Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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  • Price: £749-£1079
  • Display: 12.3″
  • Resolution: 2,736 x 1,824 pixel

It’s all well and good buying an action camera but you’re going to need something to edit the footage on, right? The Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft’s next generation, ultra-light laptop. And with its svelte design, Swiss Army Knife spec sheet and removable keyboard, it’s been bagging five-star reviews throughout 2016.

What sets this device apart is the fact that it combines the power of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet—the Surface Pro can be used with the detachable ‘Type Cover’ keyboard if you’re catching up on mails or editing on the road, or as a touchscreen tablet if you just want to chill in the chalet lounge. You can also use a Surface Pen stylus that enables you to draw and take notes directly on the device.

“This is a super lightweight and versatile bit of kit for digital age shredding”

Everything you do on the Surface Pro 4 is complimented by a stunning screen. Microsoft doesn’t give a name to the technology used in its displays, but at 2736 x 1824 pixels on a 12.3-inch screen it has a greater pixel density than Apple’s ‘Retina’ models – perfect for watching movies, editing images or browsing FB. In fact, since it runs on Windows 10 this thing is also a powerful gaming machine, with framerates of more than 60fps – ideal for a cheeky session on Mark McMorris’ Infinite Air.

If you like taking your camera on the hill then Adobe’s creative tools, such as Lightroom and Premiere, have all been optimised for touch (with tool menus and interfaces updated for operation via a stylus). The SP4’s storage options also come in handy here. Although there’s a USB 3.0 port enabling you to use an external hard drive, you can save yourself the weight and expense thanks to the inclusion of an SD card slot – you can specify an SD card as your primary storage drive and even have apps run directly from it. Considering the device can capture 8-megapixel images and HD video with its rear-facing camera, that’s super handy.

“Facial recognition security is some next level, Mission Impossible, hacking-from-a-van type tech”

There are some great hidden features in the Surface Pro 4, too; one of our favourites being the Windows Hello security tool – basically facial recognition on steroids. Using the Surface Pro 4’s two front-facing cameras – one 5-megapixel, and one infrared – Windows Hello enables you to log into your device using your face (with no more annoying passwords). This is some next level, Mission Impossible, hacking-from-a-van type tech that we’re talking about. The infrared camera uses depth perception, so someone can’t simply hold up a picture of your face to fool the camera. Bottom line: unless you allow yourself to be decapitated, or give someone a 3D print out of your head, you can rest assured that no one else can access your computer.

All in all, this is a super lightweight and versatile bit of kit for digital age shredding.

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