Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a tablet-to-laptop from Microsoft that allows consumers to switch between tablet and laptop mode.

It also includes a stylus and has attracted some artists, let's see what's so attracting about the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Specifications

Camera Resolution5.0 MP Front Camera, 8.0 MP Rear Camera
TypeCommercial Tablet
ConnectionsUSB, MicroSD
OSWindows 10 Pro
Model NumberQC7-00001
Size8.7 x 11.7 in
RAM4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512GB or 1 TB
Pressure Levels1024
Resolution2736 x 1824
Warranty1 year

Initial Impressions

 The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with the tablet itself, stylus, power supply, tablet docuMicrosoft Surface Pro 4mentation and warranty information.

I found that the size of the display(8.7 x 11.7 inches) was very good for a tablet of this nature. It seems like it'll be really nice to draw on this thing.

Let's take a look to see if this is in-fact the case.

The Tablet

I'll be honest with you, I've been very skeptical of these tablet-laptops since they were first introduced.

The first thing I noticed about the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was the nice color contrast that the display had. I could easily see differMicrosoft Surface Pro 4ent shades of black from each other, which really helped with my coloring when drawing on the tablet.

One thing I did notice was that the i5 model of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 worked perfectly fine on the Adobe Suite but in programs such as Autocad 3D it didn't seem to work as well. I looked up the system requirements for Autocad 3D and it seems that it requires an i7 processor to be able to function. I'm not sure how it is with other programs but I think it would be a safe bet to buy an i7 model if you plan to use more resource-intensive programs on this tablet.

If you're looking to use this tablet as a laptop as well you'll have to invest in the Type Cover for this tablet. This will give you the other half of the laptop, the keyboard.

Another good accessory for this tablet would be tMicrosoft Surface Pro 4he Surface Dock, which like the type cover is also sold by Microsoft. This dock comes with 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 4k-capable display ports as well as an Ethernet port.

Since the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 only comes with one USB and one MicroSD port, this dock can be used to bring the total of ports on your tablet to that of a regular laptop.

The Stylus

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet stylus came connected to the side of the tablet by magnets. This allows the stylus to always be easily kept with the tablet itself.

The 1024 levels of pressure left much to be desired. I found that after coming from a tablet with doMicrosoft Surface Pro 4uble those levels it was hard to deal with what this stylus had to offer.

That being said, even though the pressure isn't that great I found that the friction the tablet surface has works well with the stylus. It almost seemed like paper which is usually something you only find with mid-to-high tier drawing tablets.

While it runs on a AAA battery, it is said by Microsoft that the battery should only have to be replaced yearly. I don't think this is ideal, but having to replace a battery once a year is much better than having to replace one every few months.

Art's Assessment

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is an alright tablet that may be attractive to certain types of consumers.

The tablet works well on many programs including the entire Adobe Suite but if you want to use more resource-intensive programs like Autocade 3D you may want to go with the i7 processor. The tablet also has several accessories that can be bought if you wish to use the tablet as a laptop as well. The TypMicrosoft Surface Pro 4e Cover gives you a keyboard so you can use your tablet as a laptop. Another accessory is the Surface Dock allows you to have more ports to connect to your tablet.

The stylus snaps to the side of the tablet with magnets so it's always connected to the tablet when you need it. The 1024 levels of pressure that the stylus offers leaves more to be desired but isn't too bad. It also has great friction and feels like you're drawing on paper. This is a big plus since mostly tablets made specifically for drawing have this feel to them.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 seems like it'd be a good option for artists that like the idea of having a portable tablet that they can also use to create art.

For artists that don't mind having a stationary tablet with the added benefit of having better specs overall, I'd say go with an actual drawing tablet.

3.8 out of 5.0 – Average

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