When Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 4, the fourth installment of its popular laptop/tablet hybrid, we were not surprised. Indeed we had been waiting impatiently as the “new” smell on our barely year-old Surface Pro 3 had just begun to wear off. What did catch us by surprise, however, was the introduction at the same time of a brand new laptop device from the folks in Redmond, the Surface Book. We were in a dilemma. Which device should we purchase? The long awaited Surface Pro 4, or this brand new form factor in the Surface Book that nobody saw coming? We settled the conundrum like we usually do. We bought both!
So, Bill took one device; Phil took the other. We each retired to our respective man caves and ran the devices through their paces. We then compared notes and decided that we would indeed keep both devices. There are good uses for each (or at least that was the excuse for us to add to our growing gadgets collection).
First, the Surface Pro 4, as mentioned earlier, is simply an upgrade to an existing product line. We are proud to admit that we have owned every iteration of this product since its inception in 2012. That being said, we were not particularly impressed with the early models. Microsoft finally put out a winner in 2014 with the Surface Pro 3. Now, the Surface Pro 4 builds on that successful release and adds even more reasons to upgrade. The first thing we noticed with the new Pro 4 is that it is actually thinner (and a bit lighter) than the Pro 3 model; however, the viewable screen surface is actually a shade larger. So far so good…we were duly impressed even before pressing the power button. After booting up the device, we noted, of course, that the device comes with Windows 10, which we have readily adopted on all of our PC devices, and find to be incredibly more accessible and business-friendly than Windows 8. We also noticed that Microsoft has increased the resolution on the Pro 4 screen even more, making the display beautifully bright and sharp. Other than the updated Windows 10 interface changes and the brighter screen, however, the Pro 4 pretty much functions the same as the Pro 3 model.