Why Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 can replace your laptop



Should you buy a laptop or a tablet? It’s a good question. But why not have both? If you’re looking for a computer that’s as portable as it is versatile, a 2-in-1 (i.e. a laptop with a detachable screen) is one of your best options.

Should you buy a laptop or a tablet? It’s a good question. But why not have both? If you’re looking for a computer that’s as portable as it is versatile, a 2-in-1 (i.e. a laptop with a detachable screen) is one of your best options.

Known as the “tablet that can replace your laptop”, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 gives you the full Windows 10 experience allowing you to move seamlessly between laptop and tablet modes, depending on how you want to work.

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What makes Surface Pro 4 better than the Surface Pro 3?

  • The screen is roomier and sharper – At 12.3 inches, it’s easier to work, watch movies or browse the web. It’s also sharper with more colour definition.
  • It’s more portable – The Surface Pro 4 is only 8.4mm thick and has a thinner bezel than before.
  • It’s much more powerful – You should expect the new Surface Pro to be 30% faster than the excellent Surface Pro 3, thanks to the new Intel 6th Generation Core processor inside.
  • The Surface Pen is even more useful – Press down on the screen to write like a pen, or use the eraser on the other end to rub out mistakes. With a Pen that feels like an actual pen, this is the most natural writing experience on a tablet. Also, click and hold the top of Surface Pen to activate Cortana, the personal digital assistant ready to help whenever you need it
  • The keyboard is more comfortable -- The new Type Cover keyboard has been redesigned to be easier to use, with a new island style keys and a 40% larger trackpad.

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How the Surface Pro 4 gets the best out of Windows 10

Switching from laptop to tablet form factors is simple. Just detach the screen from the keyboard and Windows 10 automatically switches to ‘Tablet mode’ to deliver a more mobile computing experience. This mode, a key feature of the new Windows OS, optimises the interface and your apps for touch control, while the laptop mode retains a traditional desktop environment that works best with a trackpad or mouse.

You don’t need to do anything. There are no settings to enable or buttons to click. Your favourite apps resize themselves to fit Tablet mode automatically, switching back when you go back to using the Surface Pro 4 as a laptop. The adjustments are subtle, but they are all designed to ensure that Windows 10 is as easy to use as possible, no matter how or where you’re using it.

Here are some other features of Windows 10 to try on the Surface Pro 4:

  • Windows Hello: With Windows Hello Surface Pro 4 knows you're you, and will sign you in with no password required
    • Write notes on web pages – Using the Surface Pen, you can easily write notes, highlight text, draw diagrams – and more – directly onto web pages viewed with the Microsoft Edge browser. You can then copy and share your notes and highlights with friends, colleagues and family members.
    • Talk to your personal assistant – Windows 10 has a built-in digital assistant called Cortana. You can speak to her directly -- finding files, performing searches, setting reminders, etc.

Learn more about the Microsoft Surface Pro by clicking here