1. htc fan89's Avatar
    hey, guys

    I'm going be using it for taking notes, maybe a bit of matlab simulink and some java coding. so, would m3 processor be enough or should i spend extra and get the i5. I'm also going get the 4gb version if I go with i5. Let me know, I already have macbook pro 2016 for my main device and for heavy stuff got a gaming pc.
    07-23-2017 04:05 PM
  2. IuliaGz's Avatar
    if the energy power is an issue then, maybe u should go for the m3. otherwise go for the i5 as it is more powerful
    07-23-2017 06:55 PM
  3. onlysublime's Avatar
    if you're sure the MBP will be the main machine, then go with the M3. but you may find yourself drifting over to the Surface Pro because it just does so much more and in a smaller package with a better processor and screen. and the battery life is fantastic now. and you may regret the M3/4GB purchase.
    xandros9 likes this.
    07-23-2017 07:40 PM
  4. htc fan89's Avatar
    if you're sure the MBP will be the main machine, then go with the M3. but you may find yourself drifting over to the Surface Pro because it just does so much more and in a smaller package with a better processor and screen. and the battery life is fantastic now. and you may regret the M3/4GB purchase.
    Too small of screen to replace my Mac , tried surface book before I bought my Mac and I didn't like it as my main laptop. So that's why thinking of using it as an secondary
    if the energy power is an issue then, maybe u should go for the m3. otherwise go for the i5 as it is more powerful
    I thought battery life between wasn't that much off.



    This is such a hard decision to make which to pick, also you guys think 4 gb ram would be enough for those tasks. Like I wouldn't have 8 chrome tabs open and running Matlab in the background.
    07-23-2017 08:32 PM
  5. excalibur1814's Avatar
    "taking notes, maybe a bit of matlab simulink and some java coding."

    Due to Superfetch your ram will be used quite a lot. In all honesty, when you come to sell your device, which you will, the 8Gb model will fetch a better price than the 4Gb unit. 8Gb ALL DAY LONG.

    Other than that you could just read reviews and make up your own mind.
    07-24-2017 05:23 AM
  6. Ekhangel's Avatar
    I got the i5 4 GB. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'll be giving it to Ma once it gets outdated and Surface 7 is out. So, no selling price problem here. Also, the price difference between 4/8 GB is mad in Europe.
    07-24-2017 08:15 AM
  7. vzzbuckz's Avatar
    So I have a Pro 4 m3 and my immediate comments are.

    BAD
    Takes ages (hours) to install OS when moving from insider build back to prod ( for example). Normal I installation from store is ok. It's not the SSD as this rate faster than my desktop. Maybe just Windows?
    WiFi is very slow. Seems to be a bug.
    Forget 3D games. I tried Recore and it ran like a dog on low settings. This is a fairly demanding game though. 2D games appear to run fine.

    Apart from that, it's got a really nice screen, keyboard is nice, battery appears ok. Just installed last firmware which may help with WiFi above.
    07-26-2017 10:12 AM
  8. htc fan89's Avatar
    I'm leaning towards i5/8gb 256gb version now, plus if I ever decide on using it as a main laptop it would handle almost everything that my Mac does. Now just gotta justify spending 1169 ,since I spend almost 2 grand on my Mac last year hahahaha
    iThunderbirt likes this.
    07-26-2017 11:07 AM
  9. iThunderbirt's Avatar
    Been looking up about the Surface Pro myself lately and was wondering the same. Thanks to all the replies in this form I believe I would also consider an i5 model as you are looking at @htc fan89.

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Will be keeping an eye on this post and the forums for more input before making a move.
    07-26-2017 12:10 PM
  10. CrippsCorner's Avatar
    I got the i5 4 GB. In fact, I'm pretty sure I'll be giving it to Ma once it gets outdated and Surface 7 is out. So, no selling price problem here. Also, the price difference between 4/8 GB is mad in Europe.
    Yeah I really wanted the 8Gb version but for what I do I just couldn't justify spending over £1,000!

    Especially when my original Surface Pro, also i5 4Gb, was still working perfectly (that one's heading over to my mum now)
    07-27-2017 07:05 AM

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