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Microsoft's Surface Pro is quite the 2-in-1 device, designed for life on the move. To help protect it from scrapes, scuffs, and dreaded drops, consider grabbing one of these exceptional cases. All cases in this roundup will fit both the fifth-generation Surface Pro (2017) and the latest Surface Pro 6.
Editor's pick It's made of non-slip grip material that snaps tightly around your Pro, and despite its ruggedness doesn't add a lot of weight. A kickstand on the back can be used in five different positions, and it's available in black, magma, or cobalt color finishes. From $70 at AmazonView Deal
Staff favorite The composition leather exterior is available in three different colors — brown, black, and purple — and the interior is soft and won't scratch your device. All ports remain open, and there's a Surface Pen holder, so you don't leave it behind. If you'd like a refined design that can fit in anywhere, this is it. From $28 at AmazonView Deal
The Blackbelt case offers rugged protection with padded corners for extra drop protection, but you don't sacrifice the functionality of the Surface Pro's built-in kickstand. A Surface Pen holder keeps it clipped to the case when not in use, and a hand strap allows for easy carrying. $35 at AmazonView Deal
This case wraps around your Pro and latches with a magnet, leaving all ports open and full functionality of the kickstand intact. The outside is PU leather that keeps scratches and smudges off your device, and the inside is a soft microfiber. Styles range from solid colors to works of art. From $16 at AmazonView Deal
The Fintie Folio is a low-cost option with 11 designs to choose from and a stand that sits at two different angles. The synthetic leather exterior holds up to wear, all ports remain open, and a built-in Surface Pen holder keeps it in place. From $13 at AmazonView Deal
This synthetic leather case is available in black color, and the inside has a microfiber finish to keep your device from being scratched. The case's design lets you adjust the Surface Pro's kickstand how you'd like, and a magnetic buckle keeps everything in place. Check this one out if you need a case for the boardroom. $30 at AmazonView Deal
Around the corners of this case are thick bumpers of TPU plastic, which will absorb impact if you accidentally drop your device. All ports remain open, and the entire back of your Surface Pro is covered, protecting it from scratches when carrying it around in a bag. You also keep full kickstand functionality. From $47 at AmazonView Deal
This case leaves all ports and your camera open and covers everything else — Type Cover included — with a sharp finish available in nine different colors and styles. The stand can be propped up at two different angles, there's a Surface Pen holder on the side, and a pocket on the back fits your smaller accessories. A lifetime warranty rounds things out. From $23 at AmazonView Deal
If we're making some suggestions
These are the best cases we've found for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 6, whether it comes down to adding rugged protection, a bit (or a lot) of style, or an executive look. If you're planning on taking your Surface Pro with you into the field, the UAG Metropolis is likely your best bet for a rugged case if you don't mind losing use of the Pro's kickstand, while Kensington's Blackbelt case is a better, rugged fit if you want to keep the kickstand's mobility intact. Both of these cases are extra tough and protect against significant bumps and scratches, so you'll have to worry less about damaging your expensive PC.
On the other hand, if you're mostly taking your Surface Pro to a coffee shop or back and forth from the office, ProCase's Premium Folio is probably a better fit. It's made from composition leather available in a few different colors, it lets you use the kickstand at different angles, and it has the right cutouts for sensors and cameras. It won't provide as much protection as the rugged options, but it will still help with bumps and scratches that come with regular use.