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Surface Laptop 4 vs MacBook Pro M1: A close contrast

Surface Laptop 4 vs MacBook Pro M1: A close contrast

There are many versatile Windows laptops that boast great performance, extreme power and decent battery backup. Joining the ranks is the new Surface Laptop 4, the latest entrant from the house of Microsoft that touts a massive upgrade in battery and performance from its predecessors. This Surface rendition is very nicely priced and is billed as a competitor to the M1 chip-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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Surface Pro 7 ad throws shade at MacBook Pro, misses the point

Surface Pro 7 ad throws shade at MacBook Pro, misses the point

The Surface Pro 2-in-1 detachable tablet was arguably a stroke of genius and a gold mine for Microsoft but the company may have already milked the cow dry. The product line has seen very little significant innovation or upgrade in the past generations and the Surface Pro 8 doesn't sound like something terribly exciting either. Still, Microsoft seems quite insistent on pitting the current Surface Pro 7 against the MacBook Pro and while it does make some strong arguments, it might have also missed the point, especially with Apple's latest iteration.

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Windows 10X on Surface Pro 7 shows a touch-centric experience

Windows 10X on Surface Pro 7 shows a touch-centric experience

To date, people mostly think of Windows as an operating system for desktops and laptops. Despite Microsoft's efforts since Windows 8 and various "special editions" like Windows 10 S, the OS has struggled to fully adapt a user experience that could rival the likes of iPadOS or even Android when it comes to touch-based devices. Windows 10X, which was initially intended for the fully touch-centric Surface Neo, could be the break that Microsoft needs and a new video showing it in action could prove exactly that.

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Surface Pro 7+ revealed with solid upgrades that you (probably) can’t have

Surface Pro 7+ revealed with solid upgrades that you (probably) can’t have

Microsoft served up something of a surprise this morning by announcing the Surface Pro 7+. This new device has a lot of similarities with the previously-released Surface Pro 7, but Microsoft has made a few key upgrades with the Surface Pro 7+. Unfortunately, we regular consumers aren't going to be able to pick one of these up right away, as Microsoft has two distinct markets in mind for the Surface Pro 7+ and we're in neither of them.

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Surface Pro 8 price leak reveals an important lineup change

Surface Pro 8 price leak reveals an important lineup change

It's CES 2021 this week, kicking off a flood of new product announcements both during the event as well as long after it. One of those that may be happening this month is Microsoft's debut of its next-gen Surface products, namely its pro tablets and laptops. Leaks about the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4 haven't exactly been encouraging but this latest leak shows at least one change that could be a bit of a positive.

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FCC filing suggests Microsoft Surface 8 will feature LTE and Wi-Fi 6

FCC filing suggests Microsoft Surface 8 will feature LTE and Wi-Fi 6

It's not uncommon for the first hint that a product is getting ready to launch to come in the form of filings made with the FCC. Any new electronic device that launches publicly in the US must have FCC approvals for various components inside the device. A recent FCC filing for the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 suggests that the new PC could launch soon.

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Surface Pro 8 configuration options may have an LTE disappointment

Surface Pro 8 configuration options may have an LTE disappointment

Although it still enjoys some popularity as Microsoft's premier hardware product line, it has been quite a while since it has made a big change for its Surface products, especially the oldest of them all, the Surface Pro. It seems that 2021 won't be any different, at least during the early months when Microsoft is expected to launch its next line of portable computers. But while the next-gen Surface Pro 8 will likely see some welcome upgrades, a new leak hints that it won't be spread equally when it comes to LTE support.

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Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 leaks hint at modest upgrades

Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 leaks hint at modest upgrades

With all that's happening in the Mac market the past weeks, it's almost too easy to forget other manufacturers have their own new wares to show. Intel is, of course, making sure no one forgets by making a lot of noise about its 11th-gen processors and new Intel Iris Xe graphics. One company that has been unusually silent, however, is Microsoft, whose line of Surface products used to be the talk of the PC town. Microsoft seems to be taking a more modest strategy if these leaked photos and information about its upcoming Surface computers are anything to go by.

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xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows might support ARM PCs

It's almost ironic that Microsoft's own game streaming platform, previously known as Project xCloud, still doesn't support its own Windows operating system. At the same time, it probably makes sense because if it can run well enough on a phone, it will probably run just as well on a more powerful computer. The time for Windows 10 support for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's streaming feature might be nigh and, when it does, it might even support the small number of ARM-based Windows 10 PCs from day one.

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Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

It's not unusual to find prototypes of older or existing devices being sold online but finding one for a soon to be released product is slightly rarer. That is what makes this particular listing of an alleged Surface Pro 8, a device due to debut next year, a bit intriguing, especially with the hardware it packs. Unfortunately, the listing also brings a bit of bad news if the design is also what the next Surface 2-in-1 will be sporting next year.

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Video call “Eye Contact” for Windows released for Surface Pro X

Video call “Eye Contact” for Windows released for Surface Pro X

In the future, it's likely we'll have a whole bunch of artificial intelligence-based features like "Eye Contact" for all video calls. It's an interesting bit of tech that uses AI to modify the video feed the person sees on the other end of your video call. With this feature, you will always appear to be making eye contact with the person on the other end of the call, even if you're not looking directly at the camera - because that's awkward.

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Surface Pro 7 random shutdown problem still has no official fix in sight

Surface Pro 7 random shutdown problem still has no official fix in sight

After many failed attempts at hardware, Microsoft seems to have finally gotten the formula right with the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet PCs. It has since then spun off that Surface brand into other products, including laptops, an all-in-one desktop, and, soon, a dual-screen Android phone. For many, the Surface Pro still remains the epitome of the product line and the Surface Pro 7's long-overdue adoption of USB-C makes it almost perfect. That was until a few months ago when these tablets started shutting down randomly with Microsoft mostly keeping silent despite the growing number of complaints.

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