Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review

Surface Pro 4

Hybrid laptops are a dime-a-dozen these days, and there are a lot of models out there that look amazing, and even come with clever marketing campaigns that make them seem like they can do pretty much anything. Sadly, a lot of them can’t back up their huge claims.


  • Company: Microsoft
  • Model: Surface Pro 4
  • ​CPU: Intel Core i7 3.4GHz
  • ​GPU: Intel Iris 540
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Drive Type: 1TB SSD
  • Display Size/Resolution: 12.3” 2736 x 1824
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs.
  • Thickness: 1.58”
  • Battery Life: 9 Hours

Microsoft has been a major player in this arena, and stand out as an innovator that is trying to push things with each new product release. Guess who benefits from that? You and I -- the consumers. The Surface Pro 4 is a great example of this.

Surface Pro 4 on a wooden table

No, this isn’t a budget laptop hybrid, but it’s definitely a professional-level version that can actually do pretty much everything. It has all the things you’d look for in one. It’s slim, powerful, versatile, and incredibly small and portable. If you’re on the fence about getting a Surface Pro, read on.

Notable Features

The Surface Pro 4 is designed for heavy users who need a laptop that can not only handle a heavy load in terms of programs and tasks, but also offer a rich display and versatile features that help you get the most out of it. Here are just a few of the features you’ll find with the Surface Pro 4.

  • Cameras - The Surface Pro 4 has 3 total cameras. You get a front-facing camera with HD that is perfect for chatting and recording video, a rear camera for taking pictures, and an infrared camera that can be used to scan your face when signing in instead of a password. That’s a great combination, and covers every possible use.
  • Stylus Pen - Some stylus pens can be a bit awkward lack precision, but the Surface Pro 4’s pen definitely does not fall into this category. It’s remarkably easy to use and hold, and has needle-like precision when using it to navigate, or even draw images.
  • Kickstand & Keyboard - The kickstand features comes in very handy when using it as a tablet, whether you’re viewing videos and streaming media, or if you need it to hold the screen up while using the keyboard. The keyboard itself can be used as a cover when not in use, and is surprisingly stable and responsive, avoiding the gimmicky feel many hybrid keyboards offer.


Speed and power is the name of the game with the Surface Pro 4. The included Intel Core i7 processor is a beast, offering 3.4GHz. This makes the Surface Pro 4 amazingly efficient during any kind of use, delivering seamless speed and efficiency when navigating between programs and tasks.

Available memory is at a high as well. With 16GB of RAM, you have more than enough space to keep a ton of programs or browser tabs open, and not lose any of your speed when going back and forth between them. This is part of the reason the Surface Pro 4 is so good for work and school.

Surface Pro 4

Graphics are very impressive too. The Surface Pro 4 utilizes Intel Iris GPU technology, which works seamlessly with the processor to create a vivid display with high enough frame rates to support mid-level games with ease, and of course any kind of streaming media or videos.

The screen itself is one of my favorite aspects. 12.3 inches it the perfect size for a hybrid laptop in my opinion, so I appreciate that about the Surface Pro 4. The resolution is very detailed, coming in at 2736 x 1824.

Audio quality isn’t the best in terms of external speakers and such, but it’s still good enough to get the job done when headphones aren’t an option. When using headphones, you’ll find the sound to be very rich, with solid bass and clear treble that makes music more enjoyable, and communication much more clear and understandable.

Another thing I love about this particular model is the huge amount of storage space, something that is lacking among other hybrids its size. 1TB is plenty of space to store most, if not all of your music, videos, and documents without needing cloud storage.

Surface Pro 4 Work

Connectability isn’t as strong as other laptops, but this is a very thin, and very light hybrid. You still get a USB 3.0 port, a microSD slot, and a mini display port, along with Bluetooth and 802.11ac support. It’s a fair trade-off.

The battery life is one of the most impressive things about the Surface Pro 4. You can easily get over 9 hours of solid use off of a full charge, even when using larger programs and applications. It charges up fast as well. You can typically leave the house all day without a charger and be totally fine.

User Reviews

I was very impressed by other reviews from current users, as they all had high praises and only few small complaints that centered around personal preferences, and the lack of connections for HDMI and more USB. A huge number of college students loved the Surface Pro 4 and its lower weight, combined with its speed.

Buying Advice

This is not a cheap computer, so you are going to need a protection plan, which you can find on Amazon for a fair price. You may want to get a backup keyboard and pen just in case you end up losing one or ther other.

Mircosoft Surface Pro 4


The Surface Pro 4 delivers in every single category you could possibly want with a hybrid ultrabook laptop. It’s small, weighs hardly anything, and is very easy to use in both laptop and tablet mode. The superior speed and screen quality makes it an even better buy.

The Surface Pro 4 is certainly no entry-level computer, but if you need a hybrid for daily use that can handle all of your tasks and needs regardless of your line of work or education needs, this is worth spending the money on.

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