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Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2: Matte Black Increment

Microsoft announced minor updates to the Surface Pro line and Surface Laptop line. Despite Microsoft claiming talking points like the “Surface Laptop is 85% faster”, not much has changed in terms of the overall experience. So what is new?

New Matte Black Color

Both the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop line now have a new Matte Black option. One thing that other tech sites have noted is the matte black does not attract fingerprints as much as the other colors.

8th Generation CPUs

The Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 now comes with either a Quad Core i5 or i7. This is definitely a significant improvement from the 7th generation dual-core processors from the previous generation.

Lower Starting Price

With the elimination of the 4GB models for both the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop, the base model for the Surface Pro 6 now starts at $899 for the i5 with 8GB of RAM while the Surface Laptop 2 starts at the same $999 but for the i5 with 8GB of RAM. Both devices are now more competitive compared to other laptops on the market.

Windows 10 Home come standard

Oddly enough, you no longer get Windows 10 Pro with the Surface Pro line. This is disappointing since you lose the ability to encrypt your drive using Bitlocker. You do at least get Windows 10 Home instead of Windows 10 on S mode for the Surface Laptop line.

Quieter Keyboard and Better Contrast

Microsoft also mentioned that the new devices come with a quieter keyboard, though I have never heard of anyone complain about that on a surface device. They also mentioned that the screens have better contrast now.

No USB-C Port

Despite the Surface Book, Surface Go, and Surface Studio line all having a USB-C port, the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop do not come with any port changes. It even more surprising given the newly announced Surface headphones charges through a USB-C port.

If you have the Surface Pro 5 (“New Surface Pro”) or Surface Laptop, there is little reason to upgrade to the newer generation. Whether the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 can compete with existing 2 in 1s like the Lenovo Miix 520 and upcoming laptops like the Asus Zenbook UX433, only time will tell.

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