Microsoft’s Innovative Surface Book And Surface Pro 4 Windows 10 Hybrids Now On Sale

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We must admit, Microsoft really put on an awesome show earlier this month when it revealed new Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro 4 and the all-new Surface Book. We were already impressed with the initial announcement of the Surface Book, but our jaws hit the ground when Panos Panay “dropped the mic” after revealing that the “notebook” was in fact a convertible PC with a detachable 13.5-inch tablet/display.

While both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book have been available for preorder for the past few weeks, you can now walk into a Microsoft Store — or one of Microsoft’s retail partners — to take one home today. “I hope each of you gets into a store today and is able to get a device,” wrote Panay on the official Windows blog. “These devices are the most productive devices on the planet.  We know that when you use them, you are going to love them.

“In designing these products, our team really does consider every detail so that your experience of using them is truly great.  As a team, we are so proud to bring these devices to people to use and love every day. These products are all about the people that use them.  Hopefully that is you! We want you both to use them and love them every day.”

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The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch 2,763 x 1,824 display that is covered in Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by Intel’s latest Skylake-based processors ranging from a lowly Core m3 with 4GB of RAM to hairy-chested Core i7 with up to 16GB RAM. The 1.73-pound machine can also be equipped with up to a 1TB SSD to handle all of your storage needs with ease.

Pricing for the Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 with a Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The range topping model with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB will set you back a hefty $2,699.

The Surface Book, on the other hand, has a 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution of 3,000 x 2,000. The machine is aimed at professionals that crave power, so you want find any Core m3 benchwarmers in the SKU lineup. What you will find, however, is a Core i5 with 8GB of RAM on base machines and a Core i7 with 16GB of RAM in top-spec configurations. In addition, you can select up to a 1TB SSD in custom-order the convertible.

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But the most promising feature of the Surface Book is its optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics, which is integrated into the keyboard base. It’s a big step up from the integrated Intel graphics and should help out tremendously in professional CAD applications and in some light-duty gaming sessions.

The Surface Book starts at $1,499 with integrated graphics. The cheapest SKU with NVIDIA GeForce graphics starts at $1,699. A range-topping Surface Book with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce graphics costs a staggering $3,199. That’s a lot of money to fork over for a convertible PC, but this is pretty much the Rolls-Royce of portable Windows 10 machines.