For a few generations now, Microsoft has been trying to sell the Surface as the tablet that’s capable of replacing your laptop. The trouble with that, of course, is that no one wants to replace their perfectly suitable laptop with a hamstrung slate. With the Surface Book, the tables have turned. This is a product engineered first and foremost as a laptop, with tablet functionality as an additional bonus. Call it a re-prioritization, resulting in a complete winner.
Equipped with a 13.5-inch touch panel, an uninhibited copy of Windows 10 Pro, up to 16GB of RAM and your choice of an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, the Surface Book cuts precisely no corners. The $1,499 starting tag confirms it, but demanding users should be happy to pay the premium for a machine that really does shun the notion of compromise. If it becomes too burdensome as a laptop, folding the keyboard beneath the display converts it into a tablet, replete with pen support for the hardcore doodler.
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Weight: Starting at 3.34 pounds with keyboard
Display: 13.5-inch PixelSense display (3,000 x 2,000-pixel resolution)
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD
Processor: 6th-Generation Intel Core i5 or i7
Battery life: Up to 12 hours of video playback