Best Portable Computer for Bloggers 2017 – Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Best Portable Computer for Bloggers 2017 – Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

1349.00
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
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How Much I Love It

8.0/10

Pros

  • lightweight and easy to transport
  • 256 GB of storage
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • USB port, micro-SD port and more
  • attachable keyboard for quick typing

Cons

  • cannot run the same programs as a computer
  • the 12.3-inch screen isn't as large as I prefer
  • kind of pricey for a tablet, but comes in downgraded models as well

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…the main qualifiers for this choice were that it had to have a good camera (on both sides) and an easily detachable keyboard… OH and it had to be VERY lightweight.

If you’re a blogger you know how important it is to be able to carry your computer with you in your bag, to have it ready in an instant and to be able to take pictures with it.  Introducing the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – my favorite choice for this category.

The Built-In Cameras Make Your Life Easier

Aspiring bloggers and those who just blog for fun in their spare time tend to romanticize the idea that they can just whip out their cell phone, snap some pictures, write a quick blog post and send it on its way.  Those of use who’ve been in the industry a little longer know that it isn’t always that simple.

Sometimes you need proper software to edit your pictures.  You can’t even access all of WordPress’s plugins and abilities on your cell phone when uploading your posts (or whatever platform you use).  Plus, typing is a lot easier and faster on a computer – and when time becomes money this fact is important!

What makes a cell phone trump a computer a lot of the time though?  A camera.  Yes, laptop computers have cameras – yes some have both front facing and rear facing cameras, but few are as easy to use as the camera on an actual tablet.  Without the interference of a keyboard, the Surface Pro allows you to get all those awesome angles you need and to not be weighted down by the keyboard.


Read more about my choices as the Best Computers for Freelance Writers here.

Yes, It’s a Tablet

So yeah, this is a tablet – not a computer/laptop.  But, really, it computes!  It runs windows software, just not the typical windows interface you’d see on something like the Surface Book.  It has a great processor (in fact, the one I’m linking to on this page has a full i5 processor like you’d expect to find in many high-quality laptops).

But there are advantages to tablets, as you’ve seen with the fact that the keyboard comes off.

Lightweight and Easy to Transport

Carry it here, carry it there, carry pretty much anywhere – seriously.  Because it doesn’t have a typical full-sized keyboard like the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4 is much lighter.  In fact, whereas the Surface Book weighs 3.5 pounds (1.6kg), the Surface Pro 4 weighs about 1.7 pounds or 771grams.

Transporting this lightweight tablet will be much easier than carrying around an entire computer – making you much more mobile so you can get inspiration from nearly anywhere.

With a Rather Large Screen

One thing people worry about sacrificing when they give up a computer for a tablet with an attachable keyboard is the size of the screen.  They imagine having to carry around a small tablet with a 7-inch screen and think – forget this.  Not only would the 7-inch screen make it difficult to see and maneuver through certain websites and programs, it would be matched with an equally small keyboard that would be difficult to type on.

The 12.3-inch screen on the Surface Pro 4 is adequately large for all your blogging needs and it matched with an equally-large keyboard.

A Lot in Common with the Surface Book

Like the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4 vents heat out from around its screen.  Most other tablets hardly vent at all, opting for tiny patches of holes on the back of the screen.  With larger holes outfitted all the way around the perimeter of the screen, however, this tablet vents far better than its competitors and is much less likely to overheat.

Also like the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4 comes with a unique stylus pen.  The pen has a clickable “eraser” which will remove marks you make  and open different apps when you press down on it.

ImPORTant Ports

One thing I always hated about tablets was their lack of ports.  They MIGHT have an SD card port or, at least, a mini or micro SD card port which was OK when it came to transporting information from a camera to the tablet but was pretty annoying when I had to move things from a computer.  Also, they didn’t have USB ports or anything to allow me to directly connect a television or a cell phone.

Not THIS tablet, though.  This one has a 3.0 USB port, a micro-SD port, a headphone jack and a MiniDisplay Port.  Not to mention that you can also connect it to things wirelessly through internet networks and using Bluetooth.

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