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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Best of the breed

Inside is where it counts

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We were lucky enough to test the Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage configuration and we’d have to say that out of all the options it fits somewhat in the middle of Microsoft’s offerings at RM 5,799. That pricing is without the RM 529 Type Cover 4, so yeah, remember to add that to whichever configuration you choose.

Moving up to the Surface Pro 4, it gets an even better 12.3-inch touch screen, now listed at an odd resolution of 2736 x 1824 (267 ppi). Sticking to the screen ratio of an A4 which is the same 4:3 aspect ratio, you can find on other mainstream tablets. This PixelSense screen has Microsoft shouting from the rooftops, saying that for those who want the most colour accurate screen, this is the one with you – rated at a 100% sRGB but they fail to mention the Adobe RGB rating.

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Those in the creative industry require an accurate representation of the colour gamut; MobileTechReview rates it at 99% for sRGB and 75% for Adobe RGB – note that higher is better. Lastly, when it comes to the screen, there’s some considerable screen bleeding when the device powers up but once you’re in the actual operating system, it never returns.

Powering this slate is a 2.4GHz dual-core i5 Skylake processor and it includes a Intel HD 520 integrated graphics card. If you’re looking for a power pack computer that will handle gaming and video/photo editing with ease, this won’t be a perfect pairing – don’t expect mind blowing speeds or a high FPS (frames per second).

Here’s our 3D Mark11 (performance) test:

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Full breakdown of benchmark available here

For what we used it for: web browsing, word processing, Photoshop, and entertainment, it held up well with no noticeable lag whatsoever. Though usage will depend on how hard you push your device. Props have to be given to the PCIe SSD that lives inside, making boot-up and program launches really quick.

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Looking at battery life it almost held up through a whole day’s worth of work, lasting us a good 6 hours+. This was according to the typical usage outlined earlier on. Realistically, charging time on the Microsoft’s new Surface takes 2 hours and 30+ minutes from 0% up to 100%. Next year, we hope Microsoft ditches the proprietary Surface Connect port for USB Type-C and maybe adding more ports along the sides too.

It never got too hot to touch while doing more strenuous tasks like running benchmarks or playing a movie but the fan did kick in during the latter; it was never loud and could easily go unnoticed, unless you brought your ears to the rear of the Surface Pro 4.

Other specifications are listed below:

802.11ac Wi-Fi; 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 1080p HD
5-megapixel front camera for with infrared sensor for low-light Windows Hello recognition
Stereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio

Dimensions and weight:

292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm
m3 model: 766grams
i5/i7 model: 786grams

Surface Pen

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The newly included Surface Pen now has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity in its reworked body. A big jump from the older 256 levels stylus. Along the shaft there will be a rubber strip and the lower end serves as a right-click button, so hold it down while tapping on the screen allows you to well…. right-click. On the other end, the “eraser” serves as a One Note launcher with one click, while a double tap gets you a print-screen.

Doodling, sketching and any graphics work never appealed to us but if you’d like to see what the Surface Pen and Surface Pro 4 are capable of, just do a quick search on YouTube and you’ll see what amazing things can be done using the duo.

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