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Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater

Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater

If you were crafting a recipe for the perfect performance notebook, the Surface Book 2 15-inch wouldn't be a bad place to start. Microsoft's move to "lead by example" in Windows 10 laptops still wows, with its detachable screen and crisp, premium hardware, even two years after its original debut. Still, for all its battery life and design cred, the Surface Book wasn't perfect. Embracing USB-C, a larger 15-inch screen, and some of the beefiest specifications this side of a gaming PC, the Surface Book 2 sets out to give Apple some nightmares.

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Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

It has mostly been all about smartphones these past months, but Microsoft, unsurprisingly, still doesn’t have one. Instead, it has chosen to focus on its Surface line of portable computers instead, despite how analysts and observers are claiming they are on the way out. Just last month, it unveiled the Surface Book 2, which was thought would actually never come to pass. Now it is doing one better, by making the souped-up 2-in-1 laptop available for pre-order, promising that it isn’t an empty promise at all.

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Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it's pulling no punches as it targets Apple's MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple's flagship notebooks, there's now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 13.5-inch model is a brand new 15-inch Surface Book 2.

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Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

Microsoft Surface event coming to the spookiest date

A new Microsoft Surface event is headed for London as the company holds their annual "Microsoft Future Decoded" session series. This event series takes place on the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2017 at ExCeL London. Microsoft's own Panos Panay is set to speak - he's Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices, and his job is almost always to reveal the next generation in Surface tablets.

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This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

Microsoft's war over Surface reliability with Consumer Reports has taken another unexpected turn, with leaks suggesting a combination of ambition and inexperience led to higher than expected return rates. The two companies came head to head last week, after Consumer Reports took the unexpected decision to strip Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Laptop of their "recommended" ratings, in addition to warning buyers off the Surface Pro 4. That was down to the worrying results of a survey which suggested Microsoft's laptops and tablets were the least reliable in the industry.

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Microsoft fires back at Consumer Reports’ Surface slight

Microsoft fires back at Consumer Reports’ Surface slight

Microsoft has pushed back at Consumer Reports' decision to strip the Surface range of its "recommended" award, arguing that its actual reliability is much better than was claimed. Consumer Reports had previously granted both the Surface Laptop and the Surface Book its coveted recommendation, based on factors such as performance and design. However, it backtracked after surveys of existing Surface owners reported significantly higher problems with their laptops and tablets compared to the rest of the industry.

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Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft might be reconsidering its Consumer Reports subscription today, with the news that the Surface Laptop and Surface Book have both been stripped of their "recommended" status. Concerns about reliability of the Surface line-up as a whole have prompted the review organization to backtrack on its awards, in addition to suggesting that the Surface Pro shouldn't be among your top considerations for a 2-in-1 hybrid, either. Microsoft is suitably outraged, as you'd expect, and indeed there are some big questions around just what Consumer Reports is testing and how they're doing that.

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Consumer Reports just un-recommended Microsoft’s Surface range

Consumer Reports just un-recommended Microsoft’s Surface range

Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendations for Microsoft's Surface laptop and 2-in-1 range, citing concerns about reliability after polling owners. The decision particularly impacts the latest Microsoft Surface Laptop and the Surface Book, which the reviews organization had initially awarded its coveted "recommended" designation. However, Consumer Reports says it also applies to the Surface Pro released earlier in the year.

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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Chuwi SurBook to try and fill in the Microsoft Surface’s shoes

Chuwi SurBook to try and fill in the Microsoft Surface’s shoes

Next month, Microsoft might be dashing the hopes of Surface fans. For one, its Surface Pro 5 might just be a small, incremental step up from the Surface Pro 4 launched nearly two years ago. For another, the Surface Book 2 might no longer be a convertible but a regular "Windows Cloud" clamshell laptop. Disheartening as those rumors might be, it will give Microsoft's competitors a chance to pick up where it left off, and in more varied, and perhaps creative, ways. Chuwi, who has been flooding the market with such devices, has just shown off its upcoming SurBooks at the Hong Kong Global Soruces Fair and, as the rather odd name implies, it will try to take on the Microsoft Surface Book.

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Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

In addition to announcing the release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update today, Microsoft also offered some information about plans to launch two new Surface products around the world. The Surface Studio and Surface Book with Performance will be making their way to other regions soon, after spending a few months exclusive to the US market.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Forget the Surface Phone, there might not even be a new Surface Book or Surface Pro. At least not in Microsoft's Spring event next month. Given what the Surface Book 2 is rumored to be, which is quite different from its predecessor, there might be no tears shed. Microsoft does have a new Surface device prepared, however, though what exactly that will be is still anyone's guess.

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