When comparing Microsoft Surface Pro vs Lenovo ThinkPad T480, the Slant community recommends Microsoft Surface Pro for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Microsoft Surface Pro is ranked 6th while Lenovo ThinkPad T480 is ranked 13th.
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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.
As it's a ThinkPad, the keyboard is great. It has all the keys you want (looking at you, Apple), and they feel like proper keys
Pro Incredible value for money
$200 less than a comparable XPS, about half the price of a MacBook Pro - If you want value for money, this is your machine.
Pro Comes with a webcam shutter
You can cover the webcam's lenses completely with a mechanical sliding shutter, eliminating the need for sticking a tape over it. Note that this is only available on configurations with a 720p webcam - any configurations with the InfraRed webcam lacks the shutter.
Pro Best IO in a modern laptop
2 USB 3 ports, 1 USB3 (type-C), 1 thunderbolt, HDMI, audio jack, card reader, and the beloved RJ45 are all there.
Pro Build quality
Despite Lenovo having made some shockingly bad stuff, it's rather reassuring to see that they've respected the legacy of the ThinkPad brand. The plastics used don't feel cheap, but rather durable. The screen hinges are sturdy, and despite the lack of weight, nothing feels flimsy.
Pro Great performance
Even in simple, every day tasks, I notice better performance compared to the laptop I have been using at work (MacBook Pro 16Gb ram i7). Simple things like opening my .vimrc file are noticeably faster on this machine.
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 Only ships with windows 10
Although there is an option to downgrade from the default windows10 PRO to the windows 10 HOME (I think that's a $50 or even $100 saving), there's no option to have it ship without an operating system at all.
Con Not the most exciting form-factor
It's still a thinkpad... sturdy, but still a boring square covered in black plastic.