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.
In 2017, Windows 10 is even more Pen-friendly, with even greater features coming in the Fall Creators Update, including universal support throughout the OS
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.
Microsoft is widely expected to launch a new Surface Pro device tomorrow, and the company’s Surface chief has taken to Instagram today to post what appears to be a teaser. Panos Panay simply posted an image of four Surface keyboards, with the caption that there are “30 hours to go” until Microsoft’s Surface event in Shanghai. The Surface keyboards appear to be new Type Cover colors in alcantara, the same fabric that’s used on Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop.
Microsoft’s Surface event will take place in Shanghai tomorrow morning, and the company has promised “updates and more information” over at its news site for exact timing and potential live streaming details.
Microsoft’s all new Surface Laptop aims to supplant Chromebooks as a college-student favourite. The svelte, stylish notebook bridges the gap between Surface Pro 4 and the behemoth Surface Pro Book, adding a third option for performance lovers. However, despite offering a package as classy its cousins, the Surface Laptop misses on a few key spots – things you won’t notice at the first place, but if you do, you’d again fall for the charm of Surface Pro 4.surface laptop-pro-4
Though it may sound odd, the 18-month-old Surface Pro 4 is way better than Surface Laptop. Its promise of a tablet that can serve as a full-fledged computer is much impressive than Surface Laptop’s nearly as light full-fledged computer. In case you’re still confused, these points of interest will certainly help you in deciding.
If you’ve been waiting for a successor to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 — and since it was released at the end of 2015, you have been for a while — there’s been no shortage of alternatives. But if a Surface Pro 5 is unlikely to “surface” (pun intended) anytime soon, as ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley speculates, HP has just launched a very appealing 2-in-1 that should demand your attention.
Microsoft is giving away the Surface Dock when you purchase the Surface Pro 4! To get the deal, you must make the purchase from the Microsoft Store.
Surface Book Pro entry-level variant is now available on Microsoft Stores for a limited-time discounted offer of $200 off. Does this most basic, but ultimate, laptop sporting a 6th-gen Intel Core Skylake Processor already powerful enough to feed technopiles’ laptop needs? Let us find out here for more details.
Netflix added support for offline viewing on iOS and Android late last year, and today it’s bringing the same feature to Windows 10, with the exception of Windows 10 mobile devices. Arriving now in the updated Windows 10 application, a subset of the Netflix catalog can be downloaded to your PC or tablet computer, in order to be viewed when a network connection is not available – such as when traveling.
Microsoft has today issued an update for the Surface Pro 3. Specifically, the driver release is for units running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The company has updated the driver for Realtek USB 3.0 Card Reader. Aside from that, there is nothing new in terms of other driver updates or fixes.
By updating the USB 3.0 Card Reader, Microsoft is enabling SD card slot compatibility for Windows 10 Creators Update.
If you are browsing the Update page, the new driver will show as: Realtek USB 3.0 Card Reader (10.0.14393.31230) ensure SD card slot compatibility with upcoming OS release. If you cannot pull in the update from the device, you can alternatively download it from the Surface Pro 3 Drivers and Firmware Page.