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dcozad999

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ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:29:31 AM »
Does anybody have experience with the surface pros? 

Iím looking for a used/refurbished one that will last several years. We wonít be throwing anything too heavy at it so it definitely doesnít need to have maxed out specs. We will be using it for basic computing and for the wife to rdp into work.

Recommendations on lowest version that will work and not be obsolete in a couple years?


Edit to add:  Iím looking for something that has Windows 10, but can also be used as a tablet. So not just looking for the cheapest windows laptop.
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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 11:30:00 AM »
I have a Surface Pro 3. I've had it since the week they were released (4 years, maybe?), and I still love it. No problems with it whatsoever. (Sorry, I'm not selling.)

Just a word of caution since you mentioned the "tablet" aspect. Windows tablets are not nearly as fun as iPads or even Android tablets. The app selection just isn't there. But if you're looking for something more for business or more serious stuff, the Surface Pro will likely meet your needs. I recommend also buying the detachable keyboard. (The on-screen keyboard is clunky and takes up a ton of real estate on the screen.)

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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 05:25:28 AM »
I have the surface pro 4. I got it because while i could do a lot of things on my ipad, I could not do a lot of work related and volunteer related stuff well, like excel, mail merges etc. The apps are better on the ipad but the software available on the surface is just better for my needs. I did get the keyboard and sometime plug in a mouse if I am doing image editing. Hope this helps.

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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 09:45:08 AM »
I’ll give a negative review. I have a surface book as my work computer and it’s frankly buggy as hell (I really want to love it). It was nearly unusable when I first got it (2016) and has become just annoying after numerous firmware updates. My company (8k+ employees) stopped offering surface pros and surface books after about a year due to a high failure rate and generally buggy performance. My wife also went through 3 surface pros in 1 year at her old job.

When they work, they are great. Problem is there seems to be a quality control issue.


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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 03:27:42 PM »
I am on a Surface Pro 4 now, which I bought used on Craigslist in late 2016. I'd highly recommend checking Craigslist often to see what's out there. I got the tablet (64g), keyboard cover, leather case, screen protector, pen, charger, and a carrying briefcase for $725. It was easily worth twice that, and I love it. I carry it in my purse to depositions and have it hooked up to two monitors at home to work remotely. I had a brief issue with it a few weeks ago where the screen would stick/blink but I think it may have been a reheating issue. I totally powered down, left it that way overnight, and haven't had any issues since. Use it almost daily for several hours at a time with no issues, have used it with a remote server, as a gamecube/wii emulator, and using light Steam games.

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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 08:25:48 AM »
Thank you all. 

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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 03:36:27 PM »
We have 2 Surface Pros - both because of my husband's job. We opted to buy the one I use when he left his last job (only cost us about $150) and I sometimes question if it was even worth that price. It's fine, but I definitely would not have chosen it for myself. My husband uses his work one and hates it. His company (an airline) is actually getting rid of the Surface Pro and transitioning to the iPad b/c it's so glitchy.

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Re: ISO Info on Used Surface Pro
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 09:41:12 PM »
Edit to add:  Iím looking for something that has Windows 10, but can also be used as a tablet. So not just looking for the cheapest windows laptop.

Buy a cheap Windows 10 laptop, and buy a tablet that does what you need.  The Surface Pro is not particularly great at either job - it does both, and I've used one enough to appreciate them, but I wouldn't buy one for personal use unless you had some particular use case that required the pen.

Even when I had it, I rarely used it as a tablet, simply because it's too heavy and clunky to be comfortable for reading on like that.