It’s no secret to readers of this site that I loved my Microsoft Surface Pro. I bought the first model of the tablet back in 2013. The Surface Pro ran the full version of Windows. With its detachable keyboard in place, it functions exactly like a laptop.

My original Surface was the best PC I ever owned. It never crashed or slowed down. However, the on-off button started to get sticky and the 10-inch tablet was a bit on the smallish side.

For my birthday this year, my husband presented me with the Surface Pro 7. I’m pleased to say that Microsoft has made many improvements to this device in the past 8 years.

It features a 12.3″ touch screen tablet but weighs in at less than the smaller Surface Pro 1. Without the keyboard, it weighs just 1.7 lbs. The keyboard is sold separately and incredibly light. The whole package together is barely more than two pounds.

Here are the two devices side by side. As you can see by the fingerprints and gunky keyboard, my original Surface got a whole lot of use.

Setup was a breeze. The Cortana virtual assistance walked me through the process verbally. For much of the setup, I only had to answer “yes” or “no.”

Cortana walked me step-by-step through the process of setting up my Internet connection. Once I logged into my Microsoft account, she immediately recognized that I also have a Microsoft 365 account and automatically downloaded the Office programs and synced with my OneDrive. She also applied the Windows settings I use on my desktop Windows PC.

One improvement I noted is the way the keyboard sits. In the first model, it was dead flat.

With the Surface Pro 7, there’s a nice angle that makes typing easier.

I also enjoy the larger and more responsive touchpad. So far, I’m finding this device to be super-fast and easy to use and I’m appreciating the 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) screen.

It is incredibly light and easy to take with me.

As I said, the keyboard is sold separately and the computer just comes with the power cord. Thus far, I’m loving it. I’ll write more about it as I use it.