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    Surface Book

    Microsoft’s new Surface Book is cheaper, but has Nvidia GPU

    Microsoft’s Surface Book has been a big success for the software giant, selling out almost everywhere before stock even arrived. Clearly Microsoft feels there are still some people that aren’t being catered to, as it’s announced a new model of Surface Book that compromises on price, without sacrificing the ever so important Nvidia GPU that gives the convertible laptop its reasonable 3D graphical performance that fans are excited for.
    The new variant has shown up on the Surface Book store page (thanks TechRadar) for $1,700 (no UK release date or pricing has been announced) with the ability to upgrade the GPU at that price point rather than the SSD. While typically the Surface Book has been available at that cost with a 256GB SSD over the 128GB base model, there’s now an option to leave the drive as it is and bump things up to the dedicated Nvidia GPU, rather than the standard Intel HD Graphics on the CPU.

    While 128GB isn’t exactly a lot of storage, if you keep a lot of files in the cloud, or simply don’t need a lot of storage space, that extra 3D processing power could come in handy and being able to access it without breaking the bank is a nice addition. However those that want a full suite of heftier hardware will still need to pay that bit more.
    The top model is still priced at $3,200 (£2,085) with a terabyte of storage space, a Core i7 CPU 16GB of RAM and the dedicated Nvidia graphics chip.
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    http://www.kitguru.net/laptops/jon-m...as-nvidia-gpu/
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    Microsoft Using Anemic Samsung TLC SSD in Surface Book


    With the first Surface Books shipping, we’re getting a better picture of what Microsoft’s new convertible looks like. According to the latest reports, Microsoft chose to use a slower TLC SSD instead of a caster MLC model. While mostly offering a superb SSD performance, the TLC-based Samsung PM951 falls short with its write speeds.
    For the 128GB model, the Surface Book clocks a meagre 150MB/s and the 256GB model only manages about 280MB/s. Unlike the popular SM951 which uses MLC NAND, the PM951 sports 19nm TLC which is inherently slower. Due to this, the PM951 has write speeds similar to 2011 and 2012 SSDs from 3-4 years ago like the Samsung 830 and 840. In fact, the 150MB/s speed for the 128GB is pretty much on par with HDDs which is telling.
    While TLC is part of the issue, the bigger problem is the lack of NAND parallelism. Each NAND die has speed limits and SSDs gain their superb speeds by writing to many NAND dies simultaneously. As NAND lithography shrinks and denser methods like TLC are used, fewer and fewer NAND dies will be needed for a certain capacity.This all happens before we even consider other limitations like M.2 which limits the number of NAND dies as well.

    There are benefits to using TLC and lower lithographies, chiefly the ability to hit a higher capacity at lower cost. In order to compensate the decreased NAND parallelism, we must turn to things like 3D-VNAND and NVME, which can raise costs. On the other hand, the prices OEMs charge for storage should be more than enough to ensure only top end SSDs make it into premium products.
    For the Surface Book, the increase to higher storage capacities is pretty insane. For an increase of 768GB of storage, Microsoft charges about $1000 which is well above what Samsung charges. For an increase of a more modest 256GB, there is a $500 price bump. These cost increases would more than cover going to faster SSDs like the SM951 or PM987. Given these prices and the premium nature of the Surface Book, it seems natural that Microsoft would have made sure storage is up to par. Hopefully, Microsoft and other OEMs will take note of this with their future products.
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    Surface Book is very hard to repair as processor, RAM are soldered to motherboard




    Some would argue that Microsoft’s new Surface Book is an engineering marvel; the perfect hybrid, if you will. While that may very well be the case, Microsoft had to make some compromises in terms of design to do so as iFixit recently found out.

    The teardown specialists ripped into the new Surface Book intent on determining just how easy or difficult it would be to repair. Things got off to a pretty slow start as the Surface Book is just as difficult to open as other products in the Surface line, first requiring careful removal of the display.

    Once past the first line of defense, iFixit discovered that the motherboard is positioned upside-down, a situation described as a “nightmare.” Nevertheless, the team pressed on only to find that the processor and RAM are soldered directly to the motherboard. Microsoft’s liberal use of adhesive to hold many of the Book’s components in place didn’t sit well with the crew, either.
    All said and done, the Surface Book earned a repairability score of 1 out of 10 (with 10 being the easiest to repair). So in other words, the Surface Book got the worst possible score from iFixit. Not all hope is lost, however, as it is possible to replace the solid state drive and battery – but only after going through hell to get them out.
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    http://www.techspot.com/news/62657-s...ity-score.html
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    Microsoft Pushes Firmware Update To Fix Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 Screen Flickering

    You can imagine the frustration of Surface Book owners who paid a premium for Microsoft's snazzy new laptop only to encounter an annoying screen flickering issue. Well, for those affected by the strange anomaly, Microsoft has made good on its promise to deliver a fix, which is now available through Windows Update.

    Once applied, you'll find the update listed as "System Firmware Update - 11/2/12015" in your update history. It includes several software upgrades, including an HD Graphics 520 driver update (v20.19.15.4308) that addresses multiple display issues, including the one that's been causing some Surface Book systems to flicker.


    There's also a firmware update for the Surface Pro 4, and it too addresses the screen flickering issue and includes a handful of other software upgrades.

    These firmware updates are the result of several user complaints on places like Microsoft's support forum and Reddit. Some users even uploaded videos of their Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 systems flickering to the point where they're unusable. Several of those affected reported success with a temporary workaround, which was to disable Hyper-V.

    Microsoft never stated the root cause of the screen flickering, though it did say that only a "small number of customers" experienced problems.

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    http://hothardware.com/news/microsof...een-flickering
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    acho que a Microsoft se devia dedicar ao software e deixar o hardware para os Partner´s, tanto o book como o SP4 têm dado uma grande barraca.
    PC - NZXT S320 -- Intel Core I7 5930K -- ASUS X99-S -- EVGA GTX 980TI -- 16GB DDR4 GSkill Ripjaws 2400Mhz -- 2x Sandisk Ultra SSD 940GB-- Samsung S34E790c
    AV - Samsung 65JS9500 -- Marantz SR7010 -- 2x KEF Q900 -- 1x KEF Q600 -- 2x Rega R1 -- Nvidia Shield TV -- Projector JVC 950

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    The Microsoft Surface Book Review


    When Microsoft first launched the Surface Pro, they decided to tackle a market that was pretty much untested. Sure, tablets had been around for a while already, but no one had packed a full Ultrabook inside of a tablet. True, the initial Surface Pro had some compromises made due to the hardware available at the time, but Microsoft started to build a brand with Surface, a brand that they lifted from another product line altogether. It’s taken a few generations for the hardware to catch up with that original vision, but I think it’s fair to say that the Surface Pro tablet line has solidified itself as the Windows tablet to beat. The build quality, materials, and performance, are really second to none at this time.
    I’m talking about branding because it’s one of the most difficult parts of a new product lineup. Microsoft, perhaps more than most companies, has certainly had its struggles with branding over the years. Surface though, has truly been defined, and molded, and evolved, into a strong brand for the company, and it plays right at the high end. And that brings us to Surface Book. Surface Book is an extension of the Surface brand, and Microsoft now wants to try its hands at the laptop market. Their goals for Surface Book are certainly not the same as they were for the original Surface Pro, since the laptop market is already well defined, and there are already many excellent devices available. For Microsoft to throw their hat in the ring in this segment is a much different proposition than before, and to succeed, as well as to continue to evolve the Surface brand, they set out to build what they are calling “The Ultimate Laptop”.
    Surface Book certainly keeps the tradition of Surface alive and well. The 13.5-inch laptop has the same 3:2 aspect ratio of the rest of the Surface line, and it is built out of magnesium with the same finish. The fit and finish is very high, and the entire device feels as premium as it should. I think the defining feature of the Surface tablet lineup is the kickstand, and with the Surface Book it is most certainly the hinge. The hinge on the Surface Book is truly unlike anything ever used on a notebook computer before, and while it may not be to everyone’s taste, it certainly draws comments. The hinge, other than a design element, brings a lot of function to the party as well, with it being a key component to keeping this laptop balanced correctly. Balance is generally not an issue with laptops, but the Surface Book has another trick up its sleeve – the display detaches. The Surface Book is hardly the first device to do this, but it is one of the few that has tried to tackle the balance problem with 2-in-1 devices where the screen detaches, and the hinge is a key component to that. Microsoft calls it a Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge, and it extends the base of the laptop slightly to give it more leverage over the display section.
    The design is unique, and what is inside is unique as well, at least potentially. There are two models of the Surface Book. The first model is a typical Ultrabook inside, with an Intel Core i5-6300U processor, but the second model is the only detachable laptop which also has a discrete GPU. There are a couple of reasons this has never been done before, with the main reason being it’s very difficult to dissipate the extra heat that a GPU brings to the table. Microsoft has designed the Surface Book with a GPU which lives in the keyboard base, with the rest of the required components behind the display. This gives them two thermal zones, and by moving the GPU to the base like this, it lets the Surface Book cool the CPU and GPU independently. The extra space in the keyboard is then packed with batteries.
    Surface Book
    Core i5 Core i5 w/GPU Core i7 w/GPU
    GPU Intel HD 520 Intel +
    "NVIDIA GeForce" (Approx. GT 940M) w/1GB GDDR5
    CPU 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6300U (15w) 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6600U (15w)
    Memory 8-16GB RAM
    Display 13.5" IPS 3000x2000 resolution
    1800:1 Contrast Ratio
    100% sRGB, individually calibrated
    10 point touch and Pen support
    Storage PCIe 3.0 SSD 128 GB to 1 TB
    I/O USB 3.0 x 2 (In Base)
    SD Card reader (In Base)
    Surface Connector (In Tablet and Base)
    Headset Jack
    Mini DisplayPort
    Dimensions Laptop
    (mm) : 232 x 312 x 13.0-22.8
    (inches) : 9.14 x 12.3 x 0.51-0.90
    Tablet Only
    (mm) : 220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7
    (inches) : 8.67 x 12.3 x 0.30
    Weight Laptop
    1.515 kg / 3.34 lbs
    Tablet Only
    726 g / 1.6 lbs
    Laptop
    1.579 kg / 3.48 lbs
    Tablet Only
    726 g / 1.6 lbs
    Camera Windows Hello (Front)
    8 MP Rear Facing
    5 MP Front Facing
    Price $1499+ $1899+ $2099+

    Microsoft Surface Book (Core i5/128GB/8GB)
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    Looking at the specifications, one thing to point out is the battery capacity. Most Ultrabooks would average somewhere around 50 Wh of capacity, with a few somewhat higher and a few somewhat lower. By combining the battery in the tablet, which Microsoft calls the Clipboard, with the base, the Surface Book has an amazing 70 Wh of battery capacity. This should help out on battery life, assuming the 3000x2000 display doesn’t drag that down. The rest of the Surface Book is pretty similar to the Surface Pro 4, with PCIe NVMe storage options up to 1 TB, and touch and pen support via the PixelSense display. There are also two USB 3.0 ports in the base, along with a DisplayPort output, and the Surface Connect port which is used for charging, as well as connecting the Surface Dock. There are no ports on the Clipboard at all, with the exception of the Surface Connect port, so if you are using the Clipboard on its own, you will have to dock it to access USB. Like the Surface Pro 4, it would have been nice to see a USB Type-C port included, and the Clipboard would be a perfect spot for that.
    Microsoft is calling the Surface Book “The Ultimate Laptop” and that is a pretty lofty goal for a first generation product. In this review, we will examine all aspects of the Surface Book and see how they compare to the best laptops around. Let’s start with the design.
    Toda a review:
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    Tim Cook Describes Microsoft’s Surface Book as ‘Deluded’


    Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook appears to be on the warpath of late and becoming quite outspoken about the PC platform and Microsoft’s hardware endeavors. Only yesterday, he described PCs as ‘pointless’ and an outdated premise compared to the iPad Pro. There’s a huge sense of irony here as the term PC refers to computer hardware, and Apple’s role involves creating their own operating system for heavily restricted PCs. These remarks have made Tim Cook look extremely foolish, and I cannot understand his bizarre thought process.
    Microsoft’s Surface Book is certainly one of the most impressive hardware reveals I’ve seen for some time. However, Tim Cook disagrees and made some fairly disparaging remarks about the device during an appearance at an Irish college. He criticized the product and said:
    “It’s a product that tries too hard to do too much,”
    “It’s trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither. It’s sort of deluded.”

    For all Apple’s posturing about their “really good” relationship with Microsoft, Tim Cook isn’t speaking on amicable terms and behaving in an appalling manner. It’s hilarious to think the iPad Pro is a different, more streamlined device than the Surface Book. If anything, the Surface Book has even more potential and I believe it’s probably the best piece of hardware Microsoft has designed. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with Apple and Tim Cook, but it seems the company’s aggressive attitude is coming to the forefront.
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    http://www.eteknix.com/tim-cook-desc...-book-deluded/
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    Brits Will Have to Wait Until 2016 for the SurfaceBook


    If you live in the UK and would like to get your hands on the new SurfaceBook from Microsoft like your American and Australian friends, then you are out of luck for quite some time. This news comes directly from Microsoft’s booth at the Future Decoded venue in London via Micheal Gillett, Microsoft MVP for Windows Consumer Apps.
    The latest news tells us that it will be at least March 2016, if not April 2016, before it will become available for UK customers. It will most likely be the same date or later for the rest of Europe too, but that’s just speculation so far. There are still quite a few parts in the world where you can’t get any Surface products at all yet, so this certainly isn’t a new scheme.


    Michael Gillett @MichaelGillett
    Just been told at #FutureDecoded that the #SurfaceBook won't be available in the UK until March/April 2016





    Whether this is down high demand where the production can’t keep up or if it is another portion of company stupidity and regional exclusives is down to everyone’s own guess, but one thing is sure: People won’t be happy about this. I am personally planning a new portable and powerful workstation purchase very soon and had my eyes on a Surface Book. With this news, I might just put my eyes on a new Yoga or similar instead.
    While we are in the sad corner, there is more coming and that is in regard to the new Surface Pro 4. The Surface Type Cover with fingerprint scanner won’t come to the UK at all, at least there currently aren’t any plans for it. There is no real reasoning behind this, at least no official ones. So you can get your tinfoil hats out and start making your own theories on that too.


    Michael Gillett @MichaelGillett
    Just been told, there are currently no plans to bring the new Surface Type Cover with the fingerprint scanner to the UK #FutureDecoded





    Overall, this is not the best news out of the house of Microsoft. It was only yesterday that Tim Cook was dissing the Surface Book, so it will be interesting to see what comes tomorrow.
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    Surface Book Review – A Gaming Focused Perspective

    • Manufacturer: Microsoft
    • Category: Laptop/2-in-1
    • Price: $1899.99 as tested
    • Review copy purchased by the reviewer.

    Microsoft is committed to bringing premium first-party hardware in much the same way that Apple does. The announcement of the original Surface and Surface Pro back in 2013 was met with a lot of criticism, that such a tablet couldn’t possibly be useful in any way shape or form. The keyboard was lackluster with a small touchpad and a horrid typing experience. The only saving grace, really, was the fantastic display combined with a surprisingly useful digitizer, something that many thought was only for creative people. It turns out, however, that having a pen is immensely useful. The design, too, was a spot on, an industrial piece of art with specifications that made it potent for everyday work.
    The original Surface Pro wasn’t quite the instant success that Microsoft had hoped it to be, though they persisted in their adventure to create the perfect integrated mobile device: The Surface Book.

    Enter the 4th generation Surface of products.

    Announced on October 6th of 2015, the Surface Book is a departure from what had been a move into a tablet first design into something that could more readily be able to replace full blown, larger laptops. This is a laptop that can be a tablet sometimes, if you feel the need to do such. At the reveal, it was confusingly initially positioned as a direct competitor to the MacBook Pro before it’s true nature was revealed. It still is positioned as a competitor, though it also includes features that no one device in Apple’s lineup has. But it also is able to provide for a potentially better representation of the 2-in-1 market with perhaps a bit more elegance.
    Surface Book
    CPU Skylake i5-6300U Skylake i5-6300U Skylake i7-6600U
    GPU Intel HD 520 Intel +
    "NVIDIA GeForce" (Approx. GT 940M) w/1GB GDDR5
    Intel +
    "NVIDIA GeForce" (Approx. GT 940M) w/1GB GDDR5
    Memory 8-16GB RAM 8-16GB RAM 8-16GB RAM
    Display 13.5" IPS 3000x2000 resolution
    1800:1 Contrast Ratio
    100% sRGB, individually calibrated
    10 point touch and Pen support
    Storage PCIe 3.0 Based SSD 128 GB to 1 TB
    I/O USB 3.0 x 2 (In Base)
    SD Card reader (In Base)
    Surface Connector (In Tablet and Base)
    Headset Jack
    Mini DisplayPort
    Dimensions Laptop
    (mm) : 232 x 312 x 13.0-22.8
    (inches) : 9.14 x 12.3 x 0.51-0.90
    Tablet Only
    (mm) : 220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7
    (inches) : 8.67 x 12.3 x 0.30
    Weight Laptop
    1.515 kg / 3.34 lbs
    Tablet Only
    726 g / 1.6 lbs
    Laptop
    1.579 kg / 3.48 lbs
    Tablet Only
    726 g / 1.6 lbs
    Laptop
    1.579 kg / 3.48 lbs
    Tablet Only
    726 g / 1.6 lbs
    Camera Windows Hello (Front)
    8 MP Rear Facing
    5 MP Front Facing
    Price $1499+ $1899+ $2099+
    The Surface Book follows the same aesthetic as all previous incarnations within this family of mobile products, with a very industrial looking and understated exterior. There are two portions. The tablet, or Clipboard, and the keyboard itself. 18Wh’s of battery are contained within the Clipboard portion and an additional 52Wh is sitting in keyboard dock itself, adding up to a total of a quite impressive 70Wh of battery capacity. Also in the keyboard portion, on some models, is the dedicated NVIDIA 940M equivalent GPU, something that sets this far apart from other devices in this same size and weight class.

    The keyboard dock is hefty enough to be able to offset the weight of the main tablet portion, so it doesn’t inadvertently just fall backwards off of your lap. The unique hinge is a dynamic fulcrum design that allows for a 360 degree range of motion by way of detaching and reattaching the Clipboard portion facing the other direction. The hinge itself elongates as you open up the display, so to create a larger surface area touching the surface you’ve placed it on. It’s rather ingenious how they’ve done it. And the Clipboard is attached in a far more secure way than has been used in anything before. No silly magnets of relatively weak aluminum clips that move against the force of springs.


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    Microsoft Apologizes For Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 Software Woes

    There are definitely some growing pains associated with Microsoft's newest portable PCs, the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. Users of both devices have reported various issues, most of which are software quirks, and Microsoft is working to correct each and every one of them. In the meantime, it wants owners to know it's sorry and that their complaints aren't going unheard.

    The message was conveyed by the Surface Team In a post written by Microsoft's "John_F," a well known dude in the Microsoft Community.

    "First, a big thanks to all of our customers for your open and candid feedback on Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. For those of you who've had a less-than-perfect experience, we're sorry for any frustration this has caused," the Surface Team stated. "Please know that we're reading your comments and hearing you loud and clear. Your input is incredibly valuable in helping us address you questions with timely updates and fixes."


    The Surface Team said it's issued several updates via Windows Update and that more updates and fixes are on the way. As for when, the team only said "as soon as possible" and that they would "further improve the overall Surface experience."

    While the post is short on specifics, one of the issues that plagued both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 was a screen flickering bug. It appeared to be related to Hyper-V, as disabling Hyper-V would eliminate the issue. Microsoft pushed out a firmware update in early November that fixed the problem along with "multiple display issues."

    Users have also complained of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 losing battery life at an unusually high rate when in sleep or standby. That one hasn't been fixed but is undoubtedly on Microsoft's radar.

    Noticia:
    http://hothardware.com/news/microsof...eEH9FBtePh0.99
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    Surface Book Review: Microsoft's first laptop is on to something

    The Surface Book is one of the most compelling products Microsoft has released in several years and for the first time in decades, the company's first laptop.

    While Microsoft’s line of Surface Pro tablets has proven popular among a certain crowd of productivity enthusiasts, they haven’t managed to truly replace a laptop for most users. Acknowledging that is the case after three generations of Surface Pros, the company has taken alternate direction in the quest for the perfect hybrid.
    The Surface Book is a laptop first and foremost. The device comes with a solid keyboard base, rather than a thin keyboard cover. When the two parts are connected, the Surface Book looks just like a laptop, but at the click of a button the display can be removed and the device used as a free-standing tablet.

    As Microsoft hopes that the Surface Book will finally be the hybrid that tempts traditional laptop users, there is no shortage of performance hardware inside. Entry-level models are equipped with an Intel ‘Skylake’ Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of fast SSD storage, though you can configure the unit to have a Core i7 CPU, a dedicated Nvidia GPU, 16 GB of memory, and up to 1 TB of SSD space.
    The Book also features an incredibly interesting design. The hybrid’s 13.5-inch display is fairly standard in terms of diagonal size, but the use of a strange 3:2 aspect ratio makes the device a lot taller than competing products. My Dell XPS 13, for example, uses a 13.3-inch 16:9 display with ultra-thin bezels, and although these displays are of a similar size class, the Surface Book is a lot larger and packs a decent amount more screen real estate.

    And then there’s the hinge, which is one of the most head-turning features about the Surface Book. As most of the device’s internals are found in the display portion of the Book, including a battery that allows it to be used as a tablet, a strong hinge is needed to keep the heavy display from tipping over. Faced with this design challenge, Microsoft came up with this multi-segment hinge that’s tough and surprisingly sturdy considering the weight of the tablet.
    The downside to this hinge, and I’m sure this will annoy many people, is that the laptop doesn’t close fully. When the display is resting on the keyboard base, there is a pen-sized gap near the hinge, which isn’t a particularly elegant solution. Functionally there is nothing wrong with having a gap, and it didn’t bother me (apart from aesthetics) in my time using the Book, but it certainly would be nicer if the laptop closed properly.

    Even though the hinge is tough and built to take the weight of the tablet, there is an unusual weight balance in the Surface Book that’s unlike many other laptops. It’s clear during use, especially on your lap, that the display is heavier than a typical laptop, and there were some cases where I felt the device might tip over (even though it didn’t). The entire product is also reasonably heavy for a 13-inch class laptop at 1.51 kg (3.34 pounds): the excellent XPS 13 is 250 grams lighter, although the 13-inch MacBook Pro is of a similar weight.
    Part of the reason why the Surface Book is an above average weight is due to the use of premium materials across all surfaces of this device. The matte-finish magnesium exterior, enclosing the rear of the tablet and the entire keyboard base, both looks and feels superb, giving the Surface Book a premium design that suits its premium price tag. The use of metal across the entire device also helps the hybrid feel tough and dependable, as does the use of glass to protect the touchscreen display.

    The tablet portion of the Surface Book is large thanks to the 13.5-inch screen, which makes it pretty difficult to use without holding it in two hands. The tablet is slim – an 8.5mm thin chassis with a powerful Skylake CPU inside is impressive – but without a kickstand included I didn’t detach the tablet and use it standalone all that often, aside from watching the occasional video or showing a document to someone else.
    All four sides of the Surface Book’s tablet include small vents along their entirety, allowing the Skylake CPU and other components to breathe. Compared to less powerful tablets, having so many vents looks strange, but it will be familiar for those who’ve used a Surface Pro previously. The keyboard dock also includes a vent just below the hinge, which is used to cool the Nvidia GPU found in models with a discrete GPU.

    The tablet portion features limited connectivity: there’s only a 3.5mm audio jack on the top right edge, along with power and volume buttons on the left side of the top edge. The base features an SD card slot, a mini-Display port, and two USB 3.0 ports, as well as a Surface Connect port that is used to charge the device and connect to the Surface Dock. There is no USB Type-C on the Surface Book, and just two USB ports might be a little limited for some users.
    The latching method that secures the tablet to the keyboard is strong and really makes the hybrid feel like a laptop when both are connected. The system includes both latches and magnets, and the tablet won’t detach unless you press a button in Windows or on the keyboard. It’s not the fastest method of accessing the tablet I’ve seen, but the way it holds the tablet in place is far stronger and sturdier than other methods I’ve used.

    The Surface Book comes with camera arrays on the front and back of the tablet. The rear camera is a not-completely-terrible 8.0-megapixel sensor, while the front camera is equipped with a depth sensor for Windows Hello.
    And you should definitely enable Windows Hello if you get the Surface Book: it’s a fast, accurate and very cool way of keeping the device secure. Unlike other facial recognition security systems I’ve tried, this one just seems to work every time.

    While the tablet doesn’t come with a kickstand, it is possible to dock it in a reverse position, allowing you to use the keyboard as a stand. There were some times I put the device in this mode to draw on the touchscreen or show others content at a decent hinge angle, and it could be the best mode to use the Surface Book in when wanting to watch videos.
    Toda a review:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/1112-...-surface-book/
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    The Surface Book will be available in the UK soon

    The Surface Book was one of the more exciting announcements to come out of Microsoft towards the end of last year and while it has been available in the US for a while now, it looks like the laptop/tablet hybrid is finally heading over to the UK, with pre-orders set to open up this week.
    The Microsoft Surface Book features a high-resolution 13.5-inch display, a Skylake Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of SSD storage and a custom Nvidia graphics chip with performance similar to that of a GTX 950m.

    The Surface Book should start shipping in the UK soon but pre-orders have already opened up, with Microsoft asking for £1299.99 for the base model with 128GB storage, a Core i5 and 8GB of RAM. On the flip side, the highest end model, which features a 512GB SSD, an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and the custom Nvidia GPU costs £2249.99.
    Noticia:
    http://www.kitguru.net/laptops/noteb...n-the-uk-soon/
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    Spec’d Out Surface Book And Surface Pro 4 Models Being Sold Now

    During Microsoft’s 2015 event, the tech giant unveiled its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, and now the most spec’d out models from both computing devices have been unveiled, after a long time might we add.

    Here Are The Pricing Details Of The Most Spec’d Out Models Of Surface Book And Surface Pro 4

    On Microsoft’s official blog, the company has stated that the company will finally be rolling out the most spec’d out models of both its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. Keep in mind that this configuration will feature the following specs, and if you want to know more about the product, we have detailed out proper information for you for the company’s flagship tablet and its hybrid product.

    • Intel Core i7 processors
    • 16GB of RAM
    • 1TB of flash storage









    Unfortunately, if you want to experience the best of what Microsoft has to offer, then we highly recommend that you save up sufficient amounts of money for either one of the products. It’s because Surface Pro 4 is going to set you back by $2,699, while Surface Book is the more expensive model, with a $3,199 price tag. Additionally, you should keep in mind that these models are going to be present in selected retailers only and we checked right now that the most spec’d out model of Surface Book at Amazon costs $2,644.48 (this is for the 512GB flash storage), so expect the 1TB storage model to be present on the online store real soon.

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    We also reported that Apple stated that it will not be making a hybrid like a Surface Book because it kills the experience of the user. While that might be true to an extent, the Cupertino tech company should definitely remove something powerful from its hat; perhaps a Skylake powered lineup of MacBook Pros. Additionally, we stated that the base of the hybrid can be detached and swapped with a better configured model, which is something that Microsoft should have pointed out when it was debriefing us on its flagship products.








    However, we still believe that these products are overpriced and that Microsoft should definitely do something about its pricing strategy because Chinese manufacturers have started to roll out their own versions of Surface Pro 4, which will obviously carry a much smaller price tag, while sporting the same high-end hardware. Furthermore, if you want a less expensive alternative, then we reported that Teclast X16 is a Surface Pro 4 clone that will definitely go easy on the wallet, and while its price/performance ratio is impressive, we feel that it will be more effective to go up against Microsoft’s Surface 3. Regardless, tell us what you thought about two mobile computing beasts?


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    Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 now available with 1TB SSDs

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have certainly made an impression with techies everywhere. Some really heavy-duty users may feel a little constrained by the top-end option for 512GB of flash storage, though, and Microsoft is addressing that issue with a 1TB storage option.
    Both the convertible and tablet are now available for purchase with 1TB SSD options, making enough room for all those CAD files and million-dollar-wrangling Excel sheets. The step up from the 512GB SSDs comes at a steep price, though. Microsoft is charging a hefty $500 premium for the 1TB-equipped versions, which puts the flash storage's price at a neat $1/GB (remember those days?) Heck, that's about as expensive as Apple's RAM.
    The 1TB option is only available on the most powerful models of each lineup. The 1TB Surface Book will set you back $3,199, and comes with an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a dedicated graphics card. That model will be available February 5. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 4 with 1TB of storage, a Core i7 CPU, and 16GB of RAM is priced at $2,699.
    Noticia:
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    Microsoft's Surface Book hits the UK

    Microsoft's Surface Book convertible is now available to buy in the UK, and the company has launched a firmware update addressing its various power management issues.


    Microsoft has officially launched its unique-looking Surface Book convertible laptop in the UK, with prices starting at £1,299 for the Intel Core i5-powered base model.

    The Surface Book was unveiled in October of last year along with the Surface Pro 4, and marked Microsoft's first Surface product to be designed as a convertible laptop rather than a tablet with optional keyboard. While its hinge design drew some criticism, hope for the quality of the device was high - though sadly dampened by early adopter issues ranging from display driver glitches through to terrible battery life.

    With fixes for the various problems ongoing, Microsoft has decided to go ahead with its planned UK launch. The Surface Book is now available from Microsoft's own etail front along with the usual raft of resellers, priced at £1,299 for the entry-level Core-i5 version and rising for £2,249 for the Core-i7 and Nvidia GPU model.

    At the same time, Microsoft has released a firmware update for both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 which it claims will address power management issues that have led to poor battery life and a failure of the device's low-power sleep mode. The company has not, however, indicated whether the new firmware is pre-loaded onto UK-spec models, or if it will only be applied once the first Windows Update run is completed post-purchase.
    Noticia:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...face-book-uk/1
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