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Microsoft Announces Several New Surface Products

Microsoft revealed a wave of new Surface products today including surrounding its SurfaceMicrosoft 365, and Windows businesses.

Let’s dive into what we saw today:

Surface Pro 9

Surface Pro 9

Kicking off the reveals was the Surface Pro 9, a device crafted with high-grade aluminum casing featuring several new anodized colours. This laptop/tablet hybrid comes with a built-in kickstand, a 13-inch PixelSense display, and a full-size precision touchpad.

Furthermore, the 120Hz refresh rate, HD Camera, Omnisonic speakers, custom G6 chip, and 10-point multi-touch make it a great product for at home or in the office.

Surface Pro 9 in various colors

The Surface Pro 9 includes the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processor, bringing a full 50 percent performance increase over the Surface Pro 8.

In collaboration with Liberty of London, a limited-edition design and matching keyboard is available to celebrate Surface’s 10-year anniversary.

The Surface Pro 9 with SQ3 is the only model with built-in 5G support. Both models (Intel and SQ3) come with 8GB of Ram as a base and can amp up to 32GB of RAM. On the storage side, both models also begin with 128GB but can amp up to 1TB on the Intel model and 516 GB on the SQ3.

Surface Pro 9 starts at $1,409.99 CAD.

Surface Laptop 5

The Surface Laptop 5 is one of the most beloved Surface products to date. I have a Surface Laptop as a daily driver that is still impressive after years of daily usage. I’ve taken my Laptop across the country, to Europe, and beyond and it’s yet to cause me any issues.

So it’s nice to see Microsoft understand why people continue to purchase them. This year’s lineup is looking incredible as it offers a 12th Gen Intel Core processor, Thunderbolt 4, and is co-engineered and verified as an Intel Evo device.

You can find the Surface Laptop 5 in two models this year both with 3:2 PixelSense displays powering the 13.5-inch or 15-inch options, each with Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos 3D spatial processing.

This year includes a Thunderbolt port in addition to the USB-A port, the Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Storage will ramp up from the entry-level at 256GB all the way to 1TB. Memory starts at 8GB and maxes out at 32 GB of LPDDR5x RAM. Microsoft is also using Intel’s Iris Xe graphics to power the device.

Surface Laptop 5 starts at $1,449.99 CAD.

Surface Studio 2+

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Fall 2016 was when we first met the Surface Studio. several years later and the premium line continues to deliver incredible performance.

This year’s model includes a 28-inch PixelSense touchscreen with a 10-point multitouch and Dolby Vision support. New features include Intel’s 11th Gen Core i7 featuring a 50 percent faster CPU, doubling the performance of the Surface Studio 2, and more than 5x faster than the original Surface Studio.

This year’s Surface Studio 2+ comes with Nvidia’s RTX 3060 laptop GPU with 6GB of VRAM. Microsoft has changed a few things including three USB-C ports with USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 and two USB-A ports. There is also a 1TB SSD and 32GB of DDR4 RAM.

Surface Studio 2+ retails for $5,959.99 CAD.

 Microsoft Adaptive Accessories

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That’s not all Microsoft unveiled today as they also introduced some new Adaptive Accessories which will be on the market on October 25. These were announced back in May and are meant to overcome issues some may have when using their PC.

Today we saw Microsoft focus on Adaptive Mouse, Hub, and Buttons.

The Hub allows you to attach other accessories to it including the Microsoft Adaptive D-pad button, Microsoft Adapt

Presenter+

It’s a remote control,  the first Microsoft Teams-certified presentation control, allowing you to advance slides, mute/unmute, join meetings, and raise your hand.

Audio Dock

imageMicrosoft’s Audio Dock pill-shaped design features four ports – HDMI, USB-A, and two USB-C. The idea is to reduce clutter by having everything you would need for meeting audio in one device.

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There’s a meeting button on the Audio Dock to join meetings and the device uses Omnisonic speakers to deliver audio. Furthermore, there is a passthrough charger capable of supporting upwards of 60W of power.

There isn’t word on Canadian pricing yet but we’ll update when we learn more.