The “Ultimate Laptop”— Microsoft Surface book
In the Microsoft Press Conference held by yesterday, Microsoft surprised people by this “one more thing” — Surface book. As one brand-new member of the Surface lineup, it is a 13.5-inch laptop offering the PixelScreen with 3000*2000 pixel resolution (267 pixels per inch) and weights 3.3 pounds (Matthew, 2015). It has the 6th Generation Intel Core I5 processor and the battery life claimed by Microsoft around 12 hours (Pierce, 2015). Operating system carried by Surface book is the latest Windows 10 Pro and Microsoft also enhances the support of Surface Pen which is bundled with the laptop for improving the user experience of the touch interface. Furthermore, similar to the Surface Pro, the display is detachable from the keyboard by long pressing the keyboard button. Basically, Surface Book is slimmer, light, convertible, portable and it can work in the form of both tablet and laptop, provide users a more convenient way to operate their devices in a variety of conditions.
Surface book as a masterpiece, undoubtedly brings nightmare for other PC manufactures. MacBook Product line from Apple will be treated as one of the main comparisons. Interestingly, Microsoft actually did a comprehensive comparison between surface book and MacBook Pro.
Display: PixelSense beats Retina
As mentioned before, the display of surface book is 3000*2000 pixel resolution (267 pixels per inch). Whereas the Retina display of MacBook Pro is 2560*1600 pixel resoulution (227 pixels per inch). Besides, MacBook Pro displays only 91.2% of the sRGB color gamut; Microsoft claimed that Surface Book is able to show 100% of the sRGB color gamut (Phillip, 2015).
Processor and Storage
Surface Book runs on either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor from Intel while MacBook Pro provides two options that are 2.7GHz dual Core i5 or 2.9 dual-core i5 chip processor. Surface Book offers 128GB with the extra option for 1TB storage upgrade; this is a greater capacity beyond MacBook Pro (Phillip, 2015).
The base model of Surface Book is $ 1499 which costs $200 extra compared to the base model of 13- inch Macbook Pro.
A brief table of comparison is shown below:
Despite all that, the difference between Windows and OS X is one crucial factor of consumer’s purchasing decision as well. As announced by Microsoft, the operating speed for Surface Book is two times faster than MacBook Air, which makes it even more attractive for consumers. Now, probably many people are expecting how Apple is going to response to the Surface Book: a laptop/tablet hybrid combine iPad and MacBook.