Microsoft Surface Book Review

Microsoft has done it once again, as it has managed to build a proper laptop that can also be used as a tablet. There have been numerous attempts at creating a hybrid laptop from several leading electronic manufacturers, but most of them failed to live up to their hype due to some expected shortfalls. Sure, there are several affordable ‘convertible’ laptops available in the market, but these are merely glorified versions of existing tablets. Therefore, when it comes to computing power, performance, and utility, Microsoft Surface Book is certainly looking good to rewrite the history books.

So, Is It A Laptop Or A Tablet?

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Microsoft Surface Book is primarily a laptop that has a detachable screen and two separate CPUs. Unlike conventional laptop hybrids, you can use the Microsoft Surface just like a laptop, and it even offers the versatility and computing power required to run complex and resource-intensive programs. And when you feel like using it as a tablet, all you have to do is press a button and wait for a confirmation to detach the screen from the body. Once you detach the screen, it can be used as a full-fledged tablet, with its own memory, CPU, and a stylus.

Design

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The Microsoft Surface Book has been designed with the user in mind, and it looks marvelous from any angle. It is slim, elegant, and has a design that will put the MacBook Pro and Chrome Pixel to shame. Sure, there is an awkward gap when you fold the laptop, but it seems like a design feature that supports the hybrid functionality. The exterior of the laptop is made of brushed magnesium and has a fully functional keyboard that is a breeze to use.

Display

Microsoft has been successful in displaying their prowess in design, as the entire laptop is just 12.3 inches wide, but the engineers have managed to stretch the screen size to 13.5 inches diagonally. This puts the Microsoft Surface Book comfortably into the laptop category. Over engineering has also played a vital role in ensuring that the highly touch-sensitive display has a 3000 X 2000 pixels resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio at 267 PPI. This provides rich color and depth to the screen that comfortably beats the MacBook Pro and Chrome Pixel, both of which will inevitably be compared to the Microsoft Surface Book.

Specifications

The Microsoft Surface Book can be configured with a Core i5 or i7 processors from Intel along with an Nvidia GPU having 1GB of GDDR5 Memory. You can also opt for an 8 GB RAM or a 16 GB RAM according to your requirements, and the primary storage ranges from 128GB to 1TB PCIe flash storage.

The laptop comes with two USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi network adapter, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a 5 MP front camera, an 8 MP back camera, an SD card reader, and a battery that can support up to 12 hours of video playback in laptop mode. The entire laptop weighs just under 3.5 lbs, making it extremely light and convenient to carry around.

Price & Where To Buy

Prices for the basic Microsoft Surface Book starts at $1,499 for 128 GB storage and Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB RAM. The top end laptop with 1TB storage and Intel Core i7 processor with 16 GB RAM can set you back by $3,199. All version of the Microsoft Surface Book can be ordered online from the official Microsoft Store or other online stores like Academicsuperstore.com .