WSJ Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a video review of Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop, the one with the cloth. I’ve been wandering about that cloth, and was very curious what he might say. The short version is that he compares it to Apple’s years-old MacBook Air, is able to clean the above-mentioned cloth, but expresses doubt about what it will be like after a couple of year. He also questions why Microsoft bothered to make it, which is a question I’ve also had. The title gives you a good indication of where he’s at on the device: “Surface Laptop Review: The Good, Bad and Filthy.”
Apple reported some big numbers during its second quarter earnings report yesterday, and raised a few questions, too. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet look share their reactions to Apple’s iPhone and iPad sales, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft’s just announced Surface Laptop, too.
OK, this hurts a little, but I’m going to be try and be strong: the new Microsoft Surface Laptop is sexy. There, I said it. It’s $999 of sexy. It’s sleek. It’s light. It has 14 hours of battery life. But most of all, it’s pretty. I mean, it’s astounding, right? A Microsoft laptop, and it’s pretty. And the company’s Surface Arc Mouse is also pretty. Yeah, and sexy. And at $999 (mouse sold separately), Surface Laptop is even compelling. John Martellaro wrote a good piece looking at Surface Laptop from a technical standpoint, but I think the fact that’s it’s sexy as can be deserves highlighting. Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is becoming an all new company. And with this device, Microsoft has thrown the gauntlet down in a big way. And I’m hoping Apple comes back swinging in an even bigger way. Below is Mark Gurman’s hands-on look for Bloomberg that includes a nice look at the mouse.