After years of development and millions of advertising dollars spent to convince us that a tablet could plausibly replace a laptop, Microsoft finally delivered the goods with all the Surface Pro 4.Packard Bell Akku Equipped with robust processing power, a perfectly sized display and just-right aspect ratio, and a few critical add-on accessories, the Pro four solidified the Surface’s position as the gold standard for Windows tablets. And using the arrival of Windows 10 in July 2015, that which blemished all previous Surface models — an inelegant operating system — was lastly replaced by a solid OS that could fulfill the potential of its form factor.
Microsoft is obviously comfortable together with the design of its Surface notebooks. Like the less powerful Surface 3, which debuted over the summer, the Pro four doesn’t look much different than its predecessor. The new model is a hair thinner, and a few hundredths of a pound lighter, but its dimensions are otherwise the same.Samsung Akku The Surface Pro 4 is still bulky for a tablet. Virtually everything based on mobile hardware is thinner and lighter, even the iPad Pro, which has a similar display size. For a PC tablet, though, the Surface Pro four is pretty svelte. Whether it’s small enough depends on how you plan to use it, and perhaps even your own dimensions. People who find a regular iPad a bit unwieldy are going to find this massive. I managed alright. More recent competitors like the Samsung TabPro S and Huawei Matebook indisputably feel slimmer in-hand, and are easier to handle. But the Surface Pro four is a lot easier to handle than any 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge, like Lenovo’s Yoga series. Microsoft has set up the Pro properly for use as either a PC or tablet. Though its overall size has hardly changed, the new model jumps from a 12-inch to a 12.3-inch display. That’s accomplished through thinner bezels which look more attractive, but still provide enough room to grip the Surface Pro without grazing the touchscreen.Makita bmr100 Netzteil The device also benefits from thoughtful location of buttons. The power and volume keys are located on the upper left edge when the device is held in landscape orientation or used as a PC. That becomes the upper right flank when it’s turned and used in portrait orientation, which is typical for tablets. In either case, the buttons are accessible, yet not positioned where they’ll be accidentally bumped.Dell LA65NM130 Oplader Connectivity is a bit more awkward. The USB and Mini-DisplayPort jacks are on the right flank when the Surface Pro is used with all the keyboard. That works well enough, but it means anything attached will jut out from the bottom if the device is used as a tablet in portrait orientation. The combo headphone/microphone jack is difficult in either case, as its always located near the top edge of the device, leaving the user to tangle with all the cord. There are only so many places to put a port on a slate. The power brick’s connector works well. Its magnetically aligned and multi-directional, so it’s easy to insert and doesn’t send the entire device flying if you happen to trip over it and tug it out.Netzteil Asus t100 It’s past time for this type of design to become the standard for both tablets and laptops, but most of the Pro 4’s PC competition is saddled with a stiff, stubborn plug. Better still, the brick itself offers a USB port, so you can charge your phone without using the USB 3.0 port on the Surface Pro 4 itself.
Display and pen input
The Surface Pro 4’s display is not only slightly bigger, but also sharper than last year’s model, with 2,736 by 1,824 resolution (around 267 pixels per inch). It packs in even more pixels than Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which sports a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600. It’s not even worth comparing the Surface Pro 4 to the 13-inch MacBook Air, whose screen tops out at a comparatively low-res 1,440 by 900. All of those pixels make for incredibly crisp text, razor-sharp photos and a great movie-viewing experience. You won’t see any individual pixels here, unless you’ve got a magnifying glass handy. For the most part, the Surface Pro four also delivered accurate colors, no matter what I was looking at. It’s plenty bright, too, even in direct sunlight. As with any glass-covered display (Gorilla Glass 4, in this case), there’s some reflection from light sources, but it otherwise does a good job of minimizing glare.Netzteil vgp ac19v42 Microsoft has always managed to cram in great screens in the Surface line — this one just happens to be exceptional. It’s also dubbed this a “PixelSense” display, which is just a fancy marketing term for its incredibly thin stack of optical and pen-input components.
Speaking of pen input, Microsoft also made some significant changes to the Surface Pen this time around. It offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity now (compared to 256 levels from before); there’s an eraser at the top that actually works as you’d expect; and it also magnetically attaches to the side of the Surface. That’s a big step beyond just holstering it in the Type Cover. Most importantly, though, it simply feels great. Using the Surface Pen is almost as good as putting a pencil to paper.adp 90cd db Ladegerät That’s due to a combination of new pen tip and input technology. You’ll also be able to swap out the Surface Pen tips in the future, which will let you tweak its performance to better suit handwriting or drawing. Admittedly, I’m not much of an artist. But the Surface Pro four and the new Surface Pen did a better job of capturing my scribbles than past Surface models, not to mention other devices, like Samsung’s Note phones and tablets. Taking handwritten notes felt natural and fluid — I can imagine it being particularly useful for instances where you need to draw diagrams more than jot down text. Just like using the Surface Pro 3, clicking the top of the pen almost instantly opens up a blank OneNote file.Chargeur pour Asus ADP-90CD DB Tap it again and it gets sent off to your OneDrive. You can also access Cortana by holding down the top button, or take a screenshot by double-clicking it.
Microsoft is offering the Surface Pro 4 in sixth-generation Intel Core M, Core i5 and Core i7 options. The M version comes with Intel HD graphics 515, while the i5 comes with slightly more powerful Intel HD graphics 520. The top i7 variant comes with Intel HD graphics 540. Adding further complexity to the mix, you can also load the Pro 4 with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM. I tested the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM.Asus EXA0904YH AC Adaptateur The model benchmarked fairly well. The Surface Pro 4 ran in with a 6,727 multi-core Geekbench score. On the graphics intensive 3DMark: Cloud Gate, it scored a solid 6,019. Neither scores are groundbreaking, but they put the Pro four on a par with most top-end 2015 convertible tablets and well above its 2014 predecessor. By comparison, the Surface Pro 3 scored 3,491 in Geekbench.PC Batteria Clevo The benchmarks proved accurate with real-world use, and the Surface Pro four delivers solidly impressive performance. Using the unit as my primary tablet and laptop, I didn’t notice any serious performance jitters. The Surface loaded web pages instantly, ran applications smoothly, and proved capable of playing Steam games, such as Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion and Divinity Original Sin, chug free – if the graphics settings weren’t maxed.AC Adapter Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5
So, has Microsoft ultimately done it? That depends on how considerable of a compromise you consider “somewhat below average” battery life. If that’s about the only thing that Redmond’s mission rides on, together with the typing, tracking and penning experience vastly improved, then I’d consider the fourth go at it so narrow of a miss that you might be able to pass it for everything it does so well.Adapter Asus Transformer Book T200TA Even more so than the version before it, I could easily see the Surface Pro 4 becoming my daily driver, not to mention my comic book reader and Hearthstone and mobile movie machine (I’ll deal with the black bars). And that’s despite the arguably middling battery life, considering the screen resolution bump. If it can last for a whole cross-country flight, then that’s enough for me. Microsoft seems to have captured and applied the best definition of ‘iteration’ to almost every end of the Surface Pro 4, making it well worth the wait for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike. Is this ultimately the tablet to replace your laptop? That’s still debatable, though the Pro four has surmounted more of what’s running against it than ever before.Adapter Lenovo ADLX45NLC3A