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Up to this point, most 2 in 1 hybrid devices were tablets first and laptops second, often with separate Bluetooth keyboards.The Microsoft Surface Book on the other hand is a laptop first…and a tablet second (with a fully detachable screen), allowing it to have enough space in the keyboard dock to fit in extra things such as a 2nd battery and optional dedicated GPU to further increase performance.Even Apple, who’s founder Steve Jobs famously lamented the idea of a Pen Stylus, finally came out with their own 2:1 device just last month that has an optional keyboard and pen (or pencil more accurately), the i Pad Pro.Leading this growing market segment is a surprising character, Microsoft.Luckily I have been able to spend the last three months with a top end MS Surface Book (i7, 16gb of Ram w/ 500gb SSD + additional Nvidia GPU), putting it to the test and seeing what it is truly capable of as I take it on the road with me around the globe. 128 GB/ Intel i5 – 8GB | 256GB / Intel i5 – 8GB 256GB / Intel i5 – 8GB / d GPU | 256GB / Intel i7 – 8GB / d GPU 512GB / Intel i7 – 16GB / d GPU | 1TB / Intel i7 – 16GB / d GPU One of the first things you are going to notice about the Surface Book is the quality and craftsmanship that when into making this thing.In all honestly…aside from the Windows logo on the back, it looks as if it was built by Apple…which is a huge compliment to Microsoft.Additionally, computer manufacturers are now building devices with creatives/photographers in mind, a change of pace after years of neglect.While many aspects of the PC industry are currently on a downward trajectory in terms of overall sales, 2:1 hybrids (devices that double as a laptop & tablet or vice versa) are selling like hot cakes.
When it comes to being a photographer, we are without a doubt living in the golden age of photo technology.
While photographers from the old guard might pontificate about how great things were back “in the day”, the truth is that photography is now more accessible, more affordable and our gear is certainly more powerful.