Surface Book with Performance Base and Surface Dial are Now Available

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 16 Comments

Surface Book with Performance Base and Surface Dial are Now Available

Microsoft’s Surface Book with Performance Base and Surface Dial are now available for purchase. But Surface Dial is already sold out.

The Surface Book with Performance Base is a set of new Surface Book models that include Core i7 processors, bigger batteries, and a new 2 GB dGPU. The Surface Dial, which works with Surface Studio, Surface Book, and Surface Pro 4, is a new accessory that will be typically be used in tandem with Surface Pen on those devices.

“The Surface Book with Performance Base was specifically designed for those people who want more,” Microsoft corporate vice president Panos Panay explains. “More rendering power, faster framerates, and additional battery life.”

The Performance Base part of these new Surface Book models tells the story: The keyboard is raised at an angle when compare to the base on other Surface Books, providing room for more battery and for the new dGPU, which features 2 GB of RAM. (Where the other models have a slower version with just 1 GB of RAM.) Microsoft claims that the new Performance Base versions of Surface Book provide twice the graphics processing power of previous models while extending battery life from 10 hours to 16.

“That’s 60 percent more battery life than the new MacBook Pro 13,” Mr. Panay points out. Though I think that undercuts the advantages. And ignores the price difference, which is actually in Apple’s favor this time: Surface Book with Performance Base starts at $2400 and maxes out at $3300, depending on configuration.

On that note, Microsoft is also extending its offer to Mac customers that would like to upgrade to Surface. You can now do so with big savings through November 23.

Surface Dial, meanwhile, costs $99 and is available in the US only, and Microsoft says it is “prioritizing inventory” for those customers who preordered the accessory itself or a Surface Studio. Which means it may be a while before you actually see one out in the world. “Due to strong demand, we have sold out of our initial inventory and are temporarily out of stock of Surface Studio and Surface Dial,” Panay confirms. “We are continuing to take pre-orders for Dial for delivery later this year and for Surface Studio for delivery in early 2017.”

 

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    lvthunder Alpha Member #2039 - 3 weeks ago

    My Dial shows a ships by 11/17 date and I ordered it about 4 or 5 days after the event.

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      MacLiam Alpha Member #229 - 3 weeks ago
      In reply to lvthunder:

      I ordered a Dial at the same time I ordered the Studio, and both still show a 12/15 release date. I am awaiting delivery today of the ergonomic Surface keyboard, which hasn't been mentioned in the new releases from Microsoft but was dated 11/10 when I ordered it -- so they are delivering it to me on the release date, as they have with past purchases of new devices. I'll be interested to see if the Dial shows up a month before the Studio. I'm guessing not, since the purchase of the Studio is what got me the Dial as a freebie, and I can't imagine they'd run the risk of having me cancel the Studio (not that I would) after shipping the Dial.

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    dfeifer Alpha Member #1052 - 3 weeks ago

    According to the Microsoft store, the 512 version is sold out now too.

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    Nickel Alpha Member #343 - 3 weeks ago

    my dial arrived today, now to test it out and bring it into my workflow :)

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    MutualCore - 3 weeks ago

    What will the Surface Dial do for a normal Windows 10 PC?

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    FaustXD9 Alpha Member #882 - 3 weeks ago

    I wonder if Dial or Studio will have people selling them at inflated prices to be able to get one first outside of pre-orders?

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    PhilipVasta Alpha Member #1662 - 3 weeks ago

    Woo hoo! I preordered a Surface Dial, but I didn't expect them to be sold out. I'm very interested in the potential applications of the dial, and really hope developers get on board.

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      MutualCore - 3 weeks ago
      In reply to PhilipVasta:

      Come on dude. You know by now that 'sold out' means MS made very few units to create a false sense of popularity. 

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      lvthunder Alpha Member #2039 - 3 weeks ago
      In reply to MutualCore:

      That doesn't make any sense.  It is cheaper to make more copies at a time.  All it means is they got more orders than they were expecting.  No one likes having people wanting to buy something and they can't.  That gives them more time to give their money to someone else.

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      MutualCore - 3 weeks ago
      In reply to lvthunder:

      Nope. Ever since the Surface RT $900 million write-down Microsoft is uber-conservative with new products. So I bet with Surface Studio + Dial they under-produced.