HP Spectre x360 vs. Microsoft Surface Book 2 – which is the best premium 2-in-1? One is more expensive than the other, but is it justified?
In the world of personal computers, the tide is turning away from desktops and conventional laptops to convertible tablets and laptops — foldables.
In the first-party device category, Surface Pro 4 takes the cake at 39.7 percent while the Surface Pro 3 of 2014 is still holding on at 21.7 percent. The third-place Surface 3, at 10.4 percent, is not too far ahead of the Surface Pro (2017) at 9.2 percent — not too bad for replacement grades at the six-month mark. All we have to do is wait for LTE-equipped Surface Pro devices to show up on the list.
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I’m on day 4 of my month-long Surface Book 2 13-inch trial and have started using the device in anger after installed my Office apps, Chrome and other apps. Today I attended a day-long seminar and decided to give the Surface Book 2’s supposedly legendary battery life a test by attending the session without a […]
For an impossible $99.99, you can get a 10-inch HD tablet with oodles of bells and whistles. Game, set and match, Apple. Plus: a super-fast mobile charger.
All that and Alexa, too
The current-gen Fire HD 10 offers some notable hardware specs, including a 1,920×1,080-pixel 10.1-inch screen, 32GB of expandable storage, a quad-core processor and stereo speakers.
It also provides hands-free Alexa, meaning you can control it with your voice, just like an Echo. I’m not sure how valuable that really is in a tablet, but if you keep the HD 10 paired with a speaker, well, it’s kind of like getting a bonus Echo Dot out of the deal.
Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is an even stronger MacBook Pro competitor than before. Mostly, that’s because there’s finally a 15-inch model for people who need a bit more screen real estate. But the company has fixed most of the issues we had with last year’s 13-inch model, as well. That’s particularly true when it comes to the Surface Book 2’s unique hinge, which lets you remove and flip around the display. It’s the ideal follow up — one that does everything its predecessor did well without any compromises. It’s another strong entry for Microsoft, in a year where it already launched the excellent Surface Laptop and Surface Pro.
The Surface Book 2 is one of the most powerful and well-designed Windows laptops on the market. And thanks to its improved hinge, it doesn’t feel any different than a traditional notebook. It’s the best MacBook Pro competitor we’ve seen yet.
Stephanie Tarling’s Pure Imagination was a key part of the spine-chilling magic of the Surface Studio unveil, and the artist has since contributed to the marketing of Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2.