It’s been nearly a year and a half since Microsoft updated the Surface Pro line. The Surface Pro 3 was well-received and Microsoft is hoping for an even warmer reception of the latest model. As the pleased owner of a first-gen Surface Pro, I’ve been waiting to see what this version would offer.
Surface Pros are tablets that run a full version of Windows and can easily be converted to a laptop with a detachable keyboard that also serves as the device’s cover if you want to take it with you.
So what’s new with the Surface Pro 4?
First of all, it’s slightly bigger at 12.3 inches to the 3’s 12 inch screen. But the display is better with a 2736 x 1824 resolution. But it’s also lighter and thinner. It’s only a little over a third of an inch thick and weights just over a pound and a half. The size is what originally sold me on my Surface. I have to take a laptop with me a lot of the time and, frankly as I’ve gotten older it’s really started to hurt my poor shoulders. The Surface, I can slip into a large purse easily and I’ve really enjoyed being able to have a full Windows PC without a backache.
The Surface Pro 4 faster, too. With upgrades available to 16GB of RAM and a terabyte hard drive. and 6th generation Intel Core processor available in m3, i5 and i7.
This device is smarter – The new PixelSense technology can distinguish between your finger and a stylus on the touchscreen and adjust the required pressure accordingly.
The optional keyboard got bigger as well with a bigger trackpad and more spacing between the keys. I know they say the $129 keyboard is optional, but I don’t see much of a point to the Surface Pro without it.
The tablet’s cameras are nice as well with a 5 MP front-facing camera and an 8MP autofocus rear-camera. But I still find tablets much too bulky and inconvenient for picture taking.
Like previous Surface models, it has a full-size USB port and a microSD card reader.
The new and improved Surface Pen, which is included with the Surface Pro 4, not only has increased sensitivity for drawing and writing on the touchscreen, you can now also activate Cortana by clicking and holding the top.
Microsoft bills it as the tablet that can replace your laptop and I can say that, for me, a Surface Pro did completely replace a laptop for me.
Again, in a world where you can find a decent Android tablet for less than $100 and a good Windows tablet for around $200, the starting price of $899 isn’t cheap. But in my experience, this line of hardware is worth it.