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Surface Pro 4: Why I chose the Type Cover with fingerprint reader

Earlier this week, I made the switch from Apple to Microsoft with the purchase of the Surface Pro 4. After nearly a full week, I have noticed a few quirks, but I'm digging the experience for the most part. While the Surface design remains the same no matter what configuration you purchase, there are two different options when it comes to the updated Type Cover: the Surface 4 Pro Type Cover and Surface Pro 4 with fingerprint reader. I opted for the latter and received some questions as to why I would choose that model when the Pro 4 already supports 'Windows Hello'.

The answer is quite simple - I'm not always at the right angle for Windows Hello to recognize my face and the $30 difference from a standard Type Cover seemed like a worthy investment. As a counter-argument, it could be said that my finger might not be in the proper position to unlock the Surface via fingerprint and that's absolutely correct, but I have mitigated this to the best of my ability by programming each finger for recognition. While Windows Hello is extremely quick and accurate, sometimes the Surface camera is slightly out of position to recognize my face. For the most part, I do use Windows Hello, but I think the $30 is well worth having another option available for unlocking the device.

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