Before yesterday’s announcement by Microsoft of the new Surface Pro, I spent some time with the device and the engineers who created it. There’s a lot that’s new and improved, but that doesn’t mean the Surface Pro is perfect.
I cobbled together a few pros of the all-new Surface Pro that stand out as reasons to be excited about it. To be fair, I had to toss in a few negatives as well, but that list is substantially shorter.
Things to love about the new Surface Pro
There’s a lot to like about the new Surface Pro, and it’s not just about the new processor. Here are the things that I think you should take away from yesterday’s announcement and that you should consider when buying.
1. Longer battery life
Microsoft is making bold claims with the new Surface Pro with a rating of 13.5 hours. Those numbers are based on closed-loop video playback, but my experience tells me such an estimate translates into a real-world eight to nine hours of use.
2. Amazing pen-and-ink experience
The Surface Pen became respectable with the Surface Pro 3, but it was the Surface Pro 4’s 1,024 pressure levels and design that won me over.
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With the new Surface Pro, Microsoft has a brand-new co-processor that dramatically cuts down inking latency (the “lag” when you scribble fast between the pen tip and visible digital ink), and it raised the levels of pressure from 1,024 to 4,096. The company did all that while still making the Surface Pen’s battery last one year.
I tried the new Surface Pen on the Surface Pro, and it blurs the line between digital and analog inking. This pen feels amazing to use, and it even has tilt-and-rotation support now, addressing some of the very last complaints artists had in the past.
This Surface Pen may go down as an industry legend. It may even make non-pen users make the jump, it’s that good.