10 Key Facts About Microsoft's Surface Book 2-in-1 Hybrid Device

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-10-08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Key Facts About Microsoft's Surface Book 2-in-1 Hybrid Device

    Microsoft describes the Surface Book as a "redefining of the laptop," but it's really a hybrid device combines the key features of the tablet and the notebook.
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    The Surface Book Is a 2-in-1 Hybrid
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    The Surface Book Is a 2-in-1 Hybrid

    Although Microsoft is pitching the Surface Book as a replacement for a laptop, the truth is that the device is a hybrid that combines the functionality of a notebook and tablet in one. In some use cases, it's a full-service tablet, and in others, it's a full-fledged notebook, complete with a nice keyboard. And it appears to be a nice hybrid at that.
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    The Display Looks to Be a Solid Offering
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    The Display Looks to Be a Solid Offering

    The display built into the Surface Book should appeal to the vast majority of consumers and enterprise customers. The device comes with a 13.5-inch PixelSense display boasting a resolution of 3,000 by 2,000. It also has 10-point multi-touch support. It's a good-looking (and high-functioning) display.
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    The Keyboard Is Full-Size and Backlit
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    The Keyboard Is Full-Size and Backlit

    Microsoft made the smart move to bring a full-size keyboard to the Surface Book. The keyboard is sufficient for mobile workers and consumers, and thanks to its being backlit, should work just as well at night as during the day. It may seem like a simple feature, but to be successful in the hybrid space is to deliver the best of notebooks and tablets. The Surface Book delivers.
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    Bring on the Surface Pen
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    Bring on the Surface Pen

    The Surface Book not only supports the Surface Pen stylus; the accessory also comes bundled in the box. That is good news for consumers and enterprise users. With the Surface Pen, users will be able to mark up the screen and write out notes. And since it's been improved with more touch sensitivity and eraser support, it's arguably one of the best styluses on the market.
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    Microsoft Is Offering Intel's Core i5, i7 Processors
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    Microsoft Is Offering Intel's Core i5, i7 Processors

    Power shouldn't be much of a problem in the Surface Book. The device comes in several different versions based on storage, but customers can choose between the Intel Core i5 or the Intel Core i7 processor. Those processors should provide the requisite power to get the job done.
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    Here's a Surprise: Optional Discrete Graphics
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    Here's a Surprise: Optional Discrete Graphics

    It's surprising that the Surface Book comes with support for discrete graphics. In most mobile devices, built-in graphics chips are standard. In the Surface Book, however, Microsoft is offering an option for Nvidia's GeForce graphics chip. While it won't be able to deliver desktop-level value, it'll be capable of handling graphics for most applications.
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    Yes, This Is a Windows 10 Device
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    Yes, This Is a Windows 10 Device

    Windows 10 Pro comes bundled with the Surface Book, which means enterprise customers will find an experience they desire in the device. With Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft Surface Book owners will also find a free 30-day trial of Office, which can then be upgraded to an Office 365 subscription. Look for Windows 10 Pro to be an important selling point for enterprise customers.
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    The Hinge Is Notable
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    The Hinge Is Notable

    The special hinge that's built into the Surface Book is notable. The hinge is capable of putting the screen at any degree angle that customers desire. More importantly, it even rotates the screen around to cover the back of the keyboard and becomes a handwriting-based notebook. The Surface Book hinge also comes apart for those who don't want a tablet experience without the extra keyboard thickness.
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    Enough Storage Options for Anyone
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    Enough Storage Options for Anyone

    To its credit, Microsoft isn't skimping when it comes to on-board storage. The company has several solid-state drive options for customers, ranging from 128GB to 1TB. Of course, any jump in on-board storage means a leap in price, but if companies or consumers want ample storage, the Surface Book will deliver on that desire.
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    An Eye on Pricing
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    An Eye on Pricing

    The Surface Book is not a cheap device. The computer starts at $1,499 for the Intel Core i5 and 128GB option. Customers who want the higher-end 512GB option with Intel Core i7 and a discrete graphics chip will pay $2,699. The Surface Book Pro won't be cheap, but it may be worth the price, given its flexibility.
 

Microsoft made several expected hardware announcements at its special press event on Oct. 6, including the unveiling of new Lumia smartphones and the Surface Pro 4 tablet. However, one might argue that when the show was said and done, the most surprising revelation was the company's Surface Book two-in-one hybrid. Microsoft describes the Surface Book as a "redefining of the laptop," but in reality, it's a two-in-one hybrid that attempts to combine the finest features in the tablet with the finest features in a notebook to create one appealing experience. Whether it will actually achieve that goal remains to be seen, but at first blush, the Surface Book appears to be extremely compelling and a device that no one looking to buy a new computer should overlook. Realizing that, eWEEK takes a closer look at the Surface Book's key features and explains why both consumers and enterprise customers may find some value in a product that is attempting to bridge the gap between notebooks and tablets.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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