This is a mid-term review for one of the most effective and flexible 'two-in-one' Windows laptops currently on the market.
I've had the 13-inch Surface Pro X for almost six months.
It differs from the 'regular' Surface Pro 7 in that it's slimmer and has a slightly larger display.
It's also not quite as powerful for some heavy-lifting apps, such as video-editing.
But in the time I've had it, it has proven itself to be one of the most capable, aesthetically pleasing laptops that I've used over the past year.
It's aimed at those who prize portability and high specifications for a smaller number of core 'ordinary' work functions like Office, email and web.
The Surface Pro X is very good at this, with a super high resolution display, great speakers and a good keyboard (which you need to buy separately, a feature I think is a little regrettable).
It also has an ingenious piece of industrial design that covers a magnetically attached flat 'Slim Pen' stylus if you go for the higher-end keyboard option (€140 extra), which I got.
If you travel around a bit, or need a laptop to bring round with you, it's a near perfect fit.
Using the Signature keyboard, there are two positions - either flat or at a slightly raised angle.
The flat position makes it more solid to type on, whereas it feels slightly more hollow when raised (but when raised, it covers the pen dock).
The keys are nicely spaced and there's just the right balance between 'clickiness' and slimness. It's also very well-designed, snapping on and off the screen magnetically.
Mind you, you do pay for it: the standard X keyboard costs a sturdy €160, rising to €300 if you go for the high-end Signature version with the Slim Pen stylus.
I find it a bit odd that it's sold separately, as I can't imagine anyone buying any Surface Pro without the accompanying keyboard. (Windows touch PCs are still not good stand-alone tablets.)
Speaking of price, the whole thing is at the upper range of what you'll be willing to pay.
It starts at €1,330 (8GB of Ram and 128GB of storage with the standard keyboard), with my test model (8GB of Ram and 256GB of storage with the high-end keyboard) costing €1,900.
As mentioned above, the Surface Pro X struggles with especially demanding graphics-intensive apps, such as Photoshop.
This is a clear limitation of the chip architecture: its Intel-based Surface Pro 7 sibling, released at the same time, has no problem handling these apps.
However, the Surface Pro 7 is fatter with thicker bezels and has a smaller screen. For me, the trade-off is probably worth it.
I haven't yet run into any practical usability barriers.
There are some small compromises. There's no headphone jack here, unlike the Surface Pro models.
This isn't as big a deal as it used to be, as you can still use wired headphones that have a USB-C connection tip (or use normal headphones with a USB-C adaptor, which often comes in the box with new Android phones anyway these days).
In summary, this is a pretty gorgeous device but it's at an early stage for Microsoft.
I think it will suit over 90pc of executives. But if the form isn't crucial and you really want something with additional power and battery, or if you're budget-conscious, you may be better with a (cheaper, more powerful) Surface Pro 7 or a different brand.