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What Surface Pro 4 Should I Buy

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Battery life: A great tablet should last for a full day of work on battery power if you use it in place of a laptop, and for multiple days if you use it only as a second device or a note-taking tool. For Windows devices, we ran our standardized notebook battery life test, which simulates a typical day browsing the internet, including visiting websites, scrolling, and watching videos on YouTube. For iPads, we used them both for daily work tasks and as secondary note-taking devices.

Colour accuracy is similarly impressive, with an average delta-E figure of just 1.61. What this means in real terms is the screen produces colours that are, for the most part, indistinguishable from the 'perfect' version of that colour. This is great for graphic designers, artists and photographers who demand colour accuracy, as they won't have to invest in an expensive monitor. Particularly important are greys, which were all accurate. The weakest area, as is the case with many screens, was bright red and bright orange, with the latter producing a rather high delta-E score of 4.05 and looking a shade paler than it should.

The Surface Pen is powered by a AAA battery, which Microsoft claims has an 'all-year' battery life. There's no way to check the status of your pen's battery, though, so you should keep a AAA handy to avoid disappointment. The Pen has 1,024 degrees of pressure sensitivity, which could make it a genuinely attractive propositions for digital artists who may be using a dedicated pad for drawing.

The body is made of magnesium with a matte surface finishing that feels nice to touch. It weighs 786g which is a nice weight for a 12-3 inch tablet. But once you start adding the Type Cover, it becomes close to the weight of a 12-inch laptop.

The annoying thing about the Type Cover is, if you're drawing, it's not comfortable to have the hand on top of the cover. So whenever I'm drawing, I always detach the cover. Microsoft should really make the cover wireless. That would be so cool.

Important note about pressure sensitivityFor faint lines, you still need to apply slight pressure. If you were to glance the pen tip on the glass surface with no pressure, lines will not appear. Do that with an actual graphite pencil and you can see the faintest of lines. Not so with the Surface Pro 4 and pen. So if you're looking for that kind of sensitivity, you'll have to get the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Tracking is accurate. The cursor is always under the tip regardless of the tilt of the pen. There's no parallax error as the screen isn't too big to begin with, and there's no noticeable gap between the display and the glass surface.

Palm rejection works most of the time. It works best when the tablet can detect the stylus, e.g. when you see the cursor as the pen tip is close to the glass surface. With some drawing apps, there are strict palm rejection mode that you can turn on, meaning you can have perfect palm rejection but you have to sacrifice some finger gesture shortcuts.

I'll put out a more detailed comparison to iPad Pro in the future. The short review is, iPad Pro's hardware is as powerful as Surface Pro 4 when it comes to drawing with the apps. The only significant difference is the variety of apps in the app store of iOS and Windows Store. There should be no problem finding alternatives but the two apps I really miss on the iPad are Paper by FiftyThree and Procreate. However, there are also apps not available on the iPad, such as all the desktop apps.

I've used the Apple Pencil and I feel that it's provides slightly better drawing experience compared to SP4 pen. It really feels less like a digital stylus on the tablet and more like traditional. That I feel is because the way the Apple Pencil is designed which is longer and the firm tip mimics the firm tips of pen and pencil. However, the Apple Pencil tip is still real smooth on the glass surface.

@Phu NguyenIt should run Photoshop and InDesign just fine. I'm not sure about Revit and Autocad since they are 3D software. They might not work as well on SP4 since there's no dedicated graphics card. If you don't need the tablet form factor, it's better to get a normal laptop with proper graphics card that can run 3D software more smoothly.

If you have the budget, we'd recommend the 15" iCore 7 model (opens in new tab), just to be as flexible and future-proof as possible. But this mid-range model (opens in new tab) should be plenty for most students and up-and-coming coders. And, while it doesn't have the specifications of the other models, the budget Surface 4 Laptop (opens in new tab) is enough for general day-to-day student tasks.

I'm looking at purchasing my first Surface, and I'm torn, I can get a Used Pro 4 or a new Surface Go 3. I'm unsure which I should get. Mainly going to be used for Email and Web Browsing. I'm leaning towards the used one partly because cheaper and should be a smidge more powerful, but the new one should be more power efficient.

6) Removing the battery took a ridiculous amount of IPA and force, as you can see in the photos. Make sure the battery is empty before you start. Mine was empty and now also dead (Jim). I should have used more heat on the backside before removal.

The Surface Pro 4 replaces the Surface Pro 3 in Microsoft's tablet lineup, and while the spirit of the Surface Pro 3 is alive and well in the Pro 4, there are a few key differences that you should be aware of when deciding whether to upgrade.

With the battery isolated (this is important) use a multimeter in forward voltage test mode (diode mode).Measure across the diode leads. You should have no more than 0.250V forward voltage, and no less than 0.100V.With the probes switched around, you should get a very high voltage (like 2.800V), or OL.

Hi guys. Thank you for the post. I have manged and replace the IT8528VG . Now i have power and the current flow. The thing is that the device is stuch in the surface logo.I have try the recommended hard reset options (power button + volume button) but nothing. I have also plug a bootalbe usb but still the same.

FYI, the news is good and bad. The good is that it looks ok on 1080p mode but only gives me half the FPS that my old i7 laptop without a GPU. I was getting 14 FPS on my old laptop and with the fancy new surface book i7 16gig w/ GPU I am only getting 6 or 7 FPS. That said I am not getting any artifacts. Kind of disappointed. All I can attribute it to is the higher resolution screen. Even when I am the HDMI cable attached and running at 1080 mode I still cannot get above 7FPS.

Can someone with a SP3 look at the log to get the FPS. I will wait for software updates if it is a software issue. But short of that it is going back. A $2600 machine w/ a GPU should out perform a 2 year old laptop without a GPU. That machine gives 15FPS at high res.

Fast startup is a feature aiming to reduce the Windows startup time. This feature resort to Hibernate feature to store most work done during PC startup from memory to disk. Therefore, your PC will not really shut down. If you want to enter Surface BIOS through keyboards/buttons, you should turn off the fast startup feature first. Here is the guide:

As a result, Linux cannot boot up when Secure Boot is enabled. If your bootable USB drive is using Linux OS, you should disable the Secure Boot in UEFI. As for how to do that, I will show you in the following contents (in Way 3).

Then I have a TextBox at the top of the same page as the app bar, once I start to type in the text box, the soft keyboard displays. I have some workflows to set the KeepBottomAppBarOpen to true. But when I type in the text box, KeepBottomAppBarOpen is false. In surface pro 1, once I start to type in the text box, the soft keyboard displays and the app bar jumps above the soft keyboard. But in surface pro 4, once I start to type in the text box, the soft keyboard displays and the app bar doesn't jump and because it is at the bottom of the page, the soft keyboard will hide it. 041b061a72


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