Surface Pro 4 Update Makes Microsoft’s Top Device Even Better

The Surface Pro 4 is the most acclaimed tablet/laptop hybrid on the market today and, thanks to an update, is is now even better. TechnoBuffalo has the news.

“Microsoft has begun rolling out a new Surface Pro 4 firmware update that makes the device more stable when using a Type Cover. The version 1.1.420.0 update is available to download now from within the Windows Update section in the Settings app.”

Microsoft has been working really hard over the past month delivering updates to make both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book work as well as advertised. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of complaints about bugs in both of the devices. Last week, Digital Trends reported that Microsoft has apologized for issues with both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

“The blossoming Surface brand has provided Microsoft plenty to celebrate over the last year or two, but the most recent additions to the line haven’t quite met the expectations of some consumers. Now, the company has issued an apology from the team responsible for the hardware.”

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The Surface Pro 4 battery life is less than stellar. [Photo via Daryl Deino]

One can go to Microsoft’s site to read the full apology.

“For those of you who’ve had a less-than-perfect experience, we’re sorry for any frustration this has caused. Please know that we’re reading your comments and hearing you loud and clear. Your input is incredibly valuable in helping us address your questions with timely updates and fixes,” reads the apology.

There is still one huge issue that hasn’t been fixed on both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book.

“And one big issue remains for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 owners: erratic power management. Some users are reporting that the devices simply don’t go to sleep properly when you close their lids or put them into standby. Instead, they continue to drain power, which could be a nasty surprise if you don’t bring your charger along,” Engadget reported.

However, as annoying as the issue is, it’s not that serious. In fact, many users have put their devices into “Hibernate” mode rather than “Sleep” mode to get past the issue. Still, many would argue that when you spend more than $1,000 on a device (more than $2,000, in the case of some Surface Book models), you shouldn’t have to do this. Microsoft will likely have a fix for this at the beginning of the new year.

Despite the minor bugs, the Surface Pro 4 has not only sold incredibly well for Microsoft, but has also garnered fantastic reviews.

“Has Microsoft at last crafted a tablet that can reasonably, without considerable compromise, replace your laptop? Short of going back to the drawing board on the battery, this looks as close as it’s going to get,” claims a review from TechRadar.

The review goes on to add that the 3:2 aspect ratio is ideal for those who want the middle ground between a work device and a multimedia device. They also praise the new Type Cover, which has better keys and a much better trackpad. Digital Trends also gave the Pro 4 a near-perfect rating.

“The Surface Pro 4 is a microcosm of the change Microsoft is trying to spur inside its own walls. Time and time again, it missed the opportunity to leap on a new trend in consumer technology. But not with Surface. This time, Microsoft is a leader. It’s setting the trend. And unlike its new competitors, it’s had a few years to work out the kinks.”

The Surface Pro 4 has certainly outshined the iPad Pro, Apple’s attempt at a tablet/laptop hybrid that hasn’t been met with as much enthusiasm as Apple hoped for. The Surface Pro 4 will certainly dominate the new year until Microsoft releases the Surface Pro 5.

[Photo via Daryl Deino]