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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... Read more...
Microsoft recently announced a refresh to its Surface Pro 4 models with upgrades to Intel's latest generation processors (Kaby Lake). Part of the promise in upgrading to 7th generation Core CPUs is better batty life—Microsoft said its updated models offer up to 50 percent more run time than the previous generation with Skylake inside. To help meet that promise, Microsoft released new firmware for its Surface Pro 4. The newest firmware addresses battery life when the Surface Pro 4 goes into Sleep mode. This probably will not have a dramatic effect on things, though every little bit of additional... Read more...
It looks as though Hewlett-Packard has a new 2-in-1 convertible alternative waiting in the wings if you’ve been disappointed with the longish life-cycle of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. HP today announced the Elite x2 1012 G2, which appears to have many of the feature that Surface Pro 4 owners have been looking for in a replacement device. For starters, the MIL-SPEC tested Elite x2 1012 G2 is available with Kaby Lake Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which can be paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM. You can configure up to 512GB of storage via either a M.2 SATA or M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (we should... Read more...
The Microsoft Store is in the midst of a Spring Sale event in which many products are available at a discount, including the Surface Book, which now has a starting price of $1,299 instead of $1,499. If you prefer the Surface Pro 4 tablet to the Surface Book, there is not a discount available at the moment, though Microsoft is tossing in a free Surface Dock accessory worth $199 (streets for $137 at places like Walmart and Amazon). Using the included SurfaceConnect cable, the Surface Dock transforms the Surface Pro 4 into a desktop PC, or so that is the pitch from Microsoft. It certainly makes the... 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.... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is long due for an upgrade -- while the current convertible is still a potent beast, it was originally released back in October 2015. A new report, however, suggests that we may have to wait a few more months for the Surface Pro 5, which will reportedly debut in Spring 2017. When the Surface Pro 5 launches, it will sport Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, which is to be expected. The source for this information, The BitBag, says that the Surface Pro 5 will come paired with up to 16GB of RAM and a “massive” 512GB SSD. We question the excitement over the 512GB SSD, as... Read more...
Happy Halloween, folks! The annual day of handing out free candy to neighborhood youth dressed as ghosts and goblins (or more likely Harley Quinn and creepy clowns, according to this year's most frequently searched costumes on Google) means October has come to an end and that the holiday shopping season is right around the bend. If you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, head over to the Microsoft Store and check out the Surface Pro 4—the entry level model is currently on sale.The asking price is now $749, a sweet discount over the system's regular selling price of $899. The guts... 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... Read more...
Politicians are not the only ones mudslinging this season. Huawei’s Matebook and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 have teamed up to continue to try and humiliate the iPad Pro and its various shortcomings. In Huawei’s latest commercial, the iPad Pro is being pushed out of the cool kid’s table. The advertisement battle all started when Apple released its initial iPad Pro commercial. The iPad Pro ad is titled “What’s a computer?” and starts with “Just when you think you know what a computer is, you see a keyboard that can just get out of the way...and a screen you can touch and even write on.” The commercial... Read more...
Shots fired, shots fired! Microsoft took aim at Apple in a new advertisement with a snarky jingle highlighting ways in which its Surface Pro 4 tablet is better than a MacBook, the latter of which is "less useful like a hat for your cat." It's the latest in a long line of Mac versus PC commercials where Apple and Microsoft trade barbs. This latest ad draws attention to the Surface Pro 4's detachable keyboard, included stylus, and touchscreen display, all things the MacBook family lacks. There's also a subtle shout out to Windows Hello, the biometric security system Microsoft built into Windows 10,... Read more...
The rivalry between Microsoft and Apple have just been reinvigorated thanks to a rather humorous commercial from the former that pokes fun at the iPad Pro. Apple introduced the iPad Pro late last year to court professional users who need to do more than just play games and watch Netflix with their tablets. The fruit company also launched a new “Smart Keyboard” alongside the iPad Pro, which is aimed at increasing productivity. Despite the change in [tablet] direction for Apple, sales haven’t exactly rebounded for Apple. And to add insult to injury, Microsoft is openly mocking the iPad Pro following... 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... Read more...
Looking for a last minute gift idea for pop to celebrate Father's Day? Fear not, Microsoft has your back, assuming your dad's in need of a new PC and you have the budget to fulfill that request. If so, be advised that Microsoft has shaved up to $150 off its Surface Pro 4 family of 2-in-1 devices, and you get a free Surface Dock to boot! The Surface Dock itself is valued at $200, so you're looking at a savings of up to $350. Microsoft's pitch is that the Surface Dock turns the Surface Pro 4 into a desktop PC by adding an assortment of ports, including two mini DisplayPorts, a Gigabit Ethernet port,... 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... Read more...
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