Microsoft's Revolutionary Competitive 2 in 1 Laptop
The Surface Book

By: Jerrel Sogoni

surfacebook drawmode Microsoft's competitive product, the Surface Book has the potential get rid of regular laptop by incorporating a 2 in 1 design. The 2 in 1 design combines the capabilities of a powerful laptop with the freedom of writing notes or productive task that require writing.

Microsoft's website indicates that their product the, "Surface Book is the product of an innovative and careful design process. The result: a device thin and light enough to take anywhere without losing an ounce of performance." (Microsoft) This can be shown through there different modes such as Laptop Mode, Clipboard Mode, and Draw Mode. Laptop Mode is like having a regular laptop performance, Clipboard Mode is like having a tablet and Draw Mode has the capabilities of using a pen.

Furthermore, according to review websites like, they find that the Surface Book "The Microsoft Surface Book packs high-end components, including new Intel processors and optional Nvidia graphics, into a smart, slim body".(Ackerman) Meaning that this computer is not your common 2 in 1 laptop. In addition to support this incredible product, another review website stated their verdict that "the Surface Book brings many technological innovations to the laptop space, its greatest strength is that it's just an all-around terrific device"(Lee).

There are so much good news about the Surface Book, what about the negative news. Well, according to, the "battery life falls well below promises Major updates are still in tow"(Lee). The battery life seems to not be accurate from their controlled testing and does not reflect in real world testing. Major updates for the software are still in need to fixing and this product is recently new and bugs are expected to be found with a relatively new product. According to, the negative about the Surface Book is the "configurations with the optional Nvidia GPU and more storage get very expensive. There are some first-generation quirks, including an awkward gap between the screen and base when closed"(Ackerman). Price will always will be a negative quirk when it comes to upgrades since more performance should be expected to cost more. Other than upgrade cost, there are some space gaps which means that the product still has to be manufactured correctly to conform to within margin of error when it comes to spacing of their parts.

Overall, the Surface Book has some downfalls like some manufacturing issues regarding to panel spacings. This is due to the initial manufacturing but over time this issue would be resolved. Another quirk is battery life, this is really hard to give an accurate measurement from the claim time since the battery depending on the user's use. Other than the few quirks, the Surface Book offers a great 2 in 1 laptop at an affordable price as well as performance and having the latest technology. Not only do they include student discount, it offers a way to only have just one laptop to fulfill the needs of any user. If the user needs more performance they can upgrade their Surface Book to handle more performance. The Surface Book is a worth the investment especially for students or anyone.

Price as reviewed $1,699
Display size/resolution 13.5 -inch 3,000 x 2,000 touchscreen display
PC CPU 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U
PC Memory 8GB
Graphics 128MB Intel HD Graphics 520
Storage 512GB SSD (retail version is 256GB)
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
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For Against
Futuristic design Battery life falls well below promises
Unrivaled display Major updates are still in tow
Seamless tablet separation
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Work Cited

  1. Microsoft. "Microsoft Surface laptops." Microsoft Surface. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
  2. Ackerman Dan. "Surface Book review: Microsoft's first laptop shoots for the moon." CNET. N.p., 21 Oct. 2015. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
  3. Lee, Kevin. "Microsoft Surface Book review." TechRadar. TechRadar pro IT insights for business, 22 Feb. 2017. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.

Author: Jerrel Sogoni