When comparing Microsoft Surface Pro vs Dell Latitude 7285, the Slant community recommends Microsoft Surface Pro for most people. In the question“What are the best 2 in 1 convertible laptops for programming?” Microsoft Surface Pro is ranked 2nd while Dell Latitude 7285 is ranked 3rd.
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Pro Lightweight yet powerful
Pro Works as a tablet or a laptop
Surface Pro can be used both as a laptop and a tablet. Being that it can be used as either makes it extremely convenient to those that want power on the go.
Pro Reasonably priced
For the specs, the Surface Pros are a fantastic deal. Then factor in that you’re getting a tablet plus a laptop...it’s a no-brainer.
Pro Comes bundled with a great stylus
N-trig pen feels like a real pen and is natural to hold. There is a top button on the pen that allows for an eraser function as well as use for a wake up function.
Pro The last couple of i5 models are fanless
Pro Balanced screen colors
Pro 3:2 aspect ratio makes the device easier to hold and use
With a 3:2 aspect ratio the device is not as top heavy when holding in portrait and is easier to reach parts of the screens with the users thumbs when in landscape.
Pro New redesigned keyboard and touchpad attatchment
The keyboard attachment has been redesigned form earlier versions with a larger touchpad.
Pro Has three different keyboard to choose from
The Latitude 7285 has three compatible keyboards to choose from. There's the obvious wireless charging keyboard, an ultra-slim keyboard built to be portable and a productivity keyboard equipped with a power pack that adds an additional four hours of battery life to the laptop.
Con Heavy for a tablet
Con Keyboard doesn't come with the device
You have to pay an extra $130 for the type cover keyboard.
Con Not a lot of ports
1 USB 3.0, microSD Card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
Con Requires tweaking to reach full potential
Kinda applies to most Windows computers, but in the case of the Surface Pro, many users will benefit from undervolting (among other tweaks) to help keep performance steady and temperatures down. Especially true for the models without a fan.
Con Can be difficult to use
Unless you have a flat surface available to deploy the kickstand, it's not very laptop-like.
Con The wireless charging pad and keyboard are sold separately
In order to be able to actually wirelessly charge this laptop, you will need to buy the wireless charging keyboard and wireless charging pad which are both sold separately from the laptop.
Con The charging pad can't be used to charge smartphones as well
Since the charging pad for this laptop uses the WiTricity standard instead of the more widely-used Qi standard for wireless chargers, you can't use it for much else besides this laptop.