Refreshed Surface Devices & Surface for Business

Refreshed Surface Devices & Surface for Business

Microsoft refreshes our favourite Surface devices

Microsoft announces refreshed Surface devices and new ready for business program – Surface for Business. New Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 – Ready to order!


Refreshed Surface Devices

Last week Microsoft announced some refreshed Surface devices with the release of the New Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2. There was nothing new like the Surface Go from a few months ago, except for Surface Headphones which Australia won’t be seeing any time soon.

The upgrades were missing some additions that would have been welcomed, but with the Surface family being some of our favourite laptops, the product diversity is already there and the old adage “if it ‘aint broke, don’t fix it” must have been ringing in the ears of the Surface team this year.

We are happy to see the new Intel 8th generation processors in use with the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, as they bring performance and power improvements that are always welcome. Providing from 60 – 80% improvement on last year’s models.

Unfortunately, they haven’t added USB-C, with its display, data and power connectivity all in one port. But to be honest we would prefer the USB 3.0 with the traditional Type A connector for all of our existing storage and peripherals, without the need for adapters had they chosen to remove this and replace it with the Type C. USB-C connectivity can be added if required via the recently introduced Surface Connect to USB-C Adapter.

Form factor and chassis design remain the same with the big addition being the new matt black colour which looks great on the Alloy casings. This new Black colour will be the only way to show off you have the newest Surface device. The addition of Black to the Surface Laptop family sees the removal of the Graphite Gold colour from last year’s model.

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Surface for Business

One of the biggest bits of news for us that would have missed the spotlight of mainstream media is the introduction of Surface for Business, which provides added value for our clients who purchase the commercial models from us, rather than the consumer models available in retail stores and online like the Microsoft Store.

Surface for Business brings together enhanced hardware, software and services to better meet the requirements of the Modern Workplace. Some difference to the consumer retail models are highlighted below.

Windows 10 Pro

Comes standard on Surface for Business products—offering advanced security protections, enterprise manageability, and enhanced productivity tools. Some of the great features of Windows 10 Pro for our clients are simplified control and management. Features like Azure Active Directory and Domain Join, MDM and Windows AutoPilot make the devices easier to deploy and manage. BitLocker not only provides device encryption, but also peace of mind over lost devices and passwords.

Advanced Exchange

In addition to the standard hardware warranty, commercial customers get Advanced Exchange—a warranty service with expedited device replacement, at no additional cost. You can hold onto your device until you receive your new one within 2-5 days. Don’t be left hanging while you return your faulty device and wait for a replacement to be received. You also get exclusive access to enhanced and upgraded warranties out to 3 or 4 years via the Microsoft Extended Hardware Service Plan with options for Complete for Business which provides accidental damage cover.

Unique 8th Gen Intel Core processors

The Surface Pro 6 for Business and Surface Laptop 2 for Business also receive a unique commercial chipset for the i5 SKUs. These i5 Surface for Business devices are coming with improved i5-8350U processors that provide around a 10% real world improvement against the i5-8250U in the retail consumer models This year’s models have up to over 60% faster than last year’s Surface Pro and Surface Laptop.

Ready for Microsoft 365

Business customers can choose to pair Surface with Microsoft 365—which represents a complete, intelligent solution for our commercial customers to empower everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

New Surface Spec Breakdown

Surface Pro 6

Surface Pro 6

Display
12.3” PixelSense Display, 2736×1824 (267ppi), Touchscreen with Intel UHD Graphics 620
CPU
i5 – Intel 8th Generation Quad Core i5-8350U at 1.7/3.6GHz (i5-8250U via retail at 1.6/3.4GHz)
i7 – Intel 8th Generation Quad Core i7-8650U at 1.9/4.2GHz
RAM/SSD
i5 – 8GB RAM – 128GB or 256GB SSD
i7 – 8GB RAM – 256GBSSD, 16GB RAM – 512GB or 1TB SSD
Wireless
Wi-Fi 5 – a/b/g/n/ac compatible and Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Ports
USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port3, MicroSDXC card reader (behind stand), 3.5 mm headphone jack
AV
5.0MP front-facing camera, 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera, both with 1080p video.
1.6W Stereo Speakers
OS
Warranty
Weight
Windows 10 Pro
Advanced Exchange Warranty
From 770g

Surface Laptop 2

Surface Laptop 2

Display
13.5” PixelSense Display, 2256×1504 (201ppi), Touchscreen with Intel UHD Graphics 620
CPU
i5 – Intel 8th Generation Quad Core i5-8350U at 1.7/3.6GHz (i5-8250U via retail at 1.6/3.4GHz)
i7 – Intel 8th Generation Quad Core i7-8650U at 1.9/4.2GHz
RAM/SSD
i5 – 8GB RAM – 128GB or 256GB SSD
i7 – 8GB RAM – 256GBSSD, 16GB RAM – 512GB or 1TB SSD
Wireless
Wi-Fi 5 – a/b/g/n/ac compatible and Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Ports
USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
AV
720p HD front-facing camera
Omnisonic Speakers
OS
Warranty
Weight
Windows 10 Pro
Advanced Exchange Warranty
From 1252g

Surface Studio 2

Surface Studio 2

Display
28” PixelSense Display, 4500×3000 (192ppi), Touchscreen with NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6GB) or 1070 (8GB)
CPU
i7 – Intel 7th Generation Quad Core i7-7820HQ at 2.9/3.9GHz
RAM/SSD
16GB RAM – 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM – 1TB or 2TB SSD
Wireless
Wi-Fi 5 – a/b/g/n/ac compatible and Bluetooth Wireless 4.0 technology, Xbox Wireless built-in
Ports
4x USB 3.0, 1x USB-C, Mini DisplayPort, SDXC card reader, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Gigabit Ethernet port
AV
5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p video
Stereo 2.1 Speakers
OS
Windows 10 Pro

2019-01-07T03:33:41+00:00
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