Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The New Microsoft Surface Book Laptop

At its Windows 10 Hardware Press Conference held at 10am today in New York Microsoft also announced its first ever laptop, the Surface Book. It features a 13.5-inch PixelSense detachable display screen which at 267 DPI gives a super quality 6 million pixels (3000 x 2000) resolution, optically bonded, color, contrast and clarity. The touch screen display is 7.7mm thick and weighs just 1.6 pounds. The screen opens up in a dynamic fulcrum hinge and it's also easily detached turning this powerful laptop into a convenient digital clipboard. The Surface Book also features a backlit keyboard and a glass trackpad all packaged in a magnesium body.

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The New Microsoft Surface Book

In its announcement Microsoft said that the Surface Book is the ultimate laptop doing to the laptop what the Surface Pro did to the tablet. With the latest generation (6th generation) Intel Core i7 Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GPU and High-speed GDDR5 memory, Microsoft has said that the Surface Book will deliver ultimate performance and is the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made!!!



How does it the Surface Book compare?

According to Microsoft, the Surface Book outperforms any competitor in its class and is two times more powerful and faster than the MacBook Pro!!

Surface Book Features

The Microsfot Surfae Book will support up to 16GB RAM and 1 TB of storage. It offers the best portability and performance in the one package. Other features of the Microsfot Surface Book include:

  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • Full size SD card slot
  • Integrated keyboard with backlit keys
  • Precision glass, 5-point multitouch trackpad (40% larger than that on the Surface Pro 3)
  • Up to 12 hour battery life
  • Machined magnesium body
  • Weighs only 3.48 pounds (1576 grams)
  • The Microsoft Surface Pen is included
  • A new Surface Pro 4 cover which is lighter, thinner and sturdier and also works with the Surface Pro 3.

Surface Book Price & Availability

Prices for the Microsoft Surface Book start at $1499 (128 GB Intel Core i5 with 8 GB RAM) and $2,699 at the top end (512 GB Intel Core i7 with 16 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Processor).

A shown in the following table, the price of the Surface Book ranges from $1,499 to $3,199 depending on the type of processor, RAM and storage configuration:

Model / Configuration    Price   
Microsoft Surface Book - Intel Core i5   8GB RAM 128GB Storage   $1,499
Microsoft Surface Book - Intel Core i5   8GB RAM 256GB Storage   $1,699
Microsoft Surface Book - Intel Core i5   8GB RAM 256GB Storage dGPU   $1,899
Microsoft Surface Book - Intel Core i7   8GB RAM 256GB Storage dGPU   $2,099
Microsoft Surface Book - Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 512GB Storage dGPU   $2,699
Microsoft Surface Book - Intel Core i7 16GB RAM   1TGB Storage dGPU   $3,199

Like the Surface Pro 4, you can pre-order your Surface Book right now but the devices won't be available until 26 October.

The Microsoft Surface Book is certainly the perfect replacement for those old and tierd laptop computers like my luggable Dell Laptop. More than just a tablet, with its detachable screen it's the ultimate 2-in-1 capable of running powerful desktop applications under the latest Windows 10 Operating System.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Announced

At its Windows 10 Hardware Press Conference held at 10am today in New York, Microsoft announced a suite of new generation hardware devices including the much-anticipated and long-awaited Surface Pro 4 with a Skylake 6th Generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB storage.

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The New Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch screen so it's 40% larger and boasts 267 DPI; that's over 5 million pixels on the screen!!! The good news is that the increased screen size hasn't been achieved by increasing the footprint of the device. Rather, it's been achieved by decreasing the size of the bezel. So there's more real-estate for Windows 10 and your applications.



Microsoft's new flagship tablet is the size of a sheet of paper and thinner and lighter. It's 8.4mm thick and weighs just 1.73 pounds (786 grams). The company has said that its Surface Pro 4 is the thinnest, most powerful Surface yet. It sports the latest Skylake 6th generation Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GPU with GDDR5 memory and has up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The new Surface Pro 4 has a battery life of up to 9 hours.

Surface Pro 4 Price & Availability

A shown in the following table, the price of the Surface Pro 4 ranges from $899 to $2,699 depending on the type of processor, RAM and storage configuration:

Model / Configuration    Price   
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core m3  4GB RAM 128GB Storage    $899
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i5    4GB RAM 128GB Storage    $999
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i5    8GB RAM 256GB Storage  $1,299
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i5    8GB RAM 512GB Storage  $1,699
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i5   16GB RAM 256GB Storage  $1,499
Microsoft Surface Pro 4   Intel Core i5   16GB RAM 512GB Storage  $1,899
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i7     8GB RAM 256GB Storage  $1,599
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i7   16GB RAM 256GB Storage  $1,799
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i7   16GB RAM 512GB Storage  $2,199
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - Intel Core i7   16GB RAM     1TB Storage  $2,699

You can pre-order your Surface Pro 4 right now but the devices won't be available until 26 October.

Surface Pro 4 Accessories

The main accessories for the Surface Pro 4 are the Pen and Docking Station, referred to as the Surface Dock.

The new Surface Pro 4 Pen enables you to write and draw directly on the Surface Pro 4 screen. With 1024 touch levels of pressure sensitivity and low latency Microsoft has said that the pen will give a real pen on paper feeling. It will be available in 5 different colors and has a tail eraser. The new Pen offers a full-year of battery life. The Surface Pro 4 Pen comes with a Surface Pen Tip Kit with a set of 4 different tips (2H, H, HB and B) to choose from.

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Surface Pro 4 Pen

The Surface Dock docking station measures only 130 x 30mm and thus has quite a small footprint. It features two 4K mini DisplayPorts, 1 GB Ethernet port, 4 USB 3.0 ports and 1 audio output port which easily allow you to turn your Surface Pro 4 into a desktop PC. Plug your Surface Pro 4 into this docking station via a SurfaceConnect cable and you will quickly and easily access external monitors and keyboard etc. The good news is that the Surface Dock is also compatible with both the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Book. The price of the Surface Pro 4 docking station is $200.

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Surface Pro 4 Docking Station (Surface Dock)

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