Microsoft has just announced it's new Macbook killer, the Microsoft Surface Laptop ($999) and is now taking preorders for a June 15th release date. In official messaging Microsofts says the new laptop is aimed at students, but it's easy to see they're also looking to capture some of that Macbook market.Apple has always been known for its sleek design and innovation, but the Surface Laptop with its beautiful Alcantara fabric-covered keyboard will definitely stand out. Features include a 13.3-inch screen, a reported battery life of 14+ hours, and a clamshell body. Available in four colors it also comes with a touchscreen that supports the Surface Pen stylus.As far a the engine, the base model will come with the Intel i5, 4GB of ram and 128GB of storage and for $300 more you can get 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage. There are also i7 options available starting at $1599.
The Surface Laptop comes with Windows 10 S, a new version of the Windows operating system. Microsoft says they new operating system is more streamlined, secure, and provides improved performance and battery life when compared to its bigger brother. The one problem is you can only install applications that come from the Windows App store. If that's a no-go for you then you'll need to cough up a $49 upgrade fee.
Meet the new Surface Laptop. Performance made personal. pic.twitter.com/dk9BB0IPwL— Microsoft Surface (@surface) May 2, 2017
Look out GoPro, because Ricoh is getting ready to jump into action camera market with both feet. The Ricoh WG-M1 Action Camera ($299) is available for preorder now and will ship some time next month. Standard specs include a 14MP CMOS sensor, a super-wide lens with an 160-degree field of view, 1080/30p video, Wi-Fi, and a 1.5" LCD screen. The really cool thing that sets this camera apart is its water-resistance without any additional housing. The WG-M1 is waterproof to 32 feet on its own. That means unless you're doing some deep water diving you should be good to go. Additional features include shock-resistance up to six feet, high-speed continuous shooting of still images up to 10 images per second, and a strap with an included carabiner. Multiple mounts will be available at release for shooting in any situation.
This great book Eat Your Vegetables ($17) was named as one of the best cookbooks of last year by The Boston Globe, The Atlantic and NPR's "Here and Now"! This is a fab collection of both vegan and vegetarian recipes for singles, those veggie lovers living in carnivorous households, couples seeking creative sides and anyone hankering after some plant based, smaller portion recipes. These all come courtesy of Joe Yonan, the must loved editor of The Washington Post and the author of Serve Yourself. Most people at some time will have faced the frustrations of trying to plan, shop and cook wonderfully tasty vegetarian and vegan meals for one, two or a small group. This a fab volume that should be on the shelf of every kitchen.
The Ark Portable Wireless Charger ($70) will charge your cell phone anywhere anytime with absolutely no cords. Why deal with USB cables and tangled wires. The Ark gets rid of all of those hassles. It features a small 3.54 x 3.54 x .78 inch base that can go anywhere, a lithium Ion battery that holds enough juice to charge your phone fully 3 times, an extra USB port so you can charge two devices at the same time and a battery indicator. For $70 you get the Ark and an iPhone charging case. There is also an option for Samsung users as well.
Offering two functionalities in a single tool, the Kershaw 1945 Barge Knife in Black ($19) is an economical option for your everyday carry arsenal. The 2.6" stonewashed steel blade is opened using a manual thumb stud and easily folds down into a compact and transportable size when not in use. Additional features include a weight of just 5.4oz, a pry-bar on the back side, and a handle with a G-10 texture finish for grip. The Barge is curved for ergonomic comfort while the blade features a sturdy frame lock and is left/right reversible. This Knife promises consistently reliable service for your daily needs.
Back in the 1970's BMW unveiled the BMW 3.0 CSL to compete in the new EU Touring Car Championships, but sadly was withdrawn just one year later. Well BMW is revisiting the classic with this concept BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage ($TBA). Its bold edgy exterior boasts futuristic sculpted spoilers front and back, custom carbon fiber parts, chrome surrounds and chunky alloy wheels. Sadly being just a concept this hot design may never see the light of day, however that doesn't stop you from admiring its curves.