The Surface Book is a great deal as it is Microsoft’s first ever laptop. It’s a risky move for Microsoft to enter Surface Book in the competitive notebook market, especially because it has to compete directly with its partner, but the Surface Book does own some impressive specs. We take a look at how helpful the new laptop contender is for work and a bit of play.
The Surface Book is a pimped out Surface Pro 4 with additional you got a new Surface Pen with 1024 pressure levels that is attached to the frame of the device magnetically. It comes with a full-sized keyboard with Nvidia graphics card nestled inside the expensive versions. With Surface Pro 4, the keyboard cover and the discrete graphics card is sold separately.
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: Multi-touch (10 points)
Battery life: 12 hours of video playback
Processor: 6th Gen Intel Core (i5/ i7)
Weight: 1.5kg including keyboard
Memory: 8GB/16GB RAM
Resolution: 3000 x 2000
Display Screen: 13.5-inch
Dimensions: 31.2 cm × 23.2 cm × 2.3 cm
Graphics i5: Intel HD Graphics 520 (i5/i7) with 1GB GDDR5 memory
Security: TPM chip
Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
Ports: Headset jack
Full-sized SD Card reader
Two full-size USB 3.0
Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Magnetometer
Microphones: Stereo microphones
Cameras: Windows Hello face-authentication camera (front-facing)
5.0 megapixel front-facing HD
8.0-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera
Audio: Dolby Audio, Stereo speakers
A lot has said about Surface Book’s ‘dynamic fulcrum hinge.’ It’s the first things you notice about Surface Book. Which looks a bit similar to Lenovo’s watch-hinge from the Yoga 900, however, its inner-workings are very different to nearly every other laptop hinge that’s come before it.
For example, rather than just bending at a pivot point like a standard hinge, the internal mechanism unfurls and uncoils. The hinge has a number of grooves that allow it to bend when the lid is shut, and while it’s open, the numerous ridges press together to provide support.
The display can also be mounted back to its base reversed so that you can use it in a pitched up tent mode or you could fold it down flat. The Surface Book knows when it’s been reverse-mounted, too, so it will stay in tablet mode.
As for 13in laptops, it’s quite heavy. With a dedicated GPU, it weighs about 1.58kg and without 1.52kg. Next to the Dell XPS 13, which weighs 1.29kg, the difference is clear. The fulcrum hinge increases its thickness, as it reduces from 22.8mm down to 13mm at the front. By no means, it encountered any issues with dirt accumulating in the grooves of the hinge. Although the hinge and gap do give the Surface Book, a distinct charm, and its uninterrupted magnesium body look superb both inside and outside.
The keyboard is connected to the screen through ‘Muscle wire’ attachment mechanism. You can release it by hold down the dedicated button in the top right corner of the keyboard, or you can select the relevant option in the taskbar then mechanism’s nitinol alloy tightens when the charge has passed, and it is used as spring that disengage the locks and those clamps are incredibly strong.
Performance & Battery
The main battery is placed inside the device’s keyboard, so when you’re in laptop mode, you get the long battery life you would expect from a high-end notebook. But there’s also a second battery placed inside the screen. Just by pressing a button, you can detach the screen for the Clipboard Mode.The battery in screen is smaller compared to the battery in the keyboard which gives a short battery life compared to the battery inside the keyboard. It thus makes its clipboard feel light in hand, and its is much larger than the Surface Pro 4, however (sans keyboard) weighs either 6 % lighter (compared to Core m3 Surface Pro 4) or 9 % lighter (compared to all other SP4 models).
Microsoft Surface Book comes with an 5 & 8-megapixel front and back cameras. The camera is totally amazing for a Tablet or Laptop and thus gives an excellent image resolution.
Microsoft included a special camera in the Surfaces Book that lets you log into your Windows using facial recognition technology. That is as big of a deal on devices like this as fingerprint sensors have been on phones. It only takes just a few seconds to set up, and after that, you can securely log into your Surface simply by looking at it. It works perfectly and saves you from typing your PIN or password every time you sit down.
The Surface Book is undoubtedly a superb machine. It is well-designed, well-made and gives features that make it stand out in a crowded in the laptop market. But it might not suit everybody. I do much prefer the Surface Pro 4.My feelings, however, doesn’t withdraw from the fact that the Surface Book is a great laptop. The price is slightly high if you’re looking for an everyday work device for standard use like checking emails, creating PowerPoint presentations, writing up documents, etc. The Surface Book might be a bit of an overkill if you are looking for a laptop for standard office use but if you want a portable device powerful enough for some significant Photoshopping tasks it might be a good option.
- Unique design
- Unrivaled display
- Clipboard mode
- Low Battery life
- Major updates are still in tow