Surface pro 4 đánh giá

For three years, Microsoft has been trying to convince us that a tablet can replace our laptops. Throughout three major design iterations, that’s been the driving message behind the Surface. Last year’s Surface Pro 3 represented the best execution on that idea yet. It showed that if you were willing to lớn make some compromises, you could certainly have sầu a tablet device that replaces your máy vi tính in many ways. (It also has spawned a litany of copycát designs from HPhường, Dell, Lenovo, & others. Even Apple is about lớn get inkhổng lồ the pro tablet fray.) This year, Microsoft is putting that fight behind it. It’s no longer trying lớn sell the idea that a tablet can replace your máy tính xách tay. If you want a true máy tính xách tay, Microsoft is now more than happy to sell you one. So the Surface Pro 4 is different. Not in the ways you might think — it’s shockingly similar to lớn the Surface Pro 3 in design, appearance, và functionality. Rather, the Surface Pro 4 casts aside the burden of being Microsoft’s lone vision for personal computing, và now it can just be the best Surface it can be. This isn’t the Surface that will convince you a tablet is better than your laptop. This is the Surface for the people that are already convinced.

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The Surface Pro 4 is so similar in appearance và thiết kế to last year’s Surface Pro 3 that only the most trained eye could distinguish them. It has the same overall shape và footprint, from its infinitely adjustable kickstand to lớn its warm grey magnesium finish. It’s a familiar and signature look, và using it two generations in a row establishes both a brvà & visual identity for Microsoft’s computers.

The hardware changes are minor, but welcome

There are some hardware tweaks, but you have sầu lớn really hunt to find them. The Pro 4 is imperceptibly lighter than the 3, ever so slightly thinner, và has a slightly larger display. (The overall height và width of the tablet itself remain the same thanks to lớn smaller bezels around that display.) It’s still very much a full-featured Windows 10 PC in a light and portable package. It also still works much better on your desk than on your lap or an airplane tray table. (I’m tempted khổng lồ liken the Pro 3 & the Pro 4 lớn the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6S; yes, there are differences between them when you compare a spec sheet, but in practical use, they are the same experience.)

Just because the Surface Pro 4 doesn’t look or feel much different than the Pro 3 doesn’t mean Microsoft has been sitting bachồng doing nothing for the past 18 months. Instead of going back to the thiết kế drawing board, Microsoft focused on improving how you actually interact with the Surface.


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The biggest improvement comes with the new Type Cover, which, sadly, still isn’t included with the Surface and requires you to lớn spend another $130 khổng lồ get it. But if you buy a Surface Pro 4, you’ll definitely want to lớn budget for the Type Cover. It has completely redesigned keys & a brand-new trackpad that Microsoft says is 40 percent larger than before. The keys are raised & separated, like you"d find on a standard laptop keyboard, and are much better lớn type on than the flat, condensed keys of earlier Type Covers. They have sầu nice travel và really aren’t bad, but they still don’t provide the same experience as a true laptop keyboard. There’s also that weird hollow sound when you hammer on them because the keyboard is actually lifted up off the surface of your desk or table.

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The trackpad on older Type Covers has always been a miserable experience: too small, not smooth, and just plain frustrating lớn use. The new one is much better: it’s fast and smooth lớn scroll with, và the larger kích thước makes it much easier to lớn vì all of those cool Windows 10 multi-finger gestures. Compared to lớn the trackpad on any Mac máy tính xách tay or even Microsoft’s Surface Book, however, it’s still very small, & navigating around with it feels very cramped. Fortunately, the Pro 4’s display is still a touchscreen, & I found myself reaching up from the keys lớn touch something on the screen much more often than reaching baông xã to the trackpad.

And then there’s Microsoft’s br& new Surface Pen, which provides yet another way to lớn interact with the computer (và is actually included in the box with the Pro 4, unlike the Type Cover). The Pen works with new công nghệ in the Pro 4’s display to lớn provide a better writing experience than the older version. It’s pressure sensitive (1,024 levels, khổng lồ be exact), has a really great drag on the screen, & feels more like writing with a real pen than ever before. I’m no artist, and it still may not work for demanding sketchers, but I lượt thích it a lot for discretely taking notes. The other cool thing about the Pen is that it now includes an eraser on its top side that lets you quickly erase whatever it is you just wrote or scribbled. It’s very easy & natural khổng lồ use. The Pen will also now magnetically snap khổng lồ the side of the Pro 4, which is great for storing it while the computer is on your desk, but terrible when you toss the Pro 4 in a bag and the pen pops off và settles lớn the bottom with all of the old gum wrappers, lint, & other detritus.


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All of those improvements go toward making the Surface Pro 4 experience better, but they don’t address the compromises you have sầu khổng lồ make when you choose a Surface instead of a more traditional máy tính xách tay. The Pro 4’s design is very compact và eminently portable, but it’s still awkward to lớn use on my lap, whether I’m sitting on a chair or sitting on the floor. It’s also difficult to lớn use on a cramped airplane tray table thanks lớn its unusually long footprint. And it can’t be picked up from a desk with one h& when it’s open (like you can with a laptop) as the attached keyboard will just flop around awkwardly until you cthua kém it. None of these things are new or different with the Pro 4, but they are all things to keep in mind if you’re considering a Surface.

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The Pro 4 doesn"t address the compromises in this design

The Pro 4 is also just as awkward to use in tablet mode as the Pro 3, và though Windows 10 lets you switch between desktop and tablet mode easily, I found myself leaving it in desktop mode with windowed apps most of the time. It’s an old story, but true tablet apps are still lacking for Windows, and many of the apps I use on the platform are designed for the desktop environment. There’s also the fact that though it’s lighter and thinner than the Pro 3, at 1.73lbs, the Pro 4 is still a big device and not something that can easily be held up in one hvà for extended periods. While I may use an iPad to vày a lot of reading during my commute, the Pro 4 doesn’t really work that well for that purpose.


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Inside, the Pro 4 has gotten the usual processor spec bump, including sixth-generation Hãng Intel bộ vi xử lý Core chips. The base Mã Sản Phẩm, which is priced at $899, has a Chip Core M chip (similar khổng lồ, but newer than the one in Apple’s MacBook) & 4GB of RAM, while more expensive sầu versions can be specced out with Core i5 or bộ vi xử lý Core i7 processors & up lớn 16GB of RAM. The unit I’ve sầu been testing is priced at $1,299 and has a bộ vi xử lý Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. If you really want something that can work as a máy tính replacement, you’re probably going to want lớn pony up for at least this model.

I haven’t had any performance issues when using the Pro 4 in my daily work, which consists of a lot of web browsing, Twitter, Slaông chồng, & gmail, with the occasional pholớn editing. Windows 10 is swift & snappy, and there hasn’t been a point where I’ve sầu really felt lượt thích I’ve maxed out the machine’s limits. (To be fair, I’ve sầu used the Surface Pro 3 quite a bit, and I haven’t noticed a big a performance difference between the two in real-world use.)

Performance và battery life are similar to lớn the Pro 3

Battery life in normal use has been on par with the Pro 3 as well, lasting me about 5 hours or so between charges. The Pro 4 went for 6 hours and 37 minutes in our rundown kiểm tra, which is about an hour less than the Pro 3 managed. Neither is what I’ve come lớn expect from a premium laptop, và the Pro 4 still lags in this area. I still adore the Pro 4’s tiny little charging briông xã, which also gives me a USB port to charge my always-thirsty điện thoại thông minh.

Windows 10, which is now available for every Surface save for the ill-fated và oft-forgotten Surface RT, works well on the Pro 4, though it still feels like a work in progress. Since Windows 10 launched earlier this summer, Microsoft has been fixing a lot of bugs & issues, but there are still a number that crop up in my daily workflow. For example, the standard Mail và Calendar apps continue to lớn have sầu trouble syncing with my Google Apps tài khoản, và the Microsoft Store often crashes. These are rather specific bugs, and I wouldn’t consider either of them show stoppers, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t note them. I’d still rather have sầu Windows 10, bugs & all, than Windows 8.1.


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With the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has hit the refinement stage of its Surface idea. It spent years working out the basics, và now that those are more or less sorted out, it has focused its efforts on improving the experience. The Pro 4 won’t be the machine that wins people over lớn the Surface camp, & it does nothing to improve the "tablet to lớn replace your laptop" idea.

What it does vì chưng is sharpen the Surface’s skills, make life slightly easier for those actually wanting this type of computer, and modernize the Surface lineup with the lathử nghiệm processors from Hãng sản xuất Intel. If the Surface Pro 3 was Microsoft’s best idea for the tablet that can replace your laptop, the Pro 4 is the best execution on that idea.

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It’s still not the computer for everyone, but for the Surface believers, it’s the best yet.


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