The personal computers market is a crowded place. With so many manufacturers vying for the customer’s attention, it is hard to stand out in the crowd. Microsoft just managed to do that when they introduced the Microsoft Surface Pro in the February of 2013. The world sat up and took notice. The Surface Pro revolutionized the market with its form factor and utility.
With the release of Windows 10, which is optimized for touch input, the device has much more utility than ever. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the latest version which comes loaded with Windows 10 and is available in a variety of configurations. Here we’ll be looking at the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen. It is available at a price of Rs. 73,990/- in India.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen is really just a big tablet, physically. The front of the device is dominated by the 12.3” display. It is surrounded by thick bezels which also serve as the frame structure. The bottom bezel, where the keyboard attaches to the device, is magnetized. The 5-megapixel front camera sits above the display in the top bezel.
It is the perfect camera position for making video calls. When the Surface is propped up, the right side of the tablet sports a USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort and the charging port. The volume rocker and the power button are located on the top edge of the device.
The 3.5mm audio jack sits on the left edge. The keyboard connects to the tablet via the connector at the bottom of the display. Cooling vents run across the top and side edges making for an attractive design element. At the back, there is an 8.0-megapixel autofocus camera which is flanked by two microphones. There is Microsoft branding in the center. The bottom half of the back is a kickstand which holds up the device in multiple angles. The microSD card slot lies below the kickstand.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen sports a bright 12.3” backlit LED, touch-screen PixelSense display. It runs at a resolution of 2736 x 1824 at an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a pixel density of 267 PPI. The display supports inputs from the bundled Surface Pen and has excellent palm rejection capabilities. The display is incredibly sharp and the colours pop out. The display is bright enough to be viewed outdoors.
The 3:2 aspect ratio on the tablet is very useful for productivity tasks but not so great for watching movies or playing games. Overall this is a beautiful display worthy of its cost.
SPECIFICATIONS AND PERFORMANCE:
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen runs on an Intel Core i5 6300U 6th generation 64-bit processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz. It is supplemented by 4GB DDR3 RAM running at 1600MHz. Graphics are handled by an Intel HD Graphics 520 processor. The device features a 128GB SSD.
These specifications make the Surface Pro 4 a very fast device. It just flies through everyday productivity tasks. It is also capable of running some heavy programs like the Adobe Photoshop with ease. That, coupled with the Surface Pen makes this an ideal productivity device for artists.
The device has support for a full sized keyboard with touchpad. But it has to be bought separately. This reduces the utility of the device somewhat as the keyboard feels like an integral part of the setup and it feels incomplete. In general usage, the battery lasts for anywhere between 6 to 7 hours. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth V4.0 and Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 ac.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen
· Surface Pen
· Power Adapter
· Quick Start Guide, Safety Guide and Warranty Information
ü Portable form factor.
ü 128GB Solid State Drive.
ü 4GB DDR3 RAM.
ü Runs full-fledged Windows programs.
û 128GB storage is not that much.
û Keyboard has to be bought separately.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen is a portable powerhouse which impresses with its versatile use cases and processing capabilities. It comes with Microsoft’s support and guarantee. The support for pen input makes it an ideal productivity tool for artists and generally adds utility to the device. But the high price makes the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i5 6th Gen a niche device, at least in India. The performance of this device is impeccable, but the price at which it sells there are many other options with higher specifications available. This is a perfect all-rounder device, but only for those who have extra money to spend.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 3 Stars.