Microsoft lifted the wraps of the hotly anticipated Surface Pro 4 along with its latest flagship smart phones at its special hardware event. The most surprising element of the event, though, was the launch of Surface Book, which no one had predicted. Microsoft has pinned a premium price tag on its new hardware. The current mouth-watering fight between Apple and Microsoft over hardware is a delight for all. Let’s see what makes the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, a sore in Apple’s eyes.
This might well be one of the best Microsoft Creations till date. The Windows company unveiled its first ever laptop, a slick 13.5-inch device with a “dynamic fulcrum hinge“, balance to let the laptop sit in your lap without tipping back. To detach the screen, Microsoft has invented a new mechanism it calls Muscle Wire. It works by pushing a button on the keyboard, which releases the clasp. Grab the screen without pushing the button and you’ll lift the entire laptop. This may sound like other 2 in 1 laptops, but trust me, its way more cooler.
Microsoft is using a similar keyboard that’s found in the new 12-inch MacBook (butterfly mechanism). When you press down it feels more rigid and firm, so it might take some getting used to.Windows laptops have always had awful trackpads, but Microsoft is breaking free from the pack. There’s a glass trackpad, and it feels as good as a MacBook one.
This is really Microsoft’s idea of the ultimate laptop and a 2-in-1 PC. It’s packed with performance thanks to Intel Core i processors, and Microsoft is going head-to-head with the MacBook Pro. The Surface Book starts at $1499 for the base version and goes all the way up to $2599 for the fully decked version. The pricing may seem off the charts but Microsoft claims that this is the best performing laptop “ever created on any planet anywhere.” Did we mention its 30% faster than the Macbook Pro?
Surface Pro 4
Microsoft literally said that the Pro 4 was designed to take on the Apple MacBook Air. In terms of performance, the Pro 4 can be equipped with either Intel’s Core M- or i-series processor and up to 16GB of RAM. That’s a big step up from last year’s Surface Pro 3 and the company claims that the new model is 30% faster than its predecessor.
The Pro 4 gets a slightly larger 12.3-inch display and a thinner body. The biggest change, though, is the addition of a new Type Cover keyboard and Surface Pen stylus.
The Pro 4’s Type Cover keyboard — which is still an $140 accessory — features an improved layout with more widely spaced keys. Those keys are backlit and a heck of a lot more comfortable to type on than the previous Type Cover keyboard. Even the keyboard’s touchpad has been improved, with a new glass-covered surface.
We won’t divulge into any further details as the product videos speak for themselves. If you haven’t watched the keynote yet, do it now! It was the best Microsoft event in history and based on these devices, come March, if Apple doesn’t release a better Mac, I might just convert.