Microsoft Surface Pro 9 review

The latest iteration of Microsoft's laptop-tablet hybrid is portable productivity heaven

5 Star Rating
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 laptop tablet computer on a table
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is not the best laptop and is not the best tablet, but it is far and away the best hybrid device you can currently buy. With an amazingly portable form factor and a surprising amount of power that allows you to be productive almost anywhere, this is one of the best mobile creation centres for photographers and videographers who are constantly on the move.


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    Versatile laptop/tablet detachable hybrid

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    Very light and portable

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    Deceptively powerful for its form factor

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    Surface Pen is excellent


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    Power might not be enough for demanding tasks

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    Keyboard not for heavy typers

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    Lacking in ports

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The first Microsoft Surface device wasn't a runaway success, in fact, Microsoft had to take a billion-dollar write-down on unsold products, but it did introduce us to the idea of it the detachable laptop and tablet hybrid for the first time. 

It took a few further attempts for Microsoft to finally make a version of the Surface Pro that was worth buying, but with each iteration, they have slowly improved on every aspect of the surface Pro until we have got to where we are today - The Surface Pro 9.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Surface Pro 9 (Intel i7-1265U, Iris Xe)MacBook Air (M2)Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (Intel i7-1250U, Iris Xe)
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score1,1691,9361,637
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score6,3908,9176,060
GeekBench 5 OpenCL score18,01527,55814,100
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score1,1411,5971,234
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score6,6678,0984,376

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.