Turns out, being basic is so in right now. With this new range by Microsoft, it’s whats inside that counts.
With the new Surface Book 3
announced yesterday, the focus for Microsoft was increasing performance by 50% to appeal to gamers and designers. The Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 is the source of that power, and the idea is to get render time down. Reducing charging time was a factor too, so the previous 102W charger on the 15-inch model was upgraded to a 127W for this launch.
The Surface Go 2
is the second iteration of their tiny tablet. The $399 base model has a Intel Pentium 4425Y with 4 GB of RAM and a focus on keeping the price point low. If you want to use the tablet more like a laptop, a higher-end version with an Intel 8th Gen Core M3 and 8 GB of RAM was released too.
The other big Microsoft launch yesterday was the Surface Headphones 2
. In the same vein, the focus was on bettering the basics, so the battery life has been extended from 15 hours to 20 hours. Noise cancellation saw some upgrades too, now it’s tuned active noise cancellation for the human voice. If you’re working from home with family right now, this might carry some extra appeal.
Now let’s talk about Apple, they’ve been busy lately launching a new 13" MacBook Pro
and a iPhone SE 2nd Gen
. The MacBook Pro is touting double the storage and a magic keyboard, while the new iPhone is priced at a wallet-friendly $399 for what looks to be a pretty capable device.
We’re keeping an eye out for the rumoured AirPods 3, so watch the PH homepage for more apple launches coming soon. 👀