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The Surface Pro 6 is the best 2-in-1 you can buy.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6

$899( starting)

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The Good Comes in matte black alternative!* Quad-core performance* Entry-level framework doesn’t stink anymore

The Bad No USB-C port( s)

The Bottom Line Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is easily best available 2-in-1 computer of the year, with best-in-class performance at a great value.

Mashable Score4. 5

Cool Factor4. 0

Learning Curve5. 0

Performance5. 0

Bang for the Buck4. 0

Microsoft had me at matte black.

After several generations, I can now definitively say Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 is the best 2-in-1 laptop replacing available.

Similar to the Surface Laptop 2( my pick for best laptop of 2018 ), the Surface Pro 6 doesn’t reinvent the product, but instead polishes it to near perfection with mighty quad-core performance.

Everything else about the 2-in-1 remains the same, save for a new Batman-approved matte black finish if you step up to at the least the 256 GB storage model.

And just like the Surface Laptop 2, the $899 entry-level version with its 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM is no longer an underpowered machine with a vastly inferior processor in comparison with the mid- and upper-tier simulates.

Hey Apple, take notice: Everyone deserves quad-core performance in a thin-and-light computer without the steep pricing.

No need for a new design

The screen is still superb and there’s still a magnet on the left side to attach the Surface Pen.

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The Surface Pro 6 seems precisely like the Surface Pro( 2017 )~ ATAGEND and I’m OK with that. Frankly, I’m not sure why there’s such an obsession with freshening a product’s hardware every year.

I’m all for pretty contraptions, but the Surface Pro 6, like any laptop, is more utilitarian and it’s more important that 😛 TAGEND

the keyboard offers an excellent typing experience no matter if you’re mailing off a tweet or typing up a dissertation.

the trackpad and touchscreen( if it has one) are responsive.

the battery life needs to last a full job or school day.

there are ports to connect accessories without dongles.

Matte black, babe! It’s so hot!

The buttons are all nice and and clicky.

Still got front-facing stereo speakers.

Windows Hello is a great way to sign into the Surface Pro 6, but it still needs some improving.

Sucks there’s no USB-C, but you get a full-sized USB 3 port, Mini DisplayPort, and Surface Connect port.

Look at all those Chrome tabs.

Nobody does the kickstand better than Microsoft.

The keyboard is excellent and so is the trackpad.

This little detail where the keyboard clips onto the presentation makes all the difference for lapability.