Redefining the Laptop: An engineer’s tour of Microsoft Surface Book

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First published on TECHNET on Jun 01, 2016

Our goal for the Surface Book was to re-define the laptop. Jeff Stewart, Director of Program Management for Surface devices, appeared in this Microsoft Mechanics video to take you on a guided tour of the design and engineering behind the Surface Book, Microsoft’s first laptop:

The Surface Book comes with a 6-million-pixel, individually color-calibrated display, the latest generation of Intel processors, and optional dual GPU, to deliver a highly performant laptop capable of running the most processor-intensive tasks, such as video editing or a CAD design project.

But beyond the fundamentals and the attention paid to performance and comfort – even the keyboard has been meticulously crafted for comfort to accommodate all hand sizes -- we wanted to redefine what users should expect from a laptop. Whether using keyboard, touch, Surface Pen, or all three, the result is a device capable of operating as a clipboard, in canvas mode or as a traditional laptop.

As Jeff explains, this wasn’t achieved without a significant amount of engineering and design innovation. One example is the use of shape-memory alloy, or Muscle Wire, to release the display when Surface Book is to be used in Clipboard Mode. This helps produce the thinnest, lightest full featured Windows 10 tablet computer ever created:

Another innovation is the Surface Book’s iconic fulcrum hinge that moves the center of gravity to increase stability without having to increase the overall mass of the base:

To learn more, including details of Surface Book’s sophisticated power management system, check out the video . And check back regularly on this blog and on Microsoft Mechanics for the latest on Surface management and engineering.


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