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A new Microsoft patent application has emerged that Redmond filed on May 1, 2017, but was only published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 1, 2018. The patent application shows an interesting feature that might turn up on a future version of the Surface Pro. The feature is a second supplemental display on the back of the Surface device that Microsoft has dubbed a "reflective display" and it would sit right above the hinge for the kickstand on the back. The abstract on the patent explains the screen would be a reflective multi-layer structure that forms an external surface... Read more...
Just over a year ago, Consumer Reports caused a huge rift in the consumer electronics realm when it withheld is vaunted "recommended" rating from Microsoft's Surface family of products. The publication based its decision on a survey from 90,000 of its readers and found Surface products to be “significantly less reliable than most other brands”. At the time, the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro and Surface Book were affected by the demotion. When the Surface Book 2 launched, it too was cast off with the lepers.  Surface Book 2 What a difference a year makes. The Surface... Read more...
If you're a fan of Microsoft's Surface family of PC hardware, mark October 2nd on your digital calendar. That is when Microsoft will announce the latest round of updates for its hardware family. We're likely to see across-the-board updates, with the exception of the Surface Go, which launched just a few months ago. Microsoft's Surface Pro is due for a redesign, and it’s likely that the device will take some cues from the smaller Surface Go including a slightly more rounded design and the inclusion of USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3) ports.  Surface Pro When it comes to what powers... Read more...
Intel is nearly ready to roll out a new family of low-power Core Y-Series processors, and they could find their way into a number of popular devices in the coming months. There are three processors SKUs that have been revealed, and they all fall under the Amber Lake family. According to Romanian website NextLab501, the three processors will officially launch during the third quarter and are considered part of the 8th generation Core family. All three processors are dual-core parts, HyperThreading-enabled, and incorporate Intel HD Graphics 615: Core m3-8100Y  Base Clock: 1.1GHz All-Core... Read more...
The Surface Pro tablet is already a very versatile mobile computing, especially when paired with the Type Cover which turns it into a competent productivity machine. For those that need a bit more than what Microsoft offers with the official Surface Dock, Kensington has its own take on boosting productivity with the SD7000 Dual 4K Surface Pro Docking Station. What first grabs your attention is the fact that the SD7000 in effect turns your Surface Pro into a miniature Surface Studio. It has an articulating hinge that lets you interact with the Surface Pro's display in an upright position or at the... Read more...
Microsoft has been on a discounting spree with its Surface Pro laptop, which broke onto the tech scene in its current iteration back in 2017. When we last visited, Microsoft was knocking $200 off across-the-board on the Surface Pro family. Now, the company is discounting a bundle that includes a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and a Signature Type Cover (Platinum) by $360. The bundle typically costs $1,159, but is currently selling for $799. During the last promotion, the $799 pricing didn't include the Platinum Signature Type Cover. So, today’s deal is a 1-2 punch when it... 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... Read more...
If you're in the market for a premium Windows 10 tablet, Microsoft is running a promotion this weekend on the Surface Pro. The entry-level Surface Pro typically costs $799, but Microsoft is offering the tablet for $599. Those six Benjamins will get you a 7th generation Intel Core m3 processor (HD Graphics 615) paired with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The $200 off discount extends throughout the Surface Pro family, which means that you can get a Core i5 system with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for $799 or pony up $1,099 for a Core i5/8GB/256GB SKU. Whichever model you select, you'll get a... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet so far in 2018 on the Surface hardware front. There was a bevy of activity last year with the launch of the Surface Laptop, the fifth-generation Surface Pro and the Surface Book 2. Now, according to a new report, Microsoft is gearing up for another flurry of new hardware devices in 2019. The reporting comes courtesy of Thurrott, which says that three new devices are in the works. The first of these new Surface hardware products is codenamed Libra, and will be a low-cost tablet that will slot in below the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro starts at $799 (Intel... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be lopping $200 off the price of its Surface Pro to celebrate the 2-in-1 convertible’s 5th anniversary. Well, that promotion has been ongoing since the start of the weekend, and unfortunately has to come to an end today. Microsoft's current $200-off offer, unlike other ongoing Surface promotions, extends to most of the Surface Pro family (the Surface Pro with LTE is the sole exception). This means that no matter if you are looking for a base Core m3 machine or a top-end model with a Core i7 processor, you can take advantage of the discounts.  As... Read more...
You might not realize it, but one popular hardware series is celebrating a birthday this month: the Surface Pro family was launched five years ago in early February 2013. Five years is a long time in tech, and many people thought that Microsoft wouldn't be able to last this long in the PC hardware business given some early missteps with Surface RT. But Microsoft's Surface Pro family has endured, growing stronger with each generation. In honor of the Windows 10 tablet's fifth birthday, Microsoft is cutting $200 off the price of all Surface Pro models over President’s Day weekend (February... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface Pro with LTE officially launched on December 1st, but since that time has only been available for business customers -- regular consumers were left out of the loop. Today, however, Microsoft has opened up sales of the cellular-equipped tablet to all customers and not just a select few. You can now head on over to the Microsoft Store to order own "Commercial Surface Pro with LTE Advanced", as it’s officially called. Despite its name and business-oriented mission, there doesn't appear to be any restrictions in place that would prevent you or I from purchasing the tablet.... Read more...
Over the past week, many of the country's leading retailers have unveiled their tantalizing Black Friday deals. We've seen ads from Best Buy, Target, and Walmart among others. Hardware companies are also getting in on the festivities as well; the latest of which is Microsoft. The company just posted its Black Friday ad, and there are quite a few gems in there for gamers and productivity fiends alike. On the gaming front, Microsoft will discount the Xbox One S 500GB console to just $189 (a price matched by a few other retailers for Black Friday). However, Microsoft is sweetening the deal by giving... Read more...
After apparently getting its signals crossed, Microsoft has finally settled on an official launch date for the Surface Pro with LTE. Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay made the announcement this week at the Future Decoded event, stating that the long-awaited tablet will be available on December 1st. If you recall, this date was first revealed by Surface Pro program manager Tim Golik back in late September. The launch date reveal by Golik was apparently provided by mistake, and Microsoft later issued a statement, claiming, "The Surface Pro with LTE will be available later this year. We will have... Read more...
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