For quite a few years, despite what many like to admit, the iPad was the leader within the tablet world. However with a locked down OS and far inferior hardware, compared to newly released tablets, it’s obvious that the iPad is severely lacking behind its rivals.
For the most part the iPad has remained the same over the years since its arrival, apart from a few hardware upgrades and software updates. It’s a far cry from what a tablet PC should be.
The Microsoft Surface, ever since its release, has slowly crept up the sales ladder and stolen the top spot right from underneath Apple. What was the reason for this? For one, a fully functioning desktop operating system.
The original Surface Pro was released back at the beginning of February 2013; and in similar Apple fashion a new upgraded model has been released each year, bringing us to the newly released Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Pro 4, as well as running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, is available in many different forms. With regards to power you could opt for the entry-level Intel Core M3 model, mid-range i5 model or if you’re after something beastly then there’s always the top of the range i7 model. Whatever you’re needs are for a tablet, there will definitely be an option for you thanks to the 10 different configurations of the Surface Pro 4.
For most users, the entry-level models should suffice for whatever you plan to do with the tablet. For AUS $1499 (USD $1100) you can pick up one of the lower-spec Intel i5 models, which features an HD 520 integrated GPU, 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of Solid State storage.
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As well as these desktop-worthy specs and also the same handy kickstand that we saw on the previous Surface Pro 3, additional features such as 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort make the Surface Pro 4 a true mobile powerhouse.
For those of you who already have the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and are considering an upgrade, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Surface Pro 4 is backward compatible with all of the accessories of the Surface Pro 3.
There are even a few newer accessories for the Surface Pro, including the Surface Dock. The Surface Dock, as it’s conveniently named, is a docking station for all past and future Surface models.
The dock features 2 Mini Display Ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port and 4 USB 3.0 ports, so you can keep all of your devices charged and even turn the Surface Pro 4 in to a fully kitted-out desktop PC, of sorts, if you so wish.
Unfortunately, the only thing letting the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 down is its battery life. Tests show that it has a battery life of just over 3 hours, with use, which is decent but it’s not going to see you through the whole day without being plugged in. With so much power pumping through the tablets body, it’s no surprise that battery life has been affected. The Surface Pro 4 battery has actually been significantly improved over its predecessor though.
For the average user, the Surface Pro 4 battery should suffice, and combined with extreme levels of power from the i5 CPU it will be able to handle almost any task you throw at it.