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It's been over two years since Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it looks as though the company is ready to move on with a new generation. The Surface Book 2 is running some seriously outdated -- by modern standards -- hardware including 7th generation Intel Core processors Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics. However, the next-generation Surface Book 3 is finally coming into focus thanks to 3DMark benchmark leaks. The listings were found by reliable leaker _rogame, who a number of configurations for the convertible. The first configuration features an Intel Ice Lake-based Core i7-1065G7 processor (4 cores/8 threads) and a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. Another configuration... Read more...
For those of us that have bought new laptops or convertibles in the past two years or so, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports have become commonplace. While USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals aren't nearly as ubiquitous as those using USB-A, it's nice to have the ports built-in. Microsoft, however, has been reticent to adding even a single USB-C port to its recent Surface products. So, Microsoft has come up with the above solution and just look at it -- it's massive! That is a single USB-C port that plugs into Microsoft's proprietary Surface Connect interface on the side of its Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Laptop. So not only is this device large and unsightly, but it also cannot be... Read more...
Consumer Reports (CR) has really gotten under the Microsoft's with its claims that the Surface line of devices is unreliable. CR has already stated that it will not award the coveted "Recommended" status to the new Surface Book 2 and Microsoft is still rankled by the decision. Microsoft has stepped up again and is offering up some new data on its Surface range and is stating that fewer than 1 in 100,000 new Surface devices have reliability issues. The row between the Redmond, Washington software giant and the publication started earlier this year after a CR survey of 90,000 subscribers found that 25% of Microsoft laptops and tablets gave owners problems by the end of the second year of ownership.... Read more...
Microsoft and Consumer Reports (CR) have no love for each other of late with CR putting a blanket decision in withdraw recommendations for Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets. The original Surface Book from Microsoft received the "Recommended" rating from CR, only to see it retracted after the publication claimed that its surveys showed that there were issues in as many as 25% of all Surface Book laptops. With that blanket decision to not issue any "Recommended" ratings to Microsoft devices, this means that new Surface Book 2 won't receive the rating no matter how good it is. CR spokesperson James McQueen wrote, "We will evaluate the performance of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 once we... Read more...
Microsoft has some big things planned this fall, including the release of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 and, tying into that, its big push towards mixed reality experiences. One thing that is not on the docket for a fall release, however, is a new generation Surface Book. Instead, it seems Microsoft is content to wait until next year before releasing refreshed models.The Redmond outfit has a press event scheduled for October 3 in San Francisco. That is when it will highlight its mixed reality initiative and how it ties into Windows 10. Then later in the month, Microsoft will announce a new Surface Pro model at its Future Decoded event in London, according to what ZDNet is hearing from... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Microsoft Surface hardware front for the past few months (at least with regards to new releases). Earlier this summer, Microsoft performed a brain transplant on the Surface Pro convertible and introduced the all-new Surface Laptop. However, an update for the Surface Book, which was first introduced in late 2015, was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, Microsoft has revealed that it will hold a keynote on October 31st at its “Future Decoded” event in London. As you might expect for a major announcement relating to Surface, division chief Panos Panay will be the chief presenter. Sources for The Verge indicate that at least once new product will be... Read more...
Microsoft has a public perception problem on its hands. The company’s Surface family of PCs has run afoul with Consumer Reports, which could be detrimental in its efforts to win over mainstream shoppers. In a survey of its readership, the publication found that Microsoft’s Surface line was “significantly less reliable than most other brands” and decided to drop recommendations for the products. We’ve already seen Microsoft’s public response to the damning Consumer Reports takedown, but veteran Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott has some insight into internal discussions that have been brewing within the company for quite some time. For starters, Thurrott reports that initial problems surrounding... Read more...
  Microsoft’s Surface family of hardware products have generally been lauded by the press for their seemingly high-quality designs, first-party status, and for getting most of the details right with regards to ergonomics and functionality (often times, later being copied by third-party manufacturers). Publications like Consumer Reports have also given Surface laptops and tablets recommended ratings based on their own in-house testing. However, Consumer Reports is now walking back its recommended rating after receiving tens of thousands of responses from its subscribers. In particular, the publication says that the predicted reliability of the Surface Book and the recently introduced Surface... Read more...
  Are you ready for more Surface hardware? Microsoft earlier this week announced the Surface Laptop, which is a premium Kaby Lake machine that is slathered in Alcantara and features a 13.5-inch PixelSense touch display. However, it looks as though Microsoft has additional Surface hardware in store for us later this month. Last night, Microsoft Corporate VP of Devices Panos Panay took to Twitter to provide this update:See you in Shanghai. May 23. #MicrosoftEvent #Surface https://t.co/aMgvkkqE52 pic.twitter.com/vzcK9MqIpf— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) May 5, 2017 The fact that Panay tagged the post with #Surface has us rubbing our hands together in anticipation of new Surface Pro or Surface... Read more...
Earlier this month, we brought you a report that suggested Microsoft’s next generation Surface Book might abandon its “trick” detachable 2-in-1 hybrid design in favor of a more tradition notebook form-factor. It has been surmised that Microsoft is taking this approach to put a little more distance between its Surface Pro family of convertible tablets. While we don’t have any official word from Microsoft that this is indeed the case, one well-connected Redmond watcher says that we won’t be seeing the Surface Book 2 this spring. Mary Jo Foley reported this week that the Surface Book 2 will not make an appearance during its Spring 2017 hardware launch. Things also look uncertain for the arrival... Read more...
We’re not sure how many people want to spend $3,000 on a Surface Book and skimp on the graphics, but Microsoft apparently sees a void to fill. The Surface Book family still maxes out with a Skylake-based Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory for a price tag of $3,299. However, Microsoft is now advertising those same specs, minus the dedicated NVIDIA GPU, for $2,999. The new SKU is not yet available for purchase direct from Microsoft, but you can see it in all its glory via the Microsoft Store. Somewhat confusingly, this is the third Surface Book to be made available with a Core i7, 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. There’s also a $3,199 SKU that... Read more...
Leading up to the launch of new MacBook Pros in October, it was pretty well understood that Apple’s Mac hardware lineup was a bit stagnant. Its MacBook Pros had been without any meaningful updates in over a year, while its Mac Pro professional desktop [still] has gone over three years without any updates. Couple that with the fact that the public and critical reception to the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros (with and without the Touch Bar) have been overly critical, it stands to reason that some Mac users are looking for alternatives — even if it means leaving the relative comfort of macOS. One such company that has benefited is Microsoft, which says that its Surface lineup has seen a sales... Read more...
Last month, Microsoft unveiled updated Surface Books with Intel Core i7 processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with twice the graphics performance of its predecessor. However, the Surface Book i7 definitely isn’t for everyone, as it starts at a hefty $2,399. For those of you that don’t want to drop over two grand on a new notebook/convertible, Microsoft has you covered. The company has slashed $250 off the price of its entry-level Surface Book, taking it from $1,499 to a more palatable $1,249. Microsoft says that this pricing is available “while supplies last” through November 28th. So what exactly do you get for your $1,249 outlay? Well, the entry-level Surface Book is equipped with a sixth-generation... Read more...
Are you the owner of an older MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and aren’t impressed with what Apple has to offer with the latest 2016-edition 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros? Well, Microsoft is definitely looking to get your business and it’s willing to throw quite a bit of cash your way to join the Surface family. Microsoft for a limited time is offering MacBook Air or MacBook Pro owners up to $650 off the purchase of a Surface Pro or Surface Book convertible if they trade-in their device. Microsoft is confident that Apple fans will appreciate the long battery life and added functionality that its Surface mobile devices have to offer. “97% of people that have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book use on-screen... Read more...
Back in early July we first began hearing rumors that Microsoft was making plans to add an all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Surface family. Microsoft has given us multiple generations of Surface and Surface Pro tablets along with the innovative Surface Book, so an AIO would be a welcome addition. Today, Windows Central is shedding a little bit more light on the rumored AIO along with the news that three different screen sizes are being tested by the folks in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft reportedly is working on a 21-inch Full HD version along with 24- and 27-inch models with 4K displays. All three AIOs are described as being "elegant" pieces of hardware that would look right at home in your living... Read more...
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? High schoolers and especially college students often feel like their entire lives revolve around performing well in school and getting a leg up on the competition academically. So, it stands to reason that everyone needs a little bit of a breather from time to time to relieve some stress or to just simply “veg out” for a while. Thankfully, it looks as though Microsoft is trying to kill two birds with one stone by offering a new promotion for students that purchase a brand new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book. Microsoft is taking a combined $300 off the purchase of the Surface Pro 4/Surface Book and an Xbox One gaming console. This essentially makes... Read more...
Thinking about financing a convertible? Microsoft has your back, though we're not about automobiles here, but 2-in-1 devices such as select Surface Pro models and the Surface Book. Through a new Surface Membership option, you can choose to pay off one or more qualifying Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles in monthly payments rather than pony up for the full amount. "Join now to get the latest Surface devices, including the option to upgrade when available. Keep your business running smoothly in the office or out in the field with support and in-store training, 7 days per week. Plus, manage your budget more easily by choosing affordable monthly payments over costly, one-time purchases,"... Read more...
Good news if you own a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 device—Microsoft has issue a cumulative firmware update that addresses a whole host of problems, everything from sleep management woes (some users reported exceptionally poor battery life in sleep mode) to graphics glitches and everything in between. Owners of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 products have been complaining of various issues since the products came out. The complaints have been varied, including a mix of niggling annoyances and some major issues, like excessive battery drain in sleep mode and overheating when the systems should have been operating in ultra low power mode. "Today’s updates include a set of Microsoft and Intel driver... Read more...
It’s no secret that the traditional [slate] tablet market has taken a nosedive in recent years. We’ve seen market leader Apple report declining sales for the past two years, with iPad sales falling 25 percent year-over-year during the company’s fiscal Q1 — and if Apple is seeing a slide in tablet sales, the rest of the industry is surely seeing similar trends. Well, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide tablet market took a 13.7 percent hit in sales during Q4 2015. Total quarterly tablet sales came in at 65.9 million, while full calendar year sales tallied 206.8 million (which represented a 10.1 percent decrease from 2014). By while the overall tablet market was down,... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets way back in early October, however, those clamoring to purchase the most expensive SKUs have been left holding on to their credit cards in disappointment. Well, the wait is over, and Microsoft has announced that range-topping SKUs of both tablets are available to purchase in the United States and Canada. For those that need a refresher, the Surface Book is a 13.5-inch (3000x2000) convertible tablet that doubles as a notebook with its included keyboard dock/base. The Surface Pro 4, the successor to the Surface Pro 3, is a 12.3-inch (2736x1824) tablet that can be equipped with an optional keyboard cover. So what kind of hardware do... Read more...
There are definitely some growing pains associated with Microsoft's newest portable PCs, the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. Users of both devices have reported various issues, most of which are software quirks, and Microsoft is working to correct each and every one of them. In the meantime, it wants owners to know it's sorry and that their complaints aren't going unheard.The message was conveyed by the Surface Team In a post written by Microsoft's "John_F," a well known dude in the Microsoft Community."First, a big thanks to all of our customers for your open and candid feedback on Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. For those of you who've had a less-than-perfect experience, we're sorry for any... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t making any friends on the PC side of the aisle this week. Cook took to the interview circuit this week to heavily promote the release of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and didn’t waste any time kicking some dirt in the eyes of PC fans around the world. When questioned on his thoughts about PCs, Cook wondered, “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” Many would take issue with those comments considering that those wanting a computer to do simple tasks like email, surfing the Internet and social networking don’t need to spend $1,000 to get the job done.Apple CEO Tim Cook But we’ll leave those comments behind, because... Read more...
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