Surface Pro 4 vs Yoga 910

I was with a former colleague at the driving range, and was informed that he was in the market to buy a new laptop. After a few hours at the driving range, I noticed that the quality of my swing was starting to deteriorate, and we mutually decided it was time to go. Despite the fact that Best Buy is not in my top 3 choices to purchase electronics, for those that are not tech savvy, it is a pretty good place. It's not that I do not like Best Buy as a business, the types of electronics like are not found on their shelves. The beautiful thing about them is that shoppers are able to use and feel many of the products before they buy.

My colleague had in his mind that he wanted a Windows Surface Pro 4. He was ordinarily a MAC user, but he found it difficult to use MAC for his business. He operates in an industry driven by PC, and figured that the Surface Pro was light and portable with laptop performance. While the Surface Pro 4 is a very capable machine, I believe it is over priced. He liked the fact that the Surface is a tablet, but a mouse and keyboard could be added to it. This would have made this a system that would have been over $2k, and there are alternatives that will give you the same horsepower with similar characteristics.

The one I advised was the Lenovo Yoga 910. The Lenovo Yoga 910 has very similar performance of the Surface Pro 4, is about a pound heavier, has more external ports, attached keyboard and mouse, touchscreen, and is almost $300 less. The thing I like most is that is the user wanted to use this device purely as a tablet, the keyboard can be folded behind the screen. The keys were recessed so that it can be used in this position without accidental key presses. In my opinion, this system is truly the best of both worlds. He agreed with me, and opted for this system, and so far has had no complaints.

Below are the specifications of the both the Surface Pro 4 and the Yoga 910 chose taken from Lenovo's website and Microsoft's website:

Lenovo Yoga 910
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Processor Up to the latest Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor 6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3, i5, or i7
Operating System Up to Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Graphics Up to Intel® HD graphics m3: Intel® HD graphics 515
i5: Intel® HD graphics 520
i7: Intel® Iris™ graphics
Webcam / Microphone 720p with dual array microphone Windows Hello5 face sign-in camera (front-facing)
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Stereo microphones
Memory Up to 16 GB 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RAM
Storage Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Audio 2 x JBL®stereo speakers with Dolby Audio™ Premium Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio™ Premium
Battery Up to 9 hours with local video playback Up to 9 hours of video playback
Display 13.9" 4K (3840 x 2160) display, with IPS technology 12.3" PixelSense™ display (2736 x 1824) 267 PPI
Material Aluminum Magnesium
Dimensions (W x D x H) (inches) : 12.72 x 8.84 x 0.56
(mm) : 323 x 224.5 x 14.3
(inches) : 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33
(mm) : 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45
Weight Starting at 3.04 lb (1.38 kg) m3: 1.69lbs (766 grams)
i5: 1.73lbs (786 grams)
i7: 1.73lbs (786 grams)
Backlight keyboard Yes
WLAN WiFi 802.11 ac 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Ports USB 3.0 Type-C with video-out
USB 2.0 Type-C with charging
USB 3.0 with always-on charging
Audio combo jack
Full-size USB 3.0 microSD™ card reader
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort Cover port
Bluetooth® Bluetooth® 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology


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