Surface Book was Microsoft’s first-ever laptop, and now it’s back for an encore.
The Surface Book with Performance Base is an update to last year’s Surface Book, a laptop with detaching tablet screen that had an iconic look and some pretty good — and weird — design flourishes.
What the Surface Book isn’t is a Surface Pro sequel. The Surface Pro 4, released a year ago as well, hasn’t been updated in 2016 (and isn’t compatible with the Surface Book at all).
But the funny thing is, this year’s version of the Microsoft Surface Book is actually more everyday-practical than Apple’s MacBook Pro in some key areas. It has full tablet and stylus modes for art and creative work, and retains legacy ports like full-size USB 3 and an SD card slot, unlike Apple’s new MacBooks.