Microsoft’s all new Surface Laptop aims to supplant Chromebooks as a college-student favourite. The svelte, stylish notebook bridges the gap between Surface Pro 4 and the behemoth Surface Pro Book, adding a third option for performance lovers.
However, despite offering a package as classy its cousins, the Surface Laptop misses on a few key spots – things you won’t notice at the first place, but if you do, you’d again fall for the charm of Surface Pro 4.
Though it may sound odd, the 18-month-old Surface Pro 4 is way better than Surface Laptop. Its promise of a tablet that can serve as a full-fledged computer is much impressive than Surface Laptop’s nearly as light full-fledged computer. In case you’re still confused, these points of interest will certainly help you in deciding.
Price Makes A Difference
Let’s face it, neither Surface Pro 4 nor Surface Laptop is especially affordable. They both carry hefty prices and are way above an average student’s pocket money. However, a close comparison confirms that Surface Pro 4 still makes an enticing deal.
Without a Type cover attachable keyboard, Pro 4 with Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD costs around $800, which is high but still 200 bucks less than the new Surface Laptop with very similar internals. Same goes for the high-end model of Surface Pro 4, which packs Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD.
Questions On Windows 10 S
While Surface Pro 4 makes the most of Windows 10 and the Creators Update, it’s sibling, the Surface Laptop, struggles with a lighter and snappier Windows 10 S. This OS, designed specifically for educational institutions, ensures greater manageability but can only run apps – both UWP and Win32 – from Windows Store.
It also restricts you to Microsoft’s own suite of apps, which basically means you won’t get benefits of Google Docs, Chrome, Google Search and other third party desktop programs.
Of course, an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro seems like the only way out. But, keep in mind, Windows 10 S allows free upgrade only till December 2017. After that, Microsoft may charge you $49 for the privilege to upgrade.