Microsoft polishes the Surface Pro to near perfectionI run my finger along the edge and feel a gentle curve. It’s the only way I can tell I’m running the new Surface Pro and not my stalwart Surface Pro 4, the tablet/laptop hybrid I know and love.Microsoft’s update to the popular and admittedly excellent Surface Pro 4 is called, simply, the Surface Pro. There is no Pro 5. There may never be one, but the Surface Pro is in no way divergent from the path set forth by the Surface Pro 3 and 4 before it.It's so similar that I rely primarily on touch to tell the difference. There’s the slight curve along the previously flat, magnesium shell’s outer edge, the slightly narrowed ventilation channel and there’s the place where my palms rest, on the new Alcantera Type Cover Surface. It feels warm and comfortable, like the surface of a thin sweater, and offers just the tinniest bit of cushion without any added friction as my hands slide over it.Finally, there are they Type Cover keys themselves. They look the same as the previous keys, but the typing action is noticeably improved. It is a pleasure to type on them.My point is, the Surface Pro is not a redesign. It’s a polish, and a pretty good one, at that.Signature change.If you’re unfamiliar with Microsoft’s Surface Pro I reviewed, you need to understand that it's a product in parts. There’s the 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 pixel, 1.73-pound tablet. Inside is the latest Intel Core i7 (seventh-generation Core i or “Kaby Lake”) processor with integrated graphics, an accelerometer, gyroscope, 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5MP camera on the front. That is the actual Surface Pro.It attaches with a satisfying magnetic snap to the Type Cover, an ultra-thin full-sized keyboard and screen cover that also includes an expansive touchpad and backlit keys. Technically you don't have to buy the keyboard — it's a $129.99 option sold separately from the $799 base system — but I wouldn’t recommend it. To have the full Surface Pro experience and to gain the benefit of ultra-light portable with laptop power, Windows 10 productivity and all-day battery life, you want the keyboard. I’ve never used my Surface Pro without it and I have no plans of using this Surface Pro without the Type Cover.
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