Microsoft Surface Book Review

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 .

MacBook Air Review

MacBook Air Review

Apple has produced few of the best products in the field of technology and the MacBook Air is one of them. The newly redesigned MacBook Air still holds on to the claim of one of the best laptops in the world. The slim design, better performance and improved battery life make it better than the other laptops.

 

Display and Design

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The 13.3 inch screen display of the laptop is good enough for the buyers. The screen resolution at 1440×900 may be improved. However, the design of the MacBook Air is still the most interesting and appealing. In fact different manufacturers like Dell is behind the race and is trying to imitate the design, DellBook can be a very good example. The slim aluminum design still looks excellent. The screen bezels and the edge to edge glass cover is nothing less than excellent. The bezels in MacBook Air is on thicker aide. The smooth and easy to type Keyboard and the forced touch trackpad are still big assets for the MacBook Air. If the laptops of other manufacturers are considered then none looks up to the mark with MacBook Air at least within the price range. Samsung, HP, Acer, Sony are still making laptops with thick base.

Hardware

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The new and improved Intel Core i5 processor makes it a laptop to buy with enhanced performance. The 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage are the best for your speed and performance. There is hardly any laptop that gives you storage of SSD in the price range. Big companies like Dell and HP are still using the HDD hard disks. MacBook Air uses Apple OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 operating system. The hardware of the MacBook Air makes it one of the best buys in the world at this point of time.

Performance

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The enhanced processor has made sure that the battery performance is increased by considerable amount. The MacBook Air has the best battery backup in its price range. As far as the connectivity performance is concerned, MacBook Air again races ahead of others. The Thunderbolt 2 is as good as it can be for playing videos. It can be also be used for VGA or HDMI. Apple was once criticized for the one USB port, but MacBook Air has 2 USB 3.0 port and is quite useful now. The stereo audio and mic jac enhance the usefulness of the MacBook Air even more. It is also compatible with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Price

The price range of MacBook Air is as usual on the higher side. It is priced at $999. However, when the features of other laptops from leading brands like HP, Dell, Sony etc are compared, the MacBook Air looks more convincing to buy. The product from Samsung that can be rated better than MacBook Air is priced at $1299. This establishes the Apple MacBook Air as the best laptop within the range.

Apple has maintained the style and design of the laptop for sometime now and may be the time has come to make some changes. But as far as the overall performance is concerned, Apple MacBook Air continues to be the best in the market.