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Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Surface Pro 4 builds on the best parts of the Surface Pro 3, and it finally delivers a solid typing experience with the revamped Type Cover (which is unfortunately sold separately). It's the ideal hybrid tablet in practically every way -- it's as light as a tablet, but as productive as any laptop. The only problem is you're stuck with so-so battery life.

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Pros
  • Works well as both a tablet and a laptop
  • New Type Cover and Surface Pen are massive improvements
  • Still pretty thin and light for the equivalent of an ultraportable
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Type Cover is an additional $130
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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86
 

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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
If the Surface Pro 3 was Microsoft’s best idea for the tablet that can replace your laptop, the Pro 4 is the best execution on that idea. It’s still not the computer for everyone, but for the Surface believers, it’s the best yet.
 
60
Laptop Magazine
While it might not look new on the outside, the Surface Pro 4 features a faster CPU, bright high-res screen and improved Type Cover but with much less battery life.
 
70
Gizmodo
If refinements were made to make Windows 10 just a bit more touch-friendly and allow the hardware to hum smoothly, it would be an amazing machine for those things—a true laptop killer. But for hard work, I (and probably you) need more.
 
90
CNET
A host of small refinements cements the Surface Pro 4's position as the best-in-class Windows tablet -- so long as you're prepared to pay extra for the required keyboard cover accessory.
 
70
Wired
The Pro 4 doesn’t reinvent the Pro 3 in any meaningful way, but it does offer thoughtful and useful refinements. That’s probably as good a sign as any that Microsoft has a solid handle on what it’s doing.
 
70
The Wall Street Journal
I can’t recommend you get the new Surfaces ... In the sub-$1,000 range, the Dell XPS 13 is a better bet than the Surface Pro 4 anyway, if you’re looking for a laptop.
 
90
PC World
The combination of an Intel Skylake chip, a new Type Cover keyboard and faster SSD speed help push the Surface Pro 4 into a higher echelon of performance.
 
80
Windows Central
In the end, the Surface Pro 4 is by far the best Surface yet. It may have taken three generations to get there, but the Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft hitting their stride with confidence.
 
90
Mashable
The Surface Pro 4 benefits greatly from a kick-ass new keyboard cover and the streamlined experience of Windows 10, but it’s got some bugs, too.
 
90
Engadget
It's the ideal hybrid tablet in practically every way -- it's as light as a tablet, but as productive as any laptop. The only problem is you're stuck with so-so battery life.

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