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5 reasons the Surface Pro 4 is fit for the enterprise

Sarah K. White | June 10, 2016
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the clear choice of hybrid for the enterprise -- and for good reason. Here are five features that make this device the best option for business users.

Many manufacturers have been vying for the title, " best enterprise hybrid tablet" since the release of the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung TabPro S. However, none have managed to live up to the Surface Pro 4, which was quickly hailed as one of the fastest adopted enterprise tablets soon after its release, and it recently surpassed the Apple iPad Pro for sales in the U.K.

It's popularity is no accident Microsoft has spent years tirelessly improving its hybrid offerings, and that work has resulted in an ideal hybrid enterprise device. Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 has a lot going for it in the corporate world, and it and become a great option for any IT department looking to transition to a hybrid tablet device. If you're thinking of getting a Surface Pro 4 for business, here are the top five features of the Surface Pro 4.

Overall portability

If you constantly find yourself on the road for business, whether you're travelling by car, plane or train, you want something that isn't going to weigh you down or take up a lot of space in a carry-on. Traditionally speaking, business laptops aren't slim or compact, but that's not the case with the Surface Pro 4. It throws the stereotype of "cumbersome work laptop" out the window with a compact design that won't add much extra weight to your luggage. It's compact enough to fit onto the seat back tray of an airplane, but not so small that you'll compromise on the user experience. You can easily be productive with this device, but at the same time, it offers all the entertainment features you'll want in your downtime - no need to carry a second device for that.

The portability and flexibility of the Surface Pro 4 allows you to work in notebook mode or tablet mode by simply attaching or detaching the Microsoft Type Cover. The device itself is supported by a kickstand with a wide range of motion, while the keyboard magnetically attaches to the base of the device, but doesn't act as a supportive base for the display. The keyboard is sold separately, so you'll need to factor that into the cost of the device - but you can typically find it for around $105, now that the device has been out for a while. The keyboard and trackpad are spacious and responsive, and allow for a more natural transition for anyone coming from a typical business laptop. You won't have to compromise on productivity with the Type Cover as you might with some smaller, more cramped tablet keyboards you can find on the market.

Ports

If you spend all day entrenched in Excel and PowerPoint, you've probably come to embrace the beauty of dual screens. But that requires ports - and if you were also hoping to use a thumb drive, external keyboard or mouse, that means you will need a lot of ports. And the competition doesn't match up to the Surface Pro 4 in this area. There's a Mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.0 port and a separate charging port on the device itself. That means, unlike the Apple iPad Pro or Galaxy TabPro S, you won't have to use one port with a converter for all your peripherals - and that is one less accessory for you to forget at home when trying to catch a flight.

 

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