Surface Pro 4 Discussion Thread

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  1. pokenguyen

    pokenguyen Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I use SP4 for nearly a week, and today it's my first time hearing the fan noise, when I upgrade my firmware.

    I also notice that installing the color profile from notebookcheck fix my screen's white balance significantly at low brightness, you dhould check it out.

    The only complain is battery life, I only get 4-5 hours.
     
  2. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The i7 model that I had, for awhile, featured a very stable and well behaved fan. No complaints.

    The Core M I'm using now is, of course, fan free and fancy free. (That sounded better in my head)
     
  3. Don1

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    Maybe they can't fix the major issues thru firmware updates...then what..
     
  4. metalsiren

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    yea I would love to see what this is

    Surface Embedded Controller Firmware (v103.899.256.0) adds battery charging enhancements and thermal tuning.

    at least details on what EXACTLY it does....
     
  5. Telstar1948

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    Curious how your battery life is compared to the SP you had. Much of what I've read says the M is doing worse than the Core i's.
     
  6. wasabiman123

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    Hey can I get detailed performance impressions from SP4 Core M users?
    I have the i5/256/8GB model and I have until Saturday to either upgrade to the i7 or save a lot of $ and go to the Core M.
    I've found storage isn't as much of an issue as I thought now with this 200 GB micro SD...
    I use OneNote/inking daily in classes, occasional Adobe Lightroom, which does get RAM use to bump up past 5/6 GB so I'm a tad concerned about the 4GB in the Core M, but I think it could work I usually like to keep my photo editing short if possible...
    I figure saving the $ (300$ to700$ depending on i5/i7 comparison) going with Core M gives me fanlessness, and more of an incentive to jump to the SP5 earlier, kinda bummed the SP4 doesn't have type C :I
     
  7. dunami

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    I may have missed this earlier in the thread, but I'm hoping somebody here can answer/provide some insight.

    As soon as I purchased my SP4 I disabled Connected Standby, began using Hibernate only, and I also created a power plan that throttled my CPU down to 95%. I use that power plan most often, and then when I'm really doing work that can suck up resources I use desktop shortcuts to switch to the balanced plan or one that just allows for full, unadulterated performance while on battery.

    Now that I've had the SP 4 for a month or so and have settled into typical usage, I'd actually like to have sleep (maybe for just 5-10 minutes before kicking into hibernate). If I enable CS though, I lose the CPU Max setting in the power plans (along with other options). And I would still like to maintain a plan that throttles the CPU.

    So..

    1) If I have an existing power plan with the CPU Max adjusted, does that stay in tact even though I can't see the option after enabling CS again?

    2) Is there a way to enable the CPU Max option without disabling Connected Standby?
     
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  9. magnum2107

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    Here's a detailed review of the M3 version. Good luck with your decision. I've used an m3, i5 and i7 model. I settled on the i7 personally.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-4-Core-m3-Tablet-Review.153843.0.html
     
  10. Dayton

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    Looks like the new firmware does not contain the fix for sleep, back to enabling hibernate in place of sleep.
     
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