Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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:

CPU Storage RAM Price
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.

Technical Specifications
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
Memory 8GB RAM
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
Rear-facing:8.0 megapixel
Audio Stereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby audio
Sensors Ambient light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Weight 786g
Battery life Up to 9 hours
Dimensions 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm
Warranty 1-year limited hardware

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with the free Surface Pro Type Cover!
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with the free Surface Pro Type Cover!

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:

ItemPrice
1Microsoft Surface Pro 4
(Intel Core i5, 256GB Storage, 8GB RAM)
S$1999
2Microsoft Surface Pro Type CoverFree
3Additional 2-years warrantyS$386
4Faux leather tablet sleeveFree
5Bluetooth mouseFree
6Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapterFree

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.

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4 thoughts on “Microsoft Surface Pro 4

  • March 2, 2016 at 8:02 am
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    Hi, how’s the actual battery life like?

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:05 am
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    Ken,

    The Surface Pro 4 lasted about 5 hours with random surfing, documents editing and video playback.

    I think it can be stretched further if it is set to battery saver mode. I saw the estimated battery life jumped to 9 hours odd.

  • March 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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    Hey Andy, I wanna know what kind of application is Serene using on her laptop that warrant for a 8gb ram purchase? video editing, gamer maybe?

    Cause wifey is just gonna be using it for watching drama and surfing the net with little or no words/pdf editiing. I am not sure If I want to splurge on the 8gb ram. Do let me know and thanks for your advice

  • March 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm
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    isaac976,

    Having more RAM usually means better multitasking capability – the ability to launch more concurrent applications or more tabs in Google Chrome.

    In fact, the effect arising from the lack of RAM is minimised due the SSD. Paging from RAM to SSD is much faster compared to the past (using mechanical drives).

    However, paging also means shortening the lifespan of SSD if it happens too frequently. Although SSD are designed to withstand the usual amount of paging activities, it is our preference to avoid premature SSD failure due to overuse.

    By the way, most computer stores have the M3 on display. It is actually quite snappy for Web surfing and drama watching!

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