In today's more demanding and efficient world of IT, everybody wants a laptop which gets suitable according to their daily needs and many giant laptop manufacturers are trying by creating such laptops as per the customers demands. As, people use their laptop in a press event or writing an article and want to be annoyed in between. They want a good track pad and battery life.
Microsoft, has the answer with its new Surface Book laptop. Microsoft claims it’s the “ultimate laptop” that’s designed
to go head-to-head with Apple’s MacBook Pro and premium Windows laptops. While the Surface Book is primarily a laptop, it’s also a
tablet thanks to a display that detaches into something like a digital
You can compare Microsoft Surface Book to the MacBook Pro. There’s a big trackpad, nice key spacing on the
keyboard, and an overall sleek combination of black and silver. All of this
resembles a MacBook Pro. Microsoft has picked magnesium for the materials
on the Surface Book. It’s almost soft to touch, and it doesn’t feel as cold and
harsh as the aluminum on a MacBook. Microsoft is going for premium
Opening up the Surface Book requires two hands
because it’s magnetically sealed together to ensure nothing moves around while
you’re carrying it. That’s not because the tablet portion will ever fall off,
but more to protect the hinge. The Surface Book’s 13.5-inch display looks a little
tall and unconventional at first. That’s because Microsoft has picked a 3:2
aspect ratio instead of the wide 16:9 or 16:10 ratios found on most laptops.
The trackpad and
keyboard on the Surface Book has the quality which you’d expect from a premium
laptop. It’s a big
glass surface that feels just like a MacBook trackpad. Typing on the Surface Book is a weird experience at first.
There’s not very much key travel, so the keyboard feels a little hard. It took
a few hours of typing to get used to it. The Surface Book’s keyboard
spacing is pretty ideal. Microsoft has
done a good job with its first real laptop keyboard.
Not only you get premium quality but also Microsoft has provided premium specifications. On the base model there’s 8GB of RAM paired
with Intel’s latest Core i5 processor, and it’s fast. Basic web browsing, a
little bit of Photoshop, and regular desktop apps all perform well. A 16GB of RAM model equipped with a Core i7 processor. There is no drastic changes between the two models for my basic work needs, but
in gaming the Core i7 model benefits from the Nvidia GPU installed in the base.
Drivers aren’t supplied directly from Nvidia yet, so it’s difficult to measure
The really unique and interesting part of the Surface Book
is the new fulcrum hinge. It snakes around the base and display of the Surface
Book, and it looks great. It
has individual notches that extend to let you adjust the screen angle, and they
sound like they’re unpeeling as you fold it out. While the hinge isn’t
infinitely adjustable, it has enough viewing angles to cater for my desk and
lap usage. Because this is also a tablet, it makes this new hinge a
little compromised. The hinge isn’t resistive enough like a regular laptop, so
it bounces and wobbles a little if you’re typing in your lap or you touch the
display while you’re using it as a laptop. The problem with the hinge is that it also reveals the main
weakness of the Surface Book. If you close the Book down, the display doesn’t
sit flush with the keyboard, leaving an unsightly gap. It also makes the Surface
Book a lot bulkier than a regular laptop. Dust gets regularly deposited onto the Surface Book
keyboard because of this gap.
Microsoft has built a little button on the keyboard that
unlocks the screen from the base. It’s like one of those crazy buttons you
press to enter a secret room, and it lets you pull off the display and use it
as a giant tablet. Microsoft has built an entire PC into this display that
doubles as a touch screen and supports a stylus. While the base unit and
display combine into a laptop that’s not exactly lightweight at 3.34 pounds,
the tablet section feels manageable at 1.6 pounds.
The new Surface Pen is greatly improved thanks to a more
resistive tip, but there’s still a slight lag that will irritate artists who
want to draw on this professionally. It’s fine for note taking though, and
there's even an eraser on the top now. You can even hold the button down to
activate Cortana, but I found it didn't always detect my voice very well. The
Surface Pen also snaps magnetically to the side.
There are two USB ports, a full
SD card reader, a mini DisplayPort, and an additional Nvidia GPU on some
models. It’s a battery dock for the tablet. Once you’re done using it as a
tablet, you can simply dock the Surface Book back in and it stays coupled
together with magnets and a "muscle wire" lock that secures it firmly
in place. It’s a clever piece of engineering, but it relies on battery power to
activate. You can remove the display when it’s powered off, but if you drain
the battery, you’ll have to wait until it’s at least 10 percent before you can
undock it again.
While the tablet portion should last around 4 hours, Microsoft claims up to 12
hours if you’re using it as a regular laptop. It’s not lying.Watching HD movies, using Photoshop, and surfing
the web with Twitter open all day. It takes around 2 hours to charge the tablet
itself, and around 4 or 5 hours to charge both. Because the keyboard and tablet
both use the same Surface connector, you can use a single cable to do both, or
just charge them combined in the regular laptop mode.
For pricing and more details from Microsoft's official website click here.
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