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Current Tablet Market

To-date, Apple iPad holds about 60% of the market stake, with the rest 40% being taken up by Android tablets. But the market may soon see a sea-change with the launch of Windows 8 powered tablets by the end of this year.  The tablet is named as Microsoft Surface.

Microsoft Surface tablet

The Surface RT is powered by low-cost ARM chips to compete with the iPad and a few high-end Android tablets, and runs on Windows 8 RT.

The Surface Pro is equipped with the third-generation Intel Core i5 processors (x86 chips) and will cater to the power-users, the elite and thee enterprise users. The tablet will run Windows 8 Pro and will, apart from apps, support legacy software and programs that are available for earlier version of Windows. All Windows-based enterprise applications will run smoothly on Surface PRO.

You can see read this post on Surface tablet features for full details.

Market Speculation

The market is speculating that the Surface tablet will not be able to compete head-to-head with iPad and Android Tabs, as it is no different from any of the existing tablets. Moreover the iPad brand is well-entrenched in the consumers mindset and will continue to remain as the first choice of a tablet buyer. So, it is going to be an up-hill task for Microsoft to be able to get a good stake in this market.

According to a few analysts, the tablet is an entertainment gadget and not specifically made for enterprise environment or development purposes. But they are forgetting one thing – Microsoft is taking a whole new approach and trying to export this form factor to the business environment as well.

The New iPad from Apple or any other Android tablet such as Samsung Galaxy Tabs or Toshiba Thrive have not been able to attract enterprise sector till now, due to lack of usability in that environment. So, a tablet with a full fledged PC operating system, with all enterprise applications running perfectly on it, could open a new base of consumers which is still untouched and could well end up being dominated by Microsoft.

Tablet for the Enterprise

This separate model of Surface for enterprise users, Surface Pro, is fitted with the third generation Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors and will run the Professional version of Windows 8. There is no such tablet available right now which can do what it can do. Apple iPad is nowhere near it. It cannot provide such usability and features  to its users.

Yes, if iPad does introduce a tablet that is capable of running OS X, then it could compete directly with Surface Pro. But lets keep the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ aside and talk about what ‘is’ today!

iPad is the king … today!

There is no doubt that Apple iPad is the one and only King of this market, beating every other single tablet available in the market. No one else comes anywhere close to it in terms of brand value and usability. With hundred of thousands of apps available, it has proved itself as an amazing entertainment device.  Every adult wants one … every kid wants one! It has the cool factor and everyone wants to be seen with one!

To compete with the New iPad and other ARM based light Android tablets, Microsoft will launch a lite model of the Surface tablet powered by nVidia Tegra 3+ ARM chip, named as Surface RT. The Microsoft Surface RT will run Windows 8 RT and is specifically designed for end-users to serve the purpose of a perfect entertainment device.

The success the Surface tablets will also depend, to a large extent on the availability of apps and how quickly they will be made available. It all depends on how quickly Surface RT is totally depending on the apps, which will be available for it later on. If Microsoft is successful in roping in developers real fast to churn out good apps and large companies like Facebook, Twitter, Rovio, Google, etc release Windows 8 version of their apps, then it will be a great draw to the end-user.

Let’s compare few popular tablets available in the market today or expected to be available in the near future. We will compare the hardware specs and design capabilities. Do note higher figures are not always better – it always depends on the actual usability of those figures.

Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple New iPad

If we talk about Microsoft Surface RT and Apple New iPad specs comparison, both tablets compete head-to-head with each other. The new iPad sports a A5X Dual Core 1 GHz chip, whereas Surface RT will feature a nVidia Tegra 3+ Quad Core 1.3GHz chip, for lag-free operations.

The New iPad features a 9.7” Retina display screen with stock resolution of 2048×1536 pixels and Surface RT will feature a 10.6” ClearType HD display, with industry standard HD resolution of 1280×720 pixels. No doubt that iPad is the winner here, but this screen resolution may actually hurt the eyes and may only be good for watching high-density pictures, whereas you can enjoy all your HD movies easily on Surface RT as well, because of its industry standard screen resolution.

Surface RT is 9.3mm thick and Apple iPad is 9.4 mm thick. Microsoft Surface RT comes with an integrated kickstand to increase the comfort level while working or watching movie and serves more usability then the iPad. You can get a kickstand for your iPad as well but as an extra accessory only, which in return increase the size, make it bulkier and hard to carry every time. Moreover, the Touch / Type cover of the Surface tablet doubles up as a full multi-touch keyboard and trackpad, which is a hard-to-beat feature.

Apple iPad comes in three different memory sizes i.e. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with no option of expanding it whereas Surface RT will be available with two options of 32GB and 64GB, with an option of expanding it by using an external microSD card. More space is always better and always welcome!

Surface RT sports an innovative design which is no way ‘less’ than Apple iPad – it is in fact, even being considered as the more visually appealing of the two!

The exact price and full details of the specs of Surface RT, have not been revealed by Microsoft till now – only a few details have been revealed – so we can’t do a comparison right now. But looking at the above comparison, one can expect that everything else would be of industry standard and will compete with iPad perfectly.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is currently the most efficient Android tablet in the market but has failed to attract the users and garner substantial market-share. The tablet has a sleek design, but has limited usability because of Android 4.0 mobile OS.

Google recently announced the Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Jellybean tablet. It is a low-cost tablet designed by Google and manufactured by Asus, mainly targeted to compete with Amazon Kindle Fire and other low-cost Android tablets of the market. Though the tablet is packed with powerful specs, it comes with an amazingly low price, tag which makes it even more attractive to the consumers. Google Nexus 7 will be soon available in the market. It also sports the same processor as Surface RT does – the nVidia Tegra 3 Quad Core processor cloaked at 1.3GHz. The Google Nexus 7 tablet sports a smaller screen of 7 inches and basically is a competitor of Amazon Kindle Fire instead of Microsoft Surface or iPad. It is however capable of affecting the sales of these two tablets as Google is offering the 8GB model for $199 and 16GB for $249 only.

It is not only the Microsoft Surface which will be launched a Windows 8 Tablet. All other major OEMs, PC and Mobile manufacturer of world will launch their Windows 8 powered tablets as well. So, it’s going to be a win-win situation for the end-users as Microsoft Surface will compete with the iPad, Nexus, Galaxy and other OEM Windows 8 tablets.

Looking at the specs, the usability and its classy appealing looks, I feel that the Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows 8 has the power to impact the tablet market-share to a large extent.

Microsoft does appears to have got all the ingredients for the perfect tablet just right, it all depends now how well the dish is laid out and served … and that is where good marketing will come into play!

Windows Surface vs New iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 vs Nexus 7

Let us know what you think. Will Surface tablet shake up today’s near-monopolistic tablet market … or not!

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Apple, Microsoft Come Out Against Open Source Video Codecs

Instead, Jobs suggests in his e-mailed response that the backers of these video codecs may have reason to worry.

“All video codecs are covered by patents,” Jobs said in the e-mail, according to Roy. “A patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora and other ‘open source’ codecs now. Unfortunately, just because something is open source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others’ patents. An open standard is different from being royalty free or open source.”

“I personally don’t want to conclude that Apple is part of this group, but if he’s so affirmative about the existence of this patent pool – and no one I know has heard of this till now – that tells me Jobs is at least involved with what the group is doing,” Florian Mueller, told chúng tôi Mueller is founder of the European NoSoftwarePatents campaign and author of the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) Patents blog.

Microsoft says H.264-only for IE9

Apple’s not the only one looking askance at alternatives to H.264. In a blog on Thursday, Microsoft came out squarely in favor of H.264 as part of its strategy for implementing the HTML5 Web specification in Internet Explorer 9.

“The HTML5 specification describes video support without specifying a particular video format. We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only,” Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for Internet Explorer, wrote in a post on the Microsoft IE blog.

“H.264 is an industry standard, with broad and strong hardware support. Because of this standardization, you can easily take what you record on a typical consumer video camera, put it on the Web, and have it play in a Web browser on any operating system or device with H.264 support (e.g. a PC with Windows 7). Recently, we publicly showed IE9 playing H.264-encoded video from YouTube,” Hachamovitch said.

Hachamovitch added that beyond technical considerations, H.264 was a better choice than open source alternatives because the intellectual property rights to H.264 are “broadly available through a well-defined program” managed by the MPEG LA.

“The rights to other codecs are often less clear, as has been described in the press,” he said.

“May I remind you that H.264 is not an open standard? This video codec is covered by patents, and vendors and commercial users of products which make use of H.264/AVC are expected to pay patent licensing royalties for the patented technology,” Roy wrote. “This is why Mozilla Firefox and Opera have not adopted this video codec for their HTML5 implementation, and decided to choose Theora as a sustainable and open alternative.”

“The closed source world would prefer H.264, which Apple and Microsoft already support,” Mueller said. “This is a big deal because my understanding is that Theora is the default for Firefox, Opera and Google’s Chrome browser (while Chromium supports only Theora).

“If this forces major browser vendors to discontinue support for Theora, that could tilt things in favor of H.264 and that means a lot of content creators to YouTube and other sites would have to switch to H.264,” he added.

Microsoft and Apple agree: Flash has problems

“Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance,” he wrote in his post.

But Hachamovitch also acknowledged that Flash is the most popular and easiest way for consumers to view video on the Web today and, unlike Apple, he said Microsoft plans to work with Adobe on addressing those issues. That’s even as, like Apple, Microsoft said it continues to see HTML5 as the future of video delivery in the browser.

“We work closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions,” he said. “Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s Web.”

Several posters on the IE 9 blog voiced displeaure with Microsoft’s decision.

“This is a very sad day for the open Web. Microsoft will support HTML5 (yay!) but only a patent-encumbered, proprietary codec (boo!) anyone apart from Apple, Microsoft, and Google won’t be able to support (due to the prohibitive licensing cost and/or the non-free nature). So instead of Flash, we’re now crippling the Web with another proprietary technology,” user Thom Holwerda wrote in response.

David Needle is the West Coast bureau chief at chúng tôi the news service of chúng tôi the network for technology professionals.

Daily Authority: Microsoft Surface Day 💻

What we think we’ll see are new editions of the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Go, and Surface Pro X.

Given we’re up to a Surface Pro 8, Microsoft’s main flagship, and the high-end Surface Book is now at a 4th edition, those two bits of hardware are some of the more polished devices.

The Surface Pro X, which is expected to have an ARM-based processor again, has seen imperfect Windows app support and a really high price tag.

Then there’s the Surface Duo, which was billed as a dual-screen Android device for productivity and performance, but was roundly seen as a terrible release.

And ahead of this week’s event, we have very solid leaks around the Surface Pro 8 and the Duo 2.

For the laptops and notebooks, they’ll be released with Windows 11, which you’ll recall is set for an October 5 release date. 

Part of the hook of Windows 11 is the promise of more optimizations for CPU performance in particular.

Surface Pro 8:

The Pro 8 coming this week has seen a stack of leaks, with the latest via a Twitter post that looks like it’s a leak from a retailer, showing the Pro 8 will have Intel’s 11th-generation Core processor on board, a slightly bigger 13-inch display at 120Hz, replaceable SSDs, dual Thunderbolt interfaces meaning no more USB-A, and it’ll come with Windows 11.

What’s significant is the 120Hz refresh rate, which ties in with Windows 11 offering a dynamic refresh rate feature. 

So, like on high refresh rate smartphones, the refresh rate will be lower when you’re reading a page and kick up to 120Hz when required, such as during scrolling, flipping between 60Hz and 120Hz to save power and performance.

But with a display firing at 120Hz comes significantly more demand on the CPU and battery life. 

The Surface Pro has never been about raw power, so seeing how this balances out will be interesting.

And, Intel’s 12th generation CPUs are expected sometime in late October though availability is likely in November, December and perhaps 2023 for anything other than the enthusiast spec desktop CPUs.

David Imel / Android Authority

Microsoft Surface Duo 2: 

We’ve seen Duo 2 leaks for months now, and new discovered FCC filings have crystallized some details, revealing 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and NFC support, which was a big omission of the original Duo.

Previous leaks suggested coming specs including wireless charging, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB storage options, an actual rear camera setup, and a 4,400mAh battery to power the dual-screens.

So, should you have any interest after the Duo’s terrible first edition? 

Well, Windows Central managed to tough out a year with the Duo 1 and detailed the good: dual-screens at the right aspect ratio are great and can be better than the Galaxy Fold line in many use cases, and the bad: Microsoft just hasn’t fixed enough software bugs, noting “Microsoft is the problem with Surface Duo.” Ouch.

The Duo 2, then, has a lot to prove: what it’s like right out of the box, and how committed Microsoft is to improving, refining, and making the very high price-tag seem worth it.


📁 The grapevine continues to suggest Google isn’t just working on its Pixel 6 series, but a Pixel foldable as well. This summary explains the possible existence of two foldable Pixel devices, with evidence in Android 12.1 and via @evleaks (Android Authority).

⏩ Also, Google’s Pixel 6 Pro could charge fast, jumping up to 33W, and Pixel 6 wallpapers have leaked (Android Authority).

⚡ Ikea’s $40 pad adds built-in wireless charging to almost any table (The Verge).

🔋 Volkswagen’s electric ID.4 was already good—does adding AWD via twin-motors change that? (Ars Technica).

🏠 Ultra-white paint could reduce the need for air conditioning. Like how the blackest-black paint Vantablack has special uses, white paint that reflects 98.1 percent of solar radiation is pretty handy too (Engadget).

🚀 The SpaceX Inspiration4 mission and crew returned to Earth with a splashdown on Saturday and everyone seemed pretty chuffed, capping off the first fully private mission in orbit. They had fun in space including betting on NFL and ringing the NYSE bell, and raised US$153m for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as well (The Verge).

📰 The endless Facebook apology, written after the WSJ’s incredibly detailed reporting with whistleblower documents everywhere: “The Journal’s series includes internal reports showing that Facebook was fully aware of Instagram’s deleterious impact on the mental health of teen girls while moving full steam ahead with an Instagram for Kids product; internal documents inferring that the company lied to its independent Oversight Board when it said it gave only a small amount of celebs, pols and other grandees a wide berth to break its rules on the platform while, in fact, the free pass was given to millions; and the latest revelation that Facebook makes people angry, in part because of futile efforts of its leader, Mark Zuckerberg, to stop the endless rage.” (NY Times, gift link)

📡 Elon Musk says Starlink will come out of beta phase next month, though he also said it’d come at the end of summer. So, soonish? (Gizmodo).

🚗 NTSB head says Tesla must address ‘basic safety issues’ with semi-autonomous features, i.e. pump the brakes on the roll-out of “Full Self Driving” (Engadget).

📺 Emmys 2023 results: The full list of winners, many of which are streamed TV series like Ted Lasso or The Crown (CNET).

🌌 A mathematician’s guided tour through higher dimensions (Wired).

🦦 How sea otters can fight climate change (BBC).

🌩 “Can lightning really crack rocks and damage mountains like we see in fiction?” (r/askscience).

Apparently, the video comes from an old Egyptian TV drama series.

And I think the actors are trying not to laugh? 

My colleague Hadlee recommended this very similar sequence in wrestling, too.


Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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How To Fix Microsoft Surface Device Screen Not Rotating.

If your Microsoft Surface device currently doesn’t allow you to rotate your screen correctly, follow along as this guide takes you through several different troubleshooting steps you can use to fix this issue. More often than not, this issue is caused by a software issue or an incorrect setting. 

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Microsoft Surface devices have come a long way since they were first released and now work near flawlessly with Windows 10’s current version. That said, there are still times when you may encounter some minor bugs with the touch screen actions or the way the screen rotates. Thankfully, most of these issues are usually software related, so can be fixed with very little trouble. Though do take a little bit of time to identify. The issue this article will be addressing is screen rotation on Surface devices not working correctly or as quickly as it should/used to.

Before you start the steps shown below, make sure you have checked your screen rotation settings. To do this swipe from the right edge of the screen to reveal the Action Center, then make sure the Auto Rotation Lock symbol is dimmed. If it is that means it’s deactivated. To activate it, tap the lock or use your mouse, and it should be working again. If you have the cover/keyboard attached your surface device it will auto-lock to landscape, so keep this in mind. Once you’ve done, this Restart your device as well.

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How Do You Fix Microsoft Surface Devices Not Rotating Screen Correctly?   Run the Sensors Troubleshooter to Fix Screen Not Rotating on Microsoft Surface Devices.

The final thing you can try before restoring your Surface device to defaults is the Microsoft sensor troubleshooting tool. This tool aims to diagnose all your Surface devices sensors and has a great track record for doing so. 

Restore Your Surface Device to Default Settings.

If nothing so far has worked, the last option you can try is factory resetting your Microsoft Surface device. This should get things working again, however, it does take a hell of a lot of work to get your device back to the way you like it. So use this as a last resort. If after a clean slate/restore your device still doesn’t function correctly, you may have to send it in for an RMA or back to the place you purchased it.

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Google Duo: How Does It Compare To Whatsapp, Skype, And Other Rivals?

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Messaging and video calling apps are a dime a dozen these days. One of the more popular ones is Google Duo, which lets you stay in contact with friends and family from anywhere. But how does it compare with rivals like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, and Signal? Should you use it? We’ll work to answer both questions over the course of this page.

If no one answers, you can leave a video message.

Then there’s the ability to create a video/audio message and send it to a contact. Yes, WhatsApp and other rival apps let you send audio recordings and video clips via chat. Duo implements this differently. It’s a bigger, more important part of the app. For example, if you’re calling someone and that person doesn’t answer, you can press the Leave a message button and then decide whether you want to leave an audio or video message. Like my colleague Ankit did in the screenshots below, you can also spice up a video using various filters and effects.

Call quality

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Excellent features don’t matter if the call quality is terrible. This is where Duo should shine because Google says it’s “the highest quality video calling app” you can get. We decided to put this to the test. I made video calls with Google Duo, Viber, Skype, Signal, and WhatsApp to see how big a difference there is.

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When it comes to Skype and Facebook Messenger, the story is a bit different. By default, both encrypt the data between your device and the companies’ servers. This means that while no one can snoop on your conversation if you’re on public Wi-Fi, both Microsoft (Skype’s owner) and Facebook can see the messages you send if they want to. Facebook has committed to introducing end-to-end encryption, but that won’t happen soon.

There’s a way to get around this, though. Both Skype and Messenger kind of offer end-to-end encryption already. You have to enable it yourself by opening a Private conversation on Skype or a Secret conversation on Facebook. This means that the two services can be as safe as Google Duo, WhatsApp, and the rest of the competition, given you know what to do. It’s a bit of a pain, but it’s better than nothing.

So, should you use Google Duo?

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Google Duo is a mixed bag. The lack of instant messaging makes it hard to recommend to those looking for an all-in-one communication app. On the other hand, video quality makes it an excellent choice for frequently making video calls.

If video quality is super important to you and you’re not already using Skype, I’d say definitely give Google Duo a shot. It also comes with a few unique features many will enjoy, even if there’s nothing groundbreaking about them. Not to mention it’s a Google app and works with the same Google account you already use.

This goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: When choosing the right messaging app for your needs, you also have to consider which ones your friends are using. A great app is useless if no one you know uses it, as you won’t have anyone to talk to.


Google Duo works with your Google account. Most of you probably already have one, so you’ll just need to launch the app and log in.

Google Duo supports video calls with up to 32 participants.

Google Duo video calls are streamed at 720p.

Here Are The Best Microsoft Surface Laptops And Tablets

Buying the best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets

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Microsoft’s Surface lineup is a rather limited one. However, there are still enough options. Here’s a quick guide to the lineups.

Surface — The classic hybrid tablet that plays well with a keyboard, quite like an iPad.

Surface Go — The more affordable Surface tablets.

Surface Pro — higher-end Pro Surface tablets.

Surface Book — 2-in-1 devices with a little more focus on working as a proper laptop than the main Surface line.

Surface Laptop — A proper laptop from Microsoft.

If you’re set on buying a Microsoft Surface device, chances are you already know what you want. To make the right buying choice, consider the following factors.

Form factor — Surface devices usually come with the classic 2-in-1 form factor, except the Surface laptop, which has a typical laptop design.

Screen size — Screen sizes don’t vary much here, but will definitely help you choose better. The Surface Go lineup is quite smaller than the others.

Budget and specifications — These two go hand in hand. Your use cases will determine what specs you need, and you need to balance that with the budget to get the best value. 

Once you have those two things nailed down, it should be pretty easy to make your choice. We have our best picks listed down below for you.

The best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets regularly as new devices launch.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4


Don’t care too much for laptop-tablet hybrids? Then your best choice is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4. It’s the latest version of Microsoft’s traditional laptop — the display does not detach from the keyboard, nor does it rotate on a hinge as many other convertible notebooks do. However, the Surface Laptop 4 makes up for that with its elegant, modern design and practical features.

The Laptop 4 is a worthy successor to the Surface Laptop 3. The newest model comes in two sizes — 13.5 and 15-inch touchscreens, with resolutions of 2,256 x 1,504 and 2,496 x 1,664 respectively. The Laptop 4 also has a couple of other spec upgrades. Both versions come with 8, 16, or 32GB of RAM, while storage ranges from 256GB to 1TB SSD drives. The processors also jumped from 10th gen to 11th gen Core i5 and i7 processors. The bigger model even has an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU version.

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The port selection is the same as the previous Surface Laptop 3, which is to say that it’s rather limited. Battery life is listed at between 16 and 19 hours, depending on your configuration. The keyboard, however, is possibly the best of any Surface device so far. So, if you don’t mind these faults and have the cash to spend, the Surface Laptop 4 is an excellent choice for a portable and elegant business laptop.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8


The latest Surface flagship comes in the form of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 series. Just like their predecessor, these tablets can easily double up as powerful laptops thanks to their excellent specs and detachable keyboard.

The standard Pro 8 model comes in several configurations. You can choose between 8, 16, and 32GB of RAM, while SSD storage options range from 128GB to 1TB. The available processors are 11th Gen quad-core Intel i5 and quad-core i7, and both come with Intel Iris Xe graphics. All versions come with Windows 11 Home and, finally, a Thunderbolt 4 support. Battery life has also improved slightly compared to last year’s Surface Pro — the Pro 8 promises around 16 hours.

Microsoft Surface Book 3

The Microsoft Surface Book blew people away when the company revealed the first version. It was a full notebook, but you could detach the large screen from its keyboard (no Type Cover here) and use it as a massive tablet. The Surface Book 3 is the latest version of this high-end laptop that was launched in May 2023. You can get one with a 13.5-inch 3,000 x 2,000 resolution display, or one with a larger 15-inch 3,240 x 2,160 display. Both come with 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB SDD options for storage, and the battery life should last up to 15.5 hours on the 13.5-inch option or 17.5 hours on the 15-inch model.

If you choose the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Book 3, you can get it with either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM and either a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chip. You also get the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU if you pick the i7 model. The i5 version of the notebook weighs 3.38 pounds, while the i7 model weighs 3.62 pounds.

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The 15-inch version comes with 16GB or 32GB of RAM, the 10th Gen Core i7 chip, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU. It weighs 4.20 pounds. Both the 13.5-inch and the 15-inch versions come with two USB ports, a USB-C port, two Surface Connect power ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a full SD card slot. You also get an 8MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, dual microphones, and front-facing stereo speakers.

As you might expect, all of this high-end hardware and features come at a high cost — check out pricing via the button below.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

The Surface Pro X is probably the most divisive product on this list. It is the lightest and thinnest Surface ever, but it comes with a number of compromises that might put some potential buyers off.

The Pro X is a 13-inch touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable type cover and a 2,880 x 1,920 display. Unlike the Surface Pro 7, you don’t have to buy the cover or the stylus separately. Connectivity is where Microsoft has cut corners, unfortunately. The Surface Pro X might offer LTE Advanced Pro through a nano-SIM, but the device only has two USB-C ports and one Surface Connect port. No headphone jack or anything else.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

The latest member of the Surface notebook family is the Laptop Go. This has been designed to be the lightest traditional Surface notebook so far, at just 2.45 pounds. You still get a 12.4-inch 1,536 x 1,024 touch screen display, with a full keyboard and an aluminum top. Inside, you get an Intel 10th generation Core i5 processor 1035G1, with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and with 64, 128, or 256GB of storage options. The battery is supposed to last up to 13 hours on a typical charge, and you can get up to 80% of that total charge in just one hour.

Other features include a Fingerprint Power Button for one-touch sign-in on some models, along with a 720p HD camera. You also get a USB-C and a USB-A port. You even get your choice of colors with this notebook: Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum.

The price of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go begins at $550. If you want an inexpensive Surface device that’s an actual laptop and not a tablet with a detachable keyboard, this might be worth looking at.

Frequently asked questions

There are several Microsoft Surface computers available at different price points. Surface devices generally offer solid value for money, so it’s fair to say they’re worth it.

Microsoft’s Surface is a tablet-first device that can double as a laptop with a keyboard accessory, while the Surface Laptop aims to offer a proper laptop experience.

The Microsoft Surface itself is a tablet, but the Surface lineup also has laptops in it, like the Surface Laptop, and 2-in-1 devices like the Surface Book. 

Microsoft’s Surface lineup has been rather successful, and there are currently no indications that Microsoft is planning on discontinuing Surface.

The best place to buy a Microsoft Surface is from Microsoft itself, or a trusted retailer like Amazon. Certified online and offline electronics retailers are also a safe bet.

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