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Microsoft Introduces the Surface Book Laptop

Category: Laptops / Tablets
Posted: 05:04PM

Microsoft has had its Surface tablet for quite some time, proving to people that a powerful Windows tablet is possible, and one that is also starting to be imitated by the competition. Today Microsoft has a new product that is sure to get collective mouths watering, as it unveiled the Surface Book. This is the company's first laptop and it comes loaded with features, starting with a Maxwell GPU from NVIDIA. It also has either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, integrated Intel HD 520 graphics on models without the NVIDIA GPU, an SSD ranging in size from 128GB to 1TB, and 8 or 16GB of RAM. The Surface Book features a 13.5" PixelSense display with a 3000x2000 resolution touchscreen, which supports ten point multi-touch. It can be used like a regular laptop, making it the first ever true laptop in the Surface line; flip the screen around to take advantage of the Surface Pen and the pen-first mode; or completely detach the screen and use it just like a tablet. Yes, the Surface Book is a laptop, but it still holds true to its heritage and becomes a fully functioning tablet at the push of a button.

Also on the Surface Book is 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a five megapixel front camera, eight megapixel rear camera, dual microphones, front-facing speakers with Dolby audio, and a TPM chip for enterprise security. Connectivity options include two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size SD card reader, SurfaceConnect, a headset jack, and mini DisplayPort. Battery life is stated to reach 12 hours with video playback, but that can always change based on how much or little you're doing on it.

Windows 10 Pro powers the Surface Book, giving you the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft. The company bills it as a professional laptop, but also one that can hunker down and play some games, with Microsoft's Panos Panay billing it as the perfect device for gamers, developers, architects, scientists, designers, content creators, and just about anyone else you can think of. The NVIDIA GPU can help out immensely in Adobe Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop, or just for some gaming to unwind after a long day.

The Microsoft Surface Book arrives on October 26 for $1,499, with the price bumping to $1,899 if it has the NVIDIA Maxwell GPU. Each Surface Book comes with the Surface Pen, the keyboard, a power supply, and a one-year warranty. Pre-orders are now live from Microsoft's online store.

Sources: Microsoft and NVIDIA Blog

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Black64 on October 07, 2015 12:57

Another dull gadget that I don't want, Mircosoft needs to think to the future, not 2008.

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