Every Surface computer Microsoft currently sells, ranked

Select the right Surface for you

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Microsoft jumped into hardware in a big way with the first Surface Pro back in 2013, and the line-up of premium Windows devices has only got stronger since then, expanding to include laptops and even all-in-ones as well as the original 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid.

The only difficulty is in picking which one is going to be your next computer – Pro, Book, or Studio? We've scoured the fine print on the Microsoft website to bring you the definitive ranking of all the Surface computers Microsoft currently sells direct, so let's dive right in.

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Surface Pro 2017

Surface Pro 2017

1. Surface Pro 2017

The best Surface

Reasons to buy
+Hugely versatile 2-in-1 form factor+Top-end specs, for a price

It's hard to pick a "best" Surface when everyone's looking for something different and working to a different budget, but we went ahead and did it anyway – the brand new 2017 Surface Pro is our top choice, offering plenty of flexibility and a 2-in-1 form factor.

You can configure the latest 12.3-inch Surface Pro in all kinds of different ways depending on your needs and budget, and at the premium end of the scale you've got an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD hard drive. That's basically going to be able to cope with whatever you throw at it.

And despite those high-level specs (if you want them), the Surface Pro remains eminently portable. Use it as a tablet (with the option of the Surface Pen stylus), use it as laptop with a Type Cover, or prop it up and watch movies on it.

Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2

2. Surface Book 2

The best Surface laptop

Reasons to buy
+Maximum power and performance+Three different modes of use

If you absolutely want the best laptop that Microsoft makes, the Surface Book 2 is it, but you'll have to pay for the privilege of owning one. Even at the lowest configurations, this machine is going to set you back a fair chunk of cash.

But what a machine – a gorgeous, high-resolution 13.5-inch or 15-inch touchscreen display, a ton of battery life, a choice of high-end Intel chips, plus integrated Nvidia graphics that let you run your games, video editing software, and virtual reality apps with ease. It's a beast of a Surface computer.

The detachable screen means you can even use it as a tablet, albeit a chunky tablet that loses some graphics power and some battery life once it's detached from the keyboard. If you can afford it, you won't be disappointed.

Surface Laptop

Surface Laptop

3. Surface Laptop

The best option for most people

Reasons to buy
+Slim, light and not too expensive+Stylish choice of colour combinations

If you're looking for something that's a little less expensive than the Surface Book 2 we've already mentioned, but which still has the air of quality that comes with the Surface, the Surface Laptop is probably your best bet.

You'll still have to pay a substantial amount for this laptop, but it's thinner and lighter than Microsoft's top-end machine, and you can still get it with a premium Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM if you have the budget. What you don't get, compared with the Surface Book and Surface Book 2, is the extra graphics power and the detachable screen.

Not everyone will want those extras of course, so if you can live without them and you're not planning to put your laptop through the latest games or some intensive video editing, the Surface Laptop is likely to tick all of your boxes.

Surface Studio

Surface Studio

4. Surface Studio

The all-in-one powerhouse

Reasons to buy
+Top-level performance, if you can afford it+Perfect for creatives and professionals

Right at the start we should say this is only an option for those who have a sizeable budget – the Surface Studio is perhaps the most premium of all Microsoft's Surface computers, and it shows, starting with that huge 28-inch, 4,500 x 3,000 pixel display, which can lay almost flat to work with the Surface Dial or the Surface Pen.

On top of that you can boost the spec with up to 2TB of hard drive storage, 4GB of Nvidia graphics memory, 32GB of RAM, and the latest in Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Everything's wrapped up in a gorgeous design that makes the Surface Studio one of the best-looking computers you're likely to see at the moment.

So why isn't it our top choice? Well, even at the lowest level its starting price is eye-poppingly high, and once you start to add extra customisations on top of that, you're getting to the price level of a very decent car. If you're happy with your current motor, get the Surface Studio instead.

Surface Book

Surface Book

5. Surface Book

Slightly older, but slightly cheaper

Reasons to buy
+Previous-generation components+Still packs a performance punch

Even with the arrival of the Surface Book 2, Microsoft has kept the original Surface Book on sale, offering slightly older components for a cheaper price. Having launched in 2015, it's still a very appealing option for your next Windows computer, and it's still going to set you back a substantial amount.

Like the Surface Book 2, you can kit out the original Surface Book with some very good hardware components, thanks in part to the Performance Base upgrade that Microsoft introduced in 2016. You can go all the way up to an Intel Core i7 processor with a maximum of 16GB of RAM, 2GB of Nvidia-powered graphics memory, and a 1TB SSD.

The key difference is that the original Surface Book uses chips from a previous generation architecture, and although the performance gap isn't huge, it makes the newer Surface Book 2 a better buy for future-proofing performance.

Surface Pro 4

Surface Pro 4

6. Surface Pro 4

Still going strong, ish

Reasons to buy
+Wide range of configurations+Quality, versatile build

The oldest Surface Pro still sold by Microsoft is perhaps the computer showing its age the most out of our list, but that doesn't mean you should completely reject the idea of buying it when put up against the 2017 upgrade.

In fact in terms of raw specs there's not all that much to choose between the two Surface Pros: the newer model uses the latest-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 chips though, and superior integrated graphics, so if you've got the cash then the 2017 edition is probably the one to go for. If you want to save yourself a little bit of money, consider the Surface Pro 4.

The newer model is also slightly lighter and is likely to last you a longer time before you need to upgrade. Check the Microsoft Store online to weigh up the various configurations and compare them against each other.