Microsoft Surface Book: Take A Deep Dive

Microsoft built a laptop and the tech community is excited. Here's what we know about Surface Book.
Why A laptop?
Size And Display
Hinge Design
Battery Life
Pricing And Availability
Is It Right For You?

Unless you've been living under a rock (or just avoiding the Internet), you know Microsoft has debuted a series of Windows 10 devices, including a Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft Band, and Surface Book laptop.

The new Surface Pro 4 and Lumia handsets, which had been at the center of the Microsoft pre-event rumor mill, were expected to appear onstage at the launch event. However, the company accidentally posted its new smartphones to the Microsoft online store the week before the event.

On the flip side, Redmond kept its Surface Book laptop completely under wraps until the end of its Oct. 6 media event.

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"What if we can do for laptops what we did for tablets?" inquired Microsoft device leader Panos Panay moments before showcasing the Surface Book. "We made the ultimate laptop. We made Surface Book."

Surface Book, like the Surface, is a convertible device but resembles a traditional laptop. A snakelike "fulcrum hinge," designed by Microsoft, connects the keyboard and detachable display. The display disconnects to become a lightweight Surface tablet.

The idea of Surface Book seems strange at first. After all, didn't Microsoft design its Surface line to replace the laptop?

Well, yes, but the Surface Book targets a different user base and showcases how laptops work on Windows 10. Surface Pro 4 is for more mobile customers who rely on tablet use. The Surface Book, a sturdier hybrid, is more likely to appeal to mobile professionals and others who rely on powerful laptops for daily use.

There's a lot to learn about the Surface Book. Let's take a deeper dive into the look, feel, and functionality of Microsoft's first laptop.

(All photos by Kelly Sheridan/InformationWeek.)

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