Microsoft promises that you will get 50% more performance with the Intel processor if you choose to go for it. The latter will give you a longer life expectancy, however. According to the company, the Surface Pro 9 with 5G will provide 19 hours of battery-life while the standard model can last for 15.5 hours. It’s worth noting that this depends on usage—in my real-world tests, the Core i7 Surface Pro 8 only lasted around 6.5 hours on a single charge. The 5G version will be tested to see if it holds up. It costs just $1,000
Surface Studio 2+
Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2+ is Microsoft’s all-in-one computer for graphic designers, four years after it was launched. Its exterior is largely unchanged with its 28-inch touchscreen screen (4,500x 3,000 pixels resolution), flexible hinge and stereo speakers with Dolby atmos. Microsoft has made subtle improvements to the exterior. Three USB-C/Thunderbolt4 port (upped from one), two USB-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack are all included in the new ports. External display support will be available for three UHD 4K monitors, with a maximum 60-Hz refresh.
Most notable are the changes inside. While running Windows 11 Pro, it packs the 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11370H CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX3060 graphics card. Microsoft states that it provides 50 percent better CPU performance, and two times the graphics performance. The Studio 2+ also includes a Surface Pen and Surface Keyboard. Surface Studio 2+ costs $4,500
For those whose day includes presentations in Microsoft Teams, the Presenter+ connects over Bluetooth. You can also use the Presenter+ to unmute, mute, and join video conferences. You can also use Presenter+ for a slideshow and to direct coworkers to specific content using the screen pointer. You can also raise and lower your hands with the dedicated Teams button. Microsoft says you can get as much as six days battery life from a single recharge. For $80, the Presenter+ is available.
Microsoft Audio Dock
Audio Dock includes speakers, microphones and a pass through PC charger. It has four USB ports including an HDMI and two USB C. You don’t have to clutter up your desk with cables. Microsoft claims that the two forward-facing microphones help reduce noise and have mute buttons for video calls. 250 dollars will get you the Audio Dock.
Accessories for adaptive use
Microsoft revealed new hardware at the Ability Summit in May. It is expected to release it later this year. The adaptive accessories will go on sale officially starting October 25. There are devices including an adaptable mouse, a button that can be programmed, and a hub for connecting them to a laptop wirelessly. More information on the hardware can be found here.
Microsoft 365 – Brand New Creator Tools
This isn’t just about hardware. Microsoft also added new features to Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Edge. Microsoft 365 now offers a Microsoft Designer app that allows you to create graphics, invitations and digital postcards. The app is powered by DALL-E 2. OpenAI. It will automatically generate graphics and designs, saving you time. You can use this tool in Microsoft Edge as well, which will allow you to access it from any browser. Image Creator is a comparable tool that you’ll find in Bing.
For video makers, there’s Clipchamp—a video editing software acquired by Microsoft back in September 2021. You can access it in Windows 11 or via your browser. Microsoft Create, a brand-new website is also available. You can create graphics, video, and presentations all from one location with access to Designer, Clipchamp and Word.
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