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Surface Book vs. Surface Pro 4: Picking the best came down to just one thing

Mark Hachman, Gordon Mah Ung | Oct. 26, 2015
Two great productivity machines, one hard choice.

In the Surface Book’s defense though—I know, I’m crossing lines—premium features demand premium prices. No other 13-inch Ultrabook gives you this kind of graphics performance, run time or tablet functionality.

Conclusion: Money talks

You could argue that the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are two different products for two different markets, and don’t compete. But that’s a cop-out. Both are mobile devices that Microsoft designed for mobile professionals. 

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So here’s the way we’re going to settle this once and for all. If you’re a corporate user, with a giant bucket of IT money sloshing dollars at perks like personal laser printers, oxygen bars and dry cleaning, buy the Book. It might be crazy-expensive, but what do you care? 

But if you’re like us, just ordinary folks... well, the Surface Pro 4 might be more your style. You know how it works, you know what its limitations are, and if you believe in the Microsoft “rule of three” (that Microsoft never gets a product right until the third version), you’ll feel more assured that the Surface Pro 4 will be around for the long haul. 

Honestly, though, we both feel the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are terrific pieces of hardware, and worth your money if you have it. You can’t go wrong buying either one.


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