Microsoft has unveiled its new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book products. The company’s software is on the up-and-up with Windows 10 proving to be popular with businesses. In this article, we review these two new Windows 10 products to highlight their features and benefits.
Surface Pro 4
Microsoft wasn’t resting on its laurels while Apple was developing its new iPad Pro. The iPad Pro itself was a reaction to the Surface Pro line, and now Microsoft is upping the ante with its latest Surface Pro successor.
Let’s look at the feature highlights:
Processing, Memory & Storage — The Surface Pro 4 comes equipped with a 6th Generation Intel Core m3, i5, or beefy i7 processor, with RAM memory variants coming in at either 4GB, 8GB, or an impressive 16GB. Graphics capability has been upped, with either Intel HD graphics 515, Intel HD graphics 520, or Intel Iris graphics, while storage is achieved through solid state drive (SSD) 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.
Battery life — Microsoft is claiming up to 9 hours of continuous video playback, but results will vary significantly depending on your settings.
Display — Microsoft is serious about taking Apple on with pixel density, and the new 12.3-inch “PixelSense” Surface Pro 4 display flaunts a bedazzling 267ppi (pixels-per-inch), good for a total of 5 million pixels on-screen. The screen is also coated with a wickedly thin 0.4mm layer of Gorilla Glass to ensure sleekness and screen visibility while still providing adequate protection.
Surface Pen — The redesigned Surface Pen is included and equipped to detect 1,024 levels of pressure. Also, in an apparent shot at Apple’s new Apple Pencil, Microsoft made sure to point out that its new Pen actually has a tail eraser. The Surface Pen offers a year of battery life and can be stored magnetically along the side of the Surface Pro 4.
Optional Keyboard — The newly-designed keyboard, which attaches magnetically to the Surface Pro 4, now offers a larger trackpad than before.
Surface Pro 4 Benefits
The new display is vibrant and sports an impressive pixel density, and the storage options far eclipse what’s available on competitors such as the iPad Pro. This is a machine that is powered-up and ready for serious work, and runs actual desktop software (not just “desktop-class” software). The new pressure-sensing levels on the Surface Pen and its tail eraser should also prove attractive to creative-types. And while all the options may seem a bit overwhelming at first glance, the number of Surface Pro variants allow you to purchase only as much power as you need.
Surface Pro 4 Price
The Surface Pro 4 starts at $1349 AUD for the 128GB, Intel Core m3 model with 4 GB RAM, with the optional keyboard costing an additional money. It is now available for pre-order and will hit the shelves November 12th.
Yes, we’re serious — Microsoft has come up with its own laptop, and the software giant proclaims the magnesium Surface Book is “better than the Macbook Pro.” Let’s test this claim by examining the feature highlights:
Processing, Memory & Storage — The Surface Book struts its stuff with the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Integrated Intel HD graphics is only available on the i5 model, while both the i5 and i7 models offer the option of NVIDIA GeForce dedicated graphics. The Surface Book comes with either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage, with either 8GB or 16GB RAM configurations.
Battery life — Microsoft is claiming up to 12 hours of video playback, but keep in mind how your settings may affect this number.
Display — Microsoft is sticking with the super-sharp 267ppi (pixels-per-inch) “PixelSense” display also seen on its new Surface Pro 4, but the Surface Book’s screen is even larger, sitting at 13.5-inches.
Surface Pen — The same redesigned Surface Pen that’s included with the Surface Pro 4 is also included with the Surface Book.
Surface Book Benefits
The Surface Book’s screen can be entirely detached from the keyboard, or detached, reattached, and then turned around on the Surface Book’s hinge to create a “canvas” for creatives looking to utilise the included Surface Pen. In this respect, the Surface Book is a 3-in-1-type machine, acting as a standard laptop, a tablet/“clipboard,” and a creative canvas.
Surface Book Price
Microsoft’s Surface Book begins at $2,299 AUD. It is also now available for pre-order and will hit the shelves November 12th.
Microsoft is charging ahead with Windows 10. In the past month, Microsoft’s device partners have constructed more Windows devices than ever before. More manufacturers are also jumping the Windows 10 bandwagon. ASUS, Acer, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Panasonic, Fujitsu are coming out with new models in the coming months.