It has been just about eight years since Microsoft introduced its very first personal computer, the original Surface tablet. Although that device wasn’t well-received, the company persevered, introducing the Surface Pro and staying the course until Surface Pro 3 finally broke through to commercial success. Fast forward to today, and Microsoft has a full range of Surface PCs that appeal to all kinds of users.
According to Certified Phone Repair, who specializes in surface pro repair, there are six different devices within the Microsoft Surface portfolio: The Surface Laptop, Surface Book, Surface Pro, Surface Pro X, Surface Studio, and Surface Go.
Apart from the upcoming devices, the latest Surface product launch saw updates to the range – there is an upgraded Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 plus an all-new Surface Pro X.
Somehow, these devices look similar at first blush, but there are some stark differences that you should know about.
Are you confused about the model you are presently using? No worries. It is not as complicated as it first seems, and to help you figure out the differences between them all, I have compared each of the Surface devices to give you a better idea of which one you have.
The Surface Go
At a glance, the Surface Go looks more like a smaller Surface Pro, but Microsoft has insisted that it re-engineered the tablet’s size, weight, design, and more, to make it more portable. This is a 10-inch touchscreen tablet. With this device, Microsoft is targeting Chromebook and Apple iPad users, as it is the smallest Surface available and the cheapest.
This is a multi-tasking device that offers multi- modes of usage. The Surface Go’s best feature is its portability, which makes you pack lighter, work faster, and connect anywhere.
The Surface Pro 6
This is a Windows 10 Pro 2-in-1 PC with a detachable keyboard, but it is not for people who want a conventional laptop. The device still retains the same design as the last couple of generations, but the internals has been updated.
The Surface Pro 7
The Surface Pro 7 is the latest version of the Surface Pro 6 with upgraded internal components, including Intel’s 10th generation Core processors. It also belatedly introduced USB-C connectivity.
Microsoft brings you a lightweight and versatile Surface Pro 7 laptop with much better features than the Surface Pro 6. Its storage ensures quick and smooth work at home and office. The touch screen responds correctly to the surface pen.
The Surface Pro X
This is a look at a more premium 2-in-1. This device was designed for always-on connectivity and included cellular connectivity thanks to its platform developed by Microsoft alongside Qualcomm.
The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 2
This is more expensive than the Surface Pro. It is the only Microsoft’s Surface device that does not have a tablet component; It is a traditional clamshell laptop.
Its body is made of machined magnesium. The feel of the body is very luxurious and matte. There is an added “fulcrum hinge,” which allows the screen in the laptop to be pushed back to about 115 degrees.
The Surface Laptop 3
The Surface Laptop 3 is available in two versions,13.5 and 15-inch, and is an upgraded version of the Laptop 2, with new internals including Intel’s 10th generation Core processors. It also introduced USB-C, just like Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a lightweight device with a trendy look and robust configuration. It features a bright, beautiful screen enough to make others jealous.
The Surface Book 2
This is a professional-grade laptop available in 13.5 or 15-inch sizes. Its detachable screen makes it stand out from the rest. It can act as an independent tablet PC. Also, there is the option of a discrete GPU. It is bigger and more expensive than the Surface Laptop, but it offers more in terms of performance.
The Surface Studio 2
This replaced the older Surface Studio and is the most expensive Surface device, and it is primarily for creatives. It is a gorgeous all-in-one Windows 10 PC with a Zero Gravity Hinge. The device can be pushed down to a desk position with a light push and then used with the included Surface Pen or even the optional Surface Dial to sketch.
An alternative is to look it up the serial number of your Surface pro on the internet. All the models have serial numbers located on the back of the device, which can be inputted into Google for an instant result.
You can enter the serial number here: https://mybusinessservice.surface.com/en-US/CheckWarranty/CheckWarranty and choose Submit. It will display the model number for you.
Another alternative is to check your model on the device itself. Go through this process:
- Using Cortana, search on system information.
- From the list of result select system information.
- Find system model under the Item column.
- All the information about your Surface model will appear in the Value column next to System Model.