Microsoft Tablets, especially the Surface Pro models, have improved in the last few years. Many of the quirks and issues of Windows 8 and 8.1 have been addressed with the Windows 10 update; the Windows App Store has over 40,000 apps; prices have decreased for both Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3. The platform is being utilized more and more.
With all the improvements and developments in technology, you have to consider whether a tablet would work for your everyday life. Is the Surface Pro right for you and/or your business? Let’s explore some pros and cons of the latest model, the Surface Pro 4:
- Intel Core processor — the Intel Core allows for extra processing power comparable to the conventional laptop.
- Light-weight — this tablet is jam-packed with functionality and power in a form that is easy to carry and not bulky.
- Can run Windows Apps — this tablet can run millions of desktop applications like Adobe Photoshop where most iPads and Android tablets can’t.
- Keyboard cover — allows the tablet to act as a laptop replacement, the accessory is both a keyboard and cover for the tablet.
- Full USB 3.0 port — most tablets are equipped with a MicroUSB 2.0 port, the Surface Pro 4 has a full size USB 3.0 port. This means you do not need an adapter to use flash drives or other USB powered accessories.
- Battery life — up to 9 hours of video playback.
- Versatility — the Surface Pro 4 allows the average tablet experience and a fully functional device to get work done. With the processing power and included accessories, this tablet outperforms iPad and Android tablets by far.
- Too big? — at 12.3 inches, the SP4 is both a huge tablet and small laptop, making it uncomfortable to use with one hand.
- Keyboard required, but treated as ‘extra accessory’ — the keyboard cover is a must for this device, however it does have its own cost in addition to the tablet. You shouldn’t buy the SP4 without it, but keep in mind that the keyboard is treated as an extra feature.
- Difficult to use on lap — ‘laptop’ doesn’t always mean you use the computer on your lap every time and with the SP4, it does not rest comfortably or reliably on your lap while you use it.
- Cost — the least expensive choice, with the keyboard, for the SP4 will amount to somewhere around $900, the price of your average laptop.
- Personal use? The SP4 is versatile. You can use it as a tablet, stream TV or other video services, and treat it as a travel laptop. However, you could say the same about some smart phones.
- Business use? Again, it can be used as a travel laptop and as a presentation tool during business meetings. It allows some users to replace several other devices with this one.
Overall, the Surface Pro, in any form, is a device somewhere between a tablet and a laptop. While it can function much like a laptop, in our opinion it does not completely replace a laptop. If you’re in the market for a device that can be used for a combination of tablet and laptop functions, this is the one for you. However, if you want a device to work as a tablet OR a laptop, you should probably consider a different device.
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