Following on from the continuing success of the Surface Pro range of tablets, Microsoft surprised the market last year by announcing Microsoft’s first ever notebook hardware.
Unlike the Surface Pro range which uses a Type Cover keyboard, this device features an excellent notebook grade hardware keyboard with back lighting and excellent key travel. Whilst the Surface Pro keyboards are fine for regularly use, the Surface Book keyboard is even better and would suit a user who ‘typed all the time’.
In addition, underneath the keyboard is one of two batteries (the other is behind the screen) and also underneath the keyboard is an optional Nvidia GPU. The GPU provides increased graphics performance for CAD, video processing and other more demanding video based applications.
The Surface Book comes in a range of specifications from i3 to i7 with various hard disk and memory size options to suit all users. The screen is larger than the 12″ Surface Pro at 13.5″ and features a crisp 3000×2000 267ppi pixel sense panel which simply looks amazing.
The Surface Book features two (loud) front facing dolby speakers and of course the screen is a touch screen. This feature should not be underestimated as it is crucial in my view, let’s face it, these days, what device is complete without a touch screen? The touchscreen allows the user to draw and write using the supplied pen as well as run a new world of touchscreen applications. For example, if you choose to install third party DuOS software, it will enable this device to run all Android (touch) applications as well as all the windows touch applications from the Microsoft Store plus all of the normal business and office software that you are used to using eg Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Accounting software etc. Best of all worlds.
The Surface Book features a “dynamic fulcrum hinge’ which give a chunky “caterpillar track’ technical feel to the device. Practically, this hinge allows for the device to be closed but still retain a gap above the keyboard keys thus allowing better key travel and no marking of the screen by keys.
Most exciting of all the Surface Book has a Power Wire Button, when pressed, the wire inside changes length, unlatching the entire screen at the hinge, which can then be removed and used as a tablet!
The Surface Book is both a notebook and a tablet and more….
The screen on its own is called Clipboard mode and it feels fabulous to hold, thin, light, large and perfect for couch reading, drawing, writing, art and note taking.
The screen can also be reversed and still used in tablet mode, with the power of the optional GPU and second battery.
The Surface Book features an excellent battery life of around 12 hours (both batteries) or around three hours in clipboard only mode.
The Surface Book had a few technical issues unresolved when it was initially released last year with problems that included incorrect operation of sleep mode and some issues associated with detaching and reattaching the screen but these early issues now appear resolved and Microsoft have marketed this device as the ‘ultimate laptop’ and we are not inclined to argue to hard against their assessment.
From our point of view, this is a unique and landmark device which we prefer to the Surface Pros for our use and the versatility and quality of materials, software, pen and other features make this is truly unique device which we have no hesitation in highly recommending for your business.
If you have executive staff who ‘simply want the best’ multifunction notebook/tablet device for their office, this the ‘best practice’ product to buy.
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