Your experience with the Surface Pro 9 will vary hugely depending on the model you choose.
The Intel version is the best Surface device you can buy, combining 12th-gen Intel CPUs with everything that made 2021’s Pro 8 so great. That includes an excellent 120Hz display, premium design, solid performance and impressive battery life.
Swapping out Intel for the SQ3 chip on ARM models takes battery life to the next level and adds 5G to the Surface Pro for the first time. You also get some exciting new features for the already excellent webcam, but the compromises simply aren’t worth it for most people.
Performance takes a big hit, to the extent that some everyday tasks cause stutters and hesitations. There’s also the issue of app compatibility, with many apps still relying on emulation rather than running natively. As a result, everything just feels that bit less slick and smooth.
When you’re paying so much for just the tablet (the keyboard cover and other accessories are sold separately), you want a device that can be relied on. When it comes to the Surface Pro 9, that can only be said for Intel versions.