Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Average of 4 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
Fourth Time's a Charm. The highly-anticipated fourth rendition of Microsoft’s Surface Pro is finally here, and it brings some valuable refinements. Thanks to a low-power Core m3 CPU, our review unit is completely devoid of moving parts—making this more tablet than ever before. But is it finally the tablet than can replace your laptop, or is it just another product of compromise?
Source: Tab Times Archive.org version
With various iOS and Android tablets, ChromeOS, Windows and Linux powered laptops at my disposal, the Surface Pro 4 was the one device I opted to take with me on a trip to Japan this fall. In considering usability, weight, battery life and all else I would need to not only play, but work a little, including clear my camera’s microSD card each day, Microsoft’s tablet was my choice, and I did not regret it at all. I could have used greater battery life a couple days processing photos, but in the end, I was easily able to get by with this one machine for a week.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/16/2016
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
There is a great deal to like and rave about the Surface Pro 4. The design is thinner and lighter for starters. The screen is awesome, there's plenty of power available, the new Surface Pen is better and the Type Cover is a vast improvement on the last one. However, the design is inherently awkward at times, it's more expensive that a lot of laptops and the Type Cover, which you'll pretty much need, isn't included lowering the value.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise, replace your laptop? Short of going back to the drawing board on the battery, this looks as close as it's going to get.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 95%
Source: Gizmag Archive.org version
We'll have much more on the Surface Pro 4 in our full review, including battery life tests and impressions. So far we're pleasantly surprised with this entry-level model: if a slightly lighter and silent PC appeals to you, and your workflow isn't significantly more intense than the one we described here, you may be better off with this model than you expected.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/30/2015
Source: Cyberbloc DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Hispazone ES→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Excellent display; compact size and light weight. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/04/2015
Source: Les Androides FR→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Excellent display; comfortable keyboard; decent hardware. Negative: Low autonomy; mediocre fan.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2016
Source: Benchmark.pl PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good price; high performance; compact size; great built quality.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/25/2016
Model: The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 continues the 2-in-1 design of the Surface Pro series. The base model comes with a Core m3 processor. Its great performance is due to Intel 6th generation Skylake CPUs, dual band Marvell Avastar WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0. This tablet is slimmer and bigger compared to the previous model and runs Windows 10 Pro. The 12.3 inch display with a resolutions of 2734 x 1824 and IPS technology boosts the pleasure of watching movie, playing games or viewing photos.
In view of accessories, there is a better backlit Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, which is sold separately, available. The user can either choose the standard or the special version with fingerprint scanner. The glass trackpad is wider and works reliably. Even the Surface pen has been vastly improved. It can be hold like a pencil and hang onto the tablet side conveniently. Despite average battery life, this classical hybrid tablet works brilliantly with its refined cooling system, brighter display, beautiful kickstand and improved stereo speakers. The Core m3 model has no fan and is definitely suitable for those who prefer silence.
Both the Microsoft Surface RT and the Surface Pro never really made it big and couldn't compete with its Android and iOs counterparts. A large reason for its low sales figures was due to the unpopularity of the tablet-notebook hybrid category itself. However it is important to note that the Surface Pro 2 is actually a full blown laptop acting as a hybrid. For a start, it comes with Windows 8.1 backed up with an Intel Core i5-4300U ultrabook class processor, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD. It looks and has the same dimensions as the first version making both their accessories compatible with each other. However, there's also the new optional Type Cover 2 which adds backlighting but is on the heavy side and is rather pricey.
The good thing about the surface is of course its ultra portability and undeniable performance. With its specs, it will quite likely outperform many other ultraportable laptops and hybrids. Also not to forget is the fact that it comes preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and has all the necessary built-in ports making it an actual laptop and not just a replacement. The primary I/O, the FHD screen is also accompanied with an included active stylus. The downside to all this is definitely the asking price for the tablet and detachable keyboard combination. There may be some serious competitors giving almost if not the same kind of specs for a lower price. Its kickstand, although improved, is still a letdown as it doesn't conveniently sit on a lap despite being a laptop. All in all, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is worthy laptop if budget is not an issue.
Intel HD Graphics 515: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on Core-m-CPUs of the Skylake generation (4,5 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
6Y30: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 515 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.
Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).
88.2%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.