From the most simple tools to the most extraordinary machines, we are surrounded by machines. With a dizzying amount of gadgets around us, it has only become difficult as to which one is better than the rest. And the most confusing part is, there is no set criteria of “better”. The laptop that’s best for a gamer must be entirely useless for a college grad. So how do you swim through the pool of laptops and choose the one better for you? One way is to stumble upon your ideal laptop which is a very long shot! The other way is to read through laptop reviews and getting yourself familiarize with the new tech. To help you with that, today we present you the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review.
Microsoft is hell bent on inducing everyone with this psychology that surface tablets can replace your laptops. We get that Microsoft! With Surface Pro 3, the idea was to convince everyone of this psychology. While surface pro 4 is for everyone who is already convinced. If you get your hands on this all-encompassing device you’ll figure that it doesn’t only replace your laptops. Heck! It can replace your desktop computers as well. But why is it so awesome? What sets it apart from other similar devices?
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Features
This small package is packed with a ton of features which might sound pretty common,but they are not. And we’ll see why. The tablet weighs around 0.7 kgs which is about the average weight of a tablet. So, granted! Here is an overview of what it entails:
- 8.4mm thin
- 5M Pixels resolution
- 6th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor
- Intel® HD Graphics 515 Graphics
- 4, 8 and 16 GB RAM
- 128Gb, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB hard drive
- Upto 9 hours of video playback battery life.
- 11.61 x 8.54 x 0.19 inches dimensions
- Full-size USB 3.0 port
- MicroSD™ card reader
- Surface Connect™
- Headset jack
- Mini Display Port
- Cover port
- 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
- 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
- Surface pen with 1024 levels of pressure.
Although the tablet weighs what an average tablet should, it still looks bulky. Because of the usb 3.0 port on the side and the fans for processor. Despite this, it’s a handy little device that you can easily carry around with you in business meetings or anywhere you want. The tablet comes with a kickstand which is very sturdy and the best part? It can be adjusted with one hand. You can easily rest it on your lap, side of the sofa, or a table. The conversion from tablet mode to laptop mode is super swift.
1. Tablet mode
Pro 4 comes with a surface pen and it is included in the cost of the tablet. The surface pen has a button on top of it which is used to open OneNote. The surface pen is powered by a AAA battery which is advertised to last one year by Microsoft. But, since you can’t check the status of your battery life, better keep an extra with you. The Surface Pen is insanely accurate and has such a fine tip. You don’t see any jagged corners of the words and the ink doesn’t place a blob when you try to place a dot. The back of the Pen acts as an eraser. Beat THAT! The tablet also comes with strong magnets on the left to keep your Surface Pen from flinging around and getting lost. The magnets are pretty song to keep the Pen attached.
Despite having the same footprint as Surface Pro 3, Surface pro 4 is better in Display then is predecessors. The screen is 12.3 inches and has thinner bezels than Pro 3. This gives it an extra 0.3 inches in screen. Not only screen size, but screen resolution has also increased. Surface Pro 4 has a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 which is more than Pro 3‘s 2,160×1,440. Surface Pro 4’s screen is capable of displaying 97.5% of the RGB color gamut which makes the display very accurate. Which in turn, is a very ideal choice for artists who like to draw digital. Th max brightness is 400cd/m2 which is way too bright for indoors but Thank God, it comes with Automatic brightness. Which is not too effective since the change is very subtle. But it provides an overall great experience, so small subtleties are forgivable.
You decide how expensive your Surface Pro 4 will be. There is a range of specs you could choose from and THAT will decide what your total cost will be. If you go for maxed out specs, you’ll definitely be getting yourself bankrupt. Surface pro 4 is expensive that depends entirely on what specs you choose. If you are looking for a mid range Pro 4 with a cost of £849, you can cut all the specs in half. Half the RAM, half the memory, half the processor.
Pro 4 is for anyone who moves around a lot and needs a handy dandy device to take notes. It provides some great specs encompassed in a slimmer body and provides high resolution display. Because of its high resolution and accurate colors, Pro 4 is also great for digital artists. One of the drawbacks of the design is it’s battery life which drains too much too fast. 9 hour video playback battery is amazing but for a device that is made to provide mobility…erm…Might be less. Another drawback is that Microsoft doesn’t include Type Cover keyboard in the package and requires a separate purchase. Yikes! very Apple-like.
All in all, Microsoft Surface pro 4 is a great option for business meetings and remote dealings. It gives you mobility, performance, great display. But it can disappoint you when it comes to battery. Not entirely. But to some extent.