As an introduction to this analysis
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Surface 4 Pro to surf the Internet?
Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
With this Surface 4 Pro, Microsoft is well positioned in relation to other competing models.It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 12.3 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. As for the processor level, this model is equipped with the Intel Core i5-6300U. Its power will give you the assurance of having a laptop that will work very well for 10 years. In addition, with this model, you have at your disposal a tool that will make your internet navigation fluid. A standard equipment with 4 Gb of RAM. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
With its 128 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Microsoft comes with this Surface 4 Pro a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
In the end, with an autonomy of 8 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. 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 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
This Surface 4 Pro is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 12.3 inches, with a 2736×1824. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.1 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Surface 4 Pro. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
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. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
Equipped with the Intel Iris Plus G4 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
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.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. 8 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
Is Surface 4 Pro planned for travelling ?
Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. We therefore analysed this Surface 4 Pro from the point of view of nomadic use. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 12.3 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
Equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-6300U, this model has a very low power consumption. 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.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
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. Thanks to this, Microsoft was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 12.3 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
In conclusion, it can be considered that this Surface 4 Pro can be used for travel purposes.
The Surface 4 Pro for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Surface 4 Pro, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by Microsoft, there have been many improvements on the components. 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.
This laptop is efficient and cheaper than most of its direct competitors for such uses.It has the necessary software to carry out your first audiovisual editing. 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.
The designers of Microsoft have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
For the autonomy part, Microsoft proposes last generation batteries. 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. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
For the connector part, the Surface 4 Prohas the USB3 format. 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.
It Surface 4 Pro is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And at a price that is well ranked.
With this Surface 4 Pro product, Microsoftoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
Surface 4 Pro the right choice to play online?
If the question you are asking yourself is “Can I play games with this laptop?” then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. For a long time, laptops were not powerful enough to be used to play games. With this Surface 4 Pro, the engineers of Microsoft have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 2736×1824, nothing better at the moment
The graphics Intel Iris Plus G4 card and processor Intel Core i5-6300U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Intel Core i5-6300U and the board Intel Iris Plus G4 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
With its 128 Gb of space, this Surface 4 Pro is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Microsoft decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
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 summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this Surface 4 Pro is an excellent choice for video game use. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. The right tool for maximum performance!
Is the Surface 4 Pro adapted to office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Microsoft has designed Surface 4 Pro for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Customary of this OS, Microsoft has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model, with its 1.1 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface 4 Pro. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 128 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
Surface 4 Pro the right choice for the right use
All in all, this laptop is among the best, whatever you use it for. It performs well in almost everything, the Surface 4 Pro remains reasonable in terms of price.
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– surfing on the internet
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games