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Thinner bezels and artificial intelligence

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is its first hybrid Copilot+ PC tablet, and it doesn’t look much different than its predecessor. It’s still a stylish and sturdy tablet that comes with a stand. But the screen looks more impressive thanks to the narrower bezels, and when paired with the $350 Surface Pro Flex Keyboard (which lets you type wirelessly), it might be more useful on the go. However, as a Copilot+ AI PC, its real value lies behind the scenes, thanks to the 45TOPS neural processing units in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus chips.

Surface Pro Copilot+

Photography: Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

Without fully testing its AI capabilities, it’s difficult to make any final judgments about the Surface Pro at this point. Maybe Microsoft’s Recall feature is actually useful and can instantly retrieve anything you do on your PC. In a brief demo, I was able to clean up several days’ worth of computer usage, including graffiti from people attending a launch event. Perhaps you’ll find some value in NPU-enabled features in Photoshop and other applications. But in my short time practicing it, there wasn’t much to see.

It’s a bit disappointing to be honest. This Surface Pro (which Microsoft calls version 11) is also a chance to redesign the tablet’s aging stand and overall design. Thinner screen bezels aren’t enough. The new Surface Pro Flex Keyboard is also surprisingly priced at $350 ($450 when bundled with the Slim Pen). Its upgrades are very useful: you can detach it from the Surface Pro and still continue typing, and it also has a more modern tactile trackpad. But this is only an optional upgrade and not a standard feature of the Surface Pro. The wireless typing experience was responsive in my testing, but the Flex Pro Flex keyboard itself also feels a bit flimsy, without the weight of a tablet to support it.

Microsoft’s existing Type Cover, $140 Surface Pro Keyboard, and $180 Surface Pro Signature Keyboard are still here, and at more attractive prices. This latest batch of computers was a great opportunity for the company to bundle a keyboard cover with the Surface Pro, but sadly, that still hasn’t happened. (I’ve asked Microsoft every year since the Surface tablet debuted if it would bundle a keyboard with the Surface tablet – I guess I’ll just have to keep asking.)

Surface Pro Copilot+

Photography: Devindra Hardawar/Engadget

The Surface Pro starts at $999 and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X Plus chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can also buy an OLED model with a Snapdragon X Elite chip for $1,500. This model can also be configured with up to 1TB of storage and 32GB of RAM.

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