- Upon teardown of the Surface Book’s display, iFixit discovered the Surface Book’s motherboard was implemented upside down: its smooth back faces up when you remove the display, with all the chips and connectors facing downward. “We assume this was meant to provide support to the larger-than-usual display. It also means getting most anything out requires getting everything out,” iFixit said in its report.- Since many of the other components are on the backs of their boards, you’ll need to remove the motherboard to replace many other individual components.- To make removal more difficult, the motherboard apparently spreads throughout the entire chassis of the Surface Book, and “trapped” right below it are the computer’s front-facing camera and infrared sensor, which Microsoft uses for the “Windows Hello” face recognition feature.- The chips and RAM are both soldered to the motherboard. If you want to replace one component, you’ll likely have to replace all of it.
- The display, base cover, and batteries are heavily glued in place, making them difficult to remove or replace. A second battery in the display is also glued, but to a lesser extent.Despite the Surface Book’s low repairability score, it’s important to note that most other premium laptops are equally difficult to repair. Apple’s MacBook Pro, the computer Microsoft most often compares its Surface Book to, earned a repairability score of 1 out of 10 from iFixit as well.The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Since you don't have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.If you don’t have to travel light, or if you want a way of charging multiple devices at once, you'll be better off buying a heavier-duty battery pack. They’re thicker and pricier, and they take longer to recharge, but they offset all of that by bringing much more power. They should also prove handy if the power goes out at home. (Or if you’re feeling lazy and can’t walk to an outlet yourself.)
Among those, one of our current favorites is the Anker PowerCore 20000, which you can currently pick up for 15% off with the code "ANKERSP5."We've done a guide on HDTV antennas before, but this model from 1byone deserves a shout out for being a really good value for the money. It has the same range as the newer model of our previous top-pick, but it's less than half the price.At just $50 now, the newest version of Amazon's Echo Dot is the least expensive way to get into the Echo ecosystem, and has one great advantage over the other members of its family. Unlike the standard Amazon Echo and Echo Tap, the Echo Dot has an audio-out jack. While this is to compensate for its lackluster internal speaker, it means you can connect to any stereo and instantly have a smart stereo.You can enroll in thousands of online courses this September for 75% off when you enter the code "INSIDERPICKS75" at checkout. Whether you're looking to improve your public speaking skills or learn how to make your own website, there's a class that can help you better yourself and bolster your resume. Here are a few classes that might pique your interest:
Taste is subjective, but if you’re in search of a bag that can safely hold your gear without appearing unprofessional, try the Incase Icon Slim Pack. It comes off as clean and polished — especially with its darker variants — yet it’s still loaded with a number of compartments for organizing various pieces of tech. You can read our full review of it here. The black version is currently going for $120, while the gray version is going for $100. Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Business Insider's Insider Picks team. We aim to highlight products and services you might find interesting, and if you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners, including Amazon. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback.
For those who don't know, the Surface Book is an important piece of hardware, as it's the first laptop that was fully made by Microsoft, which normally makes the software and operating system for computers to run.The Surface Book has a unique display with a 3:2 aspect ratio that makes it appear taller than screens you'll usually find on laptops, which tend to have a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Verge's Tom Warren found it odd at first, but learned to love it because the tall screen is great for browsing the web. It makes sense since most of us browse the web vertically.Wired's David Pierce says the Surface Book's screen is "gorgeous" with "absurd viewing angles," meaning you can see what's on the screen at pretty much any angle you're looking at it. You can also detach the Surface Book's screen from the keyboard to use it like a tablet, much like you would with the Surface tablets. That means it has a touch screen, which Apple's equivalent MacBook Air or MacBook Pros can't do. Reviews are generally positive, with Ars Technica's Peter Bright remarking that it "seems to be very secure" compared to other hybrid computers.
Performance-wise, the Surface Book seems to have impressed. PCMag's Joel Santo Domingo remarked that its performance "rivals that of our top ultraportable laptop, the Apple MacBook Pro," and that Windows rivals "like the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2nd Gen and the Toshiba Portege Z20t-B2112 cost one or two hundred dollars more, but lack the versatility of the Surface Book and don't match it on performance or battery life."The trackpad and keyboard seem to be the most ubiquitously praised aspects is the Surface Book's keyboard and trackpad. Almost every review praises the keyboard and trackpad, with many saying that its the best trackpad you can find on a Windows laptop. The Verge's Tom Warren compares it to the MacBook Pro's trackpad, which is good news for the Surface Book, as it's excellent. The only negative remarks about the trackpad came from Gizmodo's Mario Aguilar, who claims the Surface Book's trackpad is "jumpy, and often too sensitive or not sensitive enough."
Most reviews aren't appreciative of the gap between the keyboard and display around the Surface Book's hinge. PCMag's Joel Santo-Domingo said the "hinge doesn't lie flat when closed, so you may have trouble stuffing the system into a crowded laptop bag." Ars Technica's Peter Bright shared a similar concern that, since the hinge is a pressure point, "it may make the Surface Book more susceptible to damage by being crushed."The ubiquitous negative remark is the Surface Book's price. Every reviewer said it was pricey starting at $1499.However, the general tone of each review was that the Surface Book is pricey because it's good. "You'll pay dearly for such a machine, of course, but that will be true of any halo product," said Engadget's Dana Wollman.
Adobe's Flash was the state-of-the-art for interactive content back when it was introduced in the 1990s. But no longer. It's been shown to eat up battery life on laptops and hurt computing performance. It's had a number of security vulnerabilities. Apple has never supported it on iOS, and Google recently started blocking all Flash ads in its Chrome browser.So slowly but surely, the web is turning its back on Flash. According to this chart from Statista, based on data from web traffic tracking service Alexa, nearly half of all web sites made at least one Flash request in 2011. (That includes sites that serve Flash ads delivered from third-party content networks.) Now, the number has dropped to a little more than 20%.20150915_Flash_BIStatistaBuying a laptop is a game of variables. There's no one device that's right for everyone, and the number of circumstances that determine which one might suit you can feel endless. "What laptop should I buy?" is more or less the tech equivalent of "Why are we here?" — it's a question we never stop asking.
We’ve done our best to tell you which notebooks (and budget notebooks) come the closest to being universally commendable, but today we’re taking a step back to help you learn how to navigate this tricky investment. Below we’ll dig into what mindset you should have when it comes time to shop, what those lengthy spec sheets mean, and how to find the best value for your needs. If you’ve been dreading your forthcoming upgrade, these tips should help clear the confusion. This is the most important thing to keep in mind throughout the laptop buying process. You’re not looking for “the perfect laptop,” because that doesn’t exist. Instead, you’re looking for the right laptop for you, one that’ll let you do what you need without testing your patience or breaking your budget. Or at least, one that finds a good balance between the two. Specs will always change, but if you’re realistic about what you’re actually going to do with your machine, you’ll quickly recognize what signposts to watch out for. You’ll also understand how much it costs to get what you want.
Let’s say you travel regularly, for instance. For that, you probably want a smaller notebook, with either an 11- or 13-inch display, depending on your comfort level. The latter tends to be the sweet spot for most.It should be relatively slim, light, and altogether easy to stash in a bag — but not so obsessed with compactness that it enfeebles the device (especially with regard to battery life), crunches up the trackpad, or removes more give from the keyboard than you’re comfortable with. The Dell XPS 13 fits the bill here.You won’t get anything super compact and super strong without paying a premium here, but if you only frequent Chrome, Word, Netflix, and other common apps anyways, sacrificing a little power is more than okay.Alternatively, if you need more of a workhorse on the go, you could run with a dedicated “business laptop.” They’re bigger, and they’re often pricey for the power they pack, but they’re supremely durable, and they’re loaded with all the ports and connectivity options a heavy-duty professional could want. They might even have one of those old school pointing sticks.