#SurfaceBook #Microsoft – New Surface Book Reviews: Microsoft Improves Windows 10’s Powerful Poster Child : Alongside the Surface Studio, last month saw Microsoft update the Surface Book, its ultra-stylish flagship laptop. The various configurations of last year’s Surface Book remain on sale, but the updated version packs a Core i7, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD.
This isn’t ‘Surface Book 2′, instead it’s a refinement of the original Surface Book for those looking for more power (both in computational power and battery power). As the Surface Book with the performance base goes on sale, what do the geekerati think of the refresh?
First up, what’s new and how do the specs match up to the competition? The Verge’s Dan Seifert goes through the technology packed into the Surface Book. It’s nowhere close to the minimalist approach taken by the latest MacBook Pros:
The new, king-of-the-hill Surface Book is $100 more than last year’s model (a hefty $2,399 for 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD; $2,799 for one with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD; or an even heftier $3,299 for 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD) and has the same sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor; same 13.5-inch “PixelSense” display with 3000 x 2000 pixels of resolution; same Surface Pen capabilities; same port selection (two USB-A 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, a DisplayPort, a headphone jack, and power); and the same capability to turn into a tablet in a pinch.
Microsoft has only made two internal changes: the graphics processor has been bumped up to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB GDDR5 memory and the battery has been increased in capacity to provide an estimated 16 hours of stamina, four hours more than last year’s model.