The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has just been released, and if you’re in the market for an ultra-portable laptop, I think it’s an excellent choice, as it packs in all the benefits of a laptop, with many features of a tablet. But when you’re comparing it to other products on the market (the MacBook Air, for example), how do you figure out which one to choose? So I did what any good reviewer would do – I bought one and put it through its paces. Here’s my take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4!
Why did I buy it?
I needed to find a device that would allow me to take care of all of my needs without needing to carry around multiple devices. I read reviews for the Surface and it seemed like a great solution. I had done so much research about the device that I felt confident in what I was purchasing.
However, when I finally received the product and started using it, there were a few features that bothered me or weren’t as impressive as other reviewers had made them seem. For example, some people rave about how great the stylus is on this machine, but after using it for awhile, I can’t help but notice how clumsy it is and how annoying it is trying to maneuver around windows with just one finger on the touch screen–I definitely don’t enjoy using this more than my finger! The battery life doesn’t seem that good either; even when I’m not doing anything strenuous, the battery dies out way too quickly.
The last thing that bothers me is that there are no USB ports and you have to buy an adapter if you want to charge your phone while working on something else at the same time. All in all, I regret buying this device because it does not do what I need it to do well enough for the price tag.
How does it perform compared to others?
When it comes to performance, the new SP4 is much faster than any previous version. This is largely thanks to its Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a fanless design. One advantage that this iteration of the SP4 has over others is its smaller charger.
Previous versions required people to invest in an adapter if they wanted to use a USB port for charging; but with the release of this model, that isn’t necessary anymore as it already has a full-sized USB port on board. A downside? The display resolution will not be as sharp when compared to previous models, which had 2560×1440 screens.
But how many pixels do you really need in a 12-inch screen? After all, having more pixels doesn’t necessarily make something better. For example, can you tell the difference between 1080p and 4K? There’s also a stylus that allows people to take notes or sketch with precision. With Windows 10 installed, it’s easy to switch between apps or resize windows without having to move your hands from the keyboard – perfect for multi-tasking! It even features Cortana so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing just to search for information.
That being said, there are still some drawbacks: It’s heavier than its predecessors at 1.76 pounds and the battery life lasts about 5 hours per charge instead of 9 hours like other SP4s before it. While these are indeed flaws, most reviewers agree that the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is still worth buying because of its sleek design and advanced features.
Should you buy it?
Windows 10 is great, the perfect middle ground between old and new. The latest version, Creators Update, has just made a lot of changes that are really impacting some users positively. It still has flaws that need to be worked out, but it’s still far more stable than Windows 8 was at launch.
And with features like Windows Ink it’s much easier to take notes or draw pictures on the fly and upload them for other people to see! There are still a few things about the design I’m not in love with (it’s too heavy for an all-in-one), but I love how easy it is to sync between PCs running Windows 10 through OneDrive — especially since I use OneDrive for all my work related storage. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement, this is definitely worth checking out.
The battery life is fantastic and you can get up to 12 hours on one charge, so this would make a great device for conferences where power outlets aren’t readily available. In fact, if you have any reservations about your current laptop battery life, this might be the answer.
I’ve never had trouble with WiFi either, so you won’t have to worry about slow connections either way when using this tablet as your primary computer. For someone who does graphic design as their main gig though there are better options — I personally prefer Wacom tablets because they provide more precision when drawing detailed lines or moving around large image files (but keep in mind those require specialized monitors).
It may not be perfect, but the MS Surface Pro 4 has earned its place as one of the best 2-in-1 tablets around. As long as you know what you’re getting into, it’s a fantastic device for everyone from content creators to business executives. I don’t want to spoil anything in this review, so I’ll just say that if you’re at all on the fence about buying this device or upgrading from an older version of Surface, then I recommend taking the plunge. The Surface Pro 4 is still worth every penny and more.