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Chuwi SurBook Review

Chuwi SurBook Review

Not too long ago, Microsoft was rumored to be close to retiring the Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. Although the company denied it, it hasn’t exactly given hard evidence to the contrary either. Fortunately, the basic idea of a Windows tablet that also functions as a laptop as well as a digital canvas has become so popular that OEMs are more than happy to continue its legacy, from giants like HP and Dell to upstarts like Chuwi. The company has just recently shipped the Chuwi SurBook, the product of a very successful Indiegogo run, and we take a hard look at how this Surface Pro-alike fares in the real world.

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Chuwi SurBook Mini to fill the Surface-shaped hole in your heart

Chuwi SurBook Mini to fill the Surface-shaped hole in your heart

There were rumors that Microsoft would soon be axing the Surface line, which were debunked by the unveiling of the Surface Book 2. But for one line of Surface devices, the end came quite some time ago. The non-Pro Surface 2-in-1 tablet never got a version 4, even while the Surface Pro now has its 5th “not Surface Pro 5” generation. It’s unlikely Microsoft will ever go down that road ever again, but if you’re really looking for Surface 3 successor, then you might want to consider Chuwi’s SurBook successor, the unsurprisingly named SurBook Mini.

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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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Finance a Surface Pro with Microsoft’s new monthly payment option – With a catch!

Finance a Surface Pro with Microsoft’s new monthly payment option – With a catch!

If you're in the market for a Surface Pro or other Surface device but you don't have the cash to pay for it upfront, Microsoft has a new option: the Surface Plus Program for financing the device. The company announced the new financing option today, explaining that it is available as of 9AM PT for things like the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, and Surface Book. A similar option has also been launched for businesses.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Review: The anti-MacBook Pro

Microsoft Surface Laptop Review: The anti-MacBook Pro

Microsoft knows how to make sleek hardware. If the Surface Book is handsome but bulky, and the Surface Pro is more minimalistic but suffers a less-compelling keyboard, then the Surface Laptop falls happily in-between. You don't get a fancy detachable display, no, or even a 360-degree hinge. Instead, it's a neatly finished, beguiling traditional laptop form-factor with some eminently pleasing material decisions.

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See the Surface Mini that Microsoft killed in these leaked images

See the Surface Mini that Microsoft killed in these leaked images

Over the last few years, as Microsoft's Surface has grown more popular as a tablet device, we've heard occasional rumors about the development of a smaller sized model. Turns out Microsoft planned to announce a Surface Mini back in 2014, alongside the Surface Pro 3, but cancelled the product only days before its planned debut. Now we're getting our first peek at the never-before-seen device thanks to a set of leaked photos.

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Surface Pro Review 2017

Surface Pro Review 2017

The Surface Pro Review we have here passes judgement on the Surface Pro released in June of 2017, as first outlined earlier this year. With the newest version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft made an equivalent to the iMac G4 by combining two important elements. The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) is both enjoyable to use in a unique way, and it’s reliable. The unique/enjoyable factor comes from the keyboard attachment – the one that doesn’t come standard with the Surface itself.

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Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

At first glance, Microsoft has knocked the new Surface Pro out of the park. Coming hot on the heels of the Surface Laptop, the tablet-that's-a-notebook (and which mustn't be called the Surface Pro 5, oh no) could've been overshadowed by its Alcantara-clad clamshell sibling. Instead, Microsoft has gone down the wishlist of existing owners and ticked all the boxes. Well, all apart from one.

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This is how future Surface tablets and pens should work

This is how future Surface tablets and pens should work

Microsoft's Surface tablets and its Surface Pen appealed to artists and creatives but it was lacking in one aspect that these class of people were used to. It left one hand, the non-pen hand, idle and practically useless. Microsoft addressed that with the Surface Dial, but it was yet another accessory that you could drop, break, or lose. Microsoft Researchers,however, have come up with ways to give that hand something to do, by allowing both pen and finger to be used as the same time, with the finger driving some special UI and actions at the side.

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