Microsoft has just unveiled its latest range of Surface Books, headphones, earbuds and accessories suitable for both work and play. The new devices are available now for pre-order with expected release dates for each no more than a few weeks away.
Discussing the new devices, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said: “As we continue to expand our Surface family of devices, our goal is to design a Surface for every person, every work style and every location, scaling from the most portable to the most performant.”
“To give you devices that can switch context as quickly as you do to take you from work to play to everything in between.”
So let’s take a closer look at the new Microsoft range:
Microsoft Surface Go 2
Microsoft built the Surface Go as a more affordable and portable alternative to the Surface Book, and now the second generation Go keeps the same thin, lightweight design while expanding on power and performance.
Surface Go 2 offers a larger 10.5-inch PixelSense display, improved 1o hours of battery life and one model features up to 64% faster performance with 8th Generation Intel Core M options.
Microsoft added two Studio microphones and a 5MP front-facing camera that’s said to deliver sharp video even in low light. There’s a new camera app for the rear-facing camera that makes it easy to scan documents and whiteboards – whether you’re sharing notes from a meeting or turning in work.
Paired with Surface Pen, users can access natural ink for things like drawing diagrams, marking up documents and handwriting. Surface Go will be available in a variety of colours, including Platinum, Black, Poppy Red, and Ice Blue.
Starting price: $629
Release date: May 12
Microsoft Surface Book 3
Surface Book 3 is Microsoft’s most powerful laptop to date, providing up to 50% more performance than Surface Book 2 and up to 17.5 hours of battery life. Whether you choose 13-inch or 15-inch, Surface Book 3 is said to feature a beautifully crisp, high-DPI PixelSense Display, smooth, precise trackpad, a comfortable keyboard and the performance of 10th Generation Intel Core processors. Buyers can choose between NVIDIA GeForce GTX or Quadro RTX GPUs.
Surface Book 3 now comes with up to 32GB of RAM and a fast SSD between 256GB and 2TB. Microsoft says the NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU with have enough power to play the top Xbox Game Pass for PC titles at 1080p in a smooth 60 frames per second.
Starting price: $2,649
Release date: May 21
Surface Headphones 2
Surface Headphones 2 are designed to slip comfortably over your ears and surround you with spectacular sound quality, including 13 levels of ambient noise control. Microsoft improved sound quality and battery life, bringing up to 20 hours of clear sound. The active noise cancellation is adjustable through intuitive on-ear dials and specifically tuned to either block out or amplify human voices.
The ear cups can now rotate 180 degrees for greater comfort when wearing around your neck, and there’s a sleek Black finish option in addition to the classic Platinum.
Release date: May 12
Featuring an ultra-comfortable and stable fit, Surface Earbuds offer intuitive touch controls so you can start a phone call or change the song without taking out your phone. Experience rich, immersive ‘Omnisonic’ sound and instantly play Spotify from your Android phone with a triple tap on either earbud. Screen-free integration with Microsoft 365 lets you catch up on emails with Play My Emails in the Outlook Mobile App for iOS or allows you to dictate in Word, Outlook or PowerPoint.
Enjoy all-day battery life with the included wireless charging case.
Release date: May 12
Microsoft has also announced a charging hub for the devices, a travel hub and a string of accessories that add comfort and convenience to the new lineup.
Microsoft says over 4 trillion minutes are being spent on devices running Windows 10 each month with a 75% increase year on year. With a range of sophisticated, smart hardware and accessories, it’s a safe bet that this trend will continue for another year.