Microsoft came out today by refreshing a large part of its Surface range. In total, he announced a new version of the Surface Book, the Surface Go and the Surface Headphones. And if that wasn’t enough, the previously announced (and delayed) Surface Buds got a release date and a lower price. It’s almost enough to cover all of your surfaces with one surface.
Surface Book 3 updates interns
Have you ever seen the Surface Book 2? Then you’ve seen the Surface Book 3. Microsoft hasn’t made any changes to the exterior, which means you’ll still get the same amazing “laptop screen appears in a tablet” feature and the same shaped hinge from U. This last detail tends to be “hate or don’t mind”.
The previous Surface Book 2 was launched almost three years ago, so its main problem is the aging of internal components. With this in mind, Microsoft has updated the latest version with 10th generation Intel processors and has updated Nvidia Graphics.
For better or worse, your port selection remains the same as the previous models, which means there are no Thunderbolt ports (supposedly for security reasons). You get two USB-A ports, a USB-C port (with Power Delivery 3.0), a full-size SD card reader (a rarity these days), and a Surface Connect port.
Microsoft says the updated hardware makes it the company’s most powerful laptop and should last 17.5 hours for an additional fee. You can choose between the 13-inch version, which starts at 1599 and includes a quad-core Core i5, or a 15-inch version, which starts at $ 2,299 and uses a quad-core Core i7 processor.
The base 13-inch model comes with built-in graphics, but you can upgrade to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card. And the 15-inch Surface Book 3 starts with a GTX 1660Ti graphics card, but businesses can upgrade to a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU.
Both models come with a faster SSD than the Surface Book 2, and if you need more power, you can increase up to 32 GB of RAM. You can pre-order today and purchase the Surface Book 3 from May 21.
Surface Go 2 increases screen and power
The original Surface Go is a testament to the thought process, “You can have a slim, inexpensive and powerful model – choose two.” Unfortunately, although it is thin and “cheap” (compared to other surfaces), it has given up too much power, which makes it tedious to use.
The new Surface Go 2 is trying to straighten this ship. First, it increases the screen size from 10 inches to 10.5 inches. The good news is that the Surface Go 2 retains the overall size of the original Go, which means you lose some of the unnecessary frames. Most importantly, Microsoft has improved processor options.
You can still choose models with an Intel Pentium Gold processor, but you should ignore this. Instead, you can switch to the high-end model powered by an 8th generation Intel Core 8m3 processor. It’s still in the low end but may have enough power to work well.
The base model includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage for $ 399.99. You can increase up to 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD for $ 549. When you take the m3 processor model, you also get 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD for $ 629. You can pre-order today, and it comes out on May 12.
As usual, you will need to purchase the keyboard separately for $ 99.
Surface 2 headphones get better battery, Bluetooth 5.0 and not much else
The original Surface headphones had an innovative numbering system that enabled you to turn active noise reduction on and off so you could control the volume. Fortunately, this will not go away. The original platinum color isn’t either, but now you can buy them in black (always buy in black).
Surface headphones generally look the same but have an updated cup design that allows you to rotate them up to 180 degrees for more comfort. The $ 250 headphones support Bluetooth 5.0 and the Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codec for better sound and should last 20 hours (instead of 15) when not using ANC.
Pre-orders start todayand Surface Headphones 2 will be released on May 12.
Surface Buds get release date and reduced price
When Microsoft announced Surface Buds in October, it promised to release them later in 2019 for $ 250. The company quickly delayed the real wireless headphones, and now it looks like they’re ready to meet the world and at a lower price too.
The Surface Buds will be released on May 12 for $ 199. You will still get the strange pancake that Microsoft says attributes to “all-day comfort.” Unfortunately, you won’t get an ANC, a notable failure for the $ 200 headphones.
Microsoft positions these headphones as more than a musical device and promises improved call quality and software integration with applications like Powerpoint. They should last 8 hours on a charge, and the included charging case will give you 24 hours of use.
You can pre-order buds from today.
But wait no more (accessories)
You’d think it would be enough announcements for one day, but Microsoft also had a few accessories to advertise. The first is the Surface Dock 2 at $ 259.99 which promises faster charging and higher data transfer rates than the original.
If your needs are more rushed, the new Microsoft USB-C $ 99.99 Travel Hub has multiple ports, including USB-C.
The company also announced two new sets of mice and keyboards. You can get the ergonomic Microsoft desk for $ 89.99 or the Microsoft Bluetooth desk for $ 59.99.