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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 :: Hello. I think I am in love
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Volker Weber    

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I had a bit of a rough first date. But after setting the machine up exactly like I want it -- Simplified English (US) with German locale and German as an input language -- we have been coming along nicely. The thing that delights me the most is Windows Hello. This IR camera is better than a keyboard bound fingerprint reader. I use this machine as a tablet a lot.

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The keyboard and the trackpad are way better than what I was used to before. So I wrote all of my articles this week on the Surface and in Word Mobile, storing them on OneDrive shared with my editor. That is a perfect fit for me.

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No network issues at all. The machine always connected to Wifi immediately and for some large multi-GB transfers I hooked it up to my Gigabit ethernet. With a USB-A port I could reuse a dongle I already had.

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My Apple VGA and Belkin HDMI adapter have been collecting dust for a while and I have not tested them yet but I am pretty sure they will work with the DisplayPort.

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Connectivity has been great. This is the PhotoFast Memory Cable which lets you charge the iPhone and also transfer files from both ends into memory that is built into the USB-A plug. This is how you quickly transfer a video from Surface to the iPhone or back.

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You can achieve the same quick transfers via the built-in MicroSD port that is hiding behind the kickstand. If your camera does not support MicroSD you may want to use the SD/MicroSD adapter that comes with your MicroSD card.

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The kickstand folds almost all the way back, unlike the Surface 3 which has three distinct angles that don't go as flat as this kickstand. Great for drawing on a desk.

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Surface Pen comes with the machine and is no longer an extra. During Windows setup it is paired with Surface and it has been a great user experience so far. You can attach it to the left side of Surface but I would not put it away in a bag this way or carry the device around outside of my office or home. It's just too easy to brush it off the side and then lose it.

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My biggest concern with the i7 (or i5) model was fan noise. And I am happy to report there isn't any. At least not when I am using it. If you render video the fan will come on. I have heard it during large ftp transfers, but it has not bothered my. It's a really quiet fan.

Thumbs up. This machine will get a lot of use and abuse. Editor-refuses-to-give-it-back award. I am sure Microsoft will eventually go to USB Type C, but for now this is my preferred setup.



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Bild: IBM IBM hat immer einen großartigen Stand auf der CeBIT. Wunderbares Design, großflächige Panele, die den Weg weisen, mittendrin eine Hauptstraße, auf der man schnell von A nach B kam. Was mir dieses Jahr besonders auffiel, waren die vielen Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten. Demopunkte mit breiten Stehtischen, überall Sitzecken, kleine Tribünen, Stehtische, Café-Tische, jede Menge kleine Rückzugsmög
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Fri, Mar 17th 2017 8:29a   Volker Weber
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