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Surface Pro X and accessories now on sale from Microsoft

Surface Pro X on desk
Surface Pro X on desk (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Surface Pro X is available for purchase from Microsoft.
  • The Surface Pro X Keyboard and Microsoft Slim Pen are also available for purchase.
  • The Surface Pro X starts at $999 (opens in new tab).

The Surface Pro X and its accessories are now on sale through the Microsoft Store. The Surface Pro X is the thinnest and lightest Surface Pro ever. It also features a modern design with thin bezels and two USB-C ports. The Surface Pro X starts at $999 (opens in new tab) on the Microsoft Store and will be available through other retailers soon.

The Surface Pro X is Microsoft's first device running Windows 10 on ARM. With that comes instant-on capabilities and the ability to connect to LTE. ARM-powered devices often have excellent battery life, but Microsoft doesn't claim large numbers for the Surface Pro X's longevity, at least when compared to other ARM-powered devices.

The Surface Pro X works with a new pen, the Microsoft Surface Slim Pen, that can fit inside the Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard. People who don't want the pen but want a keyboard can purchase the Surface Pro X Keyboard instead.

The Surface Pro X features a revamped design and a new approach from Microsoft's Surface line. Are you going to purchase one? Let us know in the comments below.

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71 Comments
  • I keep seeing all these articles and reviews about how the Pro X is the thinnest and lightest surface pro ever....it might be thinner, but it actually weighs exactly the same as the pro 7, pro 6, pro 5 and pro 4
  • I believe the Surface Pro X is technically slightly lighter than the Surface Pro 7. I'll have to check all of the specs of each gen.
  • Will it run a terminal program such as Hyperterminal or Indigo? Will I be able to run my Picoscope with it? Is it a computer or a toy? I want one but it has to meet my needs if the cost is as they say.
  • Will an iPad or Chromebook comfortably meet your needs? If not, the the Surface Pro X isn't your machine either.
  • Can I plug in an external hard drive to an iPad and use it as easy as on Windows? I would go for the Pro X in a heartbeat if my only choice is between it and an iPad.
  • External storage works well on my iPad Pro.
  • Your can buy an iPad and a Surface Pro for the price of the SX.
  • The problem with your stupid comparisons is that you dont even compare apples-with apples. If we are looking at the Surface Pro X performance level (e.g. 4xCortex A76 at 3GHz + 4xCortex A 55) we are looking at Surface Pro 7 and iPad Pro performance levels. iPad Pro LTE alone is more expensive...Surface Pro 7 is not even available with LTE.
  • I can buy an iPad for $299. It has better build quality, faster SoC, and a far superior ecosystem. If you want LTE, it is another $100 or something. There is nothing about the Surface Pro X that makes it 3x the price of a base iPad.
  • I can buy a burger too - for $5, mind you? I can eat it too, which makes it better than the iPad for much cheaper...
  • No real argument I see. Hard to argue when I am right.
  • If your listed programs are 32bit x86 (most likely) or 64 bit ARM (less likely) they typically run without issues. Of course native programs running much faster.
    With "Indigo" you mean the 3d rendering package?
  • Indigo terminal emulator
  • Dude, just get the Surface Pro 7 then. Quit whining about choices that aren't relevant to your use case.
  • At no point did I whine about anything. I simply asked for knowledgeable input from anyone more learned than I. So please stop your whining
  • Hope we will see a WinCen test of the X soon.
  • I bought one of these. I just may be part of the right demographic for this device. I carry a device with me all day, opening and closing it many times an hour. I work with web-based corporate applications, as well as Office. I need quick and reliable access to my OneDrive files, as well as several printing and sharing options. The HP Chromebook X2 works "ok" for me, but is cumbersome (and occasionally non-functional) when trying to retrieve, edit, and reorganize multiple files. The Pro X is a perfect solution here- it is a beautiful device, and I can afford it. I look forward to further progress in making Windows on ARM a success.
  • It's good to know microsoft still know their stuff and Dr's are still making some coin! 👌😂
  • I do want Windows on ARM to succeed as well, but a lot of the early Surface Pro X reviews are pretty harsh. I mean, on the one hand, for the price point, it's reasonable to think that a consumer would expect it to run all Windows apps (which it doesn't), but on the other hand, instead of simply stating "this device is not for everyone, it is for a specific use case, if you need to run Lightroom, other apps etc. go for Surface Pro 7", they just say "oh it sucks because it can't run 64-bit apps", which is like saying "a scooter sucks because it cannot haul pallets of merchandise".
  • Maybe, if the scooter is named "Ford F150", is priced like an F150, and looks like an F150. It Microsoft wants to make a scooter, they need to design and price it like a scooter.
  • That has been the problem with all reviews of WoA devices in the past. They never say that it is a great device for particular users.
  • Those reviewers have never experienced the introduction of new CPU architectures. I still remember when Power Macintosh arrived with a similar situation, i.e. the need of native PowerPC applications in order to get a performance boost. It's not a new situation. Most reviews of today are pretty useless and I gave up when the argument "this tablet can't play HD video" became commonplace (the reviewers think that "HD video" means Amazon Prime Video and Netflix). It doesn't and those tablets that can't "play HD" have no issues with 1080p or 2160p H.264 and X.265. The Surface Pro X is perfectly good and no, it doesn't look "deceiving" like the example with the F-150. It is an ARM device and need native ARM applications for max performance. It is exactly like a Power Macintosh 8100 vs a Quadra 840AV back in the days. No difference.
  • How does a normal user buy this uber expensive device and know the difference? Your example doesn't take the form factor change. Not only is this a new architecture, it is a new form factor and input method for Windows. Touch isn't well supported in Windows and is important in a device like this. Then you realize you can buy a machine with a full ecosystem, better hardware, and a rock solid future for a a quarter of the price.
  • Bullshit. There is not single device available with same features and performance in a similar power envelope - except possibly iPad Pro - but it just runs iOS - a joke of an OS to honest. Also i am not aware that an iPad Pro LTE is 1/4 the price - so stop spilling nonsense.
  • Base iPad is $299 with a faster SoC, better build quality, and a better ecosystem. If you want more storage or LTE, you can pay a bit more. Pro X should start at the same price point. $999 base price kills any chance of WoA being adopted and the ecosysyem growing.
  • Can please tell me which base ipad model you are talking about ?
  • Is there more than one? iPad starts at $329 (easily found for $299). That machine has a fast processor, great build, pen and keyboard support, and a mature ecosystem. If you want more storage or LTE, those options are available and even if you add both you are still at half the price of the Pro X with identical specs.
  • Would you consider leaving your impressions of Surface X in the forums under Community Reviews? I'd like to see what the target market thinks of this device.
  • I believe the "Go" line should of had the ARM processors. It would come in at a better price point. Also, that way your average consumer wouldn't have false expectations of its capability. Thus, also knowing the inability to run 64 bit programs. This years Surface Pro 7 should of also had this design. The refresh is way overdue.
  • 64 bit programs are running nicely, as long as they are ARM 64 bit programs. I believe most native programs are in fact 64 bit - though Surface X is also capable of running 32 bit ARM and x86 executables.
  • Windows 64 bit is what I was referring to. It cannot run those. It only can run 32 bit code.
  • Love the form factor but the performance is terrible. You shouldnt have performance issues in the 2 minutes playing with a display model. Should be $599 at most with the keyboard. It is setting a terrible example.
  • I doubt you have performance issues with native programs - that is highly unlikely.
  • What native programs? They don't exist. You are forced to use legacy software, this is Windows. If you only use native software, this is a really terrible machine. A $299 iPad will run circles around it.
  • You do not make much sense. I mostly use native software (around 90%) - why would this be a terrible machine then? It is significantly outperforming an $299 iPad.
    Also, most programs on iPad running in full-screen mode - when i am using say an editor like notepad++ i do need to run it in a Window - not possible with iPad.
  • "when i am using say an editor like notepad++ i do need to run it in a Window - not possible with iPad." iOS Notepad on the iPad will run in multitasking split screen or as a floating window (and has for more than a year).
  • Yeah, but do i have my other Windows like terminal output and shell floating as well? I guess in the bigger picture i would miss a real desktop with iPad - plus all the limitation of iOS, which are just not there with Windows.
  • It will not outperform an iPad. Apple's SoC is stronger than Qualcomm's and the iPad is far cheaper. $329 vs $999, and that is not taking the keyboard that is required for the Surface due to the operating system not being touch first.
  • You have no clue what you are talking about. An A12 SoC is slightly faster in single core but falls behind in multi-core. But multi-core apps are where the performance is needed. You need to look into the iPad Pro price range to find something comparable in performance.
    In addition does you magical $329 iPad sport LTE?
  • $100 more for LTE. Another $100 for more storage. Can Microsoft really ignore the price point of the market leader? How do they drive adoption this way?
  • Dude...who is porting x64 to ARM64. Noone!!! Wake Up. This again should have been reserved for the Go Line. Lower expectations of what can run on it. This is an epic Failure! UWP 2.0, practically.
  • Nice device kind of ruined by Microsoft's lack of definition. If someone buys this device for $999 and discover