As we inch closer and closer to Super Bowl Sunday, Microsoft is offering up a solid deal on its NFL Type Covers for Surface Pro 4. Right now, you can pick up an NFL Type Cover for just $99 at the Microsoft Store (via Neowin). For those keeping track, that’s a full $60 discount on its usual $160 price tag.
Microsoft began shipping the Surface Studio in November and has now released its first firmware improvements for the pricey iMac challenger. It’s not a huge update but does target improvements to reliability and responsiveness, according to Microsoft’s release notes.
A new driver for the Nvidia graphics card cuts the time it takes for the Studio to wake up from sleep mode, while improving compatibility with new games.
The Surface component of the firmware update also cuts wake-up times for the Studio and improves the accuracy of its speech-recognition module. Meanwhile, a driver update for the Intel Smart Sound chip should to improve the reliability of Skype call audio and Skype notifications.
In November 2016, Microsoft reported its Surface family is becoming increasingly popular and “more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before.” The company noted that November was its best month ever for consumer Surface sales. According to the tech firm, professional users are converting to its high-end hybrid PCs – the Surface Pro 4 tablet, Surface Book laptop and Surface Studio desktop – due to the disappointment of the Apple MacBook Pro.
Microsoft Surface Studio
The Surface Studio 28-inch all-in-one computer ships with a standard Surface Pen, an updated Sculpt mouse, and a keyboard. Microsoft says that the Studio is a must-have machine for creative and professionals users. According to the company, the all-in-one PC is designed for “how people naturally create and bring ideas to life.”
The Studio features an ultra-HD 4.5K screen that delivers 63% more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV. It can be converted into a digital canvas from a workstation. In the Studio Mode, it sits at a 20-degree angle, the same angle as a standard drafting board, making it ideal for sketching, writing and designing.
Could the Miix 720 dominate the world of detachables?
Lenovo has plenty of interesting stuff to show off at this year’s CES, and those who want to stay productive on the move will definitely be interested in the new Miix 720 – a compelling Surface Pro rival – along with new ThinkPad X1 models.
Lenovo’s Miix 720 is a 2-in-1 detachable featuring a 12-inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 (3:2 ratio, just like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4), so it certainly won’t be lacking on the sharpness front.
The device is driven by a Kaby Lake processor (up to Core i7) and has integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620), and it can be specified with up to 16GB of system RAM, and up to 1TB of storage in the form of a PCIe SSD.
256GB / Intel Core i5 – 8GB RAM – $1,099 (Reg. $1,299)
256GB / Intel Core i7 – 8GB RAM – $1,399 (Reg. $1,599)
256GB / Intel Core i7 – 16GB RAM – $1,599 (Reg. $1,799)
On the face of it, the Yoga Book is very similar to Microsoft’s Surface-range of productivity tablets. Similar to Apple’s iPad Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S. Similar to Huawei’s MateBook and Asus’ Transformer 3 Pro. No matter how big the list, however, the Surface will invariably lead the way. It is after-all a category defining product. It is after-all the Optimus Prime of convertibles. Lenovo couldn’t agree more. The Yoga Book may work on a similar concept, but its ambitions lie elsewhere. Unlike the iPad Pro, the Galaxy TabPro S, the MateBook and the Transformer 3 Pro, the Yoga Book isn’t looking to kill the Surface. Heck, it isn’t looking to kill anybody. It’s looking to create a new category altogether.
12 Days of Deals
Whether you prefer to skip the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday or just like to take your time buying holiday gifts, our 12 Days of Deals holiday sale has you covered. With great savings on some of the most sought-after gifts of the season, our limited-time offers put everything they want within reach – and within budget. Plus, with free shipping and free returns on every item every day, you can save even more when you shop at the Microsoft Store.
With everything from games and game systems to PCs and tablets, mobile phones to accessories covered, whether you’re shopping for a fitness buff, a music lover, multi-tasker, your kids, your partner or a friend, our holiday sales make it easy to get exactly what they want for less.
Monday, 12/5: Save up to $1,000 on select Intel PCs, starting at $199.
Tuesday, 12/6: Only $199 for a Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop (save $100).
Wednesday, 12/7: Save up to 50% on select Xbox One games, now $19.99.
Thursday, 12/8: Save $250 on Surface Pro 4 with Intel Core m3 and 128GB SSD (now $649), plus free sleeve.
Friday, 12/9: Save up to 70% on select Windows 10 tablets, now starting at $49.
Saturday, 12/10: Save up to $250 on Windows Premium Collection devices, starting at $499.
Sunday, 12/11: Buy select Xbox controllers and get a $25 Microsoft Store gift code.
Monday, 12/12: Save $50 and get 2 free games with select Xbox One consoles, plus save big on Xbox accessories and games.
Tuesday, 12/13: Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift code with purchase of HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift.
Wednesday, 12/14: Save up to $1,000 on select gaming PCs, starting at $799.
Thursday, 12/15: Save up to 40% on select Dell PCs, starting at $199.
Friday, 12/16: Save up to $200 on select Surface Pro 4, plus get a free Type Cover (up to $359 value).
Two displays for a single computer give you more space to spread out your documents, spreadsheets and web browsers. If you already own an Android tablet, why not? It’s cheaper than buying an extra monitor and only requires a few app downloads.
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