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What Laptop Does Bill Gates Use?

Ever wondered what kind of laptop the man who basically owns one of the biggest computer companies in the world and the richest man in the world uses?

It has been written that Bill Gates does not allow his family to use Apple devices in his house, which lives him with other options. We will look at what he uses and see how efficient the device is.

After an in depth research, it came to light that Gates uses the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This device is a tablet that can do what a laptop can do, if not more.

It is no wonder that he owns a Surface Pro 4, because really, why not? Microsoft is his company and he will never stop promoting and using devices and programs from Microsoft.

Surface Pro 4 with its stylus

The Surface Pro 4 is an upgrade of the Surface Pro 3 which was quite a device on its own.

The Pro 4 is slimmer, has an increased display screen and its Type Cover keyboard has some understated changes to it. These changes and many more have been put on the Pro 4 thanks to the fact that Microsoft listens to its users and actually have put into consideration the feedback given to them by their loyal users.

Surface Pro 4’s Design and Display

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has a similar look to the Surface Pro 3 with its all-magnesium and unibody casing. There is a slight change with the Microsoft new logo on the device written in chrome.

The screen size also increased from 12 inches to 12.3 inches which did not affect its footprint. They also decreased its thickness from 9.1mm to 8,4mm which did not affect the mobile processor.

For one, they did so by eliminating the capacitive Windows button which gave easy access to the Start menu and extra room to add the three tenths of an inch.

Secondly, the design team was able to get the optical stack which included the series of sensors, diodes and pixels way closer to the glass which is a characteristic of Microsoft’s trademarked PixelSense screen technology. This upgrade helped the team reduce the thickness by half a millimeter.

The sleek design of the Surface Pro 4. On the side is a Surface Pro 4 Stylus.

Bringing the optical stack so close to the glass saw the Surface Pro 4 work so well and respond wonderfully with one’s finger or Surface Pen. When being used, a single stroke can detect 1,024 levels of pressure giving the user ultimate experience when using it.

The pixels on the Pro 4 were increased to 2,736 x 1,824 from 2,160 x 1440 which saw an increase of 267ppi passing the Macbook Air and iPad Pro’s pixel quotient.

With such a screen, one is able to enjoy its luminous and color accurate qualities which can be enjoyed at all its brightness levels which make it the device of choice for creative people like designers and artists. If you are not a designer or artist, it simply means that your movie watching experience, gaming experience and your photos will be exceptionally great.

Back view of Surface Pro 4.

Upgraded Surface Pen and Type Cover

Mentioned earlier, one can get 1,024 levels of pressure from the Pro 4 screen and the new Surface Pen is designed to feel like a Number 2 pencil what with its flat side with two angles rounded off.

Such a design makes the stylus comfortable to hold and the surface has thin, powerful strip magnets which allow it to cling on the tablet’s left side.

What would you expect to come with a pencil or pen? If you answered an eraser then you are right. And this stylus comes with one. It comes with a new, functional, eraser button which offers three distinct cases.

An angled view of Surface Pro 4 with its stylus attached to it.

It opens OneNote by pressing it once and one is able to take a screenshot on their device by pressing the pen twice. To have Cortana, all one has to do is long press the pen and voila, you have Cortana to your beck and call.

Considering the Type Cover, the team widened the spacing between the keys for Chiclet-style approach that is it made it easy for you to keep track of which keys your fingers are on easier allowing each key to be backlit.

The Type Cover on this Surface Pro is thicker and more rigid which allows deeper key travel and punchier feedback. It also gives one the experience of a sturdier, quieter surface to type on.

How Long Does The Battery Last?

You would expect a device that fully functions like a laptop to have a battery life that will last sometime. Compared to its predecessor, the Pro 4’s battery life is way better but has been surpassed by its rival’s battery ability. The Pro 4’s battery lasts up to 3 hours and 15 minutes and a good 5 hours and 15 minutes on the video playback loop test.

For a person who will require a battery to last a long time, this disabling factor in the Surface Pro 4 might be the reason that it might be difficult for it to replace your laptop thanks to its below average lasting power.

Surface Pro 4 comes in various colors.

The Question of Software

You will not have to worry about some not-so-reliable third party software when you purchase this device thanks to the company it is affiliated to. When buying a Surface Pro 4, you should expect it to have OneNote, an app from Microsoft that is used to take notes. The purchase should include a Surface Pen. If you are a fun of brain-stimulating games, then you will enjoy Flipboard and New York Times Crossword puzzle app that comes with the device. If not, well then, you can just delete it from the device, that simple.

Surface Pro 4 stylus in silver.

Surface Pro 4’s Reparability

For anyone who owns a device of any kind, they always want to know how repairable the device is if need arises. For those who own a Surface Pro 4, that probability comes down to 2 out of 10, a rate given by iFixit.

The good people at iFixit rated how difficult it was to remove its display and battery to get to the root of the problem. They stated that it was made difficult by the strong glue that was used to hold them down.

Surface Pro 4 stylus pen in silver, red, gold, blue and charcoal.

Its Features

The Surface Pro 4 has the following features to it:

  • CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 3GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display (Contrast ratio: 1,300:1, 100% sRGB color, 10-point multi-touch, 3:2 aspect ratio)
  • Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe 3.0)
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader (UHS-I), headphone/mic jack
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2 x 2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
  • Cameras: 8MP rear-facing, auto-focus camera (1080p HD); 5MP front-facing, 1080p HD camera
  • Weight: 1.73 pounds
  • Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.36 inches (W x D x H)

Looking at the above, I had to list down the pros and cons of this device that Gates uses. Beyond any doubt, this device has its advantages and the disadvantages seem not to be as problematic to Gates, so I should assume it will not be for you; it was not for me.

Pros of Surface Pro 4

  • Much improved Type Cover giving the user great typing experience
  • Improved resolution and new optical stack technology, PixelSense which makes a great display experience
  • It boasts a bigger and sharper screen
  • Has a better and comfortable Surface pen

Cons of Surface Pro 4

  • The fact that the Type Cover comes separately is not going to go down well with some buyers
  • Its battery life is not much to write home about
  • Its Intel Core m3 is still at entry level

Surface Pro 4

In Conclusion

So, will this device be your device of choice to replace your laptop?

Well, I can say is you should ask yourself how much you are willing to compromise especially considering its battery life. With its typing, penning and tracking abilities improved and working splendidly it might be a good bargain which might have you forgetting its battery life shortfall.

Surface Pro 4

What do other users of this device say about it?

“Arrived on time and in excellent condition. Coming from traditional desktops and laptops, taking some getting used to operating. Purchased configured with i7 and 16Gb of RAM to replace a six core desktop for portability and to run PhotoShop and Lightroom. This machine is fast and no hiccups with large raw files in Photoshop. Going from a 22″ monitor to the Surface Pro’s screen is an adjustment, as is using the pen instead of a mouse.” By William Sandlin

“This little machine is just about perfect. Sits on the breakfast bar — read on-line papers, e-mail, surf, buy on line, etc. Very fast. Unlike tablet, never gets hung up. Always used Google — but Bing works fine. Like how it’s set up. Much better that Safari. I don’t use a fraction of the capabilities of Windows 10. But what I need was very easy to set up. Just now exploring the features. But so far this does exactly what I needed.

The keyboard serving as cover is ingenious. Haven’t traveled with it yet, but seems perfect for an airplane tray-table.” By William Ruffin