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November 3, 2015

Surface Book: More than a laptop

The Surface Book has many uses—that’s why it’s the ultimate laptop. We detail how this versatile device can help you do great things.

Microsoft recently revealed the Surface Book, a Windows 10 device that redefines the laptop.

Designed with the high quality and superior workmanship that have characterized the Surface brand, the Surface Book combines high-end processing power with a best-in-class 13.5-inch PixelSense display that offers stunning clarity and resolution.

The Surface Book provides exceptional power and versatility through features such as its 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with up to 16GB of memory, up to1 TB of storage, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce graphics chip.

But Surface Book is more than a laptop—its detachable, 10-point multi-touch screen makes it a powerful clipboard as well.

Here are just a few of the ways you can use Surface Book. The possibilities, though, are limitless.

High-performance Laptop

At home in the boardroom or classroom, the Surface Book is a powerhouse in productivity. Loaded with Windows 10 Pro, it’s compatible with virtually all of your favorite software, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, and Cortana, your personal digital assistant.

Surface Book in laptop mode

Enjoy stunning clarity with Surface Book’s 13.5-inch PixelSense Display. It delivers six million pixels, a 1700:1 contrast ration, and 100 percent sRGB color. That means you can compose your presentation in comfort thanks to the screen’s extremely high contrast and low glare and edit photos and videos in graphics-heavy programs with fluidity and smoothness.

And with up to 12 hours of battery life for video playback, you’ll have plenty of time to complete your project before needing a charge.

Surface Book is a dream to type on, too. Its backlit keyboard is built for comfort, accuracy, and efficiency, enabling super-quiet typing and more words per minute. The precision glass-laminated trackpad offers super-responsive five-finger contact recognition for ease in gestures and smooth movement.

For a more personal touch to enterprise security, say hello to Windows Hello. With just a look into Surface Book’s front-facing infrared camera, you can sign in instantly with facial recognition technology.

You can also video-chat with friends or work contacts effortlessly with Surface Book’s 5-megapixel front-facing 1080p HD camera and front- and rear-facing dual microphones.

Creative Canvas

As an artist, you can design, sketch, and build with this creative powerhouse.

To put Surface Book into draw mode, pop the display off the keyboard, turn it around, and reattach. Now you’ve got a handy easel and can continue using the Surface Book’s hardware-accelerated graphics for visually intensive projects.

Surface Book in canvas mode

Surface Book utilizes Intel HD graphics 520 and an optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor with dedicated 1GB GDDR5 high-speed memory so you can tackle even the most demanding graphics work, such as photo editing with Adobe PhotoShop or video editing.

So grab your Surface Pen, now with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and reduced latency, and draw to your heart’s content.


Detach the keyboard from your Surface Book and it becomes a tactile, highly mobile clipboard. At just 1.6 pounds in clipboard mode, it’s easy to take your Surface Book anywhere—but with all the power of a full-sized laptop!

Surface Book in clipboard mode

Collaborate in style in clipboard mode. Detach the keyboard from your Surface Book, attach the magnetic Surface Pen to the side of your display for easy access, and get to work!

Imagine you’re an architect at a construction site: You can jot down notes in OneNote with the Surface Pen, take photos of building progress using the Surface Book’s 8-megapixel rear-facing auto-focus 1080p HD camera, and then share them instantly with colleagues in the office with OneDrive.

And when traveling on a business trip, watching movies through Hulu Plus or Netflix on your Surface Book is made more comfortable by connecting the screen backwards to the keyboard and using the hinge as a handy stand.

How will Surface Book help you do great things? Let us know on Twitter via @Surface and be sure to use the hashtag #surfacebook.

Surface Book