Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Surface Laptop UK launch has an annoying problem

MICROSOFT unveiled its latest Surface-branded device, the Surface Laptop, last week. The lightweight ChromeBook competitor ships with a 14.5 hour battery life, touchscreen 13.5-inch LCD display, free subscription to Office 365 – and a really annoying problem for UK buyers.This is Surface Laptop, the latest addition to Microsoft's rapidly expanding portfolio of in-house Windows devices.The sleek new notebook is designed to fill the space between the Surface Pro, the company's hybrid laptop-tablet device, and the high-end performance-focused Surface Book.Surface Laptop is a lightweight notebook with a taper design reminiscent of the MacBook Air.According to Microsoft, "this Surface perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance.
"It does all of this without compromising on the things we know are important to higher education students: battery life, display quality, storage, and portability."The Surface Laptop includes a 13.5-inch PixelSense display, protected by edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 3.The touchscreen LCD display packs more than 3.4 million pixels – and supports almost all of the same operations debuted with the Surface Studio last year, including the ability to connect the Surface Pen and Surface Dial accessories.Powering the Surface Laptop is a 7th Generation Intel Core processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage.Microsoft has fitted its new laptop with a regular USB-A port, mini DisplayPort and its magnetic Surface charger – but no USB Type-C.The Redmond-based technology firm is clearly positioning this laptop as the ideal device for students (a market that has long belonged to the Apple MacBook Air)."Surface Laptop brings the superior performance and security of Windows 10 S to a laptop that college students will love," Microsoft explicitly points out in the official blog about the new laptop.

It adds: "We built Surface Laptop to do two things: refresh the classic laptop form factor that our customers, especially college students, have been asking for; and make a Surface that works seamlessly to showcase the best of Windows 10 S."Surface Laptop is available to pre-order in the UK now, with prices starting from £979 for the entry-level model with 128GB SSD hard drive, an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM.UK prices for the Surface Laptop top-out at £2,149 for a model with a 512GB SSD, and a Intel Core i7 processor coupled with a hefty 16GB of RAM.

Microsoft says the laptop will start to ship June 15th 2017.
Unfortunately, although the promotional posters, and brilliant reveal trailer – complete with an almost unrecognisable Grease cover – show-off the four stunning colours available, not all of these are available in the UK.Microsoft goes into great detail about the colours it has chosen for the Surface Laptop.The US company describes the Graphite Gold variation like "the shimmer in the metal and material bring a comforting glow", and claims the "elegance" of the Burgundy finish "stands out".
"The colour shifts from soft rose to deep red as you move from day to night or from inside to out," it adds.But UK buyers will miss-out on these coloured aluminium options, with only the standard Platinum finish available in the UK at launch.

It's unclear whether Microsoft will bring the other colour options to the UK later in the year.
Only the United States will get all four colour options available at launch, with the full spectrum limited to the i5-7200U 8GB/256GB model.According to Microsoft, "With Windows 10 S, applications that teachers and students download come from the Windows Store where they are first verified for security, and then locally they each run in a safe 'container' to ensure that Windows 10 S offers the power of full-featured applications, with experiences like the full version of Office 365, including all of the capabilities of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint, among others.
"With Windows 10 S, educators and students will have access to their favourite and most-used applications across STEM, learning tools, secure assessment tools, content publishers, interactive whiteboards and more."Customers is available to pre-order in the United States and Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where available at Microsoft Store, and selected retailers. Surface Laptop will also be available in Canada and China later this year, and availability in other markets will be announced in the coming months, Microsoft has confirmed.
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