Microsoft’s refresh of its Surface Book line promises higher performance and improved battery life for serious productivity and design users.
Microsoft only launched the Surface Book as an extension of its existing Surface and Surface Pro tablets in 2015, bringing a more laptop-style form factor to the family, although the Surface Book does allow for its display to be entirely removed so it can be used as a true tablet as well. The refreshed Surface Book with Performance Base continues that journey with an update and refresh under the hood that promises productivity and battery life improvements.
The new Microsoft Surface with i7
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base: What is it?
There’s not a huge visual design difference between the 2016 Surface Book and its predecessor, but that’s because Microsoft stresses that the important changes have taken place under the hood. The new Surface Book models feature 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM on the top end models.
Storage on the Surface Book is a key differentiator between models, starting at 256GB for the entry level model, 512GB for the mid-range unit and 1TB for the top end variant. All Surface Books feature 13.5 inch "PixelSense" displays with 3000 x 2000 pixel 267ppi displays that work with Microsoft’s Surface Pen accessory if you’re the design (or just idly doodling) type. On the GPU front, Microsoft claims improved performance thanks to the inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU.
The Surface Book’s PixelSense display is a fully removable unit that detaches from the keyboard base entirely if you wish to use it as a standalone tablet.
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base: Australian release date
Microsoft has started taking pre-orders on the new Surface Book with Performance Base models, which will ship on 8 December 2016.
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base: Price
Microsoft sells the Surface Book with Performance Base in three different configurations. The baseline model comes with a Core i7 processor, 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and will sell for $3,799. The mid level model jumps that up to 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM for $4,399. If you want the Surface Book with the lot, that model will set you back $5,199 for a model with 1TB of solid state storage and 16GB of RAM.
Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base: Specifications
|Model||Surface Book with Performance Base|
|Resolution||3000 x 2000|
|Pixels per inch||267ppi|
|Processor||Intel Core i7|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB|
|Battery||"Up to 16 hours"|