Extending the Surface in a new direction
Since the first Surface launched a little over three years ago, Microsoft has aggressively pushed the 2-in-l concept — tablets that can replace your laptop thanks to an (optional) keyboard cover that lets you have your cake and eat it too.
The new Surface Book comes at things the other way and the fact that Microsoft calls this "the ultimate laptop" on its website is a fairly telling sign of where it's aiming — it’s very much a notebook first and a tablet second. And with a tough and slick-looking exterior that's hewn from the same matte-finish magnesium-
alloy as the Surface tablet line, an absolutely gorgeous 13.5-inch, super high-res (3,000 x 2,000-pixel) display, the new multi-nib Surface Pen, an optional Nvidia GPU for when the going gets tough and up to 12 hours battery life, it's certainly kitted out with a lot of neat, cutting-edge tech. So is this a natural extension of the Surface 2-in-1 concept, or a wrong turn into a dodgy cul-de-sac?