Microsoft’s first laptop is a powerhouse.
If the Surface Pro 4 tablet is Microsoft's idea of the perfect laptop replacement, then the new Surface Book is the company's attempt in redefining the laptop. In fact, the Surface Book is Microsoft's first full-featured laptop, taking on Apple's MacBook Pro and Google's Chromebook Pixel, both of which are at the top of the premium stratum.
The Surface Book, unlike other lightweight laptops, weighs three and a half pounds; its detachable display that also functions like a tablet weighs over 1.6 pounds. Moreover, its silver magnesium chassis and esoteric edges are imposing, as if to justify the hefty $1,499 price tag for the base model.
The laptop features a unique curved hinge, which separates from the display after pressing a button on the keyboard. The screen also switches to the front, similar to Lenovo's Yoga hybrids, an ideal mode for presentations. Additionally, the Surface Book has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3,000 x 2,000 pixel resolution, donning 267 pixels per inch.
Inside are sixth-generation Intel Core processors (Core i5 or Core i7, an NVIDIA GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, 8GB or 16GB RAM, 128GB or 512GB storage, and a secondary battery on the keyboard base, which runs up to 12 hours, according to Microsoft. Other features includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card reader. The base model costs $1,499 while the top-end model costs $2,699.
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More importantly, the Surface Book is running Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's OS, which has been commended for its speed, stability, and a slew of new features including Cortana, a personal digital assistant, Microsoft Edge browser, and Windows Hello. Overall, the Surface Book is a promising laptop powerhouse. If you're looking for a premium Windows 10 laptop, and if you're willing to pay for it, then look no further.
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