Surface Pro 4 vs new Surface Pro

by Volker Weber

Did you just buy a Surface Pro 4 and feel left behind after the announcement for the new Surface Pro? Or are you still looking forward to your first Surface Pro? I want to give you a few reasons to consider the old model.

Of course I would swap the old machine against the new one on short notice. We test things so you don't have to. But if you are on a tight budget I would be looking at the "old" Surface Pro 4. The difference between the two isn't that large.

If you are on the road a lot, you may want to wait for the LTE option which is only available on the new model, later this year.


The 15W CPUs can be configured down to 7.5W TDP (which drops the base frequency from 2.6GHz to 800MHz - see: ).
I'm afraid this could be the case for the fanless i5 model.

Manfred Wiktorin, 2017-05-28

As mentioned in another thread, I just bought a Surface Pro 4 a few days ago without feeling left behind. I didn't think it was worth waiting for the new Surface Pro since it does not seem to add anything significant other than a 50% increase to the purchase price. My main reasoning was: If the SP4 is still good enough for Volker it is definitely good enough for me :)

As recommended by vowe I chose the i5/8GB/256GB configuration which looks more than powerful enough for my needs. Everything great so far, and an excellent upgrade from the smaller Surface 3. Thank you, Volker.

Jochen Kattoll, 2017-05-29

Same here. Got the Surface Pro 4 i5/8GB/256 configuration this week at Amazon for 1050€. From my point, there is no need to spend 500€ more for 2017 Surface iteration.

Rene Heinze, 2017-05-30

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