Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the device: 2-in-1 computer, part of Learning the Microsoft Surface Book and Other 2-in-1 Laptops.
- Let's start by getting familiar with the hardware on a two-in-one laptop, like the Microsoft Surface Book. Now keep in mind we are looking specifically at the Surface Book, but I will take this opportunity to talk about characteristics that you'll see on any two-in-one laptop. And the first thing I'll point out is that the Surface Book is larger than most two-in-one computers. The screen on the Surface Book is 13 1/2 inches. Usually two-in-ones have screen sizes of around 10 inches, but there are some bigger and some smaller devices out there.
So this looks like any laptop computer, which is part of the appeal, but what defines a two-in-one is that you can also use it as a tablet. So all two-in-ones will have a touch screen and they'll have some way that you can hold the device like a tablet. Either you can remove the screen, which becomes a standalone tablet, or the hinges will bend all the way backwards, so that the screen is flat against the bottom of the computer, then you can hold the whole thing like a tablet. Now the Surface Book is the type where the screen separates to become a separate tablet.
To do that what you'll do is find this button on the keyboard, the disconnect button, you're gonna press and hold that for about two seconds, and then you'll here a little click, you'll see a notification on the screen saying that it's ready to disconnect, and then you can just pull the two parts apart, and then you can just hold this and use it as if it's just a tablet. Now if the computer is in sleep mode you can still disconnect the screen you just hold that disconnect button until you see a green light on the button, and then you can disconnect the screen section. Now when you wanna lock the two sections back together just line up these tabs on the keyboard section with these slots down on the bottom edge of the tablet section.
And it's a magnetic connection, so you get them pretty close and then they'll very easily snap together, then they'll lock up again, you'll see another notification on the screen saying that they're attached, and you're all set. Now most other two-in-ones are gonna have a mechanical button and they don't have that on screen notification. So check the manual that comes with your device to see how that mechanism works. Now the Surface Book is not the kind of two-in-one where the hinges bend all the way back, but you do actually have a similar option. What you could do is disconnect the screen, so I'll do that again, wait for that click, then I can pull them apart.
What you can do is flip the screen all the way around backward, then lock that back into position, then you can close the hinges, and you can hold the whole thing like a tablet. Okay, so let's put it back into the standard laptop mode, so again, I'll open that up, disconnect the screen, here's that click sound, flip it around, and now it's back in the normal laptop configuration. So let's look at the rest of the hardware. Now the tablet section has the screen, of course, and this is a touch sensitive screen.
And when you're using the tablet section alone you'll be interfacing with Windows 10 using touch screen controls. So there's a chapter in this course dedicated entirely to using Windows with the touch screen. Also on the tablet section, if we rotate it a little bit, on one of the edges you can see there's a headphone port. And then if we rotate it around this way and take a look at the top edge you'll see there are a few buttons. There's a volume up and a volume down button, and then over here is the sleep button. So when you're using the computer and you're all finished you can hit this button to put the computer into sleep mode.
If it's already in sleep mode you can hit that button to wake it up. And if the computer has been shut down completely you can hit that button to turn it on. So let's take a look at the back of the screen section, we'll kind of swivel that around here. And there's a standard camera on the back of the screen, a rear-facing camera like you would find on a lot of tablets. And if we swing that back around on the front you have a front-facing camera and a microphone. And these are great for doing video chats or just recording video.
And those are pretty standard. But there's also an infrared camera and it's really hard to see, but it's up here at the top as well. And that's somewhat unique to the Surface Book. This is for the Microsoft Hello feature, which gives you the ability to have the computer recognize your face and then automatically sign into your account. And we're gonna see how that works in the settings and customization chapter. So next let's turn our attention to the keyboard section. And of course there's a standard keyboard and trackpad, just like you'll find on most laptop computers, but again, if we kind of spin this whole thing around, on the left edge you're gonna see two USB ports, those are full sized USB ports, and one SD card slot.
We'll talk about both of those later in the course. And then of course if we swing around to the right side you're gonna see the mini display port connection, which is where you can connect an external display, and we'll use that in another movie as well, and then there's a connection for the power cable. So this is the power cable. You can use it to charge the battery, or you could just leave it plugged in all the time. Of course one end plugs into the wall, then there's the transformer, and then you have your plug here. And it's a magnetic connection, so all you have to do is place this tab pretty close to the slot in the computer, they'll lock together with magnets, and you're all set.
And it pops out really easily, just a little yank on the cable there and it pops right out. And also it's reversible. So you could flip it over this way and plug it in like that. Also, if you disconnect the tablet section, let's do that again, so I'll hit that, wait for that click, there we go. You'll see on the tablet section itself there is a power port there as well. So using the same cable you could charge the battery or just run the tablet by itself by plugging the power cable right there.
Okay, so let's plug that back in and get it set back up as the normal laptop configuration. So those are the connections on the Surface Book. On other two-in-ones you may see some different ports. For example, some don't have a mini display port connection, some might have a micro SD slot, instead of the full sized SD card slot, and some don't even have an SD card slot at all. And of course others will have different power cables. But these connections that we've seen here are pretty typical and any two-in-one computer that you look at should have a fairly similar set of ports.
But here's the important part, sometimes those ports are on the keyboard section and sometimes they're on the tablet section. It really depends on which device you have. If you're still shopping and you have not decided on which device you want yet this is important to think about. If you plan to use the tablet section separated most of the time, but you also have some USB peripherals that you need to use it might make sense to get something other than the Surface Book, something with USB ports on the tablet section instead of the keyboard section.
Think about which ports you need and when you need them and make sure you choose the right device. Now one last thing I wanna mention is the pen stylus, which comes with the Surface Book. This also comes with other Surface products made by Microsoft, including the Surface and the Surface Pro. You can use this stylus as an alternative to using your finger on the touch screen. It's great for hand writing notes, drawing, and just generally working in Windows. Of course we'll talk all about this later in the course, but if you need a precise stylus then this could be one reason to choose the Surface Book from all of the other options.
So whether you have the Surface Book, some other two-in-one computer, or you're about to go shopping for your new device this gives you an idea of the hardware options that are available. We'll be putting almost all of these features to use as we go through the rest of this course.
Nick Brazzi then steps through how to best become productive with the Surface in Tablet mode, exploring the basic touch controls in Windows 10 and how to adjust important settings like notifications, quick actions, and more. Viewers also learn how to use touch to control apps (including Office), multitask, use the onscreen keyboard, work with tiles, and more.
Viewers then learn how to get the most out of the Surface accessories, including how to use the powerful Surface pen with OneNote. Finally, the course explores important customization and security settings, including how to use Windows Hello for fingerprint or face recognition for fast login.
- Touring the device
- Connecting a keyboard, mouse, and external display
- Using touch controls in Windows 10
- Shutting down and restarting
- Multitasking in Windows 10
- Pinning apps to the Start menu
- Using the Pen stylus
- Setting a PIN code for fast login
- Adding storage with a microSD card
Skill Level Beginner
What was added to this course on 01/20/2017?
New videos were added about the Surface pen and the Surface dial.