So it’a been awhile since I’ve setup and configured from scratch a consumer level windows system. However one of my favorite customers scored a fairly killer deal on some Surface Pro 7 + devices. They are the base model, 11th gen Core I3, 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, but they also had the black keyboard AND a surface pen for under $500 total.
Essentially cheaper but better specced than the Surface Go’s they have buying.
Anyway, as I was setting it up and waiting for the usual loading of updates etc. On screen one message came up as it was updating. “Please be patient , sit back and let the magic happen”
Seriously??? Even Apple doesn’t get quite that goopy:(
Anyway, no other issues other than it still takes a ridiculously long time IMHO to set up any Windows system from scratch, but that’s an old complaint of mine.
@Bloodycape i3 versus i5 the biggest practical differences are that the i3 doesn’t have turbo and base level integrated graphics. Turbo can make a substantial difference in something like PhotoShop, but virtually undetectable with Office.
XE graphics have for me anyway made a handful of games at least playable on my Pro 8 as long as I significantly dial back the special effects.
PS; one definite perk of the i3 is you get almost 20% better battery life though.
I don’t game & but I do use photoshop(well capture one), so I may go i5 SP 7+. I don’t have any thunderbolt accessories. What’s the real world battery difference between the i3 & i5? I take SP7+ has a slightly worse battery life as the screen is larger with a similar battery size? I’m coming from the SP5 fyi.
I saw that price & it’s even less open box($689, nice).
I can tell a bit of a difference between 120hz & 60hz when I compare my OnePlus 8 Pro w/120hz on & then off, but that’s more of a nice to have. Really just looking to upgrade as I hit the wall on 4gb of ram these days. Plus SP8 is like $1000 without the keyboard at best buy. I could use that saving towards fun stuff.