A Review of the Microsoft Surface Book

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The best way to define the Microsoft Surface book is as a top-of-the-line laptop/tablet combination.  Offering a futuristic feel and a seamless integration with what would otherwise be considered a traditional tablet, this model has indeed come to espouse all that Microsoft has been striving for.  As it is priced at (approximately) $1,580 dollars, it is actually relatively cheap when compared to models which claim to offer similar levels of functionality.  Another great improvement is that many of the bugs which made the Surface notorious in 2015 have been resolved.  There is also a variant which offers a full terabyte of storage space; a welcome addition for anyone who requires a great deal of memory and wishes to stick with the Microsoft brand name.

Design

Futuristic hardly defines this unit.  As both sides have been milled from solid blocks of magnesium, weight will never be an issue.  This also provides the Surface Book with a unique sheen that would otherwise be nearly impossible to accomplish through a brushed metallic look.  Another interesting design feature is that both halves are equal in their thickness.  Most other models have a thicker base unit when compared to the screen.  When we add in what Microsoft has dubbed a “dynamic fulcrum hinge” (the piece of hardware which connects the screen to the base), the formula for a stunning build is realised.

Specifications

The weight of the Surface Book is 3.34 pounds (1.5 kilogrammes) and this defines it as a middle-range laptop in terms of weight.  This is likely the reason that Microsoft chose magnesium as a base material as opposed to aluminium.  Keep in mind that the 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs the same; even with a smaller screen.  So, most users will not have any issues with this subject.

This model contains an Intel 2.4 GHz Core i5 processor; one of the best on the market.  An Intel Nvidia GeForce Graphics card of 1 gigabyte can handle complicated tasks without freezing or lagging (in most cases).  256 gigabytes of storage are included as standard although as we have mentioned, users can opt for larger amounts depending upon their needs.

Camera

Rounding out the main features are the two cameras which are present.  An 8-megabyte rear-facing unit features auto focus and a resolution of 1080 pixels in an HD format.  The front camera is slightly smaller; providing 5 megabytes of resolution.  This also doubles as a face authentication unit; an increasingly common feature in the high-end laptop market.  As the rear camera, a resolution of 1080 pixels provides superior clarity for both leisure and professional needs.

The Microsoft Surface Book is priced anywhere between £1,250 pounds and £1,600 pounds.  This will depend upon any additional accessories as well as the possibility of more memory being attached.  The ultimate verdict is that this laptop could very well be the best on the market; particularly due to its elegant appearance combined with ample processing power.  A marriage of form and function could easily be one way to describe what the Surface Book has to offer.