Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Detailed review
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 has seen tremendous improvement when compared to the previous version. The tablet looks better than the previous iteration and its innards have seen significant improvement over the very successful Surface Pro 3.
Nonetheless there are many more tablets, all running on Windows 10, are in the offing. And learning from Microsoft, they will be making similar improvements in their hardware. Therefore things may not look as rosy as seems from outset.
Nonetheless, right now the whole tech world is marveling at not just the latest tablet from Microsoft, but also other products that have been showcased and launched. Surface Pro 4 is not the only product launched on October 6. Microsoft showcased its first laptop Surface Book, besides two very powerful and well endowed smartphones, all running on latest Windows operating system.
There is no denying the fact that the Surface Pro 4 has impressed everyone. It takes the Surface 3 way forward. Nonetheless it must be added that that the tablet ecosystem has dramatically evolved since the launch of the Surface Pro 3. New Surface clones like the Lenovo Miix 700 and the Vaio Canvas are going to be in stores without much delay. Microsoft may have added more competition for its own tablet through its convertible laptop Surface Pro. Surface Book boasts a two-in-one besides of course incredible battery life and a pricey external GPU option.
Despite the challenges, the Surface Pro is going to be among the top two highest selling tablets, especially in the high end domain. The tablet looks sleek and extremely beautiful. At 11.5 by 7.93 by 0.33 inches, the Surface Pro 4 is a mere 0.03 inches thinner than the SP3, and at 1.73 pounds, just 0.03 pounds lighter. A report while talking about the display quality of the tablet says, â€œLook closer, and youâ€™ll Microsoft trimmed the bezel and bumped up the display size from 12 inches and 2160×1440 pixels on the Surface Pro 3, to 12.3 inches and 2736×1824 pixels on the SP4’s display. (The additional pixels, though, were just enough that I had to bump up the text size to 175 percent, rather than the default suggestion of 150 percent.) Likewise, Microsoft gave the keys on the new Type Cover keyboard a bit more breathing room compared to the tight clump on the SP3â€™s Type Coverâ€.
Though many might have not given a very close look at its new Surface Pen, the device is going to make things easier for users. Surface Pen in the new iteration has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a new â€˜eraserâ€™ top. It is bundled with the Surface Pro 4 and costs $59.99 to any existing Surface owners who want to grab it separately. For the latest tablet owners the new Surface Pen is going to be extremely helpful feature. The company has also improved in many other aspects. The Redmond company has come out with better and improved Type Cover with wider key spacing, a 40% larger glass trackpad and key backlighting. But the Type Cover will put you back by as much as $129 and another better version with fingerprint sensor by as much as $159.
The new tablet comes with powerful processor and lots of RAM. When it comes to innards, the new tab seem to be better endowed than many top of the line laptops. The new tab comes with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. This is not the only thing. The new tablet comes with Intelâ€™s Skylake processors are and even the least expensive model comes with M3 CPU, scaling to i5 and i7 with 515, 520 and Iris GPUs. Many analysts believe in Microsoft claim that the latest iteration of its Surface laptop is actually twice as powerful as a MacBook Air.
While its battery remains the same as Surface Pro 3, Microsoft claims nine hours of battery life. But it depends the way you use it. An important difference between the two machines is operating system. The latest Surface Pro 4 is coming with Windows 10 Pro. The previous version came with either Windows 8 Home or Professional. Meanwhile when it comes to connectivity options Surface Pro 4 comes with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE), full size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort and microSD card reader.