Two days ago Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro 4 along with a surprising new addition to their already strong arsenal of products: The Surface Book, Microsoft’s own hybrid Windows 10 notebook. Step aside Dell (XPS 13 2015), there’s a new king in town.
The Surface Book boasts a 13.5-inch screen, similar to the of an sheet of A4 paper as Microsoft puts it, with batteries in both the keyboard and screen lasting up to 12 hours. The keyboard will also house a discreet Nvidia Graphics chip, although at this point there’s no information on which graphics chip they will use. Rounding off the other essential specs include up to 16gbs of ram, and apparently up to 1tb of storage in the form of an SSD. The unit also includes a pressure sensitive pen at attaches to the side of the screen via a magnetic strip. Testers have described it only amazing. It really feels like you’re really writing on the screen instead of it just sliding about.
The top, Screen section, will have 5 megapixel front facing camera and an 8 megapixel camera in the rear as well as a battery that will last 3 hours. While the base, the keyboard, will house the rest of the batteries, a full size sd card slot, 2 usb 3.0 ports, and a mini-display port. There will be accessories available to add-on additional usb ports and an ethernet port.
Connecting the two components is a brand-new hinge design, the only part of the product I’m concerned about. The hinge is large and rounded to resemble an actual notebook feel when you hold it, which is kinda nice. Carrying my thin laptop, I always worry about it slipping and dropping. This new larger grip should be nice to hold. My only issue is the fact that the laptop when close will have a gap near the hinge section. A gap that will allow all sorts of build-up around the keyboard as well as risk damaging the hinge if a sudden weight or force were to act on it. Microsoft has assured that the product has been field and pressure tested to make it the most durable. A uniform mechanical locking system allows the screen to be mounted both ways.
With only a quick glimpse of the product I can’t wait to get my hands on it. In the future when a more refined version is released, it’s going to be my next laptop. The market has a new king.
The Surface Book has a starting price of $1,499 and is available to pre-order now.