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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Microsoft Surface 4 Pro to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Surface 4 Pro compatible with internet use?
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.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. Here you have an almost perfect product.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. The processor which equips this model, one Intel Core i5-6300U, will be largely sufficient; it may even be too powerful compared to the need. A component providing impressive power and responsiveness. In short, this model will give you full satisfaction for an Internet browsing use. With 4 Gb of RAM, it Surface 4 Prois a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 128 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. It is in the average range of what is done with today’s battery technology. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
Is Surface 4 Pro one for watching movies and listening to music ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Microsoft offers the Surface 4 Pro perfect for that. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
Equipped with a small screen size, 12.3 inches, it has a resolution format 2736×1824. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. 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. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.1 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Surface 4 Pro product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. 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.
On the sound side, it Surface 4 Pro has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
This model has one of the best processors of the moment; the Intel Core i5-6300U. Unlike the brand’s older processors, energy efficiency is optimal and consumption is well controlled. 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). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Microsoft didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the Surface 4 Pro has only 2 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
As for battery life, it Surface 4 Pro can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. You have 8 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
Surface 4 Pro compatible with on the move use ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Surface 4 Pro. Is he home-work oriented? Or will you be able to take it on a trip? These are the questions we will answer. Or should this use be confined to going from the living room to your kitchen.
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
With a weight of 1.1 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 12.3 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
No backlit keyboard on this Surface 4 Pro. Not really necessary.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. 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. Mainly related to low voltage, this processor allows an above-average autonomy (on paper).
On the other hand, these are estimated data based on average laptop usage.
An autonomy of 8 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 128 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 12.3 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
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.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
The Surface 4 Pro- the right model for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. It appears that this Surface 4 Promeets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by Microsoft, there have been many improvements on the components. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
This laptop is efficient and cheaper than most of its direct competitors for such uses.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.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. 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.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. 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 result in the average of the competitors.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Surface 4 Pro receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
By choosing this Surface 4 Pro, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And for the right price/quality ratio.
With this Surface 4 Pro product, Microsoftoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
Surface 4 Pro for video games?
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. With a resolution in 2736×1824 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
Microsoft has also chosen a processor Intel Core i5-6300U which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the Intel Iris Plus G4, for a good result. 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.
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. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Surface 4 Pro an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 128 Gb drive. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Microsoft decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
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.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 8 hours.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 8 hours. The right tool for maximum performance!
Surface 4 Pro for office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Microsoft has designed Surface 4 Pro for office automation. It is a mature product.
Microsoft has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.1 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Surface 4 Pro. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 128 Gb, more than enough for office use.
Ultimately, this Surface 4 Pro is an intermediate choice. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
Surface 4 Pro the right choice for the right use
This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. And it’s all at an affordable price – Surface 4 Pro from Microsoft.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– 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