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I'm digging my Surface 4 so far.  It has some issues from time to time but nothing I can't deal with.  The keyboard works well. When I am using it, I tend to use the trackpad instead of the touchscree

Kinda disappointing coming from you

After 5+ phone calls Staples finally released mine to shipping and it supposedly shipped a couple hours ago. After learning that the sellers take on all the risk with fraud, I understand why, but I just wish they had more people dealing with the backlog. Supposed to arrive today but we will see. Edit: UPS says out for delivery. This plus 3D printer making it feel like Christmas.

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After reading about the fan I made a point of looking for it on my wife's one and it took me a while. I honestly had no clue it had one before that.

I have never noticed it turn on on mine but I have not really done anything CPU intensive that I can think of other than installation of software and updates.

 

Edit: I used it for a few hours yesterday and I could never hear any fan going etc. I'm still getting used to all the gestures etc and need to practice but all in all I am loving the device and OS. In particular the hand writing recognition is very good considering how terrible my hand writing is. I now have to figure out a way to get my work to purchase me one of these or similar.

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It looks like they didn't change the Wifi  section, as it has the sleep of death problems when in Power Saver mode.  But Power saver mode is annoyingly leggy because it keeps powering things on on and off constantly.   Oh well, so  for trying for 8+ hrs of power.   

 

But I bought the SP2 for power use,  so Balanced Power is fine,  keeping  the screen brightness down to 50% puts battery life estimate at least to 5-6hrs, maybe more if I'm just doing light Internet browsing. 

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Looks like Microsoft may have fixed the Wifi low power states  which should fix the sleep of death problems,  although I haven't had them since switching to Balanced Power mode. 

 

I would  paste the Anandtech link about the firmware update. But Opera mobile on Android is not letting me on this forum.   Sigh. 

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After living with my Surface Pro 2 for a few days,  it's overall a great experience.   Battery life is fantastic, especially after the firmware update they pushed, or at least I think it was,  all I know one of of the updates took a long time and required a few few reboots.  

 

Windows 8.1 still kind of sucks.  I boot straight to Desktop mode now.   Sick and tired of  nanny bullshit of having change settings to run any older programs as administrator even though the primary account is the administrator. 

 

My biggest criticism of  Surface Pro 2 is that it doesn't have instant on capabilities like my Atom based Lenovo Think pad Tablet 2 does.   While the SP2 wakes from sleep and hibernation really fast,  it's  far from instant on.   It's more like a few seconds. 

 

So you still have to treat it like a laptop rather than a tablet power management wise. 

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