On October 10, 2015, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book. Good god, how I wanted that laptop. It represented a new direction for Microsoft, one where the company would not only compete in portability, but also in power. Though the Surface Book didn’t have quite the brawn of gaming laptop counterparts, it came close, while far exceeding them in style and creative potential.
Being a poor college student at the time, there was no way I could afford such a laptop. But I vowed that I would get one at some point after I got a real job, and in November 2017, I pre-ordered a Surface Book 2.
Even though the Surface Book 2 still holds its weight (it’s the laptop I’m typing on right now!), I’ve been eagerly awaiting its successor. As applications got more demanding and the number of assets I needed to work grew, I started to hold out hope for a Surface Book 3. And today that’s finally here.
This morning, Microsoft is announcing a whole slew of Surface products. While it couldn’t announce them in the form of a big event like usual, there is a lot to unpack here, including a new Surface Book, Surface Earbuds, Surface Headphones, Surface Go, and a new Surface Dock. Let’s get into it.
The Surface Book 3 doesn’t look all that different from the Surface Book 2. In fact, the exterior remains mostly unchanged.
The biggest changes are inside. This time, we’ve got the 10th gen Intel i5 1035G7 or i7 1065G7 processor in the 13.5-inch, and only the i7 on the 15-inch. The 13-inch comes with integrated Iris graphics or a discrete Nvidia 1650 GPU on the 13.5-inch, and a GTX 1660 or Quadro RTX 3000 on the 15-inch.
The laptops also come with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, up from the 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage maxed-out option in the Surface Book 2.
The Surface Book 2 experienced an issue where the battery would drain if the laptop was at max load, but Microsoft has boosted the power supply of the Surface Book 3 15-inch to 127W to mitigate this issue.
The original Surface Go was a hit, with its low cost and high versatility. This time, Microsoft is improving on the Surface Go design with a larger, higher density 10.5-inch display, improved battery life, and a newer 8th-generation Intel Core M processor.
Microsoft says it’s also added higher-quality microphones to make video calls better, and the microSD card allows you to add up to 1TB of storage.
The Surface Headphones 2 doesn’t look all that different from the original, but Microsoft says it has improved audio quality and battery life, rating them at 20 hours of battery life.
The earcups can also now swivel 180-degrees, which make the headphones rest more comfortably on your shoulders, and they now offer 13 levels of ambient noise control. They also come in black.
We’ve been waiting on the Surface Earbuds since October of last year, and Microsoft is finally putting them on sale.
Much like the Pixel Buds, Surface Earbuds have touch controls that allow you to control music or listen to notifications, and they also have integration with Microsoft 365 which allows you to more easily dictate in apps like Word or PowerPoint.
Whether the new Microsoft devices hold up to their reputations is yet to be seen, but we’re excited to try them out soon. What do you think about Microsoft’s new products? Are they worthy successors?
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