Microsoft Surface Book 13.5″ 2-in-1 Laptop with 6th Gen Intel Core, Nvidia Graphics

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Microsoft has released their first laptop – the Microsoft Surface Book. It’s actually a 2-in-1 notebook with a detachable keyboard.

The Surface Book has a 13.5-inch “PixelSense” display with touch and digitizer pen input support, ultra-sharp 3000 x 2000-pixel resolution, and 3:2 aspect ratio which is better for editing documents and other productivity tasks than the common movie-centric 16:9.

Inside its magnesium alloy chassis, or more precisely inside the tablet portion, the Microsoft Surface Book packs the 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8 or 16 Gigabytes of RAM, 128, 256, or 512 Gigabytes of solid state drive storage or upcoming 1 Terabyte SSD option, front 5MP and rear 8MP cameras, stereo speakers, 802.11AC Wi-Fi adapter, Bluetooth, TPM security chip, and a battery providing up to 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. Besides backlit keyboard and glass trackpad, the dock includes the optional Nvidia GeForce dedicated video card. Since the dedicated GPU is in the keyboard base, you won’t be able to utilize it if the screen is detached, in the so called “clipboard” mode. The good thing is that you can convert the device to a tablet without the keyboard base being detached, by connecting the screen to the base facing backward and folding it.

Microsoft Surface Book CR9-00001, SX3-00001, CQ9-00001, CR9-00001

At the time of this writing, there’s no info on the exact processor and video card SKUs. We’ll update this post as soon as we find them out.

Selection of ports and slots includes two USB 3.0 connectors, mini DisplayPort video out, and an SD card reader, all located on the keyboard dock, as well as a combo audio jack on the tablet part.

The laptop measures 0.9” in profile and has a weight starting at 3.3 pounds, while the tablet part only is 0.3” thick and starts at 1.6 pounds.

Microsoft’s Surface Book runs Windows 10 Pro OS and has a base price of $1,499. Here’s a breakdown of configurations which are currently available for pre-order:

CR9-00001: Intel Core i5 / 128GB SSD / 8GB RAM / integrated graphics – $1,499
Uknown SKU: Intel Core i5 / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / integrated graphics – $1,699
SX3-00001: Intel Core i5 / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / Nvidia dedicated GPU – $1,899
CQ9-00001: Intel Core i7 / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM / Nvidia dedicated GPU – $2,099
CR9-00001: Intel Core i7 / 512GB SSD / 16GB RAM / Nvidia dedicated GPU – $2,699

The digitizer pen is included in the price.

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Book

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Brand Microsoft
Screen size 13.5-inch
Screen resolution 3000x2000 pixels (very high sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)
Data storage 128GB SSD (small but usable capacity)

256GB SSD (decent capacity)

512GB SSD (very good capacity)

1000GB (1TB) SSD (excellent capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard without dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface


Active digitizer pen
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front + rear
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 2 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x mini DisplayPort
Media card reader SD card reader
Other features Detachable keyboard included

Stylus pen
Battery "Up to 12 hours of video playback"
Weight 3.3 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 12.3"
Depth 9.1"
Windows version Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on October 6, 2015

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