I've been using the Surface Pro 3 for about 3 years and it's still a solid machine. It has served me well and I didn't feel the urgency to upgrade like I did with the original Surface Pro. This time, I did not pre-order the Surface Pro 4.5. I waited a couple of months.
I physically went into the store and I'm glad I did, turns out there is a business bundle.
The business bundle is not available online and is not mentioned anywhere. If you're planning on a Surface Pro purchase, you should definitely consider one of the bundles.
There are a couple variants of the business bundle. I opted for the one that included the keyboard and the "Business Complete" support package. The important part of the bundle is the "Business Complete" component.
Microsoft's "Complete" packages include their replacement programs. If my Surface is damaged in any way, Microsoft will replace it. The standard Complete has a $50 deductible, with the business version you don't pay anything for a replacement. And the business bundle includes 2 replacements in 3 years as opposed to 1 replacement in 2 years.
I consider myself pretty meticulous with the care of any of my belongings. So with something I rely on as much as the Surface, I'm especially careful. But accident's happen and it slipped out of my bag one day.
As luck would have it (said with sarcasm), it landed on the corner, cracked the screen and bent the casing. A quick trip to the Microsoft Store and they replaced it with a refurbished unit for $50.
The bundle included either the Alcantara signature keyboard or the type cover with fingerprint reader. I opted for the keyboard with fingerprint reader. The added fingerprint reader was worth more to me than the Alcantrara covering.
I've been using the 4.5 for a month or so now. I like it. The upgrades are subtle but appreciated. So far, I've done a good amount of writing, some video watching and photo editing.
The battery last's much longer. Very noticeable when doing photo editing and watching videos. I used to have to charge the battery after 4 hours or so (I usually charge the battery to about 80-90% and don't run it down past 20%). I've noticed I now get almost 6-7 hours doing similar work.
Another big difference is the heat. The 4.5 runs much cooler, which is good since it doesn't have a fan. Even at it's hottest, it still feels cooler than the Pro 3.
The screen and processing power don't seem to be much different.
The Pro 4 keyboard sounds much more substantial. It has more of a thud when you hit the keys. The Pro 3 was more of a click. I do notice a squeak sometimes with the Pro 4 keyboard. The back light is better with the Pro 4 type cover.
The fingerprint reader is a great addition. It was easy to train and makes logging in faster. It reads quickly and accurately most of the time. If I've just washed my hands, the fingerprint reader seems to misread.
The track pad has a much smoother feel on the Pro 4 keyboard.
I do seem to lose Bluetooth connectivity to my mouse (an HP x4000b) quite often. Haven't figured out what's causing that yet.
The capacitative Windows button is no longer on the screen. That works for me as I would, on occasion, accidentally touch that button while sketching.
Haven't gotten too much time in with the pen yet.
Please share your experiences, thoughts or questions about the Surface Pro 4.5 in the comments below.