If you need a new tablet or laptop for work, keep in mind Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3.
The Surface Pro is a popular choice for business people who need a tablet that also functions as a laptop.
The Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X go on sale soon and will improve on that format in different ways. The Surface Pro 7 will be faster than the previous Surface Pro, thanks to a 10th Generation Intel Core processor. It will also have USB-A and USB-C ports. And Microsoft is promising up to 10.5 hours of battery life (actual battery life will vary depending the settings and how you're using the device). The device goes on sale in Australia on 22 October 2019, and will start at $1,249.
If battery life is your biggest concern, and you don’t mind paying more, then consider the Surface Pro X. It will start at $1,699 and will run for up to 13 hours, Microsoft estimates. The Surface Pro X is also noticeably thinner than the Surface Po 7, though both weigh about the same (about 774 grams).
But keep in mind that the Surface Pro X uses a Microsoft SQ1 processor, which is unlikely to be as powerful as the chip in the Surface Pro 7. If you want to run lots of resource-intensive applications, check first that the Surface Pro X is up to that task.
The Surface Pro X goes on sale in Australia on 19 November 2019.
If you’d prefer typing on a more traditional laptop keyboard and want a bigger screen, then consider Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3. It's heavier (the lightest version weighs 1.25 kg), but you get a choice of a 13.5inch or 15inch screen.
The Surface Laptop 3 also comes with the 10th Generation Intel Core processor and USB-A and USB-C ports. It also has front-facing cameras and dual far-field Studio Mics for conference calling. It goes on sale in Australia on 22 October for a starting price of $1,699.