Do I really want to buy a Microsoft Surface Book?
I have to admit it. Since the first preview of the Surface Book I was in love.
The prospects were clear. Microsoft came onto the laptop market with a innovative high-end device that was supposed to leave no desires unfilled. I was finally able to see a device made by my least disliked company of the big three Apple, Google, Microsoft.
That moment a Surface Book fanboy was born.
But since October some time has passed and I gained back my countenance. As usual I didn't rush into stores to buy the latest hype, but let it settle for a while. As it turned out once more: A smart decision.
The Surface Book had its share of problems like bluescreens, involuntary table/laptop mode switching and even audio buzzing. Apparently most of those were caused by faulty firmware and, naturally, Windows 10. But to me it doesn't matter, who's the actual culprit. If I buy a workhorse, it has to deliver. Ain't nobody got time for that crap.
Now in February 2016, the device has landed on German shores, which saves me importing it, which is great. Also I finally get to test drive it in a local store.
Sorry, but I'm not willing to buy a 3 grand device without ever seeing it beforehand. And for a good reason. The last couple of days I had a closer look at the details of the device which left me with more doubts than ever. So I have composed a list of hopes and doubts about the Surface Book that bothered me BEFORE I have even seen the device in real-life once. I will revise that list after my trial.
Glossy Screen: While the display is probably one of the best ever produced, it is still a glossy screen. And so far I never liked them. There are no options for a non-glossy screen. So let's see how that will feel like
Keyboard Layout: That's a really tough one and could turn into a killer argument AGAINST the Surface Book. The keyboard is expected to feel really great and that's probably nothing to argue about. The layout however is a completely different animal:
- No right CTRL-key: Really Microsoft? Ever seen a left handed person use a laptop? I guess not. Instead you put a Context Menu key in its position. Uncool, but nothing a remap of keys can't fix.
- Arrow keys: For some strange reasons many companies make the arrow keys smaller than the other keys. Microsoft joined the band and leaves me wondering if they have ever seen somebody use those keys. A leftie in particular. Yes I need those keys more than any other keys. I guess that's something I might get accustomed to after a while, but it's still a draw back
- F1-F12 vs. Home/End/PgUp/PgDown : That's a tough one. On one hand it is common practice to double assing the F1-12 Keys with laptop features like screen brightness, volume and so on. And that's totally cool. However Microsoft also decided to map navigational keys like PgUp/PgDown to F8-F12, which is bullshit! At this point I can't even imagine not having dedicated keys for those actions, especially in such an awkward position like the right hand of the function keys. And adding insult to injury you either have those keys enabled or you can use the F2-F4 Keys for important Windows features. Ever wanted to press FN+ALT+F4 in a hurry when you get caught again looking at THAT webpage? Maybe I put too much weight into that issue and it will turn out just fine, but until I tried, this remains a really big issue.
Audio Jack: The position of the audio jack is on the, behold, top left hand side of the screen. Wat? Yes, I do understand that is has to be at the table part of the device,but you could have at least put it near the bottom of the screen, so it won't dangle all over the place which working. Have they seen somebody use the... ah never mind...
- Powerful CPU, tons of RAM and SDD goodness
- One of the best displays and top resolution
- A tablet mode, I won't ever use
- Microsoft Complete for Business guarantee. Spend 4 trouble free years with your Surface Book. They got your back, regard less of the damage. May it be a technical fault or "water" that you spilled all over that beast while doing... stuff on the erm...interwebz
- technically, it has everything a laptop needs in 2016.There is nothing more to add
- It's one hell of a sexy, powerful internet machine, that makes you weak in the knees and makes you love it albeit it flaws.
That device get's me at an emotional level, it is simple as that. That happens rarely, believe me. That's why I don't care about its price tag. All I care about is, if the little flaws become a future deal breaker, that won't let us have a great time together.
I have already found a shop in Munich who should have it in stock. Let's find out the truth this Saturday.