Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Microsoft Surface 4 Pro according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Surface 4 Pro adapted to surf the internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. An inexpensive computer such as Surface 4 Pro may seem to be the solution. Microsoft is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 12.3 inches size. The computer is equipped with one of the latest processors Intel Core i5-6300U. Its power will give you the assurance of having a laptop that will work very well for 10 years. In short, this model will give you full satisfaction for an Internet browsing use. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Surface 4 Pro, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 128 Gb, Microsoft considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In the end, with an autonomy of 8 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. With this laptop Surface 4 Pro it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
Is Surface 4 Pro okay to watch videos ?
Microsoft presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Surface 4 Pro; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.3, in 2736×1824, and a good quality of colours. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.1 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Surface 4 Pro will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Surface 4 Pro. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The processor installed on this model is a high-end Intel Core i5-6300U. The result is extremely efficient for managing multiple tasks in parallel such as watching one movie and downloading another. With this model, you have a tool capable of making several billion calculations per second.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel Iris Plus G4, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The Surface 4 Pro only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
As for battery life, it Surface 4 Pro can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. Microsoft promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
The Surface 4 Pro- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
This Surface 4 Pro is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 1.1 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 12.3 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
Thanks to its processor Surface 4 Pro, the use in exclusive battery mode is one of the most important of the competition. With the low voltage on the processor, the autonomy is increased and allows to last longer than competing models.
On the other hand, these are estimated data based on average laptop usage.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 8 hours before the breakdown.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 128 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 12.3 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
Surface 4 Pro the right choice for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Surface 4 Promeets this need perfectly. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Microsoft has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
With this laptop, Microsoft has developed an effective tool for those who want to have an affordable video editing laptop whose price remains tight. The software suite provided on this model includes everything you need to start editing photos, videos and music.However, if you decide to go for business applications, you should know that the performance of the processor Intel Core i5-6300U, and the size of the storage space of 128 Gb, will allow you to do so.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Microsoft made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Surface 4 Pro allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
In terms of autonomy,the Microsoftkept it simple. The available battery life is of 8 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
On the connection side, the Surface 4 Proi s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
By choosing this Surface 4 Pro, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And at a price that is well ranked.
The Surface 4 Pro for online or local games.
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Microsoft in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 2736×1824, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The graphics Intel Iris Plus G4 card and processor Intel Core i5-6300U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-6300U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Microsoft has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.128 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
For online gaming, it Surface 4 Pro has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.1 Kg.
Please note that with an autonomy of 8 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In conclusion, it Surface 4 Pro is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Surface 4 Pro for office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Customary of this OS, Microsoft has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 1.1 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Surface 4 Pro. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not Surface 4 Pro the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
In short, is the Surface 4 Pro, the right choice ?
This Surface 4 Pro will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– travel use
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing