Surface Pro 4

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Well I’ve pretty much failed at keeping this updated. I’ve been meaning to but I don’t know. I guess I’ll make a couple of posts.

About a month ago I became the proud owner of a Surface Pro 4, the Intel Core i5, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD model. I absolutely love it. It’s a beautiful machine with an absolutely stunning display.

There are a few problems with it though. It is very buggy. There’s a software issue with it where when you have Hyper-V virtualization features enabled and you scroll past a video the display flickers pretty wildly. Without the Hyper-V features enabled the Surface consumes full power while it’s sleeping, so your battery life is decreased significantly. It’s a very frustrating issue.

There’s another problem where with Windows Hello (the infrared face scan for login) enabled, half the time the display doesn’t turn on when waking from sleep. I’ve resolved this issue by disabling Hello entirely and using a PIN to login, which I actually prefer. It’s not that Windows Hello itself doesn’t work, I’m just a fan of using the PIN because when you lock the screen, it automatically searches for you. Sometimes I just want the screen locked without it trying to log me in.

The battery life is not particularly good, but it’s not particularly bad either.

Other than those not minor quibbles I’m a big fan of the Surface. It’s a fantastic tablet. OneNote 2016 is probably the best tool for taking notes in class and at work. It’s also a pretty good gaming machine. I’m able to play Street Fighter and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the go, even if I have to make sacrifices with the gaming quality. That’s not to say the Core i5 is sluggish. It actually probably outpaces my older desktop i7.

I do highly recommend the Surface Pro 4 over almost any other tablet, especially iOS tablets, simply because it offers the full Windows experience. You’re not limited to Store apps like you are with an iOS device. That’s why I bought it to begin with. I’m excited to see what Microsoft does with it in the future.

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