Microsoft rolled out a number of pieces of gear today in New York, from refreshes to something totally out of the blue. Brand new to Redmond’s offerings is the Surface Headphones. Cnet.com notes the new premium, noise cancelling headphones will be out in time for the holidays at a price of $350. In addition to the ‘Microsoft dial,’ there are other touch controls, and always-on Cortana at your service. Battery life maxes out at 15 hours according to Microsoft. If you turn off Bluetooth and plug in, you can get 50 hours of music. The ‘cans’ are as premium and cushy as you’d expect for $350 bones, and are comparable with Windows, 10, Android, and MacOS. Built in mics for Skype? Of course!
Also shown was the Surface Studio 2, the successor to the original Surface Studio PC. According to businessinsider.com, it will be out November 15th for the handsome price of $3499. It still features at 28 inch touch screen that can swivel down into ‘studio mode’ for sketching and marking documents. The updated model is 50% faster than the original, with a better and brighter screen, and features new SSDs in addition to faster Intel processing. The 2.0 version also has NVIDIA GeForce 1060 or 1070 graphics power, which should allow for reasonable game playing on a non-gaming PC.
The Surface Pro tablet/laptop hybrid gets a refresh after a year and a half. Theverge.com reports that the new machine sports Intel 8th Gen processors and comes in a matte black cover if you like. Microsoft touted improved cooling at their New York event, and says the updated box is 67% faster than the older one. They are claiming 13.5 hours of battery life. The Surface Pro 2 still tips the scales at 1.7 lbs, and still has a 12.3 inch display and 16 Gigs of RAM. Note that it doesn’t have USB-C ports…a bit of a surprise since the Surface Go and Surface Book 2 both have them. The Surface Pro 6 will start at $899 with an Intel Core i5 processor. It should be on shelves and online October 16th.