Windows 10 has become a very popular upgrade to the Windows system. Adding many new features and apps like Cortana, Microsoft Edge and more. When Microsoft updated our existing systems to Windows 10 we were happy, but there was still one question that needed an answer. What new devices can we get that were built for Windows 10? We’ve got the answer, but the answer led to a new question. First, the answer was the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book as our dedicated Windows 10 devices.
The new question is what is the difference between the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book?
Design: Surface Pro 4
The new Surface Pro 4 takes many design cues from its predecessor the Surface Pro 3 with a few upgrades for which we’ve all asked. The size remains the same, measuring in at 11.50-inches long, 7.93-inches tall and .33-inches thick. Even with a similar size to the Pro 3, the display has grown by .3-inches. Microsoft also made it thinner than the Pro 3, making it weigh less. You’ll find the familiar kickstand and keyboard functionality as before. Though the keyboard has a more professional feel with spacing between the keys. You also get a cool new pen that has a one-year battery life, an eraser, and has better functionality than last year.
There’s not much to compare to the Surface Book as far as design goes. It’s the first ever Microsoft-built laptop, which makes comparing it to the Surface Pro 4 almost unfair. The design is very much so higher-end compared to the Surface Pro 4. The size of the laptop is 12.3-inches long, 8.67-inches tall and actually is a bit thinner than the Pro 4 at .30-inches. The Surface Book introduces a new hinge that was invented within the Microsoft building in Redmond, WA. The hinge allows you to open the laptop smoothly, but also to completely turn over. Making the Surface Book the very first actual laptop/tablet combination. You can even remove the display and use it like a tablet, but it’s still a laptop, but it’s a tablet and this could go on and on. If the Pro does not do it for you then this will surely be the laptop that can replace your tablet and give it power backed by Windows 10.
Power: Surface Book
The Surface Book actually has some similarities to the Surface Pro 4 but has the upgrades where it counts most. The Surface Book has an est. 12-hours of battery life on one charge. There are only two RAM models, the 8GB and the 16GB models. The storage is similar to the Surface Pro 4 with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions available. The graphics chip is where you see one of those improvements over the Pro 4. The Surface Book has either the Intel HD 520 chip or the Nvidia GeForce chip inside. Either one is sure to impress and can even handle XBox games. The Ports are also similar, except the Surface Book comes with an extra USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot.
Surface Pro 4
The power is where you will find things that compare easier between the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. The Surface Pro 4 comes with a suggested 9-hour battery life. You can get a 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB RAM with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB storage options as well as the Intel Iris Chip for graphics. There are the usual ports, 1 USB 3.0, Mini Display port, Surface Connect port for docking and charging and a headset jack.
The Surface Pro 4 is a great addition to any office tool set if you buy the Surface Pro accessories. You can easily take it with you and get work done on the go. During the announcement, Microsoft even compared the Surface Pro 4 to the Macbook Air and won. Overall the Surface Pro 4 is for those who want the power, the ease of use and wants it all on the go. The Surface Book is one of the best laptop models available. For those looking for a laptop, this is the choice you should be making. The Surface Book takes the classic laptop and flips it on its head, turns it inside out and reinvents the entire idea that we have grown to love. Making the decision between the two is a difficult one. Some may find that it comes down to the price. The Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 whereas the Surface Book starts at $1499.