The Microsoft Surface range boasts some powerful devices that offer impressive versatility. The new Surface Pro 4 raised the bar a notch with some impressive specs and features. But the Surface Book, the American tech company’s first in-house laptop, promises a better notebook experience than that other Surface.
Design and Display
The Microsoft Surface Book flaunts an attractive, premium chassis made of magnesium. It is relatively lightweight at about 1.6 kg and measures 22.8 millimetres in thickness (only 13 millimetres at its thinnest point). Being a Surface, it features a convertible design. You can rotate the display to use the device as a tablet or simply detach its keyboard. The hybrid packs a 13.5-inch PixelSense touch display with a stunning resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels for a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch. The screen supports 10-point multi-touch.
Under the hood, Microsoft Surface Book packs latest Intel Skylake processors for very robust performance and awesome multitasking capability. It comes in different configurations decked out with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU which is paired with either 8 GB of 16 GB of RAM. Obviously, this 2-in-1 laptop is meant to be a top performer. In addition to integrated Intel HD Graphics, buyers can also have discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics card added to their units for more power to run games and some demanding programs, including AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Cloud. The Surface Book is supposedly two times as fast as an Apple MacBook.
Understandably, Microsoft provides its latest Windows 10 operating system (Pro version) on this laptop. This means Microsoft Surface Book allows you enjoy exciting features such as Cortana and Windows Hello. The digital personal assistant Cortana can set reminders, find information and even do reservations for you simply by talking to it. The laptop’s powerful facial recognition camera lets you log into Windows with Windows Hello without inputting any password.
Sundry Specs and Features
Microsoft Surface Book features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. It uses zippy solid-state drive with capacities ranging from 128 GB to 512 GB for storage. Its battery is rated to be capable of supporting up to 12 hours of video playback. The laptop is accompanied by a Surface Pen that lets you draw and write on it as when using a pen and paper.
Ports and interfaces include two full-size USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort and a regular-size SD card reader. The Surface Book comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and super-fast Wi-Fi 802.11ac for wireless connectivity.
Pricing and Availability
Microsoft Surface Book will be available from October 26 at a starting price of $1,499 – you should be expecting a price of between N300,000 and N350,000 in Nigeria at that rate. The highest-end model will command a whopping $3,199. Yes, it’s not cheap.
– 13.5-inch display with 3000x2000p resolution
– Sixth-gen Intel Skylake processor
– 8GB or 16GB RAM
– Discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics
– 8MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera
– Surface Pen
– Windows 10 Pro