The review of Surface Pro 4 – Microsoft’s best in class

review of Surface Pro 4

Product Summary

Details:

  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display
  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Weight: 1.73 pounds
  • Dimensions: 29.21cm x 20.14cm x 0.91cm

Benefits

  • Amazing screen quality
  • great pen accessory
  • Clear sound
  • Speedy performance

Drawbacks

  • Battery life at under 8 hours
  • Heavy if compared to a tablet

Price

US:   BUY NOW from Amazon.com for $999 

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UK:   BUY NOW From Amazon.co.uk for £958.99

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review of the surface pro 4The key feature of this hybrid laptop is that it turns into a tablet too and has a detachable cover with keyboard (known as the type cover). Useful if you have a lot to take out to a meeting or if you want to do some extra work in front of the TV.

NOTE: You have to buy the type cover in addition to the tablet screen, it doesn’t come as one package.

This is a beautiful piece of engineering as is the best out there at the moment for this laptop / tablet combination. The display of the new surface 4 is incredibly sensitive to the touch plus there is a stylus that is included that you can use to turn the screen into a drawing pad with incredible sensitivity.

The previous model, the surface pro 3 had it’s downsides and a lot of computer enthusiasts have slated it saying the battery life was poor, screen quality is low and overall performance was just mediocre. But Microsoft has taken this all on board and turned it around with the Surface pro 4, brought out in early 2015.

So what is so different? The keyboard is more roomy and the trackpad, larger for such a small size machine. The screen resolution is better and sharper and the pen, used on the screen is way more sensitive. As well as all this, the hard drive provides more capacity.

At 1.73 lbs its pretty lightweight and has a slim profile, so its very easy to take anywhere with you and its small and neat at 29.21cm x 20.14cm x 0.91cm

Screen

review of Surface Pro 4 screenThe screen resolution is the best one out there at the moment for this tablet / laptop combination, which means it has an incredibly high quality sharp and bright picture.

The screen is a 3:2 aspect ratio which means it’s wider and shorter than your average laptop, and make no mistake this tablet / laptop combination is as strong and powerful as any other pure laptop, so you won’t lose any performance over an improvement in style. It has a 12.3 inch display which makes it pretty small and neat as laptops go. And with a pixel count of 2,736 x 1,824 you are looking at some serious high quality screen definition.

As a hybrid the screen also becomes a touchscreen which means that you have consider its functionality as a tablet as well. But this tablet is different in that you use the stylus to draw on it.

If screen resolution is of paramount importance to you, you might want to consider the Macbook Pro or the Dell XPS 13 which have incredibly sharp resolutions

 

Inside

The hardware is pretty substantial for such a small machine. You can get up to 16GB of memory, and up to 128GM storage which is a significant upgrade from the Surface Pro 3. It has a Core m3 processor which is pretty fast and is faster than any other hybrid out there.

It runs Windows 10 which works well on the hybrid combination, especially on the tablet part, where the previous Windows 8 wasn’t so fluid.

 

Keyboard, trackpad and penreview of Surface Pro 4 Pen and tablet

The keyboard in the previous version of the Surface pro has always been a little problematic, with the keys being too close together and too small, but in the Surface pro 4, Microsoft has fixed this and it is much more usable satisfying experience with more space between the keys.

My favourite feature of this laptop is the pen. In this version it is super sensitive and not something you see often when you are looking for a laptop. This could be great if your business has a more creative side to it. And the pen has an eraser on it, like you would expect to see on a pencil, and it works just like this. Clever. This pen can be clipped to the cover when its not in use, making sure it always has a home.

 

My Verdict

If a 2 in 1 hybrid is right for you, then there is no doubt that the Surface pro 4 is the best out there at the moment and it literally has just come out, so it’s hot off the press! However, it is on the expensive side, as you are paying for the technology of both a tablet and and a laptop. It’s very portable so if you will be travelling around a lot, this is a perfect machine for you. And if screen resolution is important to you, this is perfect.

However if you are in the market for something a little cheaper, try the Acer Aspire E5 573 or the Toshiba Chromebook 2. Both excellent value

If you are intending to use this machine as a tablet replacement  you might find it a little unwieldy, but as a laptop it is pretty slimline.

At the end of the day, it comes down to personal taste, is the style and the function right for you? The performance and the operation is spot on though, so if you have the budget you won’t be disappointed!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether you think this is right laptop for you

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