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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review: Best of the breed

Replace your laptop with this if...

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You don’t need a super powerful laptop. This handles non-triple A titles (games) and editing software decently. Anything that requires less processing power, it will work like a racehorse. College students, business users and everyday common-folk will love this. The consistent experience makes up for the lack of ports, proprietary Surface Connect cable, screen bleeding and price. A huge emphasis on the PRICE, as the M3 processor option goes for RM 3,999, without the keyboard.

Snappy and smooth through everything we put it through, the Surface Pro 4 took some getting used to, for someone who before never went against the grain of regular PCs and notebooks. 2-in-1s were never a thing, at least not for me. Until now.

What it doesn’t replace?

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For power hungry users who need a “compact”-ish laptop that can edit and play games on the go, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 can be considered a play-thing. Handling demanding task will make it sluggish, so any video work that exceeds 1080p, it’ll take awhile and those working on digital media have no time for that.

So what we’re trying to say is, it replaces a laptop but not all laptops. Be realistic, for what it puts on paper it delivers quite well. What holds the device back is that crazy pricing. Nearly everyone in the office thought that Microsoft priced the Surface Pro 4 too highly and with that cash, building your own PC or getting a 13-inch MacBook Pro at lower configurations makes more sense – costing you RM 5,899. If you need the same specs (as the model we reviewed) you can spend a little more for the RM 6,799 configurations (sorry, we just had to make this comparison, since Microsoft themselves did it).

Yet, we fall in the 98% of Surface Pro 4 users that Microsoft says will recommend this to their loved ones. Just wished that the Ringgit stopped taking such a hit.

Complete Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Accessory Pricing:

Intel Core M3 / 4GB RAM / 128GB Storage – RM 3,999
Intel Core i5 / 4GB RAM / 128GB Storage – RM 4,449
Intel Core i5 / 8GB RAM / 256GB Storage – RM 5,799
Intel Core i7 / 8GB RAM / 256GB Storage – RM 7,099
Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM / 256GB Storage – RM 8,049
Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB Storage – RM 9,799

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Cover – RM 529
Microsoft Surface Pen Dark Blue – RM 240
Docking Station – RM 789
Pen (Silver, Black, Blue & Red) – RM 259
Pen Tip Kit – RM 44
Pen Tip Kit Pack, Commercial (50 kits) RM 214

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