Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Product Review

I was long overdue for a new laptop. After evaluating the many options on the market, I decided for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This device is essentially a combination of a tablet and laptop device. It is extraordinarily light (between 2.37 and 2.41 pounds), ultra-slim (11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches) and still very fast…well, at least faster than the last Dell notebook that I used for the past two years.

Here is what I like about it…

Smooth running. Despite its great performance the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 never runs hot. It distributes heat throughout the top portion of the rear panel, eliminating hot spots and allowing the  processor to run at full speed.

Face sign in. What I like a lot about it is that I don’t have to enter my password anymore. I just smile at the camera and through face recognition it unlocks the Surface. Gone are the days of trying to remember my recently changed password. It is also very secure as it uses your face to sign in. Although sometimes it does take a little while to recognize my face depending on light conditions. If the Face sign in did not come with the initial install, you can watch a great training video here.

Power supply. The power button plugs in really smoothly. Did I mention the super light and small power supply which fits into every ladies handbag? It also has a USB port to charge your mobile phone. Additionally there’s a standard single USB 3.0 port, miniDisplayPort connector and microSD card.

Keyboard. If you are using the Microsoft Surface and the Type/Touch keyboard is folded back, Surface locks the keyboard to prevent accidentally typing. Very clever design!

Pen. I love how the pen just easily clicks onto the side of the screen through a magnet. OneNote integration of the pen is pretty flawless by just clicking once on the eraser. Clicking twice will take a screen shot. You can even teach your Surface to recognize your handwriting. There is a great article here.

Easy lock. To quickly lock your surface press the windows key and L.

Lock Your Surface - Photo credit to Microsoft
Lock Your Surface – Photo credit to Microsoft

I am really happy with the Surface and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality computer. It is a bit more pricy than a standard laptop but the flexibility pays off.

Surface Pro 4 - Photo credit to Microsoft
Surface Pro 4 – Photo credit to Microsoft

 

 

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