Surface Book Review – The Best Non-Perfect Laptop

At first glance, the Surface Book is just like any other 13-inch notebook but with a more premium design. It also boasts a longer battery life and the kind of performance that you will find in a handful of modern laptops such as the MacBook Pro. However, unlike the Mac computer, Microsoft’s contender allows users to remove the screen which then makes it into an absurdly light tablet that only weighs 1.6-pounds. According to Microsoft, this is the “ultimate laptop.”

Surface Book Review - The Best Non-Perfect Laptop

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The Surface Book is also the first homegrown laptop made by the company. In other words, it has Microsoft labeled on it instead of the other known laptop manufacturers. Looking at the specs, it raises the bar with its fast performance, a battery life that is best-in-its-class (as a laptop), and the design is both premium and unforgettable.

With the screen attached, the Microsoft Surface Book acts just like a notebook would. It feels heavy, well, at least when compared to other flagship Windows laptops. However, as a laptop, Microsoft’s flagship device is not about being lightweight (but that can change, more on that later), as it is about horsepower. It boasts fast performance, unmatched battery life (again, as a laptop), and delivers robust graphics.

As a tablet, the device begins to change in terms of weight and specs. First of all, the battery-life falls down a notch; it is basically due to the larger battery being found by the keyboard. Hence, expect a drop in running time when you take the screen/tablet portion out of the keyboard. To remove the display, simply hold down the button found beside the “Delete” key and wait until it glows green. When it does, just life the screen away from the dock. The tablet portion is shockingly light as compared lifting the entire device with the keyboard attached.

What’s unique and nice about the detaching mechanism of the tablet portion is that it uses software-based controls. This will allow the display to be detached and reattached safely. So for example, if you’re running a program that uses the GPU in the keyboard dock, the device will prompt you to close out of the app first prior to taking off the tablet.

With a distinctive and well-constructed design, a very light tablet, a pen input that works surprisingly well, fast performance, comfortable typing experience, and a superior battery life (as a laptop), the Surface Book seems to be a very great contender in the hybrid laptop/tablet market. However, there are still some quirks such as a mediocre battery-life for the tablet portion, as well as the high price tag that comes along with the device.


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