Hardware

Surface Book: The Hinge

Surface book hero

Microsoft’s new Surface Book is a high-end device that the company hopes will drive consumers to buy a premium Windows laptop. If you haven’t checked out my full review yet, make sure to do so here, and in this post, we take a closer look at the brand new hinge.

The hinge is a dynamic fulcrum (DFH) design that, when closed, creates a small gap at the base of the display which gives the Surface Book a tear-drop design. At first, I was a bit concerned about the device collapsing under pressure but after putting a considerable amount of force on the hinge when closed, thse fears are put to rest.

The hinge is made out of magnesium aluminum and stainless steel parts, there is no plastic in the external construction of it which adds to the premium feel of the device and also gives you more confidence that this part will not breakdown easily.

Sponsored Content

What is “Inside Microsoft Teams”?

“Inside Microsoft Teams” is a webcast series, now in Season 4 for IT pros hosted by Microsoft Product Manager, Stephen Rose. Stephen & his guests comprised of customers, partners, and real-world experts share best practices of planning, deploying, adopting, managing, and securing Teams. You can watch any episode at your convenience, find resources, blogs, reviews of accessories certified for Teams, bonus clips, and information regarding upcoming live broadcasts on our website.

One interesting thing about hinge is that when you remove the clipboard, this is what Microsoft calls the display, the hinge is locked into whatever position you removed the display. While not an issue the majority of the time, if you do remove the display at an odd angle, it can be a bit harder to get it reattach the display. Again, not a huge issue here but something to be aware of as once the display is moved, you can not adjust the hinge until the display is reattached.

Attaching the display to the body is quite easy and is assisted by magnets in the base. The magnets, to a modest degree, align the tablet up correctly to make seating the device a simple task as long as the hinge is facing upright. The tabs that stick out from the base are sturdy and unless you really knock them hard, should not break off.

The hinge does not fold all the way back like the Lenovo Yoga devices and instead stops at, a rough estimation, 125 degrees. But, you can turn the display around, by removing it and reseating it, so that you get the tent-like-experience, as Lenovo calls it, with the Surface Book.

In practice the hinge works well and is gives no indication of being a weak point of the device. Time will be the true test to see how well the hinge (and the entire device) holds up but early indications seem to suggest that the Surface Book will be able to hold its own against the test of time.

Related Topics:

BECOME A PETRI MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Register
Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.
External Sharing and Guest User Access in Microsoft 365 and Teams

This eBook will dive into policy considerations you need to make when creating and managing guest user access to your Teams network, as well as the different layers of guest access and the common challenges that accompany a more complicated Microsoft 365 infrastructure.

You will learn:

  • Who should be allowed to be invited as a guest?
  • What type of guests should be able to access files in SharePoint and OneDrive?
  • How should guests be offboarded?
  • How should you determine who has access to sensitive information in your environment?

Sponsored by:

 
Office 365 Coexistence for Mergers & Acquisitions: Don’t Panic! Make it SimpleLive Webinar on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 1 pm ET

In this session, Microsoft MVPs Steve Goodman and Mike Weaver, and tenant migration expert Rich Dean, will cover the four most common steps toward Office 365 coexistence and explain the simplest route to project success.

  • Directory Sync/GAL Sync – How to prepare for access and awareness
  • Calendar Sharing – How to retrieve a user’s shared calendar, or a room’s free time
  • Email Routing – How to guarantee email is routed to the active mailbox before and after migration
  • Domain Sharing – How to accommodate both original and new SMTP domains at every stage

Aimed at IT Admins, Infrastructure Engineers and Project Managers, this session outlines both technical and project management considerations – giving you a great head start when faced with a tenant migration.the different layers of guest access and the common challenges that accompany a more complicated Microsoft 365 infrastructure.

Sponsored by: