Surface Pro 4by Microsoft

  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface Pro 4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • It's powerful with Intel Core 6th generation CPUs.
  • The new type cover includes a redesigned key set and 40 percent larger track pad.
  • The pen received a major upgrade. Erasers, buttons, and magnets--oh my!

CONS

  • It's heavy at 1.69 pounds. It gets heavier if you opt for a Core i5 or i7 processor.
  • The price jumps dramatically if you want the Core i7 model.
  • The pen can be knocked off the new magnetic attachment.
The Surface Pro 4 is designed to be a tablet that can replace your laptop. Microsoft has introduced a number of key improvements over its predecessor to make it so, starting with 6th generation Core m3, i5 and i7 processors. The tablet features a slightly larger 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2,736 X 1,824. It boasts a redesigned type cover and a new pen. The Surface pen combines 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for a more responsive pen-on-paper feel. The pen also includes interchangeable tips to mimic the feel of a ballpoint pen or a pencil.
NameSurface Pro 4iPad ProSpectre x2Transformer Book T300 ChiGalaxy View
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Microsoft ... decided that the Surface Pro 4 needed a shake-up. The result? An incredibly powerful, yet very thin, hybrid that can compete o…

Microsoft ... decided that the Surface Pro 4 needed a shake-up. The result? An incredibly powerful, yet very thin, hybrid that can compete on a level footing with the Apple iPad

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But more importantly, the new screen proves to be far brighter and more color accurate than the Surface Pro 3 display at all brightness leve…

But more importantly, the new screen proves to be far brighter and more color accurate than the Surface Pro 3 display at all brightness levels, as you can clearly see.

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The biggest hardware improvements, specs aside, are in the new Surface Pen. Yes, it has magnets now, but Microsoft has also improved the bat…

The biggest hardware improvements, specs aside, are in the new Surface Pen. Yes, it has magnets now, but Microsoft has also improved the battery, which it says will last for a full year.

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Microsoft announced a brand new Pen too, but this time it also comes with an eraser. It has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and lasts a…

Microsoft announced a brand new Pen too, but this time it also comes with an eraser. It has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and lasts a whole year without needing a charge.

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Microsoft also re-engineered the Surface Pro 4 to distribute heat throughout the top portion of the rear panel, eliminating hot spots and al…

Microsoft also re-engineered the Surface Pro 4 to distribute heat throughout the top portion of the rear panel, eliminating hot spots and allowing the optional Core i5 and Core i7 chips inside to run at full speed—something the SP3 couldn’t do.

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With Surface Pro 4 and its redesigned cooling system, we finally have a tablet with laptop brains that can keep its cool and not sound like …

With Surface Pro 4 and its redesigned cooling system, we finally have a tablet with laptop brains that can keep its cool and not sound like a hand vac. My time with the two Surface Pro 4 models has largely been very positive ...

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The Surface Pro 4 builds on the best parts of the Surface Pro 3, and it finally delivers a solid typing experience with the revamped Type Co…

The Surface Pro 4 builds on the best parts of the Surface Pro 3, and it finally delivers a solid typing experience with the revamped Type Cover (which is unfortunately sold separately).

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With the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has hit the refinement stage of its Surface idea. It spent years working out the basics, and now that thos…

With the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has hit the refinement stage of its Surface idea. It spent years working out the basics, and now that those are more or less sorted out, it has focused its efforts on improving the experience.

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The Surface Pen has been updated with 1,024 pressure levels, an eraser on the tail, and all-year battery life. There won't be any need for a…

The Surface Pen has been updated with 1,024 pressure levels, an eraser on the tail, and all-year battery life. There won't be any need for a pen loop on cases and keyboards, either, as the new pen has a magnet in it that attaches to the edge of the Surface itself.

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In the Surface Pro 4, the biggest upgrade is in the new processors, part of Intel's sixth generation of Core chips, also known by the code n…

In the Surface Pro 4, the biggest upgrade is in the new processors, part of Intel's sixth generation of Core chips, also known by the code name Skylake.

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Typing on a virtual keyboard is never ideal, and the Surface Pen can take your real handwriting and turn it into text. In testing, this feat…

Typing on a virtual keyboard is never ideal, and the Surface Pen can take your real handwriting and turn it into text. In testing, this feature was a bit hit and miss (and greatly depends on the neatness of your penmanship), but it gets the job done once you learn the shortcuts.

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The Pro 4 doesn’t reinvent the Pro 3 in any meaningful way, but it does offer thoughtful and useful refinements. That’s probably as good a s…

The Pro 4 doesn’t reinvent the Pro 3 in any meaningful way, but it does offer thoughtful and useful refinements. That’s probably as good a sign as any that Microsoft has a solid handle on what it’s doing.

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The Pen also comes with a wide selection of interchangeable tips that can radically alter your writing or drawing experience, simulation any…

The Pen also comes with a wide selection of interchangeable tips that can radically alter your writing or drawing experience, simulation anything from a fine-tip to a HD pencil.

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The larger screen, combined with the near-identical size, means that there's no space for the hardware Windows button. This used to be a man…

The larger screen, combined with the near-identical size, means that there's no space for the hardware Windows button. This used to be a mandatory feature on Windows tablets, but with Windows 10 putting the Start button permanently on-screen, it's less valuable than it once was.

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The Surface Pro 4 is, at first glance, an evolutionary update over the Surface Pro 3. That is not necessarily a bad thing. The move to Skyla…

The Surface Pro 4 is, at first glance, an evolutionary update over the Surface Pro 3. That is not necessarily a bad thing. The move to Skylake as well as some of the many changes under the covers should be a big improvement over the outgoing model though. Let’s dive in

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Backward compaitble with the Surface Pro 3, the new cover has deeper keys with 1.3mm of travel, a 19mm pitch between keys and a 40 percent l…

Backward compaitble with the Surface Pro 3, the new cover has deeper keys with 1.3mm of travel, a 19mm pitch between keys and a 40 percent larger touchpad.

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The first visible upgrade is the Surface Pro 4's 12.3-inch display, supporting a 2,736 X 1,824 resolution. It might not seem much considerin…

The first visible upgrade is the Surface Pro 4's 12.3-inch display, supporting a 2,736 X 1,824 resolution. It might not seem much considering that the 2014 model had a 12-inch screen, but it is noticeable.

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Unfortunately, Microsoft does not include a keyboard, which sharply limits the Surface’s viability as a desktop replacement. You can add a T…

Unfortunately, Microsoft does not include a keyboard, which sharply limits the Surface’s viability as a desktop replacement. You can add a Type Cover keyboard for $130, but if you plan to stay at your desk, any number of less-expensive third-party Bluetooth keyboards will work equally well.

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