View Poll Results: Which SP 2017?

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  • 128GB / Core m3 / 4GB RAM

    3 10.34%
  • 128GB / Core i5 / 4GB RAM

    3 10.34%
  • 256GB / Core i5 / 8GB RAM

    13 44.83%
  • 256GB / Core i7 / 8GB RAM

    5 17.24%
  • 512GB / Core i7 / 16GB RAM

    3 10.34%
  • 1TB / Core i7 / 16GB RAM

    2 6.90%
  1. david90531's Avatar
    So after 3 and a half years of waiting, finally I can update my Surface Pro 3 to the new Surface Pro (starting to get used to it not being Surface Pro 5 now finally..)

    I'm wondering which version of the machine everyone that will be getting the new SP is thinking of buying?

    Personally I think one of the cool "new" features is definitely the fanless i5 processor, and 128GB is simply too little, so I will be getting the i5 with 256GB. Although I had thought of the i7 256GB trim for the better GPU, but I'm not certain how much better it actually is (I'm a light gamer but watch a lot of videos and movies on my SP3). Also I heard i7 machines tend to run hot in general, and even my i5 SP3 gets super hot at times...

    Sound off in the comments for your opinions :)
    05-27-2017 01:36 AM
  2. rdubmu's Avatar
    I am going to wait, I just got a surface pro 4 for the Black Friday special, I also have a surface pro 3, if I can sell both for at least $1200, I am gonna pick up the fanless I5 256gigs with 8 ram if that configuration is available.
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    05-27-2017 02:25 AM
  3. onlysublime's Avatar
    I'm getting the i7/8GB/256GB option. I've been extremely happy with both of my Surface Pro 4 i7/8GB/256GB machines. I'm going to sell one of those and replace it with the new Surface Pro.
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    05-27-2017 01:15 PM
  4. david90531's Avatar
    I am going to wait, I just got a surface pro 4 for the Black Friday special, I also have a surface pro 3, if I can sell both for at least $1200, I am gonna pick up the fanless I5 256gigs with 8 ram if that configuration is available.
    Nice! I always thought of having a Surface Pro 4, but since Pro 3 was still working flawlessly I really didn't see the point. Finally the Pro 5 is out now so I can upgrade once and for all. I'm also going for the 256GB fanless i5
    05-29-2017 02:24 PM
  5. david90531's Avatar
    I'm getting the i7/8GB/256GB option. I've been extremely happy with both of my Surface Pro 4 i7/8GB/256GB machines. I'm going to sell one of those and replace it with the new Surface Pro.
    Did your Surface Pro 4 with i7 have overheating issues? Does it get hot doing just productivity stuff? That's one of the reasons I've been steering away from i7 machines because I had an ASUS laptop with i7 that was prone to heat issues.
    05-29-2017 02:25 PM
  6. onlysublime's Avatar
    It would get hot under high sustained load but hot is relative. The metal never got hot like the aluminum on MacBooks. That would roast your goodies if it sat on your lap.

    I've never had overheating issues. I never had the SP3 i7 because I heard that throttled pretty easily under load, defeating the purpose of getting the i7. But the fans do start whirring when I'm doing a lot of Photoshop, Lightroom, or Premiere Pro work. I'd be wary of a fanless system under sustained heavy loads. But most people that use laptops don't push their machines hard.
    05-29-2017 02:46 PM
  7. convergent's Avatar
    I've got the i5, 8G, 256G on pre-order. I had bought the same spec'd SP4 about a month ago and returned it a few days before the announcement. I'm liking the improvements. I look at this a bit differently than the folks saying to wait for a bigger next upgrade round. Big redesigns usually mean big bugs and a long time to resolve them. I'm hoping this will be the most refined and polished Surface Pro to date. There were 3 things I wasn't completely crazy about on the SP4 - battery life, the sharp edges, and the accuracy of the pen. Those are all improved. I wish they had a 512G version of the i5 though, as I would have paid more for that, but the gap to the i7 with that SSD size is way to big.
    05-29-2017 05:26 PM
  8. Sparro's Avatar
    I'm going for the i5 fanless, 8G, 256G as well. I too would have liked a 512G option. I would have paid for the extra space. Going up to an i7 is just too expensive for what I'd be using it for. There is also an article on Windows Central that says the 2017 Surface Pro with i5 should be faster than the Surface Pro 4 with i7. Hoping thats true!
    06-01-2017 11:40 AM
  9. onlysublime's Avatar
    I seriously doubt that claim that the Kaby Lake i5 in Surface Pro is faster than Skylake i7 in SP4. Kind of wishful thinking.

    For one thing, the GPU in the i7 is the Iris versus the standard Intel graphics that come with i5. Iris is a significant boost and is closer to dedicated GPU than integrated Intel graphics.

    And Kaby Lake is a refinement of Skylake. The tock after the tick. It is not significantly different architecturally.
    06-01-2017 01:11 PM
  10. GG002's Avatar
    If I got one, I'd probably go for the i7 model, mostly because of the Intel Iris plus. I have a Surface Pro 3 i5, which has served me well, but better graphics would have been nice since I like to work with Photoshop and Premiere pro on-the-go, plus some CAD software too. Unfortunately, I don't think a SP (2017) will find its way into my hand unless I win one.
    06-06-2017 01:32 AM
  11. Karel Pelckmans's Avatar
    The i5 being Passively cooled and being a full blown i5 and not the trimmed down mobile version looks like a very nice configuration!
    06-06-2017 06:20 AM
  12. david90531's Avatar
    I was thinking about getting i7 because of the IRIS graphics so I can play some games, but then I mostly game on my PC anyway.... so probably not
    06-07-2017 01:49 AM
  13. RichHowerton's Avatar
    Like the idea of the i7, 16gb model..but will wait for the internal cell card model. Would have bought a surface pro sooner, but they never had a model with an cell card. Never quite understood that.
    06-10-2017 09:31 PM
  14. falcon304's Avatar
    I too have the SP3. If I were to upgrade I'd once again get the m3 model. The SP3 i3 does what I need it to and it was relatively inexpensive.
    06-11-2017 12:36 AM
  15. CrippsCorner's Avatar
    I've gone for the i5/4Gb

    I'd of loved the 8Gb version, but I just cannot justify that kind of cost to replace my already perfectly working computer! I've just managed to keep it under a grand, with education discount and Quidco, which was my intention.

    At least I'm still getting a fanless model
    06-13-2017 07:41 AM
  16. Madrilenyo93's Avatar
    I've gone for the i5/4Gb

    I'd of loved the 8Gb version, but I just cannot justify that kind of cost to replace my already perfectly working computer! I've just managed to keep it under a grand, with education discount and Quidco, which was my intention.

    At least I'm still getting a fanless model
    What has your experience been with the 4gb i5? Has it been enough RAM for you? Or do you regret not getting the 8gb?
    06-29-2017 11:16 PM
  17. CrippsCorner's Avatar
    I've never felt I needed more! Maybe I would have noticed the difference... don't know. At the end of the day 90% of the time I'm only using Chrome, Skype & Twitter so hardly intensive stuff!
    06-30-2017 04:00 AM
  18. philknall's Avatar
    I got the i7 16GB. Coming from a pro4 i7 8gb, I'd sometimes wished for more RAM in Photoshop or Clipstudio, so I used it as an excuse to get this one ;) Can't help but wonder how much of a difference it would've made if they'd made a 256GB SSD variant though.
    06-30-2017 04:01 AM
  19. jmork's Avatar
    I5 is fanless! Definitely the one to choose <3
    06-30-2017 07:13 AM
  20. convergent's Avatar
    I5 is fanless! Definitely the one to choose <3
    I've had my i5 fanless for a while now and agree that it is a good choice. I haven't heard the fans running once!

    Seriously, I am quite happy with it. The most challenging thing I run on it is Lightroom, all the MS Office suite, MS Project, and lots of browser tabs open (currently using Firefox primarily). Not feeling any lag or slow downs, even when docked with a 4K display and using the SP display for dedicated tablet mode.

    A few people have reported backlight bleed, but I don't see any on mine when displaying solid black screen.
    06-30-2017 07:21 AM
  21. Ekhangel's Avatar
    Just having my i5 128/4GB shipped to me from the Netherlands, with the beautiful Alcantara Burgundy keybord, which is still really hard to get in Europe, it seems - not even the German and UK stores have it yet. Hell, I might be the first Polish owner of this color, as it was released just yesterday, excluding Poland.

    The device will be used for some occasional translation jobs in the field. I am still a little anxious about RAM being an issue, but reason tells me that - given the 300 euros price difference, and my use cases - it wouldn't make too much sense for me to get the 8GB version (or I just wasn't patient enough to save up a little!). Though I might regret my impatience when I get to open a 400 pages doc file on the Surface. I am considering returning it if it happens to be really disappointing compared to my regular 8GB/i5 Haswell PC. But since I don't do that much multitasking, and I'm not the 30-browser tabs-at-once kinda guy, I think I will be fine.

    The device made a really huge impression on me at the local store, with its ultra-crisp display and overall design. The Macbooks standing right next to it really somewhat paled in comparison in my eyes, which already says a lot.
    07-21-2017 12:13 PM

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