Microsoft chose not to include either a Type Cover or Pen with the new Surface Pro, so you’ll have to purchase both separately. The Type Cover costs $159.99 and the Surface Pen will run you $99.99, but if you intend to do a lot of productivity work or anything artistic, you’ll need to purchase at least one of them.
By not adding a Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C port, Microsoft missed an opportunity to future-proof its device. It claimed that users ”don’t understand the value of the new port [USB Type-C],” but there are already tons of Type-C peripherals on the market, including a number of universal docking stations which charge your laptop.
Battery life could be better
The Surface Pro only managed to last seven hours and 30 minutes in our test (surfing over Wi-Fi), which is better than last year’s model, but still well below the runtimes of some competitors. For example, HP’s Spectre x360 lasted two and a half hours longer a charge.