The Microsoft Surface Book Review: Worth The Buck?September 11, 2018
When using my tablet for work purposes, the touch screen keyboard has always irked me. Not being able to feel the buttons of each letter would always result to dozens of mistakes and the want to chuck the gadget out. Luckily, laptop manufacturers have caught on with my dilemma and created the perfect infusion of both laptop and tablet, with the ability to either attach your tablet to the portable keyboard for work purposes, or detach it when wanting to play Candy Crush without the darn bottom ruining your high score. But after trying and testing dozens of these miraculous detachable laptops that are able to spin and rotate itself far more than any dancer could, I was still not impressed. Well, not until I discovered the Microsoft Surface Book.
The Surface Book Details:
Now the Microsoft Surface Book is Microsoft’s first laptop released with a sleek, clever design. A 13.5-inch, 3000×2000 display that’s able to detach from a keyboard base, what’s there not to like? It’s touch screen is bag-friendly and fits snugly into my bag without the bulky feeling, and the fact that it has the same features of any other laptop does make my workload even easier. And unlike the other laptops that seem to cram in almost everything they think a consumer needs, the Microsoft Surface Book does the most important thing in a very friendly price, which is to simply be a laptop.
Not only is it suitable for the businessman on the go, but for the creative minds needing a way to express their ideas on screen. With a stylus pen included with the Microsoft Surface Book, you will be able to use it as a drawing tablet when bored or wanting to conceptualize new designs for work.
Of course, I’m not only looking at the design and display resolution. As someone who’s usually on-the-go (Hence, needing the portable laptop that can turn to a tablet!), I need something with a bit more battery life, and the Microsoft Surface Book just seems to do the trick, lasting for about 6-7 hours with continuous usage! It lasts this long when I’m working, playing games, surfing the web or watching my favorite movies before the battery drains, which seems just about right for me.
It doesn’t have the sleekest design, compared with the Macbook, and the problem would be the weight when put together – 3.5 lbs! The hinge when keyboard base and tablet attached together may seem a bit bulky and uncomfortable to hold with one hand, but all in all, for $1,500? I believe it to be worth the investment.
MS Surface Book Short Specs:
|Display||13.5″ 3,000 x 2,000 touchscreen display|
|CPU||2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U|
|Graphics||128MB Intel HD Graphics 520|
|Storage||512GB SSD (retail version is 256GB)|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)|
Our Score for Microsoft Surface Book:
The Microsoft Surface Book has its share of pros and cons, just like any other gadget. It isn’t perfect and is still in need of some improvement. But then again, doesn’t every gadget released need to evolve at some point? I believe it to be a sort of god sent device that will enable me to work anytime, anywhere. With a great screen resolution, high-tech design and the ability to be taken anywhere without the hassle, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.