Sometimes, there’s just something… right… about being able to spend a lazy day sitting at a coffee shop, enjoying a raspberry mocha, and munching on a chocolate chip muffin. It’s 80 degrees outside, sunny, and comfortable humidity. If actually owned a hammock, I’d likely be writing this from a somewhat reclined position. It’s just one of those relaxing sort of days. Love it.
I’m writing this post on a computer that I bought about a month ago, and wanted to really use it for a while before writing my thoughts on it. My new laptop is the Microsoft Surface Book. This is a beautiful device! It types well, has a great trackpad (it’s still not as good as the MacBook trackpad, but it’s easily close in my opinion), and has an amazing screen. After a month, I’m still blown away at how crystal clear it is. The screen comes off, and acts as a clipboard size tablet. Many people have complained about the battery life in the screen/tablet, but it doesn’t bother me at all. Microsoft has never market the Surface Book as a tablet. It has always been market as a laptop with a screen that detaches. That’s it. And for what I actually use the screen in disconnected mode for (watching YouTube videos, drawing, or working on UI mock-ups), it works great.
If I have a complaint, it would be the price. I have the model that comes with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB hard drive. I effectively doubled my onboard storage by purchasing a 200GB SD card, along with an SD adapter custom made for the Surface Book, for around $100 (between the two parts). However, there’s nothing I can do about the amount of RAM. This model was priced at $2099.99. The next size up has a 512 GB hard drive, and 16 GB of RAM, but is an additional $500. As a professional developer, I need as much of this as I can get in a world of emulators. I run Docker, as well as Xamarin. I can’t run them simultaneously, but that’s easy enough to work around.
All in all, I absolutely love my Surface Book, and am loving developing on it. Great job on this device, Microsoft! I can’t wait to see what the next generation holds (though not too soon, please; I just bought this one!). 🙂