Microsoft Surface Pro College Review 2017

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1.7 pounds 6 hours 12.3″
2736 x 1824
WireLess AC
mini Display
i5  8GB RAM
256GB SSD
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 Extremely Portable
 High Performance
 Sharp and vivid images
  Realistic note taking
and drawing

 Average Battery Life
 Type Cover is an additional $130
 One USB Port

Summary: The Surface Pro has been touted by Microsoft as the “tablet that can replace a laptop”. Whatever you consider the Pro to be, it’s definitely one of the best devices college students can get their hands on today. The reason behind it’s popularity it’s the seamless combination of OneNote along with the stylus, together they’re capable of replacing your entire library of textbooks along with notebooks including pens,erasers,highlighters due to the fact that it’s specially designed to make note taking, drawin diagrams and designs on it as realistic as possible. It remains highly configurable ranging from a m3 core processor with only 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for storage all the way up to an i7 core processor with 16GB and 1TB SSD for storage which will satisfy the needs of every type of college student regardless of their degree. Not only that, it’s displaying features improve with every version. The latest version having a 2,736×1924 12.3-inch screen with near perfect color accuracy while simply weigihting 1.8 pounds and no more than 2.4 pounds with its type cover.

 Engineering   

 Architecture  

 Science  

 Computer Science  

  Medical 

  Nursing 

 Business & Accounting  

 Graphics Design  

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Specs ASUS Zenbook UX330UA
Screen 12.3” 2736 x 1824
Processor 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-6300U
 Video Intel HD graphics 520
Memory 8GB LPDDR3
Storage 256GB SSD
Connectivity 802.11 A/C , Bluetooth
Ports 1 USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Headphone jack, microSD card reader
Baterry 6 hours
OS Windows 10
Size 11.50″ x 7.93″ x 0.33″
Weight 1.73lbs
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Review By Degree

 Engineering   

It’s hard to believe the surface Pro is one of the most popular choices for engineering students these days, provided they can afford one of course.
The reasons are quite simple though, you can draw complex diagrams and equations on it without issues. It might getting smoe time getting used to but it can be done. It’s also a full windows machiine, so any engineering application will run smoothly just like any other computer out there provided it has the right specifications . As mentioned before, It’s highly configurable so specifications shouldn’t be an issue. If you think you may need a little boost in performance you could go as far as an i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD but you might find that unnecessary for most engineering software out there.
Unless of course you run into CAD/CAE software in which every boost helps but this machine will not run them efficiently because it lacks a GPU option. While Computer and Electrical engineering students might not be bothered as much with CAD software and can safely buy a Surface Pro 4. Mechanical and Civil Engineering students have to think twice about buying a Surface Pro 4. Do you mind using the computer lab for those instances where CAD software sucuh as Revit and SolidWorks come up? If not, by all means get a surface Pro 4 it will increase your productivity by a long shot.

 Architecture   

The Surface Pro is not an ideal laptop for architecture students. It’s highest configuration still has a Integrated Graphics Card although much improved it’s not ideal for CAD work that architecture students encounter. As a second laptop or tablet for all your other related course work or even start small projects in architecture is a good choice. For computers capable of handling undergraduate level work see the top menu to find a related article.

 Science  

Luckily, science students do not need high performance features from a laptop. Office, Visual Basic, MatLab and other software encountered in Biology,Physics,Chemistry, Earth Science, etc won’t require you to for a pricey Surface Pro. The lowest configuration should be more than enough for you to enjoy it’s compactness and portability. It might take some time getting used to but writing complex equations and drawing complex diagrams is definitel possible on it. Just imagine that even graphic designers can draw accurately on it. It’s also extremely useful for quick referencing when equations or definitions are needed, you could just hold it up with one hand to check out a homework solution while you walk to class.

 Computer Science  

The Surface Pro is definitely one of the top choices for Computer Science students. It’s extremely light and thin (even more than the Macbook Air) and has much more power than most ultrabooks today. If you are on a budget, even the lowest configuration will suffice to run all of your applications including Office, IDEs(Visual Studio, Eclipse, Android Studio) and virtual machines without issues (the latter requiring 8GB RAM to run smoothl).
Make sure you try to max on storage as some IDEs can take quite a lot of space and you won’t be able to ugrade should you be needing more later on.

  Medical & Nursing  

As you’re probably aware by now the Surface Pro is most likely the best device for medical and nursing students we have today. No other laptop or tablet (for that matter) comes on top of it. Performance wise any configuration will do for nursing and medical students like. You should have no issues with software compatibility. However, the real power comes with all the functionality offered by using the Stylus for all of your activities. Among them taking notes digitally on top of power point slides during class, submitting digitally handwritten homework assignments online and organizing all of your study materials (notes, slides, recorded audio from lectures) into neatly and digital books within it. It’s easily sanitazble as well as portable enough for you to carry it from campus to clinicals back and forth.

 Graphics Design  

Graphic Design students should consider buying the surface Pro only if they plan to directly design on it by using the Surface Pen. Painting digitally in PhotoShop And Illustrator should be of no issues but it might be getting some time getting used to. If you’re not interested in drawing on or painting on it, then you should be saving your money for other options.
Generally all graphic designers should aim for the 16GB RAM to make sure you can smoothly run several editing programs at once (they can consume a lot of RAM together) and the largest storage size you can afford (Design files and programs are no small fry).
However if you’re into 3D Animation and motion graphics, you should consider the Surface Book which has the added bonus of a discrete graphics card. Those into Print Design, Web Design , UI Design shouldn’t need more than the graphics card that comes with the Surface Pro, the Intel Iris option is a nice bonus but not required.
The only issue that all graphic designers in general face with the surface pro it’s probably the screen size however remember that most laptops or ultrabooks do not come with a 15” display and most of the time you’ll have to use an external display to finish off any project you start with your portable device. The Surface Pro comes with a docking station just designed for that, which is a must to buy if you go for it as well.

 Business & Accounting  

As for business and accounting students, you can’t really go wrong with performance on the Surface Pro. Don’t be fooled by the fact it looks like a tablet, it can run any windows application efficiently just like a regular laptop or desktop. However, if you want to take advantage of it’s note taking features and it’s portability you’ll have to face one single caveat: the keyboard.
Before purchasing the surface Pro you should be aware that you’ll have to use excel on it therefore rely on the keyboard quite a lot as well. This might not be too much of an issue if you don’t have a lot of financing classes in your curriculum but if you are an accountant or a business student taking a lot of financing courses, then it might take some time getting used to its type cover for heavy data crunching into excel. If you think you can get past that then by all means you can confidently purchase the Surface Pro right now. Alternatively if you have a desktop you could leave those heavy data analysis assignments to it and the rest to the Surface Pro.
We advise you to for an 8GB RAM for heavy excel data sheets that include complex macros or for heavy multitasking on it. Avoid the i7 processor to maximize battery life as well, it should last you an entire busy day.8o.  Buying the docking station along with an external display and an external keyboard (with a numerical keypad) should solve any issues you may have with financing and accounting assignments back home too.