If you were hoping that this new Surface Book would be a complete overhaul, you’ll have to keep waiting. It is quite truly a midlife cycle spec refresh and nothing more. Most people will probably be just fine with one of the less expensive Surface Books, which haven’t been updated, but if you want to pony up to the top of the line, that top is slightly higher than before.
The question now is do you plunk down $3,000 for this ultimate Surface Book, or do you wait for the inevitable Surface Book 2 that will likely come next year? If you have a Surface Book already, it doesn’t make much sense to upgrade this soon into its lifespan. And there is certainly a good argument to be made to wait for the Microsoft’s next revision, which will likely have Intel’s seventh-generation processor.
But if you can’t wait, and you’re looking for the ultimate Windows laptop, it’s hard to look past Microsoft’s latest Surface Book.
I doubt Microsoft sells a lot of these Surface Books – in fact, I think they’re only available in like 3 countries – but they probably serve more as a halo device for the Surface Pro. Still, looks like a really nice, if a very, very expensive, laptop.
I applaud Microsoft for their new, more innovative direction, and I hope it continues. But it’s going to be a cold day in you-know-where before I lock myself into their ecosystem that tightly.
Where I live the top of the line model costs $6,000 of our local money which probably prices it way out of most people’s budgets.
It looks to me like they want to sell these to Mac using designers, all the ads have Photoshop running, but all the Mac using designers I know (and I used to work in the design industry) are religious fanatics, so they’ve got no chance.