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Opinion on the Surface Pro 4?

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Hi. I am planning on purchasing a Surface Pro 4 for sons A Levels next year. He currently owns a HP Pavilion laptop A10 quadcore 1TB and will be passing this to my other younger son. The model I am lo… Read More
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10m, 2w agoPosted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi. I am planning on purchasing a Surface Pro 4 for sons A Levels next year. He currently owns a HP Pavilion laptop A10 quadcore 1TB and will be passing this to my other younger son. The model I am looking to purchase is the 128GB I5 4GB straight from Microsoft using his student discount. Costing £764. He will mainly be using this laptop/tablet for heavy web surfing/microsoft office/youtube/occasional movie/shopping. No gaming since he owns a PS4 and no intense video/picture editing. However, he is fed up of constant freezing/not responding on his own laptop and would like a fast load up speed (from shut down to ready to use). Would this be a suitable and long term replacement? Thanks
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10m, 2w agoPosted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Yes. This should be sufficient for at least 2/3 years.

Edited By: ipswich78 on Aug 04, 2016 15:53
#2
ipswich78
Yes. This should be sufficient for at least 2/3 years.


Will it be able to completely replace the need to use a laptop or desktop?
#3
it is a full computer but with a removable keybaord. They are very nice machines but you can also look at ultrabooks as an alternative. Personally I'd prefer a dell xps 13 for the better keybaord.

Here is a video of those being compared

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvTdEcvQd_E



Edited By: badasschris on Aug 04, 2016 16:07
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badasschris
it is a full computer but with a removable keybaord. They are very nice machines but you can also look at ultrabooks as an alternative. Personally I'd prefer a dell xps 13 for the better keybaord.

Here is a video of those being compared

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvTdEcvQd_E




Thanks Chris. My son also would like to use the tablet in bed without the keyboard, so I think that the Surface Pro 4 would be more beneficial.
#5
I'd recommend the 8gb 256gb model as minimum if you intend to keep it for a while. Buy a 32gb or larger micro sd card to use for bulk storage and back up to one drive. The extra memory makes a difference if he's doing a lot of multitasking and you can never have enough storage.
#6
Would it not be cheaper to find out whats
causing the problem with the current laptop as its probably an easy fix.

Looking at what hes using it for id personally reccomend a macbook air but only if th os suits him if he cant work it or its not compatible with what hes using no point
#7
I was too thinking that. However, his budget is only around £800. If he was to purchase a 64gb/128gb sd card, would it be possible to install programs on that instead of the SSD and easily access those apps on a daily basis such as microsoft office and PlayStation. Would he also be able to access those from the homepage?
#8
123batman321
Would it not be cheaper to find out whats
causing the problem with the current laptop as its probably an easy fix.

Looking at what hes using it for id personally reccomend a macbook air but only if th os suits him if he cant work it or its not compatible with what hes using no point


Hi there. Theres no problem with his original laptop but instead of purchasing a new laptop for my younger son, I would prefer to buy my eldest son a good one.
#9
Yes you can install the programmes on the SD card, but I'd recommend putting programmes on ssd and use the sd card for the documents, photos, music, download folders etc. Also set up one drive to back up the sd card folders as insurance. See if student discount brings 8gb model nearer budget. It does increase its shelf life and resale value down the road.
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TheRatedSeller
123batman321
Would it not be cheaper to find out whats
causing the problem with the current laptop as its probably an easy fix.
Looking at what hes using it for id personally reccomend a macbook air but only if th os suits him if he cant work it or its not compatible with what hes using no point
Hi there. Theres no problem with his original laptop but instead of purchasing a new laptop for my younger son, I would prefer to buy my eldest son a good one.

You said there was constant freezing and not responding.

If the hardware isn't faulty then the most likely cause of that is lack of memory, especially if it only happens when he's got lots of programs open (or lots of documents/tabs/etc. within a program).

You don't say how much memory the existing machine has or how old it is but it's probably at least 2GB even if it's an older A10 model.

If the problem is running out of memory then I'd have serious concerns about buying a Surface Pro with only 4GB of memory as you can't upgrade it in future and 4GB is easily enough exceeded these days.

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