Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Full Review 2021

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 laptop or popularly called netbook is an Intel Core i5 (6th Generation) device known for its lightweight and compact design. It comes with 8GB of RAM whereas the next version is powered by a Core i7 processor and it comes with 16GB of RAM. It is a handy device which unlike most laptops can be carried easily.

All the basic features along with the additional touch screen make it more efficient and easy to use. In this article, we will discuss all the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3 inch laptop, along with their specifications and unique features. We will focus on the features that make this device distinguished and the basic specs, hardware details, etc.

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Launched in the year 2015, the Surface Pro 4 was introduced by Microsoft and variants are available with different memory capacity and power of the Intel Core processor, starting from 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD with Core i5 6th Gen processor respectively. Here are the general specifications of the device.

General specifications

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is one of the Surface Pro series of devices. Here are the general specifications to identify the Surface devices from other laptops.

Model IDSurface Pro 4

Unique features

Magnetic pen

The Surface Pro 4 allows its users to enjoy the natural experience of writing with a pen as the 12.3 inches sized touch screen gives the freedom to write or create designs with the pen that comes with the device.

The Surface Pen can be used to launch Cortana if available in the region/country and access OneNote to write notes or take screenshots of the content. To improve the accessibility of the pen and its storage, the magnetic pen can be stored on the side of the device.


The Surface Pro 4 consists of two cameras for taking photographs and recording video clips. The 8-megapixel rear camera comes in with the feature of autofocus and the other 5-megapixel front camera has high-resolution coverage. Using both the cameras, video clips of 1080p quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Both the cameras have individual privacy lights on their right side respectively.

Face recognition

Another unique feature that Surface Pro 4 provides is the IR or Infrared face detection of the user so that they can sign in without typing or using the login password. Read this to know more about the face recognition feature in this device under the Windows Hello feature.

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Immersive speakers

The speakers are located on the front hence the music or sound quality is high such that the user can enjoy an immersive experience. When compared to the previous version, that is, the Surface Pro 3, this device comes in with speakers that can produce 20 per cent louder sound.

150 degree angled kickstand

This laptop can be flipped out to about 150 degrees with the help of the angle kickstand located at its back. This angle allows the user to comfortably use it at the desk or while on the couch and is useful for hands-free tasks like explaining presentations, video calls, etc. Apart from these features here are few specifications that one might expect from a full-featured laptop.

USB port

A full-sized 3.0 USB port is provided similar to any laptop. The port can be used to connect a USB accessory like a printer, Ethernet adapter, pen drive, mouse, smartphone, etc. 

Surface connect charging

The charging port is sleek and is located on the side of the laptop. To charge the device using the power cord included with the laptop by connecting it to the power supply.

MicroSD card slot

One MicroSD card slot is available that can be used for additional storage or file transfer with help of a microSD card. This is a useful feature as in the case of low storage space this will act as the extra storage.

Mini displayport 

A mini display port version 1.2 is available that can be used to share the device’s screen on a monitor or used to display its content through a projector with the help of adapters. The adapter is not included with the device.

Headset jack

A 3.5 mm headset jack is provided for using headphones or headsets similar to other laptops. Plug in to enjoy your favourite music or movies with a little more privacy. To summarize, the toggles that can be located on the outer surface of the device are:

  • Touchscreen – 12.3 inches (Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI))
  • Speaker located at the front (Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio™ Premium)
  • The power button, Volume button (Silver Physical buttons)
  • Infrared camera – for face recognition
  • The front camera along with the front privacy light
  • Front microphone
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Charging port
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Pen (Surface Pro 4 Surface Pen)

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Hardware specifications

The hardware specifications of Surface Pro 4 in general are specified below.

Dimensions11.50” x 7.93” x 0.33” (292.10mm x 201.42mm x 8.45mm)
Memory4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
Processor6th Generation Intel® Core™ m3, i5, or i7
SoftwareWindows 10 Pro Office only 30-day trial
Operating system (OS)Windows 10
SensorsAmbient light sensor Accelerometer Gyroscope
Battery lifeUp to 9 hours of video playback
Storage capacitySolid-state drive (SSD) options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Wireless Bluetooth technologyCompatible Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology
WeightM3: 1.69lbs (766g) I5: 1.73lbs (786g) I7: 1.73lbs (786g)
PortsFull-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, Cover port, Headset jack, Surface Connect

Apart from these specifications, this device comes in with a one-year warranty period assured by the manufacturer and integrated graphics memory capacity.

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Microsoft surface pro 4 review


In this article, we have covered all about the Microsoft surface pro 4 12.3 inch laptop, its general features, and specifications. Hope this was useful for you to know about this easy-to-carry laptop that allows the user to work anywhere and at any time without compromising on the essential features that are expected in a laptop.

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