The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with an Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage is our pick for best Surface Pro 6 model thanks to its price and good enough specs for most work loads.

Our pick

Surface Pro 6 with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

A comfortable fit for most.

The Surface Pro 6 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage is our pick for best Surface Pro 6 model you can buy right now. It’s fits perfectly in the middle of the Surface Pro 6 line up, and isn’t crazy expensive compared to the higher-end Surface Pro, yet still offers great performance for the most common work loads.

Who should buy this specific model?

Anyone who uses their PC for common work tasks such as writing documents in Microsoft Office, browsing the web with several tabs at once, listening to Spotify, watching movies, or even doing a bit of work in Photoshop should buy this model. It’s the best model for the money, as it brings good performance and battery life without costing the world.

Reasons to buy

  • Good performance.
  • Doesn’t break the bank.
  • Available in black.

Reasons not to buy

  • More powerful options available.
  • No Type Cover included.

Why the Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model is the best one

The Surface Pro 6 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage is what we believe to be the best Surface Pro model on the market right now for a combination of reasons. It’s the best value for money, costing $1199 while still offering great performance for when your work load is a little heavier than usual.

Good performance and battery life for getting most tasks done.

The fanless Intel Core i5 processor should be capable of doing most of anything you want it to do, but it shines primarily when working in programs like Microsoft Office. It’s good enough for most tasks, including heavy web browsing, multitasking between lots of open programs, and even a little bit of video editing and Photoshop.

While the Intel Core i5 model isn’t the most powerful option, it’s definitely not something to dismiss. The Core i5 processor is a capable beast, which should be able to handle most tasks with little problem. It’s also available in matte black, new to the Surface Pro 6 line.

Other Surface Pro 6 variants to consider

While the Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM and 256GB model might be our pick for the best one, you might need something less expensive or with a little more power behind the scenes. If so, check out the other variants below.

The Intel Core i7 processor paired with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage is the ultimate combination for the Surface Pro 6. It’s also the most expensive, coming in at a whopping $2,299, but is a huge leap in power enabling heavy workloads in creative suites like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, AutoCAD and more. This is the model to get if you’re a creative who needs added rendering power and multitasking capabilities.

Cheapest model

Surface Pro 6 with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage

A little less storage for a little less price.

If you like the sound of our best pick, but need to save some cash, this model is your best bet. It’s offers the same great performance, but at even less cost since it has half the storage. If you know you won’t be using much storage, go for this one.

The Intel Core i5 processor is an all round great processor for the Surface Pro 6, but if you’re looking to save a bit of money, you might want to consider stepping down the storage that comes with our recommended model. Instead of 266GB storage, you can get the Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM model with just 128GB storage for $999. You get the same great Intel Core i5 performance, but with a little less storage. However, this model is not available in matte black.

Bottom line

We think that the mid-tier, Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 6 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is the best variant you can go for that doesn’t break the bank but still offers great performance. This is the model that should get you by just fine for most work loads, but if you need a little extra power then there’s always the Intel Core i7 models to choose from too.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Zac Bowden is a senior editor at Windows Central, which means he covers a wide array of software and hardware here at Windows Central. Joining Mobile Nations in 2016, you can usually find him playing with new Windows 10 builds or secret unreleased prototype devices. Hit him up on Twitter: @zacbowden.

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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