The Microsoft Surface has been a massive success. Although it might not have the biggest sales volumes, it defined the desktop-tablet computer product category and put the company on the map as a maker of premium hardware. But, at the same time, Apple's iPad has remained the leader in the 9-inch tablet space. That's set to change with a smaller, low cost Surface expected later this year.
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Microsoft have made it even more difficult to choose which Surface product to buy with the release of the revised Surface Pro and the new Surface Laptop. Which one do you buy? Which one is better? Surface Pro. Surface Laptop. Surface Pro. Surface Laptop. The mental back-and-forth is real. We've put together this nifty guide to help you decide which one is the right one for you.
Microsoft's history with hardware has been mixed. They've made some great keyboards and mice and some that were designed to be used by extraterrestrials. And then there's the Zune. But the Surface convertible has been a massive success that created an entirely new computer category. But in their latest quarterly report, we learned that the company is selling fewer devices although their margins are higher.
The Surface Laptop was one of my favourite products this year. I don't know where I'd be without it. If you're looking to pick up some of Microsoft's Surface line, then you can grab them for 20% off right now.
Last week, Consumer Reports gave Microsoft a pasting over the reliability of the Surface Pro and Surface Book computers. It's easy to see why given no fewer than a quarter of devices needed a repair within two years of purchase according to Consumer Reports. Microsoft, as expected, has mounted a defence but it's not very strong.
The Surface Pro 5 launched recently and, as expected, it's the best iteration of Microsoft's 2-in-1 devices yet. But it's not the only new tech from Microsoft. They also launched the Surface Laptop, a Pro-looking device aimed at the crowd who would traditionally buy a Macbook Air.
The Surface Laptop became available in Australia last week, and I paid out of pocket to grab one on launch day. I've been using it ever since; here's what that's been like.
While Microsoft's Surface Laptop might look the goods, once you get inside the thing, well, it reveals its uglier, less repairable side. As iFixit recently discovered, if something inside the portable PC goes bang, you'll almost certainly have to get a complete new one.
I'm over a month into my project to find a Windows 10 tablet that can replace the iPad Pro I've been using for the last few months. Over the last couple of weeks I've been running with a Surface Pro 4. That includes time on planes, at home, in cafes and on public transport. Microsoft's tablet is meant to be a standard by which other Windows 10 devices are judged. Here's what I thought.
The Surface Laptop, that was announced by Microsoft yesterday, looks to be a nice computer. The spec is solid and, if the current family of Surface devices is anything to go by, the build will be of a high quality. But unlike almost every other computer market on the planet today, they have omitted USB-C ports. Why have they done that?
Over the last few months, I’ve been using a 12.9-inch iPad Pro as my main mobile computer. Although I have Mac and Windows desktops at the two “fixed” locations I work from, I’ve been using the larger iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard as my traveller. And, for the most part, it has worked really well. But a couple of limitations have really started to get to me recently.
Microsoft's new Surface Studio is designed to be a flexible workspace - Desktop Mode is for your general office tasks, then it switches to become a creative studio space, ideal for collaborative work. Here's when you can get your hands on one, all the specs, and how much it will set you back in Australia.
Microsoft has released updated drivers and firmware for the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book that brings in some performance improvements. These include a boost in system performance, battery life and system stability. Here’s what's new.
Microsoft's Surface Book has always been a unique gadget -- a great ultraportable laptop, with the extra appeal of a completely detachable tablet screen that contains all the smarts and processing to run proper Windows. The newest Performance Base variant of the Surface Book adds double the graphics power, without making any significant compromise on battery life -- but it's also using tech that Microsoft's competitors have left behind.
This morning, Microsoft introduced the world to something it has been working on for a long time. It started with the original Surface -- now called the PixelSense -- back in 2008. Then the original Surface tablet. Then the Surface Book. Now, the Surface Studio. This, the most mature and refined (and expensive) Microsoft device that you've ever been able to buy, is the tipping point. In a year, Microsoft will be the creative darling that Apple was five years ago.
Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 look a lot alike. Both are big tablets, both connect to slim keyboard covers and both offer a stylus for drawing and note-taking. But after spending some time with these potential laptop replacements, I found that they're really quite different, particularly when it comes to productivity.