The Thinnest Laptop of 2016

by Patrick Hyde •

  • The Microsoft Surface Book is the thinnest laptop of 2016 that runs Windows 10. This powerful machine is just half an inch wide and has a 13.5-inch screen.
  • The MacBook Pro is the thinnest Apple laptop. It is just as thin as the Surface Book, measuring .51″ at its thickest point.

The Details

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Microsoft Surface Book is a top-of-the line high performance laptop that houses a 6th Gen 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and runs a NVIDIA GeForce GPU with 8GB memory and a 256GB solid state drive.

The Surface Book specs are good enough that TechRadar dubbed it both the world’s most powerful and thinnest laptop of 2016 running Windows 10 PC. The 15″ MacBook Pro has similar computing power, but the flashy Surface Book (.51″) is still thinner than its equally-powered Apple competition (.71″).

In addition to being thin and powerful, the Surface Book comes equipped with the the latest in touchscreen technology and connectivity.  It’s 13.5″ screen has 3,000 x 2,000 (267 ppi) PixelSense Dispaly on a “dynamic fulcrum” hinge that can swivel around and detach to become a tablet. A very responsive Surface Pen allows users to take notes, sign documents, draw, and play games. Its 8 megapixel auto-focus camera displays at 1080p HD.

Microsoft promises that the Surface Book has a 12 hour battery life, but many users report that the real battery life lasted between 7 and 8 hours of continuous usage and web browsing. The laptop is also criticized for having just one gigabyte of video memory. It is also a bit heavier than similarly sized ultrabooks, weighing 3.5lbs. Overall, the futuristic look, hybrid functionality, and killer specs of the Surface Book offsets these deficits.

The Microsoft Surface Book is available for around $1,800.

Another Option

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Tech companies first offered ultrabooks such as the Surface Book in response to Apple’s thin, sleek laptops. Currently, the MacBook Pro 12″ is the thinnest Apple laptop. It is .51 inches, which is just as thin as the Surface Book. At 2.38lbs, the MacBook is lighter, though its specs are not as good.

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