2017 Surface Pro
Microsoft’s Surface Pro only looks like a tablet. It has the internals of a Windows PC and that’s what makes it a great option for college students looking to use their PC for more than just sending emails and writing papers.
Microsoft carves 2017 Surface Pros from aluminum. They have a 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 resolution display that can detect 4,096 different levels of pressure from Microsoft’s Surface Pen. A camera on the front lets you sign into Windows. The 8-megapixel camera on the back is great for digitizing paperwork and scanning class notes on a whiteboard into Microsoft OneNote. Two speakers face you as you watch videos on this device.
Inside that aluminum shell are up to an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. Unless you’re creating 3D models for class, the Intel Core i5 model with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM is a solid choice. It costs $999.99. One strike against Surface Pro’s is their total cost. You need a $159.99 Surface Type Cover and $99.99 Surface Pen to take advantage of everything they can do.
These devices don’t have a lot of ports either. You get a single USB 3.0 port, a memory card reader, a headset jack, a MiniDisplay port and a Surface Connect port to dock the tablet to displays and storage when you’re in your dorm room.
The 2017 Surface Pro lasts for 13.5 hours of video playback. Unlike the Surface Laptop, it has Windows 10 Pro already. Windows 10 Pro lets you install apps and programs from anywhere you want.
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