Lisa Gade reviews Microsoft’s first laptop, the Surface Book. Like Surface Pro 4, it’s also a tablet, but it’s designed to be a laptop first, with a traditional laptop feel and design. The 13.5” Surface Book has a striking 3000 x 2000 PixelSense display that supports both touch and pen via the included N-Trig pen with eraser. The “clipboard” as Microsoft calls it, or tablet section separates from the fulcrum hinge for solo use. There’s a battery in the tablet and another in the keyboard base, and that base also houses the optional custom NVIDIA dedicated GPU.
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The Surface Book’s casing is magnesium alloy and it weighs 3.48 lbs. (1.6 lbs for tablet only). It has a backlit keyboard, dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, a rear 8MP camera and a front 5MP that works with Windows Hello facial recognition. It’s available with dual core, 6th generation Skylake 15 watt Ultrabook CPUs and 8 or 16 gigs of RAM. It uses fast PCIe SSD drives (128, 256, 512 gig and 1TB capacities available). It’s a classy machine and an expensive one that sells for $1,500 to $3,000 depending on configuration. We look at the $2,100 model with Core i7-6600U 2.6 GHz CPU, 8 gigs of RAM, a 256 gig SSD and NVIDIA graphics.