Waiting to order the 1TB model of Microsoft’s Surface Book? Bring lots of money

When Microsoft was making headline after headline at its recent media event in New York, one of the more notable announcements was the Surface Book. The Surface Book is a laptop/tablet hybrid, packing top-spec hardware along the same veins as the successful Surface Pro 3 and Pro 4.

From the get-go, customers could begin pre-ordering the new hardware, with solid-state hard capacities up to 512GB, Intel i7, and dedicated graphics for $2,699.

That seemed like an awful lot of money, but SSDs are still a premium item, and storage does not come cheap. So, you would be right in thinking that the announced, but not-yet-priced, 1TB SSD Surface Book would really part you with your cash.

Indeed it does. The 1TB SSD Microsoft Surface Book comes in with a high-altitude price tag of $3,199. Of course, this places the top-shelf Surface Book squarely against the current MacBook Pro which, similarly optioned out, costs the same amount of money.

Given the functionality and feature set of the two devices, the Surface Book has some neat value-add pieces that the competition simply does not have (yet). Still, if you were looking for a way to rationalize the 512GB Surface Book with 16GB of RAM and dedicated graphics, just take a look at the 1TB model, and you should be good to go.

While all Surface Book pre-orders are set to ship in the next 6 to 8 weeks, the 1TB Surface Book will not ship until early next year.

via: Windows Central



1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

id rather get another MBPr than that..

18. bungid

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Agree. I can make IOS, Android or Windows app using MBPr and make money. Using Windows you can only create Android or Windows App.

23. gunzgunz

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

Apple is a walled garden ecosystem, it does not allow you to do anything outside their devices, which in my personal opinion should not be supported, but it's their right.. Well, fortunately, Android dominates mobile market and Windows dominates PC markets.

44. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

holdup, before I start, look at my name...OK? i can wholeheartedly say that OS X is as free as windows and IMHO I think its better, more stable and a better experience on the whole

55. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I haven't noticed a difference between OSX and Windows in terms of stability on machines with similar specs. The Surface Book is $200 more expensive than the equivalent MBP, but it is more flexible with it's touchscreen and detachable tablet. I've been using Windows longer than OSX, so I would choose the Surface Book just because I'm more familiar with it. Both are awesome machines, though.

41. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

http://www.yoyogames.com/studio Says otherwise. Clearly you forget that there is always a way on PC's

24. gunzgunz

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

With current specs (tablet feature, touch screen), Surface Book offers more value at same price than Macbook Pro..

28. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

That's a fact. Also, when Apple releases a touch screen convertible with Mac OSX on it will probably cost at least $5000 for the basic model and go up to an insanely $8000. Just my thoughts. That day will probably be soon since everyone (thanks to Microsoft) has released such devices.

27. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015


29. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

better screen, better cpu, dedicated gpu, simply much more horsepower. i have macbook pro 13 i would change that to surface book every day, just to have 2 in 1 + that stylus is awesome.

46. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ima make a damn gaming rig out of that

49. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Which MBPr 13 or 15? 13 has 5th gen processor and 15 has 4th generation. I would rather get xps 15 right now, 6th generation quad core processor, DDR4 RAM above $2500 MBPr 15 with cheaper price tag and awesome optional 4K touch screen.

2. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Its actually not too much i would say. U are getting a tab, a laptop with dedicated GPU GDDR5. 1TB storage in a compact form factor. Once the price goes a little down it would be better but the price aint ridiculas by any means.

8. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

And to boot, it's 1TB of blazing fast PCIe SSD storage

12. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Do you think that dedicated gfx will actually run anything worthwhile? Also, I'm curious to see the temperatures and down clocking that will be involved when things heat up- which they most certainly will. While the price is not ridiculous compared to other comparable offerings, it's still useless.

20. khaldoon

Posts: 62; Member since: May 17, 2013

it has a hybrid liquid cooling system just for the gpu compartment , i don't see it heating anywhere. most notebooks have a cooling system for the entire cpu-gpu compartment while this one the cpu is cooled alone and the gnu is cooled alone.

32. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Top end is probably going to be a 960M or 970M, both very capable GPUs, and I doubt cooling them will be much of a problem as I assume it'll be water cooled like the CPU on the Surface is.

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I reckon it will be a 940M or down clocked 950M The 950M, 960M and 970M would probably produce too much heat for the form factor BTW the GPU is cooled by a heat pipe and fan And the CPU is cooled by 2 heat pipes, a fan and vapor chamber No "proper" water/liquid cooling for either of themhttp://www.anandtech.com/show/9696/windows-10-devices-hands-on

37. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Although it isn't listed anywhere, even at Microsoft's website - it is using a custom NVidia GPU which is more or less as powerful as GTX950M w w w .digitaltrends.com/computing/microsofts-surface-bo​ok-has-a-custom-gtx-950m-like-gpu/ (I cant post links ---- YET, thats why there are blank spaces between w's)

42. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It would be in a traditional laptop form factor, but you have to wonder what interface will be used and how much performance will be lost due to this form factor. USB 3.1 is capable of 10Gb/s, but USB 3.0 is only capable of 5Gb/s. It will be interesting to see a true deep dive on this, but I'm not expecting anywhere near the performance of the similarly equipped $3k rMBP.

53. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They're definitely not using any form of USB. It's probably using Thunderbolt 3, which has PCIe 3.0 x4 connectivity.

58. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I would be surprised if they are using Thunderbolt 3. Apple usually gets the exclusive on the new Thunderbolt ports, since they were all in with Intel on them, and they aren't projecting universal adoption until 2016. It will be interesting to see if they do get this, and it would be huge for performance.

65. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's either that or maybe some proprietary PCIe based connection. Who knows, maybe the GPU is so low power that 10 Gb/s would be fine. Even high end desktop GPUs only show modest bottlenecks at PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gb/s).

69. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Running crysis 3 is not the only use of gpu. The gpu is in the detatchable keyboard. And microsoft uses liquid cooling. I dont see why it will heat up. Since its confirmed to be GDDR5, ill say gtx950 i think. This is one of the 1st hybrids to have 1tb ssd n a dedicated gpu. Pricing seems fine by that. And as far as the usability is concerned, well every one uses their device differently. Might be useless for you, might be the best device to have for someone else.

35. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But there's a unit that offers much more than you've mentioned. The MSI Gt80 is a better alternative if you want to have a bigger screen, louder speakers, better gpu, and durability. Although, the weight itself is to be consider.

43. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If you are going to spend this kind of money, but you want a Windows laptop, the new Razer Blade is the logical choice. The weight is slightly higher, but everything else is superior.

48. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

The only gaming laptop models that are available here in my country are asus and msi. Also, not everyone is keen on owning razer blade if it's durability falls short.Also, the screen size is smaller than the gt 80 which gt80 has a bigger display, the amount of heat the razer blade is very poor than the gt80 which it has large fans to disperse heat. So would consumers sacrifice durability, & better heat dispensing technology over a more portable and thinner laptop?

3. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

lenovo yoga pro then

22. TypicalGeek

Posts: 215; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Thinkpad*, because pen support.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Same cost as a MacBook Pro...except newer and could argue more functional with next gen intel chip

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