The original Microsoft Surface Pro was supposed to be the flagship PC for the touch-centric world of Windows 8. It was, in the company’s own words, “the tablet that can replace your laptop.” And last year, after two respectable tries, it finally delivered on that promise (mostly) with the excellent Surface Pro 3.
The Surface Pro 3 was a huge leap forward from the good-but-lacking designs of Surface Pros 1 and 2: It was larger, thinner and — most importantly — much more usable. A greatly improved keyboard and genius kickstand meant compromises weren’t deal-breakers anymore; it was about as close as a tablet could get to a laptop experience and still be a tablet.
It’s been a year and a half since that debut, though, and the technology calendar demands iteration. With the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has done just that — iterated on a winning design. Sure there are changes, but most are incremental.