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Latest release in the range Microsoft, we’ve been running tests onSurface Pro FNT-00001…Some computers have power, others have more basic features.So we ran tests on Microsoft Surface Pro FNT-00001 to find out what it was worth.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Surface Pro FNT-00001 the right choice for surfing the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Surface Pro FNT-00001. An inexpensive computer such as Surface Pro FNT-00001 may seem to be the solution. The material used by Microsoft are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. 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. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it Surface Pro FNT-00001 is provided by default with a touch screen. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. The engineers fromMicrosoft have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core M 3.1 Ghz; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it Surface Pro FNT-00001 is a fair one. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. 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. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the Surface Pro FNT-00001 can work 12 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this Surface Pro FNT-00001 most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is Surface Pro FNT-00001 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Microsoft has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Surface Pro FNT-00001; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.3, in 2736×1824, and a good quality of colours. 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. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 0.767 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
On the sound side, it Surface Pro FNT-00001 has good components: board and integrated speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core M 3.1 Ghz is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
On the application side, Microsoft chose to let you do it. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 Professionnel that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics 615, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Microsoft didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it Surface Pro FNT-00001 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. That’s only 12 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The Surface Pro FNT-00001- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the Microsoft didn’t really take into account in the design of this Surface Pro FNT-00001. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
With a weight of 0.767 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. With a 12.3 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
This Surface Pro FNT-00001 is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
The backlit keypad of this Surface Pro FNT-00001 is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Core M 3.1 Ghz is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 12 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
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. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
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.
It Surface Pro FNT-00001 provides only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Surface Pro FNT-00001 really made for travelling.
The Surface Pro FNT-00001 to make audio or video editing.
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Microsoft have thought of for this Surface Pro FNT-00001. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Microsoft has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Core M 3.1 Ghz. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 128 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
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. The Surface Pro FNT-00001 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (12 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Microsoft could have done much better.
For the connector part, the Surface Pro FNT-00001has 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.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
The Surface Pro FNT-00001 for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this Surface Pro FNT-00001, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, Microsoft has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 2736×1824, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Since Microsoft has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 128 Gb it Surface Pro FNT-00001is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
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 0.767 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 12 hours available.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Surface Pro FNT-00001 one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Surface Pro FNT-00001 for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Microsoft may have put a rather low computer on the market. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10 Professionnel.
It’s not Surface Pro FNT-00001 equipped with all the applications you’ll need. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 0.767 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Another interesting feature is the backlit keyboard option, which allows you to work in half light.
The storage of this model, 128 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it Surface Pro FNT-00001 is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The Surface Pro FNT-00001 in conclusion
This Surface Pro FNT-00001 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks