Surface Pro X vs. iPad Pro 12.9 vs. Chromebooks: A cost (and value) comparison

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

When talking about technology, the hottest topic is always the cost. It is a subjective discussion with no correct answer. As I wrote recently, the price of the technology is also lee. 4K TV was $ 10,000 five years ago.

However, there are things that continue to bother me about the cost complaints that Surface Pro X is too expensive. Critics are wrong because:

all Should be Cheaper

Let me just tell you before reaching the point of my claim I get it. Technically speaking, every new gadget is “too expensive” to anyone. In our heads there is a random price range that we all consider reasonable. Some of them are practical. How much can you afford? That’s just a lot of opinion. think The target is value.

Some people drop $ 300 on sneakers and don’t catch their eyes, while others are happy to catch what’s sold for $ 45. This question value It exists everywhere. I think someone paid too much for the technology you cherish.

From this point of view, I understand if people claim that the Surface Pro X is priced at $ 500. I mean, why not price it for $ 200 and come with free games? Maybe Microsoft loses the hardware and pays for it?

I’m ambiguous here, but my point is that most people won’t agree on what a fair price is without arguments, warnings and exceptions. In that word…

Surface Pro X vs. IPad Pro 12.9 with LTE

Ipad pro

Source: iMore

Surface Pro X often compares to two other device categories, such as Apple’s iPad Pro and Chromebook.

These are very different devices with different prices, but there are overlaps.

The size, price, and target audience are very similar, so let’s start with Surface Pro X compared to iPad Pro 12.9. For simplicity, we are comparing the midrange configuration of the two devices with 256GB of storage and LTE.

In some cases, the biggest downside of Surface Pro X is the inability to run x86-64-bit apps, including advanced CAD apps, photo and video editing (Adobe), and some newer games. Running full Windows 10, Surface Pro X delivers a true PC experience that delivers a true buyer experience.

Microsoft at $ 1,299


  • Run full Windows 10 Home (or Pro)
  • Upgradeable SSD
  • Colorful design
  • 2 USB-C Ports
  • Mouse can be used


  • x86-64 bit software shortage
  • Performance is “good enough”

There has been much debate about whether iPad Pro 12.9 can be a proper laptop replacement. In some cases it may work. But for many owners, iPad Pro is a secondary device that backs up the proper computer (PC or Mac).

$ 1,299 at Apple


  • Cool display
  • Outstanding hardware
  • USB-C port
  • Keyboard and Pen Options
  • Amazing apps and ecosystem


  • Running mobile OS
  • No proper mouse support

If you look at the specs, you can see similar machines in many ways, including storage, display, LTE and what’s included.

Surface Pro X IPad Pro 12.9 LTE
display 13.0 inch PixelSense (2880×1920)
267 PPI
12.9-inch Liquid Retina (2732 x 2048)
264 PPI
Save 256 GB 256 GB
Upgradeable SSD Yes no
Storage expansion no no
keyboard Yes (optional) Yes (optional)
pen Yes (optional) Yes (optional)
LTE Yes Yes (optional)
port 2 species C One type -C
security Face recognition Face recognition
price $ 1,299 $ 1,299
Keyboard and pen From $ 270 From $ 329

The Surface Pro X, which includes 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, Surface Slim Pen, and a keyboard, sells for $ 1,569 (although some are currently on sale). By comparison, the iPad Pro 12.9, LTE, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio with 256GB of storage are $ 1,628. The savings prefer Microsoft by $ 59. Not much, but you can put it for an arc mouse or dinner.

Surface Pro X is slightly cheaper than iPad Pro 12.9, similarly configured with LTE.

Isn’t one or both expensive? Perhaps. But most importantly, Surface Pro X is slightly cheaper than similarly configured iPad Pro 12.9.

When the Surface Pro X is on sale (as it is today), the pen and keyboard are $ 1,369. 259 dollars. Cheaper Similarly configured iPad Pro 12.9 and the current generation of iPads are rarely sold.

If you want to be sturdy and get the most out of both devices, the Surface Pro X (16GB, 512GB) with a pen and keyboard is $ 2,069 ($ 1,869 on sale). The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with LTE (1TB) costs $ 2,028 with a keyboard and pencil.

Going the other way, Surface Pro X native mode (8GB, 128GB) starts at $ 999 (currently sold for $ 899), while iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) Without LTE Starting at $ 999. Here too, Pro X offers LTE “free” via iPad Pro with twice the storage. In the best scenario, it’s $ 100 cheaper than Apple’s tablet.

I will not discuss which tablet is better because it is up to you. My only point is to explain the cost comparison between two similarly configured devices.

Surface Pro X vs. Chrome book

Pixel book

Source: Android CentralThe Google Pixelbook is still available for $ 1,200 in 2020.

If you compare a similarly configured Surface Pro X to the entire Chromebook category, things get more complicated. In general, Chromebooks are much cheaper.

For example, consider the latest Google Pixelbook Go, which starts at $ 649. There is no face recognition, only LTE, upgradeable storage, full HD display and no ink input. But there is quality.

But when you go to the higher-end version of Pixelbook Go, things get soaring. Choosing the i7-8500Y model, you’ll get a 4K display for $ 1,400 with 256GB of storage and 16GB of RAM (still without LTE). Surface Pro X (16GB, 256GB) is available for $ 1,499 ($ ​​1,299 on sale) without a pen and keyboard.

The i7 is a 7-watt Y-series, dual-core chip, and not the traditional U-series 15-watt quad-core found on most Ultrabook PCs. The Qualcomm SQ1 chip on Surface Pro X has similar performance to U series Core i3 to i5 but with eight cores.

Move pixel book

Source: Android CentralThe new Google Pixelbook Go has been well reviewed, but it’s expensive and doesn’t have LTE.

Google still sells the famous Pixel Book for $ 1,200, which is considered to be the Chromebook’s top jewel in 2020, which was released at the end of 2017 and features a Y-series processor in 2016 and no LTE.

That means you can buy 2018 Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 (LTE) for $ 600. I have this laptop without LTE and the price is ok. For $ 600, here’s what you get on a Chromebook Plus v2 compared to the expensive Pro X.

Surface Pro X Samsung Chromebook Plus LTE
display 13.0 inch PixelSense (2880×1920)
267 PPI
12.2 inches (1920×1080)
180 PPI
CPU Qualcomm SQ1 (8 cores) Intel Celeron 3965Y (2 Core)
Save 256 GB
32 GB
Storage expansion no Yes
pen Yes (optional) Yes (included)
LTE Yes Yes (optional)
port 2 species C 2 species C
Security (bio) Face recognition none
price From $ 1,099 (the list price is $ 1,299) $ 600

Finally, I was able to buy the 2018 Acer Chromebook Spin 13 for $ 650 (previously $ 900). At this price you get a real Core i5 U series processor, 2K display, inking, 8GB RAM and 128GB eMMC storage. One of the main selling points for Surface Pro X, LTE, has no options, but it’s hard to deny that the price is more satisfactory.

Surface Pro X Own league?

Surface Pro X

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

Compared to Apple’s iPad Pro 12.9 with LTE, Surface Pro X is sometimes a bit cheaper, sometimes hundreds of dollars.

But someone will inevitably say that they do not raise their hands. Things that you need You can also use LTE, or a smaller 11-inch model. Those are fair points. Apple certainly offers more models, allowing buyers to choose and choose exactly what they want. However, why some people, including myself, prefer Surface PCs over other PCs are always connected 4G features. Things like running full windows apps (UWP, x86-32-bit) get better.

Few computers come with everything Surface Pro X offers.

With Chromebooks, the price gap is large, but often for good reason. It comes with old, anemic Intel CPUs, slow internal storage, and no LTE option.

Today there are only a few computers with all the features that Surface Pro X has to offer. High quality display, 4G LTE, all-day battery life, excellent audio, ink input, Windows Hello face recognition, upgradeable SSD and its kickstand. And for many, integration with the Microsoft ecosystem and running Windows 10 to be Selling point. If you think Chrome OS or iPadOS is better, I use it.

Why Surface Pro X is my favorite laptop in 2019

Whether what Surface Pro X offers is important to you is a personal choice. I don’t say that Surface Pro X is good value. But at least when it comes to sticker prices, at least it’s not too expensive compared to the rest of the market.

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Offers the thinnest and lightest Surface Pro

Surface Pro X offers the most interesting design for Surface Pro. For those who need a lightweight, thin, LTE-enabled productivity laptop, Surface Pro X offers unique features you can’t find anywhere else.

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The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a computer replacement for those who want to do most of their work with iOS. More screen space than other iPads lets you draw, write, and wind. However, the large size is cumbersome to maintain and not as easy to carry as the smaller version.

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