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Can the new MS Surface Pro replace your Laptop and Tablet?

by David Looney

 

With the recent release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Microsoft claim that the Surface is the tablet that can replace your laptop. As a MacBook Air and iPad user, I was sceptical of this claim and decided to put the Surface Pro to work.

MS Surface Pro

Tablets to Date:

When the iPad was launched a whole new segment was created in the personal computing marketing. What the first generation of tablets offered was mobility, long battery life and an alternative to the traditional laptop. However, in reality tablets struggled to put the trusty notebook computer to the sword. Serving more as only a useful complimentary mobile tool. Ideal for web browsing and email. Along with the almost unending selection of productivity, personal, and entertainment apps, they lacked the full functions of a notebook computer.

Increasing screen sizes and the power of smart phones have been eating into the tablet space. The justification for having three personal devices, phone/tablet/laptop is diminishing.

With the release of the fourth generation of the Surface Pro the claim that this tablet can replace your laptop has more than an air of credibility.

Strengths:

Boasting full Windows 10 Professional, Intel Core M, i5 and i7 processors, up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, the MS Surface Pro 4 has specifications which rival the HP Elitebook and Apple Macbook Air.  The Surface even has a transformer-esq form factor. The ability to turn from Notebook to Tablet mode by simply popping off the keyboard.

Pricing for the MS Surface Pro 4 starts at €836 + VAT for the entry level Intel Core m3 version. The full loaded Core i7 model is a hefty €2031 + VAT.  While this compares favourably in cost to the 13″ Macbook Air to get the true benefit from the Surface Pro a number of optional extras should be added on. The Surface does not ship with a keyboard so Keyboard Cover is a necessity rather than an option. When you add on the cost for a docking station and video adapters to transform your office desk it comes in at a premium price.

MS Surface Pro

This premium price is for a premium product. After two months of usage I have retired my old notebook and iPad combination. Replacing it with a MS Surface Pro. This acts as a full desktop solution via a dock with dual screens, wireless keyboard and mouse. That can turn into a fully functional tablet with the removal of one single cable.

I haven’t even mentioned the Surface Pen yet…

Simple but powerful tool to compliment the Surface and when coupled with the impressive MS OneNote software handwritten notes on a tablet become reality.

To learn more about the Surface Pro, contact our sales team on 015009001 or visit the Microsoft website.

Dave