Even though the Surface Pro 3 represents a tiny sliver of the PCs in the world, it has a strong, loyal fan base.
The Surface Pro 4, introduced on Tuesday, blows away its predecessor in pretty much every single way.
The Surface Pro 4 is faster, thinner, lighter, and more functional than the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft even gave special attention to the accessories, redesigning the Surface Pro 4’s keyboard and pen.
Like other Surfaces, it’s a good device for someone who likes Windows computers and wants a something that doubles as a tablet.
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Surface Pro 4 features a fingerprint sensor for the first time, so if you want to log in -- or even change users -- just place your finger on the pad.
As for the tablet itself, the Surface Pro 4 is just 8.4 mm thick and weighs around 1.7 pounds. That's almost one millimetre thinner and a few grams lighter than its predecessor.
Microsoft has also improved the display: The Surface Pro 4 features a 12.3 PixelTouch display, which is bigger and richer than the 12-inch display of its predecessor (267 vs 216 pixels per inch, respectively).
The Surface Pro 4 is built on a sixth-generation Core processor from Intel, which also makes the graphics cards for the tablet.
The Surface Pro 4 should be less prone to overheating thanks to a hybrid cooling system behind the display.
For taking photos and videos on the go, the Surface Pro 4 comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, a big improvement over the 5-megapixel cameras of its predecessor.
...and plenty of passive viewing, thanks to that multi-position kickstand built into the back of the tablet.
As for accessories, the Surface Pro 4 probably wouldn't feel complete without the new Type Cover, which has been redesigned to be thinner and more functional.
Like the keyboard in Apple's new MacBook, the keys on the new Type Cover for Surface Pro 4 have a new butterfly mechanism for quicker typing.
Surface Pro 4 also comes with a new Surface Pen so you can write or draw directly on the screen, highlight eBooks, or convert your handwriting into text.
And for the first time, you can switch out the pen tips of the Surface Pen, in case you want a medium tip that draws like a #2 pencil, or a low-friction tip that draws like a fine pen.
Surface Pen is battery-powered, but Microsoft says its battery can last a full year. And you won't forget it since it magnetically clips to the side of the Surface Pro 4.
And since it has great palm detection, you can rest your hand on the screen as you write or draw without worrying about unwanted marks showing up.
There's a new eraser on the Surface Pen, which lets you quickly erase anything you wrote or draw, but it also has a few neat tricks: Click it once to open a blank page in Microsoft OneNote for quick note-taking, double click it to capture what's on your screen, or click and hold it to summon Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant.
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