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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review Roundup

Surface Pro 4 is the ideal portable device for those needing Windows 10 with all that it offers, but it gets pricey when you add in all the options.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4


This is Microsoft’s best convertible tablet yet that comes very close to replacing a Windows laptop, but short battery life was the biggest gripe.

4.11 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


4.11 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

Microsoft seems to have captured and applied the best definition of ‘iteration’ to almost every end of the Surface Pro 4, making it well worth the wait for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars

For some, the Pro’s enhanced portability is never going to make sense. But those looking to lighten their load will fall in love with the Surface Pro 4. It’s the best 2-in-1 PC yet. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars

The Surface Pro 4 is the best version of Microsoft’s tablet yet, with a stellar display, snappy performance, and more than 10 hours of battery life. With Windows 10, the Surface Pen, and optional Type Cover, it can replace your laptop. Read full review →
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. Read full review →
The tablet that still doesn’t quite replace your laptop. It’s easily the best implementation of the concept that Microsoft has put together so far; lighter, thinner, faster, with more storage, more memory, and a better screen, keyboard, and touchpad than it’s ever had before. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Pro 4 doesn’t reinvent the Pro 3 in any meaningful way, but it does offer thoughtful and useful refinements. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars

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. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

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. Read full review →
It’s a great second device to take anywhere and do some fun half-productivity, half-creative work. I enjoyed the device most when just putzing around the internet, reading news sites, taking notes, and watching movies. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.3 out of 5 stars

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. Read full review →
Surface Pro 4
Surface Pro 4


  • Larger, sharper screen within same dimensions
  • Even better Surface Pen
  • New Type Cover is wonderful
  • Pen is standard and works well
  • Loud, clear speakers
  • Strong performance
  • Sharp, vibrant touch display
  • Full-friction, adjustable kickstand
  • Impressively light and slim
  • Full-size USB 3.0 port connects plenty of gear
  • New Type Cover is best Surface keyboard by far
  • Bigger, better screen
  • Wide range of configuration options
  • Touchpad you’ll actually enjoy using
  • Plenty of power packed into a sub-two pound chassis
  • Dazzling screen and powerful audio make this an impressive platform for video content
  • Fast performance
  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Improved typing experience
  • New Intel Skylake processor dramatically increases performance
  • Redesigned Type Cover more closely approximates laptop keyboard
  • New Surface Dock is now semi-portable


  • Type Cover still sold separately
  • Intel Core m3 at entry level
  • Still heavy compared to dedicated tablets
  • Battery can drain quickly in real-world use
  • Still only one USB port
  • Still not a real keyboard
  • Buggy!
  • So-so battery life
  • Options make it very expensive
  • Questionable biometric authentication
  • Some performance and utility hiccups
  • Awkward on a lap

Our Final Conclusion

Surface Pro 4 is the ideal portable device for those needing Windows 10 with all that it offers, but it gets pricey when you add in all the options.

Product Overview

October 6, 2015Microsoft today introduced Surface Pro 4, the thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet that can replace your laptop. At only 8.4 mm thin, it features a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and 6th Generation Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, enabling everyone from students to professionals to get more done on the go. Pricing ranges from $900 to $2200 for tablet that is more powerful than many laptops. Surface Pro 4 is not only…

Oct 26, 2015
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