Surface Book Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Microsoft' started by DRTigerlilly, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. tabletartist4d

    tabletartist4d Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Theyre now offering an i5 version with 128gb SSD with dGPU for 1699, Its also said to ship by the 26th. I ordered mine and will be cancelling my in store order. It came to a total of $1662 with student discount and tax.
     
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    heatlesssun Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    So has anyone received a shipping notice yet? I had the issue with the fraud rejection like many others but was able to get everything processed shortly after I got the call. Card was charged yesterday but no shipping notice yet.
     
  3. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    It's so nice that you are sacrificing for me Steve...
     
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  4. soh5

    soh5 Wait and Hope (Bronsky et al.) Senior Member

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    they need a i7/256/16gb model
     
  5. freya301

    freya301 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I agree completely! I'd even settle for an i5/256/16gb model! Tons of ram is amazingly helpful sometimes!
     
  6. sonichedgehog360

    sonichedgehog360 AKA Hifihedgehog Senior Member

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    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/msi-gs40-phantom-laptop-shipping,30360.html
    This is definitely going to be quite a bit faster and quite a bit less expensive. But it probably has no touchscreen or pen input so that is where it loses.
     
  7. Mesosphere

    Mesosphere Geek. Senior Member

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    It's also heavier, lower resolution, no detachable slate, etc, but yea this is what I was thinking of. The SB would still be my choice if I needed such a beast, but it's not the fastest laptop at it's screen size (when using a 2 dimensional measure of the two dimensional screen).
     
  8. oranjoose

    oranjoose Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Speaking of geometry and screen sizes, tapping into my Pythagorean skills is one of the first things I did.

    In addition to seeing that the Surface Book's 13.5" screen is actually bigger than a 16:9 14" screen, what I found most interesting was that the Surface Book screen is taller than an HD 15" screen. Specifically, a 16:9 15" screen is around 7.35" tall, and the 3:2 Surface Book 13.5" screen is around 7.49" tall.

    In that sense, the Surface Book is maybe even better than a 15" laptop for reading/coding single documents.
     
  9. sonichedgehog360

    sonichedgehog360 AKA Hifihedgehog Senior Member

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    Speaking from an engineering student's perspective, Geekbench is a "joke." It weights memory tests and certain tests that Apple's A series CPUs are heavily optimized to perform, far too much, and there is much debate about the consistency of their code's architectural optimizations (
    https://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/3905971?baseline=2429562 ). This results in Apple chips having an exaggerated score which is an inaccurate indicator of their real-world performance. In actuality, BAPCo TabletMark v3, designed by a benchmarking company around since 1991 who has decades of experience, is arguably a much more accurate assessment of overall system performance across all platforms ( http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/a...-Pro-7140-Convertible-Review/11#axzz3pAlaJYsd ;
    https://results.bapco.com/results/benchmark/TabletMark_v3 ).
     
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  10. Utan-chan

    Utan-chan Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Have you looked into my previous post? I think on-screen buttons would be a much better and more flexible option for your needs: using one hand to draw and the other hand to operate functions. In case you missed my reply earlier, here are the links:
    - RadialMenu demo: http://imgur.com/a/hE78h (YouTube version: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTtxrVROFZi9l6QR2e6Sazf-HptAUM40R)
    - TabletPCMouse demo:
     
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