Unboxing and first impressions of the Microsoft Surface Book

Posted by:Ron

Microsoft’s Surface Book, touted as the “ultimate laptop” arrived on our doorsteps, and we’ve got a quick unboxing video and first impressions for your viewing pleasure. You can watch the video above and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Back in early October of 2015, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book in what was quite possibly the best tech unveil ever. The Surface Book packs powerful internal specs, a gorgeous display, keyboard with trackpad, and touch input. The Surface Book is everything you could want from a premium Windows 10 device.

The Surface Book is quite heavy, but sturdy. Upon unboxing and powering up the unit, the device prompted me to pair the included Surface Pen. Once that was done, Windows 10 finished setting up and I was booting directly into the desktop, with the familiar Start menu readily accessible.

One of the cool features of the Surface Book is the ability to detach the screen to make it a tablet (or clipboard as Microsoft calls it). All you are supposed to do is tap a button on the keyboard to detach the display. I was unable to detach the display from the keyboard base due to the low battery, and when I pressed that detach button, a notification popped up asking me to plug in the charger. Not a big deal, but thought i’d point that out.

I can also see how one can easily misplace the Surface Pen — simply placing the accessory to the side of the device magnetically attaches the Pen to the side of the tablet, but it feels flimsy. I felt like I would easily lose my Pen and my gut feeling tells me I probably will. I wish there was a better way to secure the Pen to the device without having to buy another accessory or use duct tape.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the Surface Book. The device is quiet, it performs quite fast when navigating through the operating system, and it looks gorgeous. I personally can’t wait to show it off to all my co-workers and friends.

Stay tuned for our full in-depth review of this device and special feature posts we will also be writing. Let us know in the comments below if you want us to explore a particular area of the Surface Book.