What I Hate about My Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Sounds like I’m trolling but I’m really not.  There is very little I actually dislike about my Surface Pro 4 – I have the i7 version with 16GB of memory and it just WORKS!

I’ve had an iPad, laptops, and other portable devices but my Surface Pro does more of what I want more easily and quickly than anything I’ve ever owned.

Before I share what I dislike (hate is such a strong word), let me list what I love:

  • Everything I need to work or play fits in my small backpack.
  • The surface keypad is a joy to type on.
  • The screen is large and bright.
  • It’s just fun to use.

So what’s “bad” about it?  I have two small complaints:

  • If you have all your settings cranked to maximum, the battery life is very minimal.  I can go from 100% to 20% in less than an hour if I’m running a YouTube video or even a Facebook game.
    • Of course, I could change the settings to crank everything down to save battery but it changes the performance I’m used to when plugged in.
  • It’s Wi-Fi only which is fine for Starbucks or anywhere I can find reliable Wi-Fi.
    • I’ve solved this one with an LTE hotspot but I always enjoyed my iPad having built in LTE.  I realize the next generation Surface will offer LTE  but I’m probably not going to update just for that!

I’ve also been able to “fix” the battery life issue and will cover that in a separate post.

What do you “hate” about your Surface Pro?

Minimalist Blogging Tools

So you’ve bought your URL (www.itsme.com!) and now you want to get serious; living the 4-Hour Workweek type of life. What’s the minimal toolset you can utilize to create content? There are folks that post their photographs that may need nothing more than a camera and a network connection.

But if you want to write almost anywhere, what do you need? I’ll explain my setup and offer variations you can explore.

1) A MS Office subscription – this costs me about $8 a month and includes the full Microsoft office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The benefit here is that documents are auto-saved to OneDrive which is also included in my subscription. And I can then open my documents on any network-attached computer for editing or uploading to my blog. You may have alternatives to office that are free such as www.openoffice.org.
2) My iPhone – there is a pretty good version of Office for iOS which allows me to create content right on my phone. It’s actually what I’m doing right now while at a not-to-the named theme park with my family. You can obviously also use your Android device with the office suite as well. Again, since I’m in Word, my documents are automatically saved to my OneDrive.
3) You could type on the on-screen keyboard but I prefer a full keyboard. There are several but I use the iClever Bluetooth keyboard. It’s tiny, thin and folds to the size of a paperback book. It’s angled in the middle leaving a slight gap between right and left-hand keys but that hasn’t caused me any problems. It charges via a micro USB cable and the charge lasts for months.
4) A stand – there are numerous phone cases that offer a ‘kick stand’ to stand your phone up for viewing but I bought a small folding standing for a dollar at Walgreens that works just great.

So with an absolute minimum of equipment, I can set up and be typing or editing content in just moments.

If you’d like any specifics on any of the items in this article, just comment and I’ll add the details.

PS – for more involved work – but still small and mobile – I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4.  Greatest portable I’ve ever owned.  I’ll have more on that in a later post.