A hybrid between a tablet and a laptop
(Mirror Daily, United States) – Windows tablet might not be as popular as iPads but they’re catching up as the new Microsoft Surface Book is a hybrid between a laptop and a tablet.
The Surface Pro tablets, although are considered to have a long way ahead before becoming serious iPad competitors, have proven to be quite popular. And now, Microsoft is stepping it up a notch, creating a fusion between a tablet and a laptop.
You’re now probably imagining a common tablet that comes with a keyboard. The keyboard can be connected to the tablet, which will make it similar to a laptop.
But the Surface Book is not like any other tablet, it is actually more like a laptop. It has a solid keyboard base to which the tablet can be attached and the device will look exactly as a laptop for which you can even close the lid. If you only want to use the tablet, a simple click of a button will suffice to detach the display from the keyboard.
The goal of the company is to try and make laptop users to replace their devices with the Surface Book. After all, if you could have both a laptop and a tablet at the same time, without having to buy two separate devices, you might as well buy a Surface Book.
The hardware part of the tablet is made to resemble a laptop as much as possible, with ‘Skylake’ Core i5 CPU, a memory of 8GB plus about 128 GB for SSD storage. You can also configure it to an Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GPU and you can also double the memory to 16 GB and reach 1 TB of SSD space.
Besides performance, the new Microsoft hybrid has also a very nice design. The display is of 13.5 inches and uses an aspect ratio of 3:2 which makes the device look taller. Basically, although the size of the display is regular, it looks bigger.
Although you can close the lid, there will be a gap remaining between the tablet and the keyboard, which will make it look a bit strange. On the other hand, because the tablet is quite heavy as it holds most of the device’s hardware, including the battery, Microsoft had to build a very strong hinge to support the display and they’ve done a great job.
The entire devise is about 3.34 pounds. Although it might seem a bit heavy, this is because it is made of premium materials including metal which makes it feel tougher and not easy to break. You can use the keyboard as a kickstand and it also has incorporated an SD card slot as well as USB ports.
All in all, if you can’t make up your mind about buying a laptop or a tablet, the Microsoft Surface Book is definitely the best choice for you.
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