Microsoft's new Surface Pro is available in a number of configurations, all of which cater to different user needs and capabilities. For example, the Intel Core m3 Surface Pro is for people who will be doing nothing more than web browsing, sending email and watching movies and TV. On the flipside, the i7 model is for those who plan to edit video and do intensive work on the go.

We know it may not be easy to choose the right Surface Pro for you, likely because you don't know which one fits you best. Should you pay more than you need to for a super expensive model if you're not going to take advantage of everything the higher-end model has to offer?

Read on and see where you fall with the Surface Pro availability options.

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Surface Pro with Intel Core m3

The Intel Core m3 model of the Surface Pro is Microsoft's "entry-level" Surface Pro. It's the cheapest, but that doesn't mean it isn't capable. The Core m3 model exists mainly for students, but it's also there for people who use their computers as devices for consuming entertainment, such as movies, music and TV.

It's available with 128GB storage and 4GB RAM. If you need more storage, you can expand it with a microSD card. However, if you want more internal storage, you'll have to go up a tier to the Intel Core i5 version. It's also worth noting that the Intel Core m3 model is fanless, meaning it operates completely silently when turned on, a nice bonus.

Microsoft's Intel Core m3 model is an excellent choice for people who don't do a lot of intensive work on their computers. If you're someone who uses your laptop or tablet for web browsing, email and light work in Office, then the Intel Core m3 option should be a good fit. It's for more casual users, yes, but it's still suitable for a good portion of the market.

Who should buy the Surface Pro with Core m3 and 4GB RAM?

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Surface Pro with Intel Core i5

The Intel Core i5 is the next level up from the Intel Core m3, and it jumps up quite a bit in performance. The Intel Core i5 model is considered the middle of the line and targets the widest possible market. It's available in a couple different configurations, which should be able to cater to anybody looking for a Surface Pro.

It's available with either 128GB or 256GB storage options, and 4GB or 8GB of RAM. You can expand storage with a microSD card, just like the Core m3 version, and the Intel Core i5 model is also fanless, just like the Core m3 model. So both low-end and mid-tier Surface Pros don't have fans, meaning there's no noise when they're in use.

Why the new Surface Pro's fanless Core i5 is both a serious processor and a great option

Microsoft's Intel Core i5 model is a great choice for the majority of people looking to buy a Surface Pro. It can do everything the Intel Core m3 version can do, plus a little multitasking with several programs, heavy work in Office, and even light work in Photoshop..

If you're going to get the Intel Core i5 model, we recommend you go for the model with 8GB RAM instead of 4GB option. If you need an Intel Core i5, you're going to need 8GB of RAM too, because 4GB simply won't cut it.

See Surface Pro with Intel Core i5 at Microsoft Store

Surface Pro with Intel Core i7

The Intel Core i7 model is the top tier available for the Surface Pro. It's the version that you go for if you know you're going to be pushing your device as much as possible. It's the most expensive model of the Surface Pro. Most people interested in the Intel Core i7 model are looking to use it for work or production reasons.

It's available with either 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of internal storage, and either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. It also comes with a slightly more powerful graphics chip, which will be beneficial for people planning to do graphics work in Photoshop or a 3D modelling program. Unlike the m3 and i5 models, the Intel Core i7 SKUs include a fan to help keep that powerful processor cool.

Microsoft's Intel Core i7 model is the ultimate choice for those who want to get real work done on their Surface Pros. If you need a PC that can do 99 percent of the things you're going to throw at it, the Intel Core i7 model is for you. Photoshop, video editing, graphics work, none of it should be a problem for the Surface Pro i7.

See Surface Pro with Intel Core i7 at Microsoft Store

Surface Pro m3 vs. i5 vs. i7

So there you have it. If you're looking at the Intel Core m3 variant, you're likely someone who's planning to use the new Surface Pro for lightweight web browsing, email, light Office editing and entertainment. That's perfectly fine, the Surface Pro is very capable of doing just that.

If you're looking at the Intel Core i5 variant, you probably expect to get some proper work done here and there. If so, we recommend you go for the 8GB model for the extra memory when multitasking between apps. The Intel Core i5 model is great for light Photoshop and video editing.

Finally, if you're someone interested in the Intel Core i7 model, you're probably planning to use your Surface Pro like a true workstation. The Surface Pro i7 should be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it, outside of gaming. The i7 is great for people looking to do heavy Photoshop, high quality video editing, graphics work and more.

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Updated March 23 2018: Refreshed with latest available configurations.