Microsoft crashes hybrid laptop party
Surface Book is tech giant’s first laptop, aiming at rival Apple MacBook
Microsoft just barged into the hybrid PC scene with the Surface Book, announced during Windows 10 hardware pow wow.
Like any good hybrid, the Surface Book detaches from its keyboard to become a standalone Surface tablet.
Microsoft describes the Surface Book as the “ultimate laptop,” a claim likely inspired by a set of top-of-the-line specs. The laptop comes wrapped in a machined magnesium alloy with a 13.5-inch, 267ppi screen. It weighs in at around 1.6 lbs between with a petite 13.0 - 22.8mm thin chassis. 1TB internal storage and 16GB of RAM are some of the other specs highlights.
In laptop mode, the Surface Book pivots on a unique “dynamic fulcrum hinge,” allowing it to bend back and forth.
Surface Book’s keyboard features a backlit chiclet-style board. The new laptop also has a multi-touch glass trackpad. Microsoft is claiming claims 12 hours of battery life in laptop mode and three in tablet.
Connection is via a pair of built-in USB 3.0 ports. You can extend the ports with the use of the Surface Dock with an extra set of two high-definition video ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, and an audio output, tethered to the Book using (the ultra-fast) USB-C connection.
Like the Surface tablet before it, the Book doesn’t come cheap though. The lower spectrum 128GB storage and 8GB of RAM starts at $1,500, with the fully loaded option running north of $3,000.
Like Google, Microsoft’s intention seems to offer a reference point for its ODM partners to what Windows 10 is capable of, although like with the Surface tablet, the Book may elicit some murmurs from some of the manufacturers, who may feel the software giant is infringing on their territory, again.