Microsoft came out swinging today by renewing much of the Surface line-up. All in all, it announced a new version of the Surface Book, Surface Go and Surface Headphones. And if that weren't enough, the previously announced (and delayed) Surface Buds got a release date and a lower price. That's almost enough to cover all your surfaces with a Surface.
The Surface Book 3 updates the internal parts
Have you ever seen the Surface Book 2? Then you have seen the Surface Book 3. Microsoft hasn't made any changes to the exterior, meaning you still get the same great feature of laptop screen in a tablet and the same U-shaped hinge. That last detail is usually a "hate or don't mind" aspect.
However, the previous Surface Book 2 launched nearly three years ago, so the main problem is aging inside. With that in mind, Microsoft has updated the latest version with 1
For better or worse, your port selection remains the same as on previous models, meaning there are no Thunderbolt ports (presumably 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 claims that the updated hardware makes this the company's most powerful laptop ever, and should last 17.5 hours when charged. You can choose from the 13-inch version, which starts at 1,599 and includes a quad-core Core i5, or a 15-inch model, which starts at $ 2,299 and uses a quad-core Core i7 processor.
The 13-inch base model comes with an integrated graphics card, but you can switch 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 companies 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 add up to 32 GB of RAM. You can pre-order today and buy the Surface Book 3 from May 21.
The Surface Go 2 increases the screen and power
The original Surface Go is testament to the 'thinking process' you can have thin, cheap and powerful – choose two from'. Although thin and "cheap" (compared to other surfaces), it unfortunately gave up too much power, making it painful to use.
The new Surface Go 2 tries to straighten that ship. First, it increases the screen size from 10 inches to 10.5 inches. The good news is that the Surface Go 2 maintains the overall size of the original Go, so that means you lose some of the unnecessary edges. More importantly, Microsoft improved the processor options.
You can still choose models with an Intel Pentium Gold processor, but you should skip that. Instead, you can switch to the top model powered by an 8th generation Core Intel m3 processor. That's still on the low side, but may have enough power to work properly.
The base model includes 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage for $ 399.99. You can increase up to 8 GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD for $ 549. If you grab the m3 processor model you also get 8 GB RAM and a 128 GB SSD for $ 629. You can pre-order today and it will appear on May 12.
As usual, you have to buy the keyboard separately for $ 99.
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The original Surface Headphones had an innovative dialing system that allowed you to turn active noise cancellation up and down, so you could control how much came through. Fortunately that doesn't go away. The original platinum color is also not, but you can now buy them in black (always buy in black).
The Surface Headphones look much the same, but have an updated cup design that allows you to rotate them up to 180 degrees for greater comfort. The $ 250 headphones pick up Bluetooth 5.0 and the Qualcomm aptX Bluetooth codec for better sound and should last 20 hours (from 15) if you're not using ANC.
Pre-orders begin today and Surface Headphones 2 will be released on May 12.
The Surface Buds are getting a release date and a discounted price
When Microsoft announced the Surface Buds in October, she promised to release it later in 2019. for $ 250. The company quickly put off the true wireless earbuds and now it seems they are ready to meet the world and at a lower price too.
The Surface Buds will be released on May 12 for $ 199. You still get the weird pancake look that Microsoft claims is the hallmark of "all-day comfort". Unfortunately, you don't get ANC, a notable $ 200 earbud miss.
Microsoft positions these earbuds as more than a music device and promises improved call quality and software integration with apps like Powerpoint. They need to be charged for 8 hours, and the included charging case gives you 24 hours of use.
You can reserve the Buds from today.
But there is more (accessories)
You would think that would be enough announcements for one day, but Microsoft also had a few accessories to announce. The first is the $ 259.99 Surface Dock 2, which promises faster charging and faster data transfer rates than the original.
If you're more on the road, the new $ 99.99 Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub has multiple ports, including USB-C
The company also announced two new mouse and keyboard bundles. You can grab the Microsoft Ergonomic Desktop for $ 89.99 or the Microsoft Bluetooth Desktop for $ 59.99.