Microsoft hails its Surface Book as ‘the ultimate laptop’

A welcome surprise. Photo: Microsoft

A welcome surprise. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft had a surprise up its Windows-loving sleeve today in the form of a new Surface laptop called the Surface Book, the first laptop in history to be built by the company.

Hailed as the, “thinnest, most powerful PC ever created,” the distinctive-looking Surface Book weighs just 1.6 lbs, is 7.7 mm thick, and boasts a 13.5-inch detachable display with 267ppi.

The distinctive appearance is down a snake-like hinge Microsoft calls the “dynamic fulcrum.” Despite leaving a slightly odd-looking gap when closed (picture a Sunday newspaper folded in half), it means that the screen is elevated away from the keyboard when opened. The screen can be ejected from the keyboard using a button which unlocks the connecting clasps electronically.

Inside the Surface Book are Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, an Nvidia GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory, two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot. The glass trackpad has five points of touch sensitivity, while the keyboard is back-lit and has deep keys for “the perfect typing experience.”

Despite the name’s similarity to the MacBook, the Surface Book is definitely its own beast — and all the better for it. As an Apple fan, I’m now in the strange position of kind of wanting Cupertino to copy Microsoft for the first time in history. I’ll turn my Cult of Mac membership in it at the door!

The Surface Book will go on sale October 26, with pre-orders starting tomorrow. Prices begin at $1,499.