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Microsoft Surface Book Review: The perfect rival to Apple’s MacBook

Microsoft Surface Book

Lo and behold! Microsoft has finally come up with its very own laptop or its brainchild per se. Amongst the Dells and the Apples and the Lenovos of this world, we’ve secretly always wanted Microsoft to build its own laptop.

Being one of the foremost tech juggernauts of the 21st century, some would say that it was about time.

Gone are the days when you would need to worry about a short battery life while writing your favourite poetry on the porch of the house, or the times when your laptop will shut down at will when your video chatting with your favourite sister overseas, or the times when your device lacks that portability edge which inhibits your travelling self. Microsoft is proudly claiming that it has now come up with an answer to all these problems and more.



The Christening

Microsoft has christened it by the name of ‘Surface Book’ and it definitely packs a punch thanks to a myriad of features and enticing specifications. Apart from including the latest cutting edge Intel processors and the effervescent Nividia graphics, the laptop comes in a sleek, smart and slim body which makes it aesthetically pleasing as well. What more could you want?

Judging by the fact that almost the entire battery and some components have been beautifully and efficiently hidden inside the laptop base, the device is overall lightweight which comes as a boon to all regular users out there. The screen has given ‘high resolution’ a whole new dimension and the presence of a high tech stylus pen makes it all the more enticing.


Microsoft Vs Apple

If Microsoft is claiming that they’ve designed this particular laptop to go hammer and tongs with the universally recognized and loved Macbook Pro (Apple’s very own brainchild and bestseller), then that automatically gives this device bundles of credibility. Did we mention that the Microsoft Surface Book is not only a laptop, but a tablet as well?

Well, this is just one of the many traits which sets it apart from all other similar devices in the market as of today. Thanks to a sleek display which is easily detachable forming a digital clip-board, it only takes mere seconds for this high end laptop to be transformed into an equally powerful tablet.

Starting at a not so shy number of $1,499, this Microsoft Surface Book is definitely at the high end of the financial spectrum, given that the model which brings in 1 TB tops out at a mammoth $3,199.

Even though the numbers might appear a tad higher at the beginning, but its regular usage will make it all worth it. At the end of the day, you’d get a device which is laden with a wide array of features, has a smart look, a great and smooth trackpad-keyboard combo whilst lasting you an entire working day. Hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Here’s our comprehensive analysis of the device:


An Impressive Job On The Trackpad And The Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Book brings forth a big and smooth trackpad, optimum spacing between the keys, and a classic amalgamation of silver and black. No wonder it is being racked up against MacBook Pro in the tech versus segment.

That being said, Microsoft isn’t indulging in brand plagiarism aka it is not copying Apple exactly.

The device in totality is extremely soft to touch (Magnesium is the material used here) and won’t feel as cold or harsh as aluminium used with a MacBook.


You’d Definitely Like What You See

While using the Surface Book, I noticed that opening it requires 2 hands. This is because the flaps are magnetically sealed which makes sure that nothing moves when you’re carrying it. Once you open it, you’re gifting yourself a crystal clear 13.5 inch display which has been recognized to give ‘HD’ a different meaning. What sets it apart? MS has chosen an aspect ratio of 3:2 going against the conventional norms of 16:10 or the 16:9 which laptops generally use. The colours come up pure and bold with the help of a 1700:1 contrast ration.


Experience The Web In All Its Glory

You might not be insanely happy while watching movies, but you’ll definitely become a huge fan of scrolling through the Internet whilst using the Surface Book.Reading web pages acts like a treat for sore eyes because of the additional vertical space.

Moreover, the different viewing angles and the colour reproduction act as the icing on the cherry.


Distinct Models But Equally Savvy

After all the testing that I’ve done at my end, it appears that all models including the base one works at a fast speed. If you’re in for some regular web browsing, periodical usage of multiple apps and even some Photoshop here and there, you’re golden.

The base model comes equipped with an 8 GB RAM and the Intel’s latest i5 Processor whereas the latter models come equipped with double the RAM and the Core i7 Processor.

Of course, if you’re a gaming aficionado, go with the latter hands down thanks to the Nvidia GPU pre-installed in the laptop base.

The Fulcrum Hinge Paradox

If you’re a techie like me, you’d know that almost all Windows laptops come with a hinge problem. Although, Microsoft hasn’t fully resolved these issues but it has arguably made the greatest inroads yet.

Traditionally, laptops carry majority of their weight in the base and not so much in the display. This is where the Surface Book has won its plaudits as it provides an innate balance thanks to the fulcrum hinge. The fact that this is also a tablet is what acts as a tiny chink in its armour.

You might find that the hinge isn’t too resistive like regular laptops provide.

Ergo, it might wobble just a tad if you’re briskly typing in your lap or regularly making use of the touch display whilst using it as a laptop.

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