Surface Pro 4 Hands-On
Microsoft calls Surface Pro 4 the thinnest, lightest, and most powerful PC ever made. It also comes with an improved type-cover keyboard that now features a fingerprint scanner. The Surface Pro 4 also comes with a pen that actually has an eraser… *cough* Apple Pencil *cough*
It’s been more than 2 years since Microsoft unveiled the original Surface Pro.
A device category that was unique to Windows until late this in 2015 when Apple and Google entered the fray with the iPad Pro and the Pixel C. The entry of its closest rivals further validates Microsoft’s gamble on a class on a new kind of computing that’s in between tablets and laptops. And with the updates to this year’s Surface Pro 4, Microsoft hopes to maintain its supremacy.
What’s new about the Surface Pro 4? It’s thinner, lighter, and more powerful. While the footprint remains the same…the screen is actually larger. Up from 12 to 12.3 inches. Inside there’s a more powerful processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 1 TB of space. Not the kind of specs you’d find on your average tablet. In some cases better than what you’d find on your average laptop.
Microsoft says its 30% faster than last year’s model and 50% faster than the MacBook Air. There’s also an innovative liquid cooling system – that guarantees the laptop stays cooler and quieter. Even with heavy use.
One of the key features of the Surface Pro is using it with the Surface Pen which this time around is better than ever.
If Apple has the Pencil, the Surface Pen does one better with an eraser, that works like a normal pencil eraser would. It’s also a button. Click it to bring up One Note.
Sensitivity and latency has improved giving you an experience like writing on paper. And if you’re serious, you can purchase nibs of different sizes or pens of different colors.Microsoft has done away with the pen loop. Now the pen just sticks magnetically to the tablet.
The Surface Pro 4 has 8MP and 5MP cameras. The front facing camera supports Windows Hello allowing you to log-on to the device using facial recognition.
The keyboard flip case has also receives a major upgrade. It now feels like a full laptop keyboard. Keys are crunchier. Travel distance is better. And the keys are now backlit. The glass trackpad is also 40% larger and supports multitouch gestures.