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Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Laptop Studio


here with the digital digest and today i wanted to share a comparison between the microsoft surface pro 8 on the left and the surface laptop studio on the right these are two very different machines but many of you have been asking which is worth the money and really that comes down to what you plan on doing to be clear the pro 8 is the king of the hill right now when it comes to tablet two and ones remember it does not include the signature keyboard or slim pen two that’s an additional purchase and at the price point we’ve got right here on the left side of the frame you’re looking at the core i7 with 16 gigs of ram and a half terabyte nvme that’s 1900 us dollars before you add the keyboard with pen which is another 280.

And of course you could opt not to get this but it would not be a complete surface pro 8 experience yes you could dock it with a thunderbolt dock use an external keyboard there are a lot of ways you could go but ultimately i feel you at the very least need this signature keyboard cover and then if you want the slim pen obviously get that as well which i do recommend if you care about inking taking notes whatever it may be on the other hand this machine is the mid-tier version of the surface laptop studio it retails for 2100 and by the way if you didn’t see my review of either either of these you may want to take a look and there are links in the description for both if you want to purchase them either one or both whatever floats your boat you may need both in the household or individually this is the more powerful and more affordable device of the two uh interestingly enough it starts at 1600 as opposed to the pro 8 that starts at 1100 but every single segment uh or configuration i would argue is you’re better in your favor if you care

about overall performance when it comes to the cpu and then if you step up to the gpu version that i have here you’re going to do better in terms of performance when it comes to the service laptop studio and this is obvious this is a laptop this is a tablet that can be a laptop and so that means at every turn the laptop should be outperforming the surface pro 8 and it does so core i7 quad-core 11th gen intel processor it’s an h-series cpu as opposed to the ultrabook cpu found in the pro 8 so a more powerful processor complemented by 16 gigs of ram a half terabyte nvme most importantly the nvidia rtx 3050 ti not the best gpu on the block but a good mid-tier gpu for a laptop in this class and keep in mind this does not come with the slim pen 2 but it does come with a keyboard and one of if not the best touchpad in the business those are two things you’ll be paying for of course with one purchase with the pro 8 that you’re getting out of the box so 2100 before tax here over 2100 for this whole package before tax and of course a lot more computing power on the right a better display in my

opinion better keyboard in my opinion and the best touchpad so clearly better than this one even though this is very good also it’s just not as good as the one here now with that said let’s take a look and listen to the display and audio performance on both i want to stop it there i’ll let this one catch up and you should already see it the surface laptop studio has the better display it also has the better audio performance but that’s to be expected it also has the larger display 13 inches uh 3×2 aspect ratio ips panel 120 hertz refresh rate but you’ll want to live at the 60 hertz refresh rate if you want that additional hour of battery life as opposed to a 14.4 inch ips panel with very similar specifications and again 120 hertz but 60 hertz if you want to save that battery life so it’s really up to you but of course i feel like the 120 hertz on the right has better application here because you do have a dedicated gpu so if you wanted to do some gaming it’s not going to be just for inking and scrolling which i think 120 hertz is good but also a waste when it comes to productivity work and if you’re going to live predominantly in the 60 hertz realm then you know i i just don’t see the use i’m not saying i’m against it but very limited use with the surface pro 8 as opposed to a wider array of capability with the surface laptop studio now let’s take a look and listen just to the pro 8.

[Music] make sure we go up to 100 excuse me audio performance this generation is excellent for all surface products so far [Music] i mean this really does outperform a lot of laptops that are that i review so not just ultrabooks and it has better speakers than the main gear vector pro so and that’s a 17-inch gaming powerhouse 2300 laptop so go figure but then again this is close to twenty three hundred dollars uh now let’s take a look and listen to the surface laptop studio on its own [Music] make sure that that volume is all the way up it is not this is going to get a little crazy [Music] and so there you have it i mean in my opinion at least on the av side obviously the surface laptop studio wins but not by a huge margin i’ve already stated i think the display is better i’ve already stated i think the audio performance is better as well it has a lot of things going for it but it’s got extra weight so if mobility is your primary function here the pro 8 is going to always win in fact it will win against the majority of the competing products on earth but if you care about a complete package and you are willing to consider where these two products stand amongst their peers other laptops other two-in-ones like the hp spectre lenovo’s yoga series then you have to the dell xps line you’ve got to consider you know this is the more competitive product of the two the service pro 8 has far fewer direct competing products i mean really um dell excuse me lenovo’s x12 detachable that i compared it to is primary then two and ones that are close to its same weight which the majority of them are about two and a half

pounds and they have you know slightly larger displays closer to three pounds uh the spectre 13t the 14t but you know and obviously the yoga also has a competing model but none of them are exactly like this except the x12 or if you’re willing to look at the ipad pro or galaxy tab s7 plus that’s where you’re getting closer but even the s7 plus isn’t doesn’t have as large a display both of these have excellent windows hello capability and full hd front-facing cameras no rear camera on the surface laptop studio so that might be the one area it underperforms the surface pro 8 which does have a 10 megapixel shooter on the rear of the device that can also shoot 4k video but i don’t think that’s important personally now whether or not that’s important to you something to keep in mind battery life as i stated roughly the same on both of these so that shouldn’t sway you either this is really about portability and if you care about value then the surface laptop studio by far and away is the clear winner like always when things are

miniaturized made smaller and lighter you pay a premium that’s what the pro 8 embodies and i think that’s completely respectable and ideal if what you plan on using it for calls on the slimmest and lightest profile money can buy and that’s exactly what the surface pro 8 represents service laptop studio has a lot more competition so even though it can again go to three different positions with its display it still doesn’t do enough to differentiate to the point that we can abandon the competition it has to still stay relevant now when it comes to io i’m gonna go ahead and put this back up and show you what each of these actually has in store the pro 8 the i o is basically the same which again puts them on even keel in many ways so two thunderbolt 4 ports um arguably the most important part in my opinion to these brand new products because microsoft has never made a device with thunderbolt connectivity it’s a game-changing capability these are not

upgradable i know windows will tell you that you’re gonna you can upgrade the ssd and you can but don’t get so excited about that i mean to me the better part is forget about trying to upgrade this stick to getting yourself an external nvme drive that’s where it’s at i mean that will outlive the product and it’s far more affordable a couple hundred bucks will buy you a one terabyte nvme drive like the severance that i’ve covered that are there in the background and you’re good to go and if you get yourself a doc you’ve got a full-fledged experience i mean the surface pro 8 is the king of the hill in the tablet that also can be a pc you’re not going to get record-breaking battery life but it does have a complete redesign top to bottom and it is excellent but the only other thing as you may have noticed on this is your power button the connect charge port and that is pretty much it besides an audio jack and volume rocker so power button that’s it now with the surface laptop studio as i mentioned no camera on the rear but you have that

folding display with that hinge you have a dedicated or discrete gpu you still have a kinect charging port so you can charge this and use those thunderbolt 4 ports audio jack right there nothing on the front except for the bay with the magnetic area to store the slim pen too so if you were wondering that’s where you’ll put it if you buy it and i think for students and professionals alike who want to ink this is an ideal place i also think inking is better on this machine than the pro 8 just because you have a larger display that can change position without using a kickstand but the range of motion on the pro 8 is obviously greater two thunderbolt 4 ports just like on the surface pro 8 and that is it you know pretty much it you’re not going to ever open this up don’t do that you’ll end up breaking it both are really well made both are expensive but as i’ve made hopefully abundantly clear

through the course of this comparison the better overall attributes go to the larger and heavier service laptop studio from a computing side cpu gpu performance value for the money again 2100 retail you’re getting a real computer here on the right whereas you’re getting an ultrabook in the pro 8 but as i’ve stated over and over again if your primary use is all about portability form factor and you’re not looking for you know that much when it comes to computing power if you’re never going to really edit 4k video or large raw digital still images or run software that’s really demanding design oriented software outside of you know content creation so revit autocad if you’re never going to run those type of programs the pro 8 will serve you well and that doesn’t mean you can’t do those things on the pro 8 you can but it’s more of a proof of concept experience than it is a practical one when compared to traditional computers and i’m throwing the surface laptop studio into that traditional computer category because its

specifications line up very similarly to about you know a twelve to fifteen hundred dollar laptop even though it’s twenty one hundred you are paying for microsoft’s you know from the ground up creation that they’ve made here with the hinge design so hopefully that’s meaningful to you as well if not you probably should be looking at something else altogether the pro 8 there’s nothing exactly like it as i’ve stated over and over again you are absolutely paying for the surface pro lineup lineage all that r d money uh the flexibility of that kickstand but most importantly again it’s all about the portability of this product which is dynamically different than what you’re getting out of the surface laptop studio which is a more traditional computing experience with microsoft’s twist on the hinge which isn’t a new thing but i’m glad that they are putting some money behind trying to perfect it because it’s always been a good concept started with really sony acer has a product now you know sony duo the flip were good attempts but they’ve been gone for nearly a decade um i owned two of the duos the 11 and 13.

um the acer concept d easel is still out there but acer is nowhere near the brand that microsoft is of course so there you have it portability at a i would say extreme price point but easy to swallow if this is what you’re after because nothing else will literally match it and then you know the same design language applied to a laptop with a display that can do a few tricks which isn’t a bad thing both amount to great two-in-ones but this is the more affordable more powerful machine that is of course larger and heavier any questions or comments please feel free to post them hit that like button and as usual please feel free to subscribe and please stay safe later .

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