For the first time ever, software company Microsoft has produced its own laptop. The very flash and incredibly expensive new device, the Surface Book, has just reached our shores. But will the transforming super computer pack enough punch to make you pick a Microsoft over an Apple?
We take a look at the Surface Book and a couple of other smart lock toting gadgets:
Microsoft Surface Book
Price: $2,799 to $4,899
Gadget Guy Rating: 4 out of 5.
The new 13.5-inch Surface Book is marketed as “the ultimate laptop.” It packs the full punch of a high performance laptop with unprecedented versatility of a tablet. The screen unlocks from the keyboard with a smart electronic mechanism turning into a touch-screen slate which can be used as a tablet or handed around to view the content.
The laptop has an unusual reticulated hinge which leaves a slight gap between the keyboard and screen when it is closed.
The high price is an indicator of where Microsoft is pitching this device. Prices begin at $2,749 and rise to $4,899 for the top of the line version which has a core i7 chip, 16GB or RAM and an additional graphics processor in the base.
I tested the top model and found it breezed through 4K video editing like a hot knife through butter.
All of the Surface Book devices run on Windows 10 and come with a touch screen and pen input.
Nokē Smart Lock
Gadget Guy Rating: 3 out of 5
Auckland’s Astute Smart Locks has launched Nokē – the world’s smartest Bluetooth padlock in New Zealand. Nokē, pronounced No Key) is a padlock that you unlock with your smartphone – eliminating the hassle of keys and combinations forever.
All Nokē locks are compatible with iOS, Android and Windows smartphones, and work in conjunction with the Nokē app for smart, convenient security.
When clicked the Nokē automatically finds and connects to your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. Instead of fumbling for keys, simply walk up to your Nokē, press the shackle, and instantly access your possessions.
Nokē’s app even lets you share guest access with friends and family, so they can unlock your Nokē with their own smartphone. You can allow a guest unlimited access, one-time access, or create a custom schedule of specific times and days of the week.
In case your smartphone battery dies, Nokē has a back-up plan called ‘Quick-Click,’ so you’re never left stranded. Nokē’s Quick-Click technology allows you to create a custom access code of short and long clicks on the shackle so you have the option to open it manually if necessary.
Made of boron-hardened steel, Nokē is not only attractive, but also incredibly strong and it is designed to stand up to the toughest environments and weather conditions.
The battery lasts about a year before needing to be replaced or recharged. If it does go flat you can jump start the lock by touching a replacement battery to the pad at the bottom of the lock.
MaxiLock With Shackle or “Surf Box”.
Price: $69.00 from most surf shops.
Gadget Guy Rating: 3 out of 5
Maxi Lock is a durable, all-metal combination padlock that can be easily secured inside or outside around homes or offices, or to vehicles, caravans, boats, trucks and trailers. Maxi Lock works by a secret code to provide a safe and secure place to lock away your valuables and keys while you enjoy peace of mind.
There are times when you need a safe and secure place for small valuables or an emergency spare set of keys, or for other items around your home, office or vehicle. Do you need to provide access to trusted others to keys when you can not be there yourself. Maxi Lock is the solution!
Maxi Lock keeps your valuable items safe whilst having a night out on the town, surfing, fishing or during other such leisure activities. When not in use, Maxi Lock is compact enough to keep in a vehicle storage compartment or can be stored easily in the home or office.
All prices correct at time of publication. Products subject to availability