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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.

If you work at multiple offices and travel often, you might even want to invest in the Surface Dock. It's a small, compact unit with four USB 3.0 ports, audio output, an Ethernet cable port and two high-definition video ports, which give you the capability to connect to two more displays. You'll get expansive ports, so you'll never sacrifice productivity, and you'll have the capability to quickly set up a workstation in any office you visit.

Surface Pen

If you plan the Surface Pro 4 as a tablet, you'll want to get to know the Surface Pen. It's thin and lightweight, but you don't have to worry about losing it because it magnetically clings to the side of the device when you aren't using it. You'll find an eraser - one that actually works - on the pen, and you can even purchase a tip kit so you can have different styles to write or draw with. The pen makes it easy to sign legal documents on the go, take notes and even markup and edit documents without having to find a printer.

ITcan take some practice to adjust to, but if you can get the hang of it, the pen will allow for a better experience in tablet mode. It performs similar actions to a mouse, allowing you to drag and drop items, resize windows, open task bars and launch programs with precision. You can get a pen for most devices, but few are as finely tuned to the device as the Surface Pen is to the Surface Pro 4 - you can compare it to the Apple iPad Pro and Pencil. It also ships with the device, so you won't have to make a separate purchase.

Configurations

Microsoft knows that every business user needs a different level of computing performance - not everyone can be productive with a lower-powered processor. With the Surface Pro 4, you can configure the device with a myriad of options - whether you want a high-powered Intel Core i7 processor or a mobile processor, you can configure it to your needs. Of course, the better the configuration, the more expensive the device, with prices starting at $899 for the entry-level version featuring an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Alternatively, you can max out the device with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $1,799.

Each version of the Surface Pro 4 comes equipped with Windows 10, so if you're already accustomed to the Windows operating system and Office Suite, the Surface Pro 4 will be a natural transition. Unlike other tablets that might run a mobile operating system, you don't have to compromise and use the watered-down app versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote or Outlook. Instead, you can use the same programs you're used to using on your notebook or desktop. You can still download apps, and while the Microsoft Store doesn't have the best reputation for apps, you will find more popular apps like Facebook and Pandora in there.

 

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