Best Rugged Cases for Surface Pro in 2022

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We're big fans of the Surface Pro line of tablets and have tested numerous protective cases to keep the devices safe from harm, allowing us to recommend the best options for your Surface Pro 5, Pro (2017), Pro 6, and Pro 7.


UAG Metropolis

Rugged Surface

What makes the Metropolis from UAG worth the money is the non-slip grip material that snaps tightly around your Pro, and despite its ruggedness doesn't add a lot of weight. The handy kickstand on the back can also be used in five different positions.


Kensington BlackBelt 2nd Degree

Lightweight Shield

Not all rugged cases need to be bulky. Kensington's BlackBelt 2nd Degree is a mouthful to say but packs enough protection to keep your tablet safe from bumps and scratches without adding too much to the dimensions. Meeting military-grade testing standards, the Kensington case has a cut out on the rear to allow for unobstructed access to the kick-out stand.


i-Blason Armorbox

Value Pick

This affordable case by i-Blason is ideal for those who wish to add a little protection to their Surface Pros without spending too much money. The case works alongside the built-in hinge, maintains access to the screen and available ports, and is made of polycarbonate to fight against damage from drops and bumps.


MoKo Surface Case

All-round Protection

Not only does this case from MoKo help prevent your Surface taking damage while in use, it'll also ensure your Type Cover remains flat against the device when you don't need to use the tablet. These clever little touches make it well worth considering as a rugged case.

Making a protective decision

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While damage to your Surface Pro tablet may not occur throughout ownership, there's always the small possibility of something terrible happening, which is why we encourage you to purchase a case for your tablet. The UAG Metropolis is a solid form of protection.

If you want something a little more lightweight, you're going to need to look at the Kensignton BlackBelt 2nd Degree case. This case will protect your Surface from the majority of knocks and scratches, meeting military-grade testing standards.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.