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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3632 reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and screen. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Comments about the battery and reliability are different. Some have doubts about the connectivity and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and screen. The portability and usability also get good views. There are some negative comments about the battery and price. There are some mixed opinions about the camera.

performance, usability, portability, screen, design

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69% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard (Black) and Pen (Silver) - (Intel Core M3-6Y30 900 MHz 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Integrated GraphicMicrosoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Keyboard (Black) and Pen (Silver) - (Intel Core M3-6Y30 900 MHz 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Integrated Graphic

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 355 user reviews of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2015) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Views about the design and screen are overall positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the connectivity and camera.

performance, portability, usability, screen, design

reliability, price, battery, camera, connectivity

66% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (256 GB, 8 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (256 GB, 8 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)

Aug, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Surface Pro 4 review: Yes, it can really replace your laptop

 

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...

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

Mediocre battery life ; Type Cover is an additional $130

The Surface Pro 3 was a sign that Microsoft's crazy hybrid tablet experiment might actually have legs. The Surface Pro 4, on the other hand, is the company's Surface dream made real. Everything Microsoft promised at that surprise Surface unveiling in...

Oct, 2015

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Matthew S. Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review

 

The Surface Pro 4 is the best 2-in-1 PC we've ever tested.

New Type Cover is wonderful ; Pen is standard and works well ; Pixel-dense display ; Strong performance in all areas

Still heavy compared to dedicated tablets ; Battery can drain quickly in real-world use

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 ( 128GB, Core i5, 4GB)

 

After three generations of pitching "a tablet that can replace your laptop" -- with mixed success -- the formula has finally clicked. The 2015 version of Microsoft's tablet adds the latest Intel processors, a slightly larger screen (perfectly sized at...

The Surface Pro 4 fits a larger screen with a higher resolution into a slightly slimmer body than last year's model. The pen and keyboard cover are also improved, and this is one of the first mobile systems shipping with Intel's latest processors.

Microsoft still refuses to include the Type Cover keyboard by default, forcing a separate purchase. Battery life still isn't enough for a full day.

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.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 review

 

For three years, Microsoft has been trying to convince us that a tablet can replace our laptops. Throughout three major design iterations, that's been the driving message behind the Surface. Last...

Fast performance ; Lightweight and portable design ; Improved typing experience

Awkward on a lap ; Pricey ; Windows 10 is still buggy

Oct, 2015

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

 

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.

Sharp, vibrant touch display. Full-friction, adjustable kickstand. Improved Surface Pen and Type Cover from the previous iteration. Strong battery life in testing.

Pricey. Type Cover sold separately. Still only one USB port.

Conclusion The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a refined, versatile system that can accomplish almost any task in day-to-day use. The tablet runs full Windows 10 smoothly, and the kickstand and the Surface Pen are better than they've ever been for working...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

 

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 arrives three years to the day after the launch of the original Surface. Grinding through four major models in three years isn't exactly something to crow about, but give Redmond points for tenacity. Has it finally gotten...

Dazzling screen and powerful audio make this an impressive platform for video content. Plenty of power packed into a sub-two pound chassis

Some performance and utility hiccups. Floppy keyboard remains underwhelming

Ultimately these are fairly minor hiccups in what is—finally—shaping up to be a quite capable computing system. 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...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

 

While there are still a lot of traditional notebooks that Microsoft's tablet/laptop hybrid hasn't yet killed, the Surface Pro 3 changed the landscape of mobile computing. Now, the likes of HP , Lenovo , Dell and even Apple are chasing Microsoft's...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Brett Howse (anandtech.com)

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review: Raising The Bar

 

It is almost hard to believe that only a few short years ago, Microsoft had no hand in the PC systems or tablet markets. Though the company has been into hardware for some time, producing peripherals since the earliest days and gaming consoles since...

If you are looking for a workhorse tablet that you can be productive on, I don’t think anyone else offers the build quality, performance, and accessories, compared to Surface. There have been some other devices recently announced in the PC space which...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Allen Ngo (notebookcheck.net)

Face Off: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7 vs. Surface Pro 4 Core i5 vs. Surface Pro 4 Core m3

 

Same face, faster hardware. Is the highest-end Surface Pro 4 really worth the investment? We give you the raw benchmarks for you to decide on your own.

no major throttling issues, stronger GPU performance, calibrated display, faster SSD performance

only a slight increase in CPU performance over Core i5, shorter battery life, active cooling system, minor backlight bleeding

The Surface Pro 4 Core i7 SKU provides only marginally faster CPU performance over its Core i5 counterpart. For word processing and browsing, the performance difference will be negligible to most users.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core i5, 128 GB) Tablet Review

 

One step forward, two steps back? Who can benefit from the more powerful i5 version? How big is the difference compared to the Core m3 and how does the 12-inch device hold up against regular notebooks? Our performance update will provide the answers.

brightness and contrast, restrained fan control, improved Type Cover, reworked Surface Pen (inlcuded), sophisticated build quality and appealing design, high system performance, surprisingly powerful integrated GPU, no throttling in practice, much...

comparatively short battery runtimes, only 1x USB 3.0; no USB-C, no maintainability (clean the fan?), very warm surfaces under load, high price

Microsoft makes it actually pretty easy for the customer: The prices for all versions of the Surface Pro 4 are quite high, the m3 version (here in review) is almost as expensive as the comparable Core i5 model with a 128 GB SSD. We now know the reason...

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Premium
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
FM radio: No
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery life (max):9
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:9
Continuous video playback time:13.5 / 9
Standby Time:9

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Face detection:Y / Yes
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Swivel Camera:N / Y
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p

Design

Cable lock slot: No
Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet
Form Factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable) / Slate
Product type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:2
Display Diagonal:12.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2736 x 1824 / 2763 x 1824
LED backlight:No / Y / Yes
Pixel density:267
Reading mode:Y
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Dual-touch / Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics:HD graphics 515 / HD Graphics 520 / Iris Graphics / Iris Graphics 540
Graphics adapter:HD graphics 515 / HD Graphics 520 / HD Graphics 620 / Iris Graphics / Iris Graphics 540
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1700 / 32000 / 32768
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 520

Keyboard

Numeric keypad: No

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16

Networking

3G:N / No / Yes
4G:N / Y
AirPlay:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:Y
DVI port:N
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
Internal RAM:16 / 4 / 8
Material:Magnesium
Numeric keypad:N
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Optical Drive Type:N
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA 1515 / BGA1356 / BGA1515 / LGA 1356 (Socket B2) / LGA1151 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
RAM capacity:16 / 4 / 8
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 128 / 256
Total Storage Capacity:256
Volume Control:Digital
Wi-Fi:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Carrying case: Yes
Docking station included:N / Y
Keyboard language:Belgian
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard supplied:N / No / Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Stylus pen:N / No / Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):N / No
Barometer: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Magnetometer:Y
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Position location:N
Proximity sensor: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: Yes
Docking connector type:Microsoft Surface Connector / Microsoft Surface Connector,Microsoft Surface Cover / Microsoft Surface Cover / Panasonic 24-pin
DVI port: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:N / Y
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini-USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
SmartCard slot: Yes
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1

Processor

Bus type:DMI3 / Opi / QPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Low halogen options available: Yes
PCI Express configurations:1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1 / 1x4, 4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-6300U / i5-6400 / i7-6600U / i7-6650U / m3-6Y30
Processor ARK ID:88185 / 88190 / 88192 / 88198 / 91497
Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 3 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.40
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor code:SR2BY / SR2EN / SR2F0 / SR2F1 / SR2KA
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core M / Intel Core m3 / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:0.9 / 2.2 / 2.20 / 2.4 / 2.6 / 2.7
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6300U / i5-6400 / i7-6600U / i7-6650U / m3-6Y30
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor package size:20 / 37.5 / 42
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6600 Mobile series / Intel Core m3-6Y series / Intel® Core™ i5-6300 Mobile Series
Processor socket:Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Scalability:1S
Stepping:D1 / K1 / R0
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0 / SSE4.2,AVX 2.0,SSE4.1
System bus data transfer rate:4
System bus rate:4 / 8
Tcase:71
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 4.5 / 65
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Y / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor code:SR2F0
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / Windows 10 Pro
Operating system version:10
Platform:Windows
Trial software:Microsoft Office / Office / Office 30-day / Office 30-day trial / Office 365

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal storage capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256

Technical Details

Material:Magnesium

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.333 / 0.335 / 11.5 / 7.91 / 7.93
Height:0.333 / 11.5 / 7.91 / 7.93
Weight:27 / 27.7
Width:11.5 / 7.91