Bought the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 from Harvey Norman on 27th February 2016 to replace Serene’s aging laptop (IBM X61) . They are currently having free Surface Pro Type Cover promotion before March 2016’s computer fair.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes in the following configurations:
|6th Gen Intel Core m3||128GB SSD||4GB||S$1399|
|6th Gen Intel Core i5||128GB SSD||4GB||S$1599|
|6th Gen Intel Core i5||256GB SSD||8GB||S$1999|
|6th Gen Intel Core i7||256GB SSD||8GB||S$2499|
|6th Gen Intel Core i7||256GB SSD||16GB||S$2799|
I always felt that Microsoft Windows needs at least 8GB of RAM for basic multitasking and also to reduce the amount of disk trashing as a result of paging. Therefore, we chose the 6th Gen Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM model as it is the lowest cost model with 8GB RAM.
|Software||Windows 10 Pro|
|Processor||6th Gen Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4 GHz (burstable to 3.0 GHz)|
|Graphics||i5 Intel HD graphics 520|
|Storage||256GB PCI-Express SSD|
|Display|| 12.3" PixelSense|
2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
3:2 Aspect Ratio
10 point multi-touch
|Wireless||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||USB 3.0, microSD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port, Surface Connect|
|Camera|| Front-facing: 5.0 megapixel|
|Audio|| Stereo microphones|
Stereo speakers with Dolby audio
|Sensors||Ambient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer|
|Battery life||Up to 9 hours|
|Dimensions||292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware|
The Surface Pro 4 comes with one year warranty from Microsoft. As the tablet is not really repairable, we topped up S$386 for additional two years of warranty by Harvey Norman.
All in all, the entire purchase came up to S$2385 with the following items:
|1||Microsoft Surface Pro 4|
(Intel Core i5, 256GB Storage, 8GB RAM)
|2||Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover||Free|
|3||Additional 2-years warranty||S$386|
|4||Faux leather tablet sleeve||Free|
|6||Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter||Free|
The IT Show 2016 (10 to 13 March 2016) is round the corner so there could be good bundled deals for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 if you didn’t managed to get Surface Pro Type Cover promotion from Harvey Norman.
After using the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for a couple of days, I would say that it is quite well built and the kick stand is much better than the one in Surface Pro 3 as you can tilt the tablet back and forth at your desired angle. However, the kick stand hinge uses grease so just be careful not to get furs or sand into the mechanism.