The much publicized Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet has launched. Amidst the hype business people and consumers will have to decide if this new machine is right for their needs. Here are a few things we know about it.
The new model looks like it has many upgrades and features over the Surface Pro 3 model.
A closer look reveals some interesting changes. Microsoft has widened the device to 12.3 inches. It is also little thinner than the Surface Pro 3. The screen size is a little larger and is lighter than the previous version at 1.73 pounds. Also resolution has been increased for better viewing, on par with many competitors.
Pricing will start around $899, with a Core M chip (similar to, but newer than the one in Apple’s MacBook) and 4GB of RAM. The top version, available later, will have more RAM, more storage and a faster processor.
Some say the device will be 30 per cent faster than the Pro 3.
One area where Microsoft has fallen down a bit in previous versions is its type cover. The new one suitable for the “4” is said to add a better experience. The keys are a little bit improved. They also added a new, larger trackpad to improve usability.
Users will also notice Microsoft improved its Surface Pen. The Surface Pen is more pressure sensitive and feels more like actual writing. It works with new technology in the Pro 4’s display to provide a better writing experience than older versions.
Battery life still falls short. Figure about five to seven hours between charges. Not ideal and less than that of premium laptops.
Windows 10 is, of course, the operating system. This, like previous versions, enables a user to access all of the Office suites, apps etc.
Road warriors and others who like to share information over various ports may be disappointed. There is just a USB 3.0 socket and a MiniDisplay port. Still it is a step up from the Surface Pro 3.
As people have shifted to smartphones and tablets Microsoft has been challenged as the computing leader. Their Windows operating system is a distant third with mobile devices. The software company is hoping to change the tide with the new machine.
Overall, most will agree the Surface Pro 4 is no real substitute for a laptop. Therefore shoppers will have to decide if a high-end upgrade to their current tablet truly provides the functionality and practically they seek.