If you are looking for a full-featured Windows 10 PC in a light package, then this tablet is for you.
When the first Surface tablet came out, Microsoft had one goal in mind: to convince consumers that a tablet can supersede the laptop. For the Brobdingnagian technology company, the goal has yet to be realized. However, with the introduction of the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft is in a good position to make it happen.
So, is the Surface Pro 4 a laptop killer? It's definitely a tablet for pros—professionals who want a powerful yet portable tablet. If you are looking for a full-featured Windows 10 PC in a light package, then this tablet is for you. The Surface Pro 4 retains the aesthetic of the Surface Pro 3, but, as expected, adds an array of new features that make it an ideal laptop replacement.
It now uses Intel's sixth-generation Core chips, specifically Core M, Core i5, and Core i7. The base model running Core M has 4GB of RAM and is priced at $899, while the Core i5 has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD. Meanwhile, the Core i7 model has 16GB of RAM, more than enough to handle processor-intensive tasks such as photo and video editing.
The most obvious change is the Microsoft's new Type Cover, which has redesigned keys and a larger trackpad. The only caveat is you have to spend an additional $130 for the Type Cover. Microsoft compensates this by adding a new Surface Pen, which is completely free and pressure-sensitive.
The stylus feels like a real pen, ideal for writing and drawing, and it magnetically snaps to the left side of the Surface Pro 4. It looks really good. And, when fingers are tired of using the trackpad, try the touchscreen. Of course, Windows 10 means the Surface Pro 4 is faster and smoother; Microsoft claims that the tablet is 30 percent faster than its predecessor and 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air.
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