User reports of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 problems proliferate

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Microsoft wants you to dump your Mac for a Surface Book.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 breaks a number of tablet display performance records, including consuming a surprisingly meager amount of power for its size, display expert Ray Soneira says.iFixit has torn apart the MacBook Air rival ahead of its UK release on 12 November, revealing that you’re going to want to keep a close eye on your expensive Windows 10 machine given how tricky it will be to repair.MICROSOFT REALLY, REALLY wants you to ditch your Mac in favour of its Surface Book, having touted the Windows 10 laptop as more powerful than the MacBook Pro. The SP4 also improves considerably over the Surface Pro 3, which also had a well-regarded display, in almost every way, Soniera concluded in a report released on Tuesday.

The Surface Book launched in the US on Monday, and in a bid to fuel sales of the device Microsoft is targeting Apple MacBook users with the launch of a new campaign that aims to tempt OS X users over to Windows 10. It seems that Microsoft sacrificed battery life for svelteness, with the Pro 4 measuring 0.03 inches thinner and weighing 0.07 pounds lighter (for the Core m3 version) compared to last year’s model. The website claims that making the move will be seamless, and addresses questions MacBook users might have, such as: ‘How do I talk to my friends and family without FaceTime and iMessage?’ “You used your Apple ID to download apps, set up iCloud, purchase iTunes music and movies, and sync content across Apple devices. It joins near the top of a small set of tablets that have excellent top tier displays – ideal for professionals that need a very accurate high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display.” Why this matters: Your eye can usually tell you what makes for a pleasing display, even if you might not be able to put your finger on what, if anything, is lacking.

Replacing the screen will be perhaps the trickiest repair job. iFixit noted that Microsoft’s use of non-standard connectors makes for painful disassembly, while the fused glass panel and LCD make it “difficult to remove and replace”. Given that a MacBook owner is likely also to own an iPhone, Microsoft goes on to say that the smartphone will “get along really well”, thanks to iCloud and iTunes for Windows. Microsoft, naturally, also takes a dig at Apple when it comes to potential security concerns, and is keen to stress that MacBooks are as much a target for malware as Windows 10. “Most computers, including Macs, can get malware. Here’s what Soneira found: the SP4’s screen brightness is 436 nits, very good for a large tablet but lower than most smartphones and smaller tablets. Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors and speculation — real and fabricated.BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz.

Panay popped off the pillow, reached for his new Surface Pen and his old Surface Mini, and wrote himself an email. (He loves the Mini, a small tablet his team built but never shipped. “It was like a Moleskine,” he says. “It was awesome.”) There it is. Under bright light, the contrast rating for the SP4 is 78 (28 percent better than the SP3) but still less than the 166 contrast ratio the iPad Air 2 notches. Soneira also noted that, like all LCDs, you’ll notice a fairly sharp drop off in display performance the further off you view the display from a “true” viewing angle in line with your eyes. As far as color accuracy is concerned, the SP4’s display has an average color error of a mere 1.9 JNCD, with the blue color just slightly over saturated. (Any Display Color Error less than 3 JNCD on a display is not visually noticeable and appears perfectly accurate to the eye, Soneira wrote.)

According to emails sent out to a privileged few, AirBnb is working on a service called Journeys that will basically plan the whole trip for you, including transportation from the airport, restaurant bookings, sight seeing, and yep, an AirBnb to go along with it. So, travel agents for the 21st century. [The Next Web] Puny iPad Pro: The iPad Pro might be the biggest tablet Apple’s ever attempted, but Samsung’s already ready to go bigger. I’d also image this will come equipped with Sammy’s SideSync tech, meaning you really could make this thing a television (if you have a Samsung TV, that is).

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