"I plan to buy a Microsoft Surface tablet, but the question comes out. A few days ago, a new tablet Surface Pro 4 and a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop Surface Book were announced. So, which Surface device to buy becomes a tangled thing. Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, or the older Pro 3? Maybe a thorough comparison is helpful."
On the October 6th Windows 10 devices event, Microsoft announced a host of new products, including the new iteration to its Surface-series – Surface Pro 4 and a brand-new 2-in-1 laptop Surface Book. Then, some Surface Pro 3 owners wonder if they should upgrade. And some people who are looking for a Surface device wonder which one is worthy purchasing? So this article focusing on "Surface Book vs Surface Pro 4 vs Surface Pro 3" will make you clear about the similarities and differences among them and then help you pick out the one suit for you best.
From the table below, we can easily compare the specs, features of Surface Book, Pro 4 and Pro 3.
|Surface Book||Surface Pro 4||Surface Pro 3|
|Release date||October 25, 2015||October 26, 2015||June 20, 2014|
|Type||2-in-1 laptop||2-in-1 detachable tablet||2-in-1 detachable tablet|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (available to free upgrade to Windows 10)|
|Display||13.5", 3000 x 2000 (267 ppi), 3:2 aspect ratio||12.3" (31 cm) 2736x1824 (267ppi) Pixel Sense display with 3:2 aspect ratio||12.0" (30 cm) 2160x1440 (216 ppi) eDP ClearType HD screen with 3:2 aspect ratio|
|Design (dimensions, weight without keyboard, color)||8.67 x 12.3 x 0.30 inches; 726g; silver||11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches; 766g for Core M, 786g for Core I; silver||11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches; 800g; silver|
|Camera||5MP Front; 8MP Rear||5MP Front; 8MP Rear||5MP Front; 5MP Rear|
|Storage||Solid-state drive: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||PCI-Express SSD: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB||64, 128, 256 or 512 GB|
|RAM||8GB, 16GB||4GB, 8GB, 16GB||4GB, 8GB|
|Processor||Up to 6th-gen 2-core Intel Core i7, Intel HD 520 or Nvidia GeForce GPU||6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7, Intel Iris 540 GPU||Up to 5th-gen 1.7GHz 2-core Intel Core i7, Up to Intel HD 5000 GPU|
|Ports||2x USB 3.0, 1x SD card reader, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x SurfaceConnect (charging and docking), 1x headset jack||1x full-size USB 3.0, 1x microSD card reader, 1x Headset jack, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x SurfaceConnect (charging and docking)||1x USB 3.0, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x Micro USB, 1x headset jack, 1x charging port|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours of video playback||Up to 9 hours of video playback||Up to 9 hours Web browsing|
|Surface Pen||Comes in different colors, supports interchangeable tips and 1,024 levels of pressure||Has 256 levels of pressure. You can pay $60 for the new Surface Pen for using on the Pro 3|
|Keyboard trackpad||Glass, bigger than that of Pro 3||Plastic. Good news: Pro 3 users can pay extra $130 to get the new trackpad|
|Networking||802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0|
If you are still confused after reading the Surface Book vs Surface Pro 4 vs Pro 3 comparison, the following information may be of assistance.
Reasons to buy Surface Book
Reasons to choose Surface Pro 3
1. Surface Book has larger display and higher resolution than Pro 4 and Pro 3.
1. Surface Pro 4 possesses larger and higher-resolution screen than that of Pro 3.
1. Surface Pro 3 is the cheapest one among the three Surface devices.
Watch Movies or Videos on the Surface Device You Choose
No matter which Surface device you choose after making Surface Book vs Surface Pro 4 vs Pro 3, you will find that it is a good video player mainly thanks to its large and high-resolution screen and long battery life. But you can make a better video playback experience using WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. This tool enables you to
- Free download movies videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Metacafe and other 300+ video-sharing sites to enrich your digital file collection;
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- Convert/compress any HD/4K UHD/8K FUHD videos to Surface Book/Pro 4/Pro 3;
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