The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently proposed that the laptop ban should expand to all international flights. This time, it won’t refer to the laptops, cameras and other devices in the carry-on, but in the checked luggage. Reportedly, the United Nations will consider the proposal in the upcoming weeks. If it gets accepted, you may not be able to put large electronic devices in your checked bags, no matter where from or where to you’re traveling.
Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 announcement yesterday comes Hewlett Packard. The Surface Book 2 looked pretty impressive 24 hours ago. Now, though it’s looking a little weaker by comparison. It comes with up to 32GB RAM, vs the 16GB limit on the Surface Book 2, and up to 2TB internal SSD storage. The ZBook X2 also features an even higher resolution 4K multi touch screen display.
It’s also a true 2-in-1 laptop, in the sense that you can completely detach the keyboard from the display and turn it into a tablet. Not just flip the screen around and fold it backwards. More like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, albeit with a substantially higher spec.
Microsoft Surface devices have a sleek design, and the Surface Pro laptop seems to be useful for photographers. However, Consumer Reports claims that these gadgets are unreliable. Therefore, they removed the “recommended” label from four Microsoft laptops. According to their report, 25% of these devices will break within two years from the purchase.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro laptop definitely has some good sides, but what can you expect when it breaks? Unfortunately, on the repairability test by iFixit, this stylish laptop scores far from impressive: zero. Seems that it would be pretty difficult (or even impossible) to open and repair it, and the guys from iFixit tear it down and demonstrate all the possible difficulties you may encounter if you want to repair this laptop.
Microsoft already looked to start giving Apple a run for its money with the recently announced Surface Studio. Now, Microsoft have announced the new Surface Pro. It is compatible with the Microsoft Dial, announced with the Surface Studio. It also launches with a new pen, offering much better drawing capabilities.
With longer battery usage, better connectivity and full size USB sockets, it will be interesting to see if any make the switch from the rather disappointing 2016 MacBook Pro. It definitely looks like it’s taking aim at the creative market. But, with it also having a max RAM capacity of only 16GB, it may still put a few off picking this one up. Especially those who do video.