At last night’s Microsoft event, the company revealed its new Surface Book – the first laptop Microsoft has ever built.


What you’ll immediately notice from the sleek Surface Book is that the you can fully detach the screen from the keyboard, making it double as a tablet. We’ve seen many companies attempting this kind of laptop/tablet hybrid, but this new laptop from Microsoft may just have gotten it right. The backlit keyboard can be used to type just like you would on a laptop and can even be flipped all the way around to be used as a stand when using it as a tablet. Microsoft claims that typing is an amazing experience on the device, going on to claim that:

The Surface Book is for someone who wants a bigger screen and the perfect typing experience of a laptop and is almost completely silent.

This Surface Book has a 13.5″ display with a five-point touch sensitive track pad and has a magnesium encasing. The keyboard is also encased in magnesium and has two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot. Inside it packs Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and a Nvidia GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory, with Microsoft claiming that:

Ounce-for-ounce, pound-for-pound his is the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made anywhere on any planet, twice as fast as the MacBook Pro.

If all of this tickles your tech fancy then you can get yours from $1 499 (about R20 179.91), starting later in October 2015.