When I finished high school, my parents bought me a brand-new desktop tower Windows PC, built to my exacting specifications, to take with me to college.
That computer wasn't one hundred percent perfect, with the occasional hiccup. But it was mine, and I loved it unconditionally. And I kept it for many years as my most prized possession.
The Microsoft Surface Book — the Redmond giant's first-ever laptop, released in late 2015 — is the first computer that I've ever loved in the same way, in the years since.
Surface Book commands an Apple-like price, starting at $1,499. But I like it better than any Apple MacBook I've ever used. And the Surface Book doubles as a full-blown tablet, making it a great iPad or Android tablet replacement, too. Seriously.
The Surface Book starts at a hefty $1,499. It rocks Microsoft Windows 10, a 13.5-inch touch-sensitive screen, a very nice keyboard with solid clicky-clack action, a Surface Pen stylus, two USB ports, an SD card slot, and the best non-Apple mouse touchpad I've ever tried.
It's got a very Apple-y sense of design. Unlike Microsoft's Surface and Surface Pro tablet/laptop hybrids, the Surface Book is a real, honest-to-goodness laptop that can, indeed, sit in your lap.
This sounds obvious, but even the latest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid (pictured here) is a pain in the butt to comfortably sit on your lap, since the screen doesn't stay up by itself.