Surface Book: Microsoft's first laptop, coming October 26 starting at $1,499

Microsoft's newest Surface, a two-in-one device, is the 'thinnest, most powerful PC ever created,' officials claim.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor
Microsoft is finally making a laptop, not just a tablet that officials say can replace users' laptops.

The new Surface Book, which Microsoft introduced on October 6 at its Windows 10 Devices launch in New York City, is a two-in-one device.

The Surface Book is a 1.6 pound, 13.5-inch Windows 10 device that is 7.7 mm thick. The GPUs and the USB ports are both in the base.

The device features a new keyboard that actually looks lappable, with a flat, stable base. The device includes a new Microsoft-designed "dynamic hinge" to connect the keyboard to the screen.

The Surface Book will work with the same, new compact docking station that Microsoft introduced along with the Surface Pro 4.

Pre-orders for the Surface Book start on October 7. The device will be available starting October 26 for a starting price of $1,499.

Here's more of the Surface Book pricing details:The $1,499 version is with Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM. The highest end Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM goes for $2,699.

MJ Foley

I have not been a huge Surface fan to date, as the devices were not truly lappable and didn't have a really good keyboard, in my opinion. That's why I've been using an Acer S7 laptop for the past year or so. I'm really interested to see if the Surface Book might finally be a Windows laptop I could love.

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