Surface Pro X vs Surface Pro 7 vs iPad Pro vs iPad

by Volker Weber

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If you need a 2-in-1 tablet with keyboard and pen for work, these are your most obvious choices. I can work with any of them, but let's look at what makes them different:

Multitasking on iPad is dysmal. Everybody seems to be piling on that these days. So is file handling and moving things about from app to app. This is where Windows makes so much more sense. But if you can work on iPad, you will love it, and you can go really cheap on an iPad Air with Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Cover. Only if you need the large screen you should need an iPad Pro 12.9.

Surface Pro 7 is generally more expensive and the Surface Pro X easily plays in the same price range as the iPad Pro, but prices are coming down already. So is the price for the keyboard/pen bundle. If you want to use one for yourself, it should be a safe bet. But if you want to deploy it widely, you will have to do an application readyness assessment. Your preferred VPN might not work, or you have an app that users absolutely need to have. In that case, having a Surface Pro 7 as a fallback solutions might help you. Unfortunately Microsoft does not have a current LTE version and I would not recommend buying into a 2017 hardware platform.

Comments

"You can go really cheap on an iPad Air with Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Cover."

That's 480€ + 95€ + 170€ ( <- that's 170€ for the keyboard!)

I know why it's worth it to many, but that's definitely not going really cheap.

Hanno Zulla, 2020-02-10

Volker, you forgot the Surface Go. Also with LTE available. USB-C, MicroSD, Keyboard, Pen. Very small :-)

Roland Dressler, 2020-02-10

Indeed! It never occurred to me though to use this as your one and only computer. Would you?

Volker Weber, 2020-02-10

Not "one and only". It's the same for me with the Ipad Pro. Very useful for traveling. But still (for me) unusable as "one and only" device. But, the Surface Go could be the better device as a "Thin Client" to connect to VDI/Citrix Farms. Windows 10 supports Audio/Video redirection for Skype/Teams while iOS dont. And yes, it runs also the "real" Office Pro Plus. on the other hand, iOS has more and better Apps.

Roland Dressler, 2020-02-10

Not an easy choice. It it were, I would pick a winner.

Volker Weber, 2020-02-10

Danke für die sehr transparente Aufbereitung. Ich verstehe die Produktpolitik von Microsoft nicht, LTE nur in einem drei Jahre alten Modell anzubieten. Auch das Surface Book und Laptop 3 sind nicht mit LTE zu bekommen.
Den meisten Usern bei uns ist das Display vom Go zu klein, LTE aber must-have. Roland hat allerdings mit Citrix Recht. Ich war positiv überrascht: Das Go kann zwei externe Full-HD-Monitore zusätzlich zum eigenen Display ansteuern und dabei als Thin Client in unserer Citrix-Umgebung fungieren.
Auf meinem Pro X habe ich bislang alle erforderlichen Anwendungen zum Laufen gebracht. Aber will ich das Risiko eingehen, vierzig Geräte zu beschaffen und am Ende kommt irgendeine kritische Applikation, die flächendeckend den Dienst versagt?
Alles läuft auf eine "Einen Tod muss man sterben"-Entscheidung hinaus.

Markus Mews, 2020-02-10

At least it´s a healthy competition depending on the gravity of your individual use-case. Having alternatives is a good thing.

Armin Auth, 2020-02-10

As a very happy user of a Surface Pro 4 as my 'one and only computer' at home I guess the safest bet will be to wait for the Pro 8 with hopefully smaller bezels in the style of the Pro X - and hopefully still sporting a USB-A port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Jochen Kattoll, 2020-02-10

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