Surface Pro 9 Review – Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re a seasoned Surface owner or you’re looking to get your first Surface, you need to know the facts about the new Surface Pro 9. This laptop/tablet hybrid has been updated to include new CPUs, USB-C technology, improved cameras and more. It’s a great option for those looking for a portable PC that has a touch-sensitive panel and always-on connectivity.

Surface Pro 9 Review - Everything You Need to Know

With a 13-inch PixelSense Flow display, the Surface Pro 9 is perfect for watching videos or working on content. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision IQ. The PixelSense Flow display also uses Gorilla Glass 5 technology, resulting in a sharp picture.

Surface Pro 9 models with an Intel processor have up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 32GB of RAM. Those with an Intel processor also have Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4.0 ports. The Intel version of the Surface Pro 9 has up to 15 hours of battery life.

The Surface Pro 9 also includes a 1080p webcam with Windows Hello support and a built-in kickstand. Its design makes it easier to carry and use, and its stereo speakers pack surprising depth. It’s best paired with a Signature Keyboard cover. The Signature Keyboard is the best way to make the Surface Pro 9 feel like a real computer. It comes with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, so you won’t need to worry about missing a note or document.

Surface Pro 9 is powered by either an Intel 12th generation EVO or a Microsoft SQ3 processor with the NPU onboard. Either chip is great for performance boosts, but the higher-spec models are better for multitasking. Those with an Intel processor are also capable of up to 15.5 hours of battery life, and models with an SQ3 processor offer up to 19 hours.

The Surface Pro 9 also includes an improved webcam that has a 1080p resolution and far-field studio microphones for better video calls. The camera also offers auto-background blur and enhanced eye tracking. Microsoft has also upgraded the software that comes with the camera, and the NPU boosts the camera’s processing power to 15 trillion calculations per second.

With the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft has rolled out a lot of improvements to its multitasking, visual update, and general quality of life. Users will also be able to use more Adobe apps and ARM-native versions of Lightroom and Photoshop. These improvements will be useful to Surface Pro users, who can now take advantage of the new Windows interface.

Surface Pro 9 also has a built-in kickstand and Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. The only downside is that there’s no headphone jack and you have to use a USB-C to 3.5mm converter. There are also fewer ports on the Surface Pro 9 than on Surface Pro 8, and they feel redundant. This isn’t a problem for most users, but it is a minor inconvenience for Surface Pro owners.

Those looking for a Surface Pro 8 upgrade will be happy with the improvements made to the Surface Pro 8. The Surface Pro 8’s display has a 120Hz refresh rate, but it’s a little less bright than the Surface Pro 9’s.