Well here’s a surprise! After spending years undermining the laptop — or at least trying to — with the Surface, now Microsoft is making its own damn laptop. Oh hell yes folks, here is Surface Book. Yes, it’s beautiful.
For those of you keeping track at home, yes, this is Microsoft’s first laptop.
The basics: The Surface Book has 13.5-inch diagonal screen. It has six million pixels, which works out to 267 PPI. And yes, it’s got a keyboard. One of the clicky clack kind. Not a touch cover — a real keyboard. Microsoft also touted what seems to be a very fancy glass trackpad.
And though it’s a “laptop” of the backflipping variety, a bit like a Lenova Yoga, that keyboard also detaches.
The tablet portion weights 728 grams, and altogether with the keyboard the weight is up to 1516 grams depending on configuration.
It runs a Nvidia GeForce graphics, the latest Intel Core processor, and a 12-hour battery. That battery life with all that power seems almost ridiculous. Yup, it’s got discreet graphics in that teensy body.
According to Microsoft it’s two times faster than the MacBook Pro, and the company says it’s “ounce for ounce” the most powerful laptop ever made.
The success of this device, will ultimately hinge on the, well, the hinge, which both allows the computer to both backflip, to sit upright, and to detach from its keyboard altogether.
It starts at $2,299.50 in Australia for the Core i5 entry-level model, and it’s available for pre-order today. It ships November 12th.
I’m a little shocked by this Surface Book. It’s expensive, sure, but it’s really powerful and beautifully design in a way that somebody might actually choose this laptop. This isn’t the crap Windows laptop your work gave you, it’s the computer you’re happy to fire up every day. Or that’s how it seems — we’ll let you for sure when we try it out.