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That's a point, the fan noise. I find it really annoying now. Mrs T had a XPS17 i5 or i7 thing (I can't remember the model) and that would just make an absolute racket. So when I got her a Surface Pro 4, I made sure it was the one without the fan! No performance issues for what she uses it for either.
I, too, had an M1330. What a fine little beastie.
Is that the Core-m version of the Surface Pro 4? I see there's a cashback deal on it at the moment and I'm still a bit tempted to try one out, the Core-m gets a lot of criticism but I really like it for the balance of performance and power usage as it can run silent but still offers decent performance for general use, better than an Atom while I feel the ULV processors run a lot hotter and performance from them isn't great anyway.
I have a Dell Latitude 12 E7240 and my work laptop is a Lenovo X230, both are almost identical machines in that they're business class 12in laptops with a decent array of ports, socketed ram, replaceable batteries etc. but one key difference is that the Dell uses a 4th generation ULV Core i5 while the Lenovo has an older third generation non-ULV Core i5. The Dell is thinner and makes the Lenovo look a little chunky but the Lenovo is still a compact machine and very portable, I've had it since the X230 was new out and every day it has come to work with me and I often carry it around with me at work as well.
The reason I mention these two is the staggering difference in fan noise - the Lenovo's older Ivybridge 35W processor has twice the TDP of the Dell's newer ULV processor and the Dell also benefits from an architecture better optimised for power consumption. Clearly the Dell should be a lot quieter but it's the other way round, the Lenovo runs mostly silent and when the fan is running it's more like a quiet rush of air while the Dell has a noticeable and irritating fan noise most of the time. It's bad enough that I regret buying it and now mostly use the Core-m powered Latitude 13 I got for about half the price.