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  1. dstrauss

    Who is getting one? Why or Why not?

    I'm really intrigued by the Surface Go after a short stint at Best Buy - especially how little difference in size, heft, and balance there is with my iPad Pro 10.5. The kickstand is awesome (as usual) and the keyboard is much better than the Smart Keyboard - performance will be the decision...
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    What if Microsoft had waited?

    After unending heartache with the Surface Book, dock, and two external (WQHD) monitors, I traded "down" to a Surface Pro 4, and it is rock solid on video and sleep - only took five tries (two SB's and three SP4's) and eight months of updates and upgrades to get a stable system...good thing no...
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    What if Microsoft had waited?

    I don't know guys (and gals) - I hear all the time about how "flawless" Mac's are (and my daughter has had great success with the original black MacBook, MacBook Air, and now MacBook Pro), what self-respecting engineer could EVER release a computer that could not be connected to a monitor and...
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    What if Microsoft had waited?

    I would agree, but for the part where they touted using it themselves - there is no way any of them did not experience the connected standby problems, battery drain, and/or overheating. They had to know that you couldn't close the lid and not lose a drop of battery power...
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    What if Microsoft had waited?

    As a survivor who bought right out of the gate; then struggled with a Surface Pro 4; and finally came back to a Surface Book three weeks ago, I agree with @Niterider4 in that MS may have permanently lost some users because of the struggle to get the new Surfaces right. It is also very irritating...
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    SB - amazing for Photoshop retouching

    My use case exactly (going back to SPro 3 days). Does your fan run a lot with the screen reversed over the keyboard in draw (canvas) mode?
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    Cover for SB Screen

    You can save a couple of bucks ordering direct from Skinomi with sk25off coupon code... But I would really prefer a thin cover for the front (like a Touch Cover - hint hint hint - don't need the fancier Type Cover for this purpose since I have the real keyboard when needed).
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    Cover for SB Screen

    No luck on eBay, Amazon, or Google. This may have to be a DIY project, but I agree @BearFlag, we need a non-typing screen cover for the Clipboard to carry to a meeting. I can even see deciding to take just teh clipboard home and use that spare power supply and external keyboard for lighter duty...
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    Bunch of Updates!!!

    Projecting much?
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    SB2 Rumored for June

    Being smug is what got Microsoft in the ditch in the first place, and they are now scrambling to distance themselves from the Windows OEM pack. As I said, the upcoming MacBook Pros will be Pro parts in a MBA svelte design. It is now an arms race between the two giants - and although I think MS...
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    Bunch of Updates!!!

    You are completely missing my point - are the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book intended as general purpose computers, or only as experimental prototype science fair projects for tech enthusiasts? When was the last time you saw ANYTHING about a Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, or other...
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    SB2 Rumored for June

    Surface 4 is definitely more logical, but Microsoft has a lot to fear from the June +/- release of the new MacBook Pros - think MacBook Air with Pro screen and innards..I can't imagine they can wait to refresh the SB until Spring 2017 - besides they STILL don't have Skylake working properly...
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    Bunch of Updates!!!

    Listen to what you are saying - might as well as fight with Linux...
  14. dstrauss

    How to make the i5/i7 SP4 fanless

    Since when is that even a question - MORE POWER is our mantra! :D
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    New SP4 firmware out

    Three days on the update: Sleep has been averaging 1-2% drain per hour, with 4-6% overnight (6-8 hours) - hibernate turned off. First day a couple of times had to hard reset to start (press and hold power button to come out of sleep). Today, like yesterday, starts with tap of power button (1-2...
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    MS Surface pro 4: Terrible Build quality

    I'll beat the dead horse - now that I have given up on the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4 (Lot 1552), has been great. Yes, it still needs to be put into hibernation, or battery will suck dry in sleep. and I occasionally get that display driver was lost and recovered error (which I also have...
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    MS Surface pro 4: Terrible Build quality

    Perhaps, possibly, maybe not, maybe so, waffle, kind of like a political promise...pinkie-swear true, or not...
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    Scaling Issue In/Out of Dock

    Strange. I use my Surface Pro 4 (at 250% scaling - old eyes, sorry about that) with the new dock and two dispalyport Acer K272HUL monitors (2560x1440 set at 150% scaling). Text is crisp and sharp. Videos no problem. No gaming - use almost exclusively Office 2016, Adobe Acrobat XI, Drawboard...
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    Which Surface Pro 4 issues remain?

    Since the power issue appears to becoming a VERY difficult physics issue, here's my suggestions in the interim: Hibernate is your friend. I set mine to hibernate 15 minutes after going into sleep, and now I lose about 3% on long sleep cycles (like overnight). It gives me a chance to move around...
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    Which Surface Pro 4 issues remain?

    Broken connected standby Random weird video behavior (flying start menu) Overall, it is running better than my SP3, which was pretty solid - the "jumbotron" effect (where external screens suddenly went 500% or larger with all menus off screen) has to be a Windows 10 problem, because my wife's...

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