Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 First Look….
Microsoft’s fall 2015 tablets/ 2-in-1 Windows 10 convertibles, the new Microsoft Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Book is MS’ first laptop, and it’s really a 2-in-1 since the tablet section is removable for solo use. It’s a stunning design and the 13.5” 3000 x 2000 PixelSense IPS display is lovely. It runs on Intel 6th generation Core i5 and i7 dual core U series ULV CPUs. The laptop is available with 8 or 16 gigs of RAM and a variety of SSD capacities. It weighs 3.48 lbs. total (1.6 lbs for tablet only). They keyboard dock and new N-Trig pen are included. The price starts at $1,500, but quickly climbs to $1900 if you want NVIDIA dedicated graphics with 1GB DDR5 VRAM (a custom designed GPU for the Book).
The Surface Pro 4 sports improvements and updates including the move to 6th gen Intel Skylake CPUs (Core M, i5 and i7 dual core). The display is slightly larger than the last generation at 12.3”, and it, like the Surface Book, has the updated N-Trig digitizer that supports 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. The tablet starts at $899 for the Core M with 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD. The Core i5 with 8 gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD is $1300. The Core i7 with 16 gigs of RAM and a 512 gig SSD is $2,200. As ever, the pen is included but the Type Cover (now with fingerprint scanner) is an additional $129. Both Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book will ship on Oct. 26, 2015.