When Microsoft's Surface Book was unveiled, it impressed for two reasons. One, it was a pretty sweet laptop, and two, it was also a tablet when you wanted it to be. Microsoft had essentially built a reverse Surface Pro, and it was everything we wanted.
Fast forward to 2017, and there are rumors that Microsoft will abandon the 2-in-1 form factor for the Surface Book, essentially turning it into a normal laptop. Here at Windows Central, we don't believe that'll be the case. But it did get us wondering, how many people actually detach the Surface Book from its base?
As a Surface Book owner myself, apart from trying it out a few time when I first got the device, I basically never detach it. I'm not an artist, and I much prefer taking notes with a keyboard than with a pen on a screen.
I also find that I use other 2-in-1s as tablets much more often than the Surface Book, even though my Surface Book is my main device. Why? The hinge. Although the hinge is great, it's just not as convenient and as easy to use than a full 360-degree rotating hinge, like the one on the Spectre x360.
I find it cumbersome to switch between the two modes on the Surface Book. I have to hit a button, wait a few seconds, pull it off, spin it around and then reattach it. On the Spectre x360, it's one simple maneuverer and your laptop is a tablet.
If a Surface Book 2 arrived as a laptop and not a 2-in-1, I would be just fine with it. I use the Surface Book almost exclusively as a laptop, which is why I wouldn't be affected by the change. I know that's not the case for everyone, however, so please participate in our poll and let us know if you ever detach your Surface Book.
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