Microsoft's Surface Book hits the UK

February 18, 2016 // 11:45 a.m.

Tags: #firmware #microsoft #surface #surface-book #surface-pro-4 #uk

Microsoft has officially launched its unique-looking Surface Book convertible laptop in the UK, with prices starting at £1,299 for the Intel Core i5-powered base model.

The Surface Book was unveiled in October of last year along with the Surface Pro 4, and marked Microsoft's first Surface product to be designed as a convertible laptop rather than a tablet with optional keyboard. While its hinge design drew some criticism, hope for the quality of the device was high - though sadly dampened by early adopter issues ranging from display driver glitches through to terrible battery life.

With fixes for the various problems ongoing, Microsoft has decided to go ahead with its planned UK launch. The Surface Book is now available from Microsoft's own etail front along with the usual raft of resellers, priced at £1,299 for the entry-level Core-i5 version and rising for £2,249 for the Core-i7 and Nvidia GPU model.

At the same time, Microsoft has released a firmware update for both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 which it claims will address power management issues that have led to poor battery life and a failure of the device's low-power sleep mode. The company has not, however, indicated whether the new firmware is pre-loaded onto UK-spec models, or if it will only be applied once the first Windows Update run is completed post-purchase.
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