Microsoft's First Ever Laptop Surfaces
Just so everyone knows, I wrote this a couple of months ago and forgot to publish... sheesh
Just another 2-in-1?
'Convertible' tablet-notebook hybrids are almost common nowadays - it seems every company that makes laptops feels like it can cobble together a viable crossbreed. There is a market for them, definitely, but the general consensus is that none of the options served up so far have been able to give this gadget sub-genre a boost into the big leagues.
Enter Microsoft’s Surface Book.
Eschewing what has been the typical approach of previous entrants – giving a tablet some basic notebook capabilities - the Surface Book is a notebook first, with the best tablet features thrown in for good measure.
Microsoft is calling it ‘Ounce for ounce, the fastest 13” laptop ever made’. This is based on the newcomer’s Core i5 and Core i7 Skylake processors which are slated to perform at up to double the speed of MacBook Pros.
Saving to the hard drive is lighting-fast as well, considering the Surface Book will boast SSDs exclusively, varying in capacity from 128GB to 1TB. Between 8GB and 16GB of RAM promises to make short work of multi-tasking lags.
Amazing input and display
A multi-touch glass trackpad, 10 point multi-touch screen, silent backlit keyboard and the Surface Pen capable of differentiating between 1024 levels of pressure will allow users to transform their ideas into reality on the 13.5” PixelSense™ display.
The screen itself delivers a massive 6 million pixels at 3000 X 2000 resolution, giving a pixel density of 227ppi. Higher-end models will sport an Nvidia discrete graphics card but the detached tablet will work off an Intel HD Graphics 520 processor.
Well, that's new
Perhaps the most unique feature of the Surface Book is its ‘dynamic fulcrum hinge’. Made of aluminium (as opposed to the rest of the unit’s magnesium) that stretches on four rotation points, it attaches the tablet to the keyboard.
Its unique anatomy means the tablet does not rest flush; instead, a triangular gap remains between the two giving the Surface Pro a distinctive profile.
The Surface Book is currently available for pre-order in the U.S. Prices range from $1,499 UDD to $2,699 USD.