Surface Pro 4 at 5 months and counting Part 1

Microsoft had cut the price of the Surface Pro 4 by close to 20% weeks before announcing the new Surface Pro. Unfortunately, I had already purchased a Surface Pro 4 with a Core i5 processor, 128 GB storage and 4 GB RAM at a price which I thought was a steal at the time. The Surface Pro 4, like most Microsoft products, is a misunderstood device, with Apple fans (as usual) turning their nose up to it, and desktop users wondering who the target audience is when cheaper 2-in-1s from Acer, ASUS, and Dell are available.

The Surface Pro 4 isn't a desktop replacement, nor does it have the mobile app functionality of iOS. Although you will see the device used in schools, the Surface Pro 4 is ideal for the corporate environment because of its access to corporate Windows tools. It's certainly not a gaming device nor a desktop replacement, though I've been told by dedicated PC gamers it can work hand-in-hand with the XBOX One and the upcoming Scorpio. Ignorant (and idiotic) mainstream users may complain about the Creator's Update, but it's clear that Microsoft is making an effort to extend the value of Windows 10 as a software, while encouraging the growth of 3D use and Visual Studio-related development.

Personal use and CorelDraw X8


For my part, it was my intention to finally find time to draw and create illustrations, rather than spend too many hours working on FreeBSD or Linux machines. The CorelDraw X8 Graphics Suite, which is only available for Windows, and a set of applications I've used for almost two decades, was on my list of purchases at the time I bought the SP4.  Once I started experiencing the joy of playing around with vector images again, I even took out my aging Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch to complement the Surface Pen, which my unskilled hands had problems using. Although my Surface Pro 4 is configured for office and network tasks, my primary objective for getting the SP4 is to get me to work on something less technical than documentation and software development - Windows enterprise support was just a nice bonus.



4GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and the Surface Pen


Since my SP4 is networked to my personal FreeBSD file server and physically connected to a Toshiba Canvio II 4 GB portable hard drive for regular backups, the 128 GB storage of the Surface Pro 4 doesn't limit my daily activities. For most people, 128 GB isn't enough, however, and I highly recommend purchasing 256 GB if they decide to purchase a Surface Pro.

Note: I can only maintain the available space because my Linux machines archive my photos and I only have Office 2010 and the aforementioned CorelDraw X8 installed on the SP4.



Continued in Surface Pro 4 at 5 months and counting Part 2

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