media or to a friend like little things like that make using this device feel great but i'm not suggesting you buy this like you have to understand what you're getting yourself into this is a windows luxury chromebook right now like you're living in a browser and you're using microsoft applications and you're using a few 32-bit applications that run okay but not as fast as the intel laptop equivalents.

If you can handle all that then you're gonna love this thing but i think for everybody else if you're looking to do everything like gaming maybe some lightroom the list goes on then you're still better off buying an x86 or intel based laptop but one thing's for sure the improvements have come a long way in a year and i can't wait to see more arm applications working on windows because i want more laptops like this i want more laptops that don't get hot i want more laptops that have insane battery life and i want more laptops to be this thin.