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New laptop surprises at Microsoft’s devices event

On the 6th of October, Microsoft held an event showcasing their upcoming hardware releases. For those wanting to see the news as it happened, the full presentation can be viewed here and clocks in at one and three quarter hours.

For those wanting the shortened version, not only was the updated Microsoft Band wearable on display, but so were the much discussed Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones which will be the company’s flagship hardware for Windows 10 on mobiles. The Continuum feature, allowing the phones to transition to a mini PC when hooked up to a mouse, keyboard and monitor is helped a lot with the use of an additional adapter that drives it all via the USB-C connector on the phone.

Surface Book - More laptop than a Surface Pro but still part of the family.

Surface Book – More laptop than a Surface Pro but still part of the family.

The Surface 4 Pro was also launched and builds on the success of the previous device with slick new hardware including a new keyboard with fingerprint scanner and revised stylus (the Surface “Pen”). For many people, this could be the only computer you’ll ever need.

And just to show that the old dog still has a few more tricks, they unveiled the Surface Book. Where the prior Surface devices had taken a tablet and pushed it in the direction of a laptop/notebook, the Surface Book attacks it from the opposite direction by having a performance notebook that gives users a tablet experience that few existing hybrid devices can provide.

The keyboard hinge on the Surface Book makes for a unique alternative to the kickstand.

The keyboard hinge on the Surface Book makes for a unique alternative to the kickstand.

Not only can the screen detach from the keyboard with its funky hinge and give you the same Windows 10 touchscreen experience as the Surface Pro but when the two are connected together it can take advantage of an additional battery and on some models a NVidia GPU which is stashed inside the keyboard for an added performance boost.

The hinge and screen connectors are both flexible and strong enough to allow the keyboard to double as a stand for the screen, making it a useful replacement for the kickstand which only appears on the other Surface devices.

Hardware will begin appearing from late October and be out in force in November.

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