Oct 07, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

Microsoft Surface Book Review & Price: Apple MacBook Rival More Expensive?

Make way for Microsoft’s Surface Book, the self-produced laptop of the Redmond, Washington-headquartered technology giant geared at stealing the spotlight from Apple’s MacBooks.

Microsoft just nailed it! Aside from bringing a tough competitor to go head-to-head with Apple's MacBook Air & Pro, it owned the world when it unveiled its innovative piece of technology at its big event on Tuesday: the Surface Book.

This year, Microsoft has reportedly strayed from giving Hewlett-Packard Inc. and Dell the tech limelight all to themselves in terms of manufacturing laptops that utilize the Redmond-based company's Windows software. It didn't outsource or tapped startups, but instead created its very own laptop to flaunt its Windows 10 software, as per MarketWatch.

Microsoft was also patient enough to give Apple and Google their moment in unveiling their high-tier 2016 devices before unveiling its own products that have absolutely made a huge noise in the market the moment they were formally launched to the public.

The Surface Book is the answer to Surface consumers who can't really put their Surface Pros on their laps. It is a powerful laptop with a 13.5-inch display and a unique hinge that connects the body to the display.

Just like its laptop-tablet convertible sister, the Microsoft Surface Book comes with a Surface Pen. Its base configuration has 128GB of memory and 8GB of RAM, according to Wired.

While it looks like a sturdy MacBook laptop killer, the Surface Book actually has a detachable display that attaches and detaches from the backlit keyboard through the Muscle Wire Lock system. What's more is that you can even reattach the display with the display on full display as though its a tablet resting atop a stand.

In removing the display, you need to press the eject button to release the firm grip of the Muscle Wire Lock system. When used alone, the display is an astonishing thin yet large standalone tablet, Ars Technica noted.

Given its hardware and all the goodies it packs in, it does not come as a surprise that the Surface Book has a price tag of $1,499 for its base model with Core i5. For consumers who want the fully loaded model with Core i7, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, it shells for an expensive price of $2,699.

Interested techies can start preordering the laptop wonder this Wednesday, Oct. 7, and expect their device, which can run for up to 12 hours, to arrive starting Oct. 26.


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