Nice device, but the $1499 starting price is a bit too rich for my blood. If I'm paying that much money for a laptop, it's not going to be a laptop / tablet hybrid. I'd go for an MSI GS60 at that price level.
Agreed. Microsoft is basically making a laptop with the same price point as a mac but with windows on it. I thought the advantage of windows was that it wasn't expensive.
[/quotemsg]Except that GS60 isn't as light and portable as a Surface Book, it doesn't have a touchscreen, pen input, or a detachable screen. Smitty has it right about strokes and folks. The two items are designed for completely different primary uses.
The "cheapness" of Windows is due to competing products with similar attributes. Mac doesn't have that and can charge what they want. And right now, the SB doesn't have a direct competitor either, if you consider the computing power the SB has, the form factor, and the overall fit and finish. Compare it to the MBP. The SB is $200 more than the closest spec MBP because the MBP doesn't have a touchscreen, the Pen, or the tablet aspect. The smallest MBP with an i7 and/or dGPU is 15" as well. the SB does that in 13.5".
[quotemsg=16744619,0,242296]Why are they making a laptop when their Surface tablets are supposed to be better and be the "Notebook Killer"?[/quotemsg]Ummm, perhaps you missed the part about the dGPU? Or that this is 13.5" instead of 12"?
[quotemsg=16744619,0,242296]How strange, and the price is a bit high who do they think they are Apple? That's right they want to be Apple I forgot.[/quotemsg]Find me another product available right now that has all the features of the SB in the same size and weight and quality of chassis that sells for less. It's ok, I'll wait.
[quotemsg=16744619,0,242296]I don't get the detachable keyboard with the GPU in it. Why are you pay $200 more for the GPU if your not going to use it? Just buy the version w/o it if you don't need it and save $200.[/quotemsg]Oh, I guess you didn't miss the dGPU. But, then, why would you ask how this is different than the SP4? No matter. Because even though you have a laptop and dGPU doesn't mean you always need to use it as such. Take the tablet with you if you want to walk around and show something to a coworker. Then go back to your desk and clip in when you need the GPU to accelerate your Premiere and AutoCAD. It's called "options" and the vast majority of people like the idea of something that can fulfill more than one role.
[quotemsg=16744619,0,242296]At least it isn't saddled with the horrible O/S Windows 8.x the cause the down fall of PC sales in our time. Since it's MS how are they spy on us with it and collecting our data?[/quotemsg]We get it. You hate MS. That's fine. I and many others have been using Windows 8 and 8.1 for years without complaint. It had nothing to do with declining PC sales. I do find it hilarious that someone is complaining about a company spying on them while on an internet forum. The irony is quite delicious.