Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13" 256GB Windows 11 Tablet with Intel Core i7-1185G7 - Platinum

Model Number: 8PV-00001
Web Code: 15740353

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13" 256GB Windows 11 Tablet with Intel Core i7-1185G7 - Platinum

Overview

Unlock the power of a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet in the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 tablet. Designed for a Pro like you, it boasts a 13" PixelSense Flow display, an Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, Thunderbolt 4 ports for faster connections, and extra speed when you need it. It comes preloaded with Windows 11, so you have a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient.

Overview

Unlock the power of a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet in the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 tablet. Designed for a Pro like you, it boasts a 13" PixelSense Flow display, an Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor, Thunderbolt 4 ports for faster connections, and extra speed when you need it. It comes preloaded with Windows 11, so you have a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient.
  • 4.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-1185G7 Processor / Iris Xe graphics and 16GB of RAM combine to deliver robust and reliable performance that's ideal for multi-taskers and creative pros
  • 256GB solid state drive (SSD) provides you with ample space to keep important files and folders just a quick tap of the finger away
  • 13-inch PixelSense Flow touchscreen display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 is responsive, fluid, and easy on the eyes
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) lets you connect wirelessly to your home network, office network, or any Wi-Fi hotspot around town, so you can work whenever, wherever
  • Bluetooth 5 connectivity lets you easily connect a range of additional peripherals, such as wireless speakers and headphones, with clutter-free ease and freedom
  • Built-in 5.0MP front-facing and 10MP 4K rear-facing cameras with autofocus let you capture, record, stream, and video conference in Full HD 1080p
  • Dual 2W front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos offer ultimate sound for entertainment and gaming, while Dual Studio Mics deliver crystal-clear video calls
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life provides ample cordless power for hours of on-the-go gaming
  • Can be paired with the Surface Pen and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover keyboard (each sold separately) to unlock the full convenience and versatility of a high-powered laptop
  • Ultra-sleek and lightweight design enhances the ease of carrying during regular commutes
  • Two USB-C and USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 ports, one 3.5mm headphone jack, one Surface Connect port, and one Surface Type Cover port makes connecting external monitors to unique accessories a breeze
  • Preinstalled Windows 11 Home brings you closer to family, friends, obsessions, music, creations, and more—with a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient
  • Note: Keyboard, mouse, dial, and pen are sold separately
Year of Original Release
2021

Display

Display Type
PixelSense Flow
Screen Size
13 in
Native Screen Resolution
2880 x 1920
Touchscreen
Yes
3D Capable Display
No
Screen Finish
Glossy

Storage

Built-in Storage - Capacity GB
256 GB
Built-in Storage Type
Flash Memory
Built-in Memory Card Reader
No
Compatible Memory Card Types
Not Applicable
RAM Size
16 GB
RAM Type
No

Cameras

Rear Camera Still Resolution
10 MP
Rear Camera Video Resolution
3712x2784@ 30 fps
Rear Camera Autofocus
Yes
Rear Camera Flash
No
Front Camera Still Resolution
5 MP
Front Camera Video Resolution
2592 x 1944 @ 30 fps
Front Camera Autofocus
No
Front Camera Flash
No
Video Calling (Wi-Fi)
Yes
Video Calling (Cellular)
No
3D Photos
No
3D Video Recording
No

Processor

Processor Type
Intel Core i7-1185G7 Processor / Iris Xe graphics
Processor Speed
4.8 GHz
Processor Cores
4

Software

Operating System
Windows 11 Home
Operating System Language
Bilingual
Pre-loaded Software
Microsoft 365 30 day Free Trial + Xbox Game Pass ; Ultimate 30 day Trial
Microsoft Office
Yes
Multitasking
Yes
App Store Compatibility
No

Audio

Built-in Speaker
Yes
Speaker Wattage
2 W
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Microphone Input
Yes
Hardware Volume Control
Yes
Headphone Jack
Yes

Connectivity

Integrated Wi-Fi
802.11ax
Integrated Bluetooth
Yes
3G
No
4G
No
4G LTE
No
5G
No
Assisted GPS Navigation
No
Unassisted GPS Navigation
No
HDMI Output
No
DLNA Certified
No
Number of USB Ports (Total)
2
Number of USB Type-C Ports
2
Number of USB Type-A Ports
0
Other Inputs/Outputs
Surface Connect

Power

Battery - Number of Cells
3
Battery - Capacity
51.5 Wh
Charge over USB
Yes

Physical Features

Sensors
Ambient Color Sensor (brightness & color), Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Hard-key QWERTY Keyboard
No
Built-in Stand
Yes
Colour
Platinum
Height
0.91 cm
Depth
28.7 cm
Width
20.83 cm
Height (Inches)
0.36 in
Depth (Inches)
11.3 in
Width (Inches)
8.2 in
Weight
890 g
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  • AC Cord
  • QSG
  • Regulatory Documents

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Reviewer Recommendation

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Of the 18 reviewers who responded, 18 would recommend this product.

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  • Performance + Mobility = Awesome
    Reviewed by Doug - October 22, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have been a user of Microsoft's Surface devices since the very first device was released. This year Microsoft really stepped up the game with refinements to an already near perfect PC. The Surface Pro 8 provides a 13" touch screen with recommended resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels and the UI is scaled by default 200% although this can be adjusted in the Windows 11 Settings app. The photographs attached to this review have this standard scaling to provide a feel for how Windows will look. The 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor is accompanied by 16GB of memory and 256GB of Solid State Storage. In this latest version of the Surface Pro, the Solid State Drive is user replaceable. While you do have to purchase the optional keyboard and pen, this allows you to choose the accessories that make sense for what you'll use the PC for as well as choose the color of the keyboard. The Surface Pro 8 comes with Windows 11 Home which can be upgraded either from the Microsoft Store app or with a Windows product code. I upgraded my Surface Pro 8 to Windows 11 Pro as I needed some of the additional features it provides. I travel extensively and so the performance and mobility of the Surface Pro 8 is exactly what I needed. I can run demanding applications like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator or I can use Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The Surface Pro 8 also has the power needed for developers, it easily handles Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code. The applications mentioned in this review do not come with the Surface Pro 8, they are mentioned merely to provide insight into the performance of the device. As mentioned before, the keyboard and pen are not included although they are shown in the photos that accompany the review as almost everyone that uses the Surface Pro uses it with the available keyboard.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • The Real Pro: Best of both worlds-Tablet and a PC!
    Reviewed by TechGeek - October 20, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Microsoft just launched the pro 8 series that comes preloaded Windows 11. It boasts several upgrades over the previous generation Pro models along with much awaited thunderbolt 4 ports and new keyboard with stylus. I was super excited and couldn't wait to test the Surface Pro 8 which is a major upgrade for me from my Surface Pro 6. Pro 8 is their most laptop + tablet combo (2 in 1 PC) with redesigned keyboard that stores and charges the slim pen/stylus in a slot. The Pro X model has Gigabit LTE option which is nice for people on the go and was hoping that Microsoft will bring that option to Pro 8 model, may be in the Pro 9 model ? Specs: • 13 inches display with 8/16/32 GB Memory options along with 128/256/512/1000 GB storage options. • Platinum i5 or Platinum i7 line of processors. • Redesigned Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen 2 which costs an additional $279 • Has 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports along with their dedicated charging port! No USB ports. • Preloaded Windows 11 that has bunch of new features such as widgets, redesigned windows menu, etc. • Configurable screen refresh rate 60 Hz or 120 Hz. • Touch display with 2880 x 1920 resolution that is perfect for gaming or streaming movies. The ambient Color Sensor on the display automatically adjust brightness and color. • All day battery life. The battery life was a little short with 120 Hz refresh rate. • Surface Slim Pen 2 with storage on the keyboard that also charges the pen. • HD cameras ( Built in 5.0 MP 1080p front-facing camera and 10 MP 4K rear-facing camera) and Studio Mics (2W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos), headphone jack. • For Geeks - It has Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Magnetometer. • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 technology. Coming to the real functions on my Pro 8 that has the i7 processor with 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD • Superlight (1.96 lb), powerful with a thinner bezel compared to the previous gen. Adjustable stand that can keep the tablet almost flat, nothing new on this kickstand design. • I love the fact that it comes with 120 Hz refresh rate and can pair it with my 4k, 120Hz monitors for gaming and watching movies. Seamless and smooth scrolling when browsing or working with endless excel sheets with 120 Hz refresh rate. You can notice that when using it in a tablet mode and scroll through web pages without a lag! • The 16GB RAM is powerful enough for me to multitask and run several programs simultaneously. I was running MATLAB simulations and was simultaneously using PowerPoint and Visio and didn't see any performance issues at all. I heard the fan kick-in to cool the processor, was clocking 70% usage on the CPU and 90% usage on the memory with several applications running simultaneously . I can tell this was faster than my Dell workstation that I typically use for processor/memory intense applications. This is definitely the most powerful laptop + tablet that I ever owned. • Love the redesigned keyboard with the pen storage option. Microsoft took into consideration the previous complaints and recommendations from its users on losing their pens, and came up with keyboard storage option for the pen that also charges it. No more batteries! The magnet in the pen storage is very powerful and there is no way the pen is going to fall off if you leave it in the keyboard slot and walk around with the tablet in hand. Also, the redesigned slim pen is amazing, no lag in the response at all and has a real feel to it when using it for notes taking. I am a big fan of One Note and love taking notes with my pen and definitely loved the new design and how responsive it is when you take notes or draw on the screen. Also, it has Haptic feedback which is not that noticeable unless you pay close attention to it. I had it turned all the way up in the settings. Haven't noticed any apps supporting the Haptic feedback on their menus yet. The signature keyboard itself is made of different material (carbon fiber ?) and is lot more stiff than the older generation keyboards and doesn't bend when you put pressure on it. The keys itself has the feel of a real keyboard that I am used to, so definitely a major improvement in the keyboard design. One major fix (that I disliked in the previous gen) is the keyboard doesn't cover the taskbar anymore when in raised position, so I can still use my fingers or pen to tap on the taskbar icons. • Has upgraded cameras with amazing resolution for live streaming or attending web meetings. Also, the screen has thinner bezel compared to previous generations and feels a little compact from the Pro 6 version that I have. • Battery life has been promising so far, lasted 6+ hours when I had it running at 120 Hz refresh rate with several program running simultaneously. • Used a dock station to connect to two 4k monitors via the Thunderbolt 4 port. It also charges my laptop and I didn't have to worry about using the charging port. • Love the windows 11 so far, still learning its capabilities. Has widgets (instead of the classic life tiles), redesigned menus, shortcut menu that shows different virtual desktops, etc. I like the new Team chat app that lets you chat with cell phone users running native messaging apps and the redesigned settings menu. It also has options to split (snap layout options) your screen into several windows 2x2, 4x4, etc. I am still exploring the Windows 11 features, waiting on updates that boosts the gaming performance on PCs' running this OS so I can upgrade my gaming desktop. • Oh, the best part is that you can swap or upgraded the SSD in under a minute. It's as easy as swapping a sim on a cell phone! It has a slot behind the kickstand that lets you swap SSD if you are looking to upgrade your storage. Overall, I love the powerful Pro 8 which has all the latest specs needed to use it as a PC or a tablet. I wish it came with LTE option so I can use it as a tablet on the go!

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Beauty and a Beast
    Reviewed by Hmirza - October 19, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Whether you’re looking for a laptop or tablet, the new Microsoft Surface Pro 8 can meet both of your needs. The Surface Pro is compact, powerful, portable, tablet and a laptop all in one. The model I tested out for this review came with the intel 11th Gen Core i7 Processor, with 16GB of ram and 256 GB SSD storage and came pre-installed with the new Microsoft Windows 11 Home edition with Dual HD Cameras, 2 thunderbolt 4 ports with 120Hz refresh rate, responsive touchscreen and arguably the best laptop/tablet combination that I have tested. In this review we will go over the features, Pros and Cons of the all-new Surface Pro 8. Even though the model I tested out was not the top of line mode, it still performed admirably in most the tasks that I performed with it. I have been using the Surface Pro 8 for a few days for my office work, letting the kids work on it, and my wife with her photoshop and video editing and all in all it has performed well in all aspects. Features: Processor – The Surface Pro 8 comes in two processor variations. You can get the intel 11th Gen Core i5 and Core i7. The i7 is an 8 Core processor with 16 mb of Cache memory and the clock speed of 3 GHz. This processor is great for multitasking, running photoshop, media creation software and even gaming. Memory – The Surface Pro 8 also comes with multiple options for memory as well. You can get yours in either 8, 16 or 32GBs of memory. The unit I tested came with 16GB of memory and it was more than enough for me to pretty accomplish all my tasks. I was able to run games, video editing software and multitask with no issues. One major issue with this unit is that you cannot upgrade the memory on your own afterwards if you decide to upgrade your ram without destroying your unit, you will have to send it to Microsoft or their certified repair shop for an upgrade so it would be better if you go with more than what you would need to avoid the hassle in the future. Storage – You have multiple options available for storage as well but the best part of that is you can upgrade your storage on your own when feasible. I really loved this option and I believe Microsoft should have done with same with the Memory as well. Graphics – Now, this is where the Surface let me down a bit. This unit comes with Intel Iris Xe Graphics card, and even though the graphics card is not horrible, but it does not really make for an amazing gaming experience but at the same time Surface is not built for gaming, it still holds it own. I would not recommend any running any graphics and processor heavy games because the fans do start to get a bit loud, but overall, I was able to achieve 60 fps on some games. Not bad. Keyboard and Stylus – Even though the on-screen keyboard on the surface pro 8 works well, the optional Signature Keyboard and the slim pen is amazing and, in my opinion, a must buy. The keyboard clips on to the bottom of the Surface with magnets. I have always loved and have been amazed by the pen and keyboard combo from Microsoft. They keyboard is nice and firm, and the keys are responsive and can be lifted a bit to provide a better tying angle. The keyboard also has built-in storage and charger for the pen. They keyboard has a beautiful Alcantara finish and a large and responsive touch pad. The Slim Pen 2 also got some upgrades from the previous model. The pen is slimmer and a bit more tapered at the tip, so it provides for better handling. The pen also provides haptic feedback when used on the screen which was cool and just works so well with the screen. The pen can be used to write notes, feels so much better then writing on paper, or even just have fun and be artistic, (if my 7-year-old can do that on that with the pen, imagine what you can do, see picture) and serves as a screen protector for your tablet/laptop when not in use. Ports- The Surface pro has two thunder bold 4 ports which can be used for multiple things, such as connecting an external SSD, external displays, and even charging, which I have been doing. Microsoft does provide a charging brick, but it’s a bit bulk and looking at how portable this thing is, it just makes sense to carry a nano charger with you. The surface also has a proprietary surface port which is used for charging with the provided charging brick and one of my favorites, an audio jack. Most companies have been doing away with them, but I honestly love them. WIFI 6 and Bluetooth – No complaints, fast, and reliable connection. HD Cameras: Front facing camera is 5 megapixels 1080p and the rear is 10 megapixels 1080p. The front facing camera worked great. I used them for a few of my meetings and the image quality was amazing, compared to my current laptop. Windows 11 – Windows 11 will take a bit of getting used to. I love how it looks and how somethings have become accessible, it seems others are a bit hard to find. I have upgraded my other laptops to windows 11 but it was much easier to use to tablet design laptop with the touch screen. The icons are centered in the middle, you can add widgets, you can run multiple desktops, but it will take some time to find everything and discover all its features. Pros: Extremely Portable, Lightweight – Weighs only 2lbs. Great for multitasking, office work and getting creative Love the pen and the keyboard combo Thunderbolt 4 ports – multi-purpose 13in Beautiful and responsive touch screen Expandable Storage Option Audio Jack Watching movies Amazing Sound Quality Cons: Graphics Card Overall, The Surface Pro 8 is an amazing machine, that is extremely portable, versatile, and a powerhouse. This is a great option for school, office, gaming and even just letting your creativity loose with the slim pen. The Surface pro series is the best laptop/tablet combo I have used. Microsoft has done an amazing job fitting a laptop into a tablet design, giving us the best of both worlds. I would highly recommend you give this perky little device a shot.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Excellent 2n1, but don't forget the Keyboard
    Reviewed by Xtant - October 28, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] We were looking to replace an older 2 in 1 and decided to give the Surface Pro 8 since it was about the size of our old HP but with better hardware and updated Windows. We also picked up the Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen. And I have to say if your getting a Surface Pro 8 you are definitely going to want this Keyboard and Pen. This just makes the Surface Pro 8 a much more usable device! The hinge allows for the screen to be set at almost any angle you would want. But will say that this is one thing that I'm not 100% sold on. Because this setup pretty much requires a flat surface to be on. Even with the keyboard attached it is no where near comfortable to set on your lap like you would a traditional laptop. But that was the same with our older HP and most likely can be said about other similar 2 in 1's. The charge plug kind of reminds of the original iPod/iPhone plug. It can be a little awkward to attach at times although it being magnetic does help. The Surface Pro 8 performs regular use task like emails and web browsing without any issues. Working on things like power points and other office programs were smooth as well. Running a bunch of open tabs on Edge was no problem either. Played Forza on it without any hiccups. Playing a simple pool game had a few touch input issues but that could be a game issue? Watching a couple of movies showed how good the screen is and how lacking the speakers are. Battery life seems pretty good with about 35-40% battery drain after about 5 hours of movie playback with screen brightness at 100% off of the 1st initial charge. As a tablet the Surface Pro 8 is big which was the same for our old HP but the Surface Pro 8 is a lot lighter though so it's not as much of a workout. Overall the Surface Pro 8 is proving to be a nice upgrade to our old 2 in 1 and although the hinge setup is still not a favorite design it's not a deal breaker for me. The convenience of being able to use it as a tablet especially with the pen makes it a good fit for our needs. Just don't forget the Keyboard with Slim Pen!

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Wonder Twin powers, activate!
    Reviewed by StephenS - October 22, 2021

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I’ve had quite a few 2-in-1 Windows computers over the years (none of which were an MS Surface) and they’ve always left me wanting. They worked fine as laptops but “tablet mode” in Windows 10 never impressed me as it felt disjointed, like I was using a completely different computer. With the advent of Windows 11 I decided to try a Surface Pro 8 and experience Microsoft’s direct take on what the Windows “tablet” experience should be. It’s not perfect, there are plenty of “Windows” apps and experiences that don’t intuitively translate to a touch/pen interface IMHO. However, with the combo of Windows 11 and this Surface Pro 8 I can confidently say that this is the first time I’ve felt a Windows computer could be productive without a physical keyboard, though add the keyboard/pen case and you get the best of all worlds. An obvious comparison, as I was asked repeatedly while using this out and about, is how does it compare to an iPad Pro. To me, the main difference is that an iPad Pro is a tablet trying very hard to convince you it can be a computer, while the Surface Pro 8 is a full computer doing its best to convince you it can be a tablet. Tastes will vary, having used both side-by-side I much prefer the Surface Pro 8. The Surface Pro 8: Right to the point, where the Surface Pro 8 excels is in portability. It’s so thin and light I can slip it into a secondary backpack compartment without hardly any thought at all about space or weight. Battery life is respectable enough to get me through a day of on-again/off-again campus computing -- I’d take this to a day of college classes and it got me through everything fine so long as I stuck to note taking, web, documents, and some light personal use between classes. I’d be down to 30-40% when the school day was done -- it packed enough juice that I never felt like I needed to carry the power adapter and stay near an outlet to get through my day. This is my first MS Surface computer so I came into it with no specific expectations save that I expected Microsoft to “get it right” when it came to hardware and design for their own OS. The Surface Pro 8 didn’t disappoint, right out of the box it came across as a clean and clever device and I repeatedly found myself liking each aspect of it “more than I expected”. The display is suitably high-res @ 2880x1920 and up to 120Hz, though it’ll be 60Hz out of the box so if you want that extra bit of smoothness (at the cost of some battery life) you’ll want to go into the display settings and bump it up. The internal display also supports HDR / Dolby Vision video, though this is the one aspect that actually fell short of my expectations in practice. I also got and recommend the Surface Pro Keyboard + Slim Pen. Though I found the Surface Pro 8 was pretty usable without a keyboard, for most activities, these round out the experience for full on document writing. When not using the keyboard, Windows 11 provides a decent onscreen keyboard and/or handwriting recognition mode -- both slower than a physical keyboard but they’ll get the job done for light writing. As a tablet, this is probably as big as I’d want to go. I’ve had 15” and even 17” 2-in-1 PCs before and that’s just too big to use as a “tablet”, but at 13” and a 3:2 ratio the Surface Pro toes that line quite nicely. Or, kick out the backstand and flip the keyboard to the front to go into “laptop” mode which worked much better on my actual lap than I expected, and on a desk or table it’s downright comfy, the Surface Pro 8 physical keyboard is frankly pretty outstanding. For video the Iris Xe graphics are remarkably adequate for light gaming. I’d not recommend anyone get a Surface Pro 8 FOR gaming, but at low to medium settings the Surface Pro 8 can pull it off in a pinch if it’s what you have on hand. Audio -- I’ll just say that the internal mic and speakers blew me away for this form factor. The built-in speakers are surprisingly rich and full, possibly better than even on any full-size laptop I’ve ever owned. Though you’re not going to “shake the walls”, sitting right in front of it in a normal viewing position for movies or music it sounds… remarkably good. And for when you can’t use speakers the Surface Pro 8 still pays respect to the tried-and-true 3.5mm jack, or plug in a pair of USB-C headphones or go Bluetooth if you’d rather. For recording audio, the internal mics pick up lectures and ambient sound quite well. Technically the mics are stereo, at least that’s how they show up in Audacity, but in practice I think they are recording mono as there was no hint of actual stereo recording when I walked circles around it while recording myself practicing a lesson presentation. But the audio the mics picked up sounded great, capturing clear and accurate audio of me and the people and spaces around me. Windows 11: On a related note, I found Windows 11 itself to be intuitive and quick to pick up on coming from Windows 10. I never liked “tablet mode” in Windows 10 anyway and Windows 11 doesn’t even have it as an option, which I consider a good thing. Otherwise Windows 11 seems very much to me like Windows 10 tidied up and better organized. Well played Microsoft, well played. Summary: It’s a bit expensive, at almost $2000 for the full package with the keyboiard/pen combo, but if you want/need an outstanding full-PC ultraportable this is hands down the best device in that category I’ve seen or used.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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Product Category
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Return/Exchange Period
30 days
Condition
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