Microsoft Dromchla Athbhreithniú Leabhar

Microsoft Surface Book Review
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  • Is é an Leabhar dromchla ar cheann de na Windows is fearr 10 ríomhairí glúine. Ach is é a píosa páirtí níos mó ná gimmick. Nuair scoite ón gcomhlacht a dhéanann an scáileán ar feadh réasúnta, más gearr-cónaí, tablet go Super caol agus éasca a shealbhú.

glúine dtús, dara tablet, is é seo an meascán is fearr de meaisín 2-i-1 leis an chumhacht de ríomhaire iomlán a brú isteach 7.7mm de tablet

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Is é an Leabhar dromchla an chéad cheann de líne nua de ríomhairí glúine ó Microsoft le casadh, Tagann an scáileán amach.

Thosaigh Dromchla Pro líne Microsoft as clunky: mór, trom agus in áit tionsclaíocha i ndearadh. An Pro Dromchla déanaí 4 Is níos tanaí agus níos mó ann, ach go leor i bhfad mar an gcéanna: Windows 10 tablet le méarchlár inbhainte.

Ach tá an Leabhar Dromchla ainmhí difriúil ar fad: ríomhaire glúine an chéad, dara tablet. Fuaimeanna sé cosúil le idirdhealú corr, ach déanann sé go leor le difríocht má tá an méarchlár do tiománaí príomhúil ríomhaire.

glúine dtús, dara tablet

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detaches an scáileán as an bonn glúine a bheith ina tablet. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir

Ag labhairt di ar an méarchlár, nach bhfuil sé ach ina accessory balbh. Tá sé ceallraí níos mó, Sliotán cárta SD, dhá USB 3.0 calafoirt, a DisplayPort mion agus soicéad mhuirearú maighnéadach. Ach is féidir é a bheith chomh maith cárta grafaicí scoite laistigh, ag brath ar an tsamhail, ag tabhairt an Leabhar Dromchla i bhfad níos mó nuair is gá grunt.

An chuid eile de oibriú an ríomhaire san áireamh sa scáileán, a chuireann sé níos suntasaí cé chomh tanaí go bhfuil sé.

An scáileán agus méarchlár ceangailte ag inse Fulcrum mhaisiúil a rollaí as seachas díreach pivoting. Síneann sé fad an bonn de na méarchlár chun cothromaíocht níos fearr ar an scáileán, gan meáchan a chur leis.

Breathnaíonn sé aisteach, beagnach fionnuar, agus in oibreacha gcleachtas maith. Ní chuireann sé tilt leor chomh fada siar le roinnt ríomhairí glúine eile, ach fada go leor chun breathnú compordach ag deasc.

An méarchlár agus ar an scáileán atá déanta as cóimhiotal maignéisiam liath, a bhreathnaíonn agus mothaíonn deas, ach marcanna go leor go héasca. I mo chuid ama gearr leis an Leabhar Dromchla Tá mé scratches ar an underside an méarchlár agus marc ar an liopa deara in ainneoin ag tabhairt aire go cúramach.

nuair stoptar, nach bhfuil an inse huaire cothrom, instead it has a gap about a finger’s width creating a wedge shape that tapers from 22.8mm to a point of 13mm thick.

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Attach the tablet in reverse for a handy presentation screen or for watching video on a flight. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir


  • Scáileán: 13.5in LCD 3000 x 2000 (267 ppi)
  • Próiseálaí: Intel Core I5 ​​nó i7 (6giniúint ú)
  • RAM: 8 nó 16GB
  • Stóráil: 128, 256 nó 512GB
  • Córas oibriúcháin: Fuinneoga 10
  • Ceamara: 8MP chúl, 5MP tosaigh os comhair
  • Nascacht: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, SD, mini DisplayPort
  • Laptop dimensions: 232.1 x 312.3 x 22.8mm
  • Laptop weight: 1.52 or 1.58Kg
  • Tablet dimensions: 220.2 x 312.3 x 7.7mm
  • Tablet weight: 726g

Fuinneoga 10

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Attaching the screen backwards to the laptop base allows it to be folded back down on the keyboard, held at an angle for easier writing with the stylus. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir

Mar a d'fhéadfadh a bheith ag súil, being a Microsoft-made machine, the Surface Book runs Windows 10, which is arguably the best Windows version to date.

The software doesn’t really have any particular tweaks or customisations for the Surface Book that aren’t available on any other Windows 10 convertible.

The operating system is both refined and a mess in equal proportions. The best way to describe it is a modern, overhauled user interface layered directly over the same-old Windows.

Getting around, launching programs and daily business operates in this top layer and is genuinely quite easy to use and useful. But when you need to change something serious, uninstall a desktop program for instance, you get booted back into the same Control Panel I remember from Windows 2000 – it has barely changed.

Tá sé cumhachtach, ar ndóigh, and you can get what you need done, but the difference between what is essentially the Windows 10 layer and the underworkings is quite jarring. For the uninitiated I suspect it could be quite baffling, particularly if you’re using your finger at the time and suddenly have to tap on tiny boxes.

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There are couple of things to note for the Surface Book. The first is Windows Hello, which recognises your face and logs you in without passwords, is fantastic and works as quickly as the computer can boot.

Activating tablet mode actually helps when trying to tap things or use the Surface Book as a tablet.

The Surface Book has a beautiful, high resolution and pixel-dense screen that has great viewing angles and looks brilliant, until you reach an app that can’t scale properly. In that case you end up looking at blurry icons and texta really bad experience, which was all too common in my use of desktop Windows programs such as Evernote, various text editors and other programs.

Apps from the Windows store don’t suffer from the same problem, but they’re often not as powerful. Evernote Touch is a good example, but it’s better than attempting to peer at a blurry mess.

As a laptop

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The Surface Book’s keyboard and trackpad are excellent. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir

First and foremost, the Surface Book is the best Windows laptop I have ever used. Period. Tá sé go tapa, has an excellent backlit keyboard, really great trackpad, enough ports and it’s relatively light at just over 1.5kg.

Some Windows laptops are thinner, some are lighter, but none have quite as good a combination of screen, keyboard, power and industrial design.

I managed to get a good working day out of it on battery power and still had enough for a bit of light reading on the train home with the tablet.

It’s worth noting, although not unique to the Surface Book, that being able to touch the screen for input is excellent, even when doing boring things like typing, as moving the cursor around is so much faster than using a trackpad.

As a tablet

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The tablet is light enough to hold for short periods with one hand, but is quite large. You’re unlikely to leave home with just the tablet part of the Surface Book. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir

The tablet is held onto the keyboard by a very fancy “memory wire” locking mechanism, which changes shape when a current is applied across it. The mechanism is electronic: pressing a button on the keyboard or an icon on the screen disengages the tablet.

You have to pull it directly up from both sides while holding the keyboard down. It sounds hard, but isn’t. Attaching it is just a case of plonking the screen over the connectors. The two then grip each other automatically.

The screen can be placed either way around on the keyboard base, meaning like a laptop or inverted, so it can be folded down like a raised notepad on a desk or stood up as a display.

It’s worth noting that the tablet can only be detached while the Surface Book has power, which means if it dies in your hands then there’s no reattaching it or detaching it to flip it over and close it properly.

The screen is very sharp, on a par with an iPad or Google Pixel C, while its 3:2 aspect ratio means it’s about the size of an A4 bit of paper. Websites, comics and books all look great. It has two front-facing speakers that are loud and clear for watching video, while the headphones port is in the tablet, not the keyboard.

The 13.5in screen means its significantly bigger than most other tablets and at 726g it’s also pretty heavy. Despite being a full-blooded PC it’s still only 7.7mm thick, which is really quite impressive. That’s thinner than most smartphones.

I managed to get around three hours of reading life out of the tablet with a decent brightness. Microsoft reckons it will stretch to four hours for video playback. The tablet can also be charged separately from the keyboard, should you need to.

The biggest drawback of a PC as a tablet is that the instant-on nature of most other tablets isn’t quite as instant for Windows. It can be a couple of seconds if it’s shut down and not just asleep, which it does after a set period.

Surface Pen

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The Surface Pen makes it easy to sketch out ideas on the 12.5in screen. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir

Microsoft’s stylus is one of the best in the business, with a good weight and size. It magnetically attaches to the side of the screen, which stayed put when I was moving around, but got knocked off in a bag.

tá sé 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and really does feel like a pen on paper. The nib can also be changed if you prefer a harder or softer feel.

There are two buttons. One on the side acts like a modifier key for tap or drawing actions. The top button acts like an eraser and can be configured to launch various programs or perform actions when single, or double press or a press and hold. By default it launches OneNote on a press, which allows you to draw on the screen in a second or so.


The Microsoft Surface Book starts at £1,299 for the base model with 128GB of storage, a Core i5 and 8GB of RAM, but without a discrete graphics card in the keyboard.

The i5 version with 256GB of storage and a discrete GPU it costs £1,599. The Core i7 version with 256GB, 8GB of RAM and the discrete GPU costs £1,799 and with 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM £2,249.

Chun comparáid, Apple’s 13in MacBook Pro (just laptop) starts at £900, XPS Dell 12 2-in-1 starts at £899 and Asus’s convertible T300CHI £800.

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The grey magnesium body looks and feels premium, with Microsoft’s shiny Windows logo on the back. Grianghraf: Samuel Gibbs don Chaomhnóir


  • It’s a work in progress: I’ve had a couple of updates that have fixed issues and strange behaviour with the machine
  • Occasionally it wouldn’t charge through the keyboard until disconnecting and reconnecting the screen
  • Sometimes it won’t enter tablet mode, requiring a restart
  • Power-saving mode is essential if using like a tablet
  • It uses more of the battery in the laptop first, so the tablet has some juice left to detach it (you can also charge the tablet separately)
  • Occasionally it would power on when it was meant to be asleep, cooking itself in a bag
  • The fans only fire up when when trying to do something heavy, normally it’s completely silent
  • A dock is available to turn it into a pseudo-desktop, with ethernet, USB, headphones and multiple mini DisplayPorts. Mar sin féin, a monitor that worked fine when plugged directly into the Surface Book wouldn’t work when plugged into the dock.


Is é an Leabhar dromchla ar cheann de na Windows is fearr 10 ríomhairí glúine. Ach is é a píosa páirtí níos mó ná gimmick. Nuair scoite ón gcomhlacht a dhéanann an scáileán ar feadh réasúnta, más gearr-cónaí, tablet go Super caol agus éasca a shealbhú.

Is é an scáileán mór, the hinge is interesting and the mechanism for detaching and re-attaching works very well.

The Surface Book is arguably the best compromise yet between a laptop and a tablet, if your main usage is going to be as a laptop. It solves the problems of the Surface Pro when being used on your lap or anything other than a desk.

Ach, as a tablet, the apps available for iOS or Android for offline media consumption or similar are missing, as are mobile games. It’s also very expensive – but for that money you get a powerful machine, with an excellent stylus and a work-ready battery.

Son: Méarchlár scoth, decent trackpad, brilliant screen, great stylus, 13-hour battery, fancy hinge, great 2-in-1 compromise, proper ports, Windows Hello

CONS: Windows has a tablet app gap, software bugs, daor, tablet-only battery could be longer, heavy for a tablet, HiDPI mode fails for desktop apps, interface is a mess if you dig deep enough

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