Yeah you read that correctly, you can currently get a Surface book for $1600, which is $2,200 less than you usual RRP. Here are all the details.
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Both Microsoft and Apple have launched new laptops that will ship later this year: the all-new Surface Book and the long-awaited MacBook Pro. Each of these notebooks are a considerable upgrade to their predecessors (though some may dispute this) and are the most powerful laptop devices Microsoft and Apple have to offer. If you're in the market for a new laptop, we've made it easier for you to compare the new Microsoft Surface Book with the Apple MacBook Pro 2016 model.
Microsoft jumped out ahead of Apple early this morning with a big Windows 10 event. The Xbox One, a new Surface Book or Minecraft in 3D weren't explicitly advertised, but those are some of the things we ended up seeing, including the all-in-one Surface Studio. So if you want to catch up on everything you missed, here's what you need to know.
Microsoft's $2299 Surface Book, which launched in Australia at the same time as its flagship Sydney store, is a thin and light tablet with a keyboard dock that contains extra battery power. Uniquely, though, the Surface Book's lower half also contains a Nvidia GeForce graphics card, fueling some small hope that it might be adequate for a bit of weekend gaming.
After some mucking around with different Nvidia drivers and a bunch of testing over the weekend, I can say that adequate is the word -- the Surface Book certainly isn't a gaming powerhouse, but with a bit of software hacking, it's not terrible, and enough to enjoy a modern video game or two.
There's an optional discrete graphics card available in higher-spec variants of Microsoft's brand new Surface Book laptop; it'll make the thin and light laptop powerful enough for a bit of casual gaming as well as demanding graphics applications like Adobe Photoshop. Probably, at least -- we don't actually know anything about it, and Microsoft and Nvidia are staying pretty quiet on the topic.