Surface Book Tablet Can Be Detached Even When It Is Turned Off

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In Surface Book, the 13.5” PixelSense display detaches easily from the keyboard to become a thin, light tablet that works perfectly with OneNote and Surface Pen. Detaching the tablet from the keyboard base in Surface Book is not just a mechanical thing, you have a separate key on keyboard which needs to be pressed to detach the device. Since pressing the keyboard key involves power, some readers had doubt whether Surface Book can be detached when it is turned off. It has been now confirmed that you can detach the Surface Book tablet even when the system is Off. The indicator light on the button also works while off.

Read more about detaching experience below,

  • Surface Book’s one-of-a-kind hinge (dynamic fulcrum hinge)  folds and detaches to transform from laptop, to clipboard mode, and then into a creative canvas.
  • Surface Book uses Muscle Wire to hold its screen in place securely, while still allowing it to detach perfectly with the push of a button.
  • You need to press the detach key in the keyboard to remove the Surface from its base.
  • When you press the key, charge runs through the Muscle Wire and it grips. When you remove the charge, it releases.
  • Since the GPU is in the base, there is a PCI Express connector connecting the base and the Surface.
  • Unlike the devices in the past with external GPU, you don’t need to restart the device to take advantage the power of GPU.
  • But when you are detaching the device, Windows will ask you to close the apps that are using GPU.
  • When you press the detach key, If you are not running any GPU enabled applications, Windows will automatically remove GPU support and a message will appear on the screen in a second or two that you can remove the device safely.
  • Since most of the battery is in the base, you will get only about 3 hours of battery life when Surface Book is in detached state. In laptop mode, you will get about 12 hours of battery life.

You can pre-order Surface Book from the below links.

Microsoft Store:

Surface BookEstimated retail price (USD)
Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 8 GB of RAM$1499
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM$1599
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM (dGPU)$1,899
Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 16 GB of RAM (dGPU)$2,699

Amazon:

Surface BookEstimated retail price (USD)
Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 8 GB of RAM$1499
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM$1599
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM (dGPU)$1,899
Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 16 GB of RAM (dGPU)$2,699

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