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The Surface Book’s other signature trick is the screen can pop off the base with just the tap of a button. Technically, Microsoft is coming late to the 2-in-1 laptop game with various devices being able to do the same, including Acer’s Switch family, Toshiba’s Click notebooks, some HP devices and the list goes on.
However, no one has made a system as seamless as the Surface Book.
Undocking and attaching the Clipboard is nearly as seamless as the Surface Book’s design. After either pressing the eject button on the keyboard or the virtual button in the taskbar, the screen will blink off for a second and then notify you it’s safe to detach the screen with one quick tug.
It’s fast and simple, however, the timing takes a little getting used to. After you get the prompt to detach the screen, you have to wait for about half a second before you can actually lift the display off its base.
The Surface Pro 4 currently starts at an affordable $899 for a model with a 12.3-inch screen, 4 GB of memory, 128 GB of storage, and a low-power Intel m3 processor.
But the price goes up to $1,799 if you max out memory (to 16 GB), storage (to 256 GB), and processor (to an Intel i7).
Every model includes Microsoft’s Surface Pen stylus, but none include the Type Cover, a $130 extra. We tested a $1,599 configuration with 8 GB of memory, 256 GB of storage, and an i7 processor, plus a blue Type Cover.
That’s more than we’d advise spending: The $1,299 configuration with 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, and an i5 processor still yielded excellent scores in PCMag’s benchmark tests. (We’d prefer paying less than that, but you can’t get a model with a 256 GB SSD for any less, and you can fill up 128 GB dismayingly quickly on a device with a desktop operating system.)
In terms of hardware, the Surface Pro 4 has some distinct advantages over a normal tablet. A USB port on the side lets you connect flash drives and cameras, and even charge another mobile device (phone or tablet) without fiddling with adapters.
A Mini DisplayPort port lets you directly connect an external display. And you get a microSD-card slot, though it’s hidden behind the kickstand that flips out from the back.
The webcam above the Surface Pro 4’s sharp 12.3-inch screen doubles as a login mechanism.
Microsoft’s Windows Hello feature can unlock the tablet automatically when Hello recognizes you. Windows Hello unlocked the tablet for me after a minimum of coaching.
The best tablet on this list is also the newest and least well-known. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S ($899 on Amazon) is a fanless Windows 10 device. It’s the best of the bunch. It’s a laptop-replacement tablet that doesn’t try to do too much or too little, and it’s the best designed.
The TabPro S comes with an Intel M3 processor, 4 gb of RAM, and 128 GB of storage like the cheapest Surface Pro 4. This means it’s a plenty fast productivity or game streaming computer, but isn’t trying to compete with more powerful, larger laptops.
Instead, this device is designed to succeed at tableting and laptoping at the same time without any bells and whistles. The keyboard is wide and comfortable to use. It forms a single, wide point of contact with your lap and table when deployed.
It also folds back into tablet mode in a single motion. It’s much more easily than the several required to stow all the Surface’s parts. And the keyboard comes with the computer, meaning this is effectively $129 cheaper than the cheapest Surface model.
The only minor issues some people might have with this tablet are its lack of a stylus. The keyboard ends close enough to the touchscreen that you might occasionally tap by accident while you’re typing.
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