Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Available for Purchase
The software giant's first ever laptop—technically a 2-in-1—and the follow-up to its successful Surface Pro 3 officially hit store shelves.One of the few genuine surprises of this month's Microsoft hardware event in New York was the reveal of the Surface Book, the company's first 2-in-1 laptop. Now, after Surface Book's Oct. 6 unveiling, buyers in the United States and Canada can take it home. Surface Book (pictured) starts at $1,499. Panos Panay, head of Microsoft hardware, said in an Oct. 26 announcement that the 13.5-inch Surface Book borrows from the company's newfound aptitude for computing hardware and decades-long experience in building peripherals, to develop a product that rivals Apple's well-regarded MacBook Pro. "Surface Book's 13.5" PixelSense Display delivers six million pixels, beating the 13.3" MacBook Pro by almost 2 million pixels, and the depth of this screen and contrast is remarkable," he stated. "We drew on more than 25 years of designing keyboards to deliver a typing experience where the feel and even the sound of the keys [are] perfect," he added. Like the Surface Pro tablet, Surface Book supports pen input. One of the Windows 10 laptop's most notable and eye-catching features is the unique Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge design.
"It doesn't pivot from a single point, but lays out like an unrolled carpet as you open it," said Panay. "Its purpose is to lengthen the base of the product to offset the weight in the screen and allows Surface Book to work brilliantly as a laptop without sacrificing performance of the tablet."