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Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (Surface Book 2 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1569 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, 388.08, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, Dual-Channel, soldered in
Display
15 inch 3:2, 3240 x 2160 pixel 260 PPI, capacitive, 10 touch-points, LG Philips LGD0554, IPS, ID: LP150QD112604, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 204 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: SDXC (UHS-II), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, Xbox Wireless, TPM 2.0, Windows Hello, Surface Connect
Networking
ASIX AX88772B USB2.0 to Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit/s), Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 343 x 251 ( = 0.91 x 13.5 x 9.88 in)
Battery
86 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 23 Wh Tablet, 63 Wh Base, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 17 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix autofocus, 1080p Video
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix 1080p Video
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo with Dolby Audio Premium, Keyboard: chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, Surface AC adapter with 102 watts and USB Type-A charging port (5W), quick start guide, safety notes and warranty information, Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.894 kg ( = 66.81 oz / 4.18 pounds), Power Supply: 381 g ( = 13.44 oz / 0.84 pounds)
Price
2799 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 86.18% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 88%, features: 87%, display: 88% mobility: 90%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Now in a 15-inch form factor - Live Review. After a few months' delay, the larger version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is finally available in Germany. We have got our review device precisely at the sales launch and now we put it to the test. We are especially excited to examine the energy management of the more powerful components, because we already saw bottlenecks in this area in the smaller model. Update: display readings, Witcher 3, temperatures, video playback battery life
90% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review
Source: Techradar English
As it turns out, the best 2-in-1 laptop to date is just a bigger Surface Book – one that can play the latest PC games and last for a helluva long time to boot. Not to mention that this is the best tablet for drawing that we’ve tested yet, too. We just wish Microsoft did a bit more with the extra space afforded by the new 15-inch form factor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Microsoft Surface Book 2 15in review
Source: PC Advisor English
While an astonishingly capable and beautiful device, the Surface Book 2 is too much laptop for the average buyer. Microsoft knows it too, hence the availability at under £1,000 of both the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review
Source: Techradar English
As it turns out, the best 2-in-1 laptop to date is just a bigger Surface Book – one that can play the latest PC games and last for a helluva long time to boot. Not to mention that this is the best tablet for drawing that we’ve tested yet, too. We just wish Microsoft did a bit more with the extra space afforded by the new 15-inch form factor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

92% Kraftpaket mit Geforce GTX 1060
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 96% features: 78% display: 92% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 92%
85% Microsofts Power-Hybride: Meister aller Klassen?
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 100% features: 84% display: 76% mobility: 80%
Das kann Microsofts Power-Hybride
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/17/2018
90% Microsoft Surface Book 2 de 15'', análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
91% Surface Book 2 15", análisis: la versión con más potencia gráfica sigue sintiéndose más cómoda como portátil que como tableta
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 93% display: 93% mobility: 90% workmanship: 93%
Portátil avanzado 15": Microsoft Surface Book 2 [HNS-00018]
Source: Putoinformatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Large screen; nice display; powerful hardware; backlit keys. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/21/2018
80% Test Microsoft Surface Book 2, Des Performances En Hausse : Fiche Technique, Prix Et Date De Sortie
Source: Hitek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 90%
68% Test du Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 pouces
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 70% mobility: 100%
92% [WIDEO] Test, recenzja, opinia – Microsoft Surface Book 2 – gotowy do ataku szczytowego!
Source: 90 Sekund Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 100% features: 100% workmanship: 90%
80% Surface Book większy i lepszy: Microsoft Surface Book 2 15
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model:

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 is the manufacturer’s attempt at making a touchscreen Windows device with digital ink support. They pushed it to the limit with a larger 15-inch display, a more powerful processor, and discrete graphics. Instead of just being one device that flips inside out, like most of the best 2-in-1 laptops, the Surface Book 2 is truly two devices in one. It is designed to increase productivity, especially for business professionals. The Surface Book 2 is far more protected than the original Surface Book, especially now that Intel has released patches with Microsoft through the Windows 10 update tool that makes the Surface Book 2 much more resilient to the Spectre and Meltdown CPU exploits. But the Surface Book 2 is not just about improved security. It takes the pristine design of the original Surface Book and modernizes it ever so slightly to please the critics. The hinge, for instance, is much more sturdy. Like its predecessor, the Surface Book 2 has a hefty metal chassis coated in a professional, elegant matte silver coat that tries to distinguish itself from other devices. At the heart of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 sit an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics. The hardware in this system is quick, and users are expected to pay up. The Surface Book 2 should last at least five years, thanks to its powerful hardware and contemporary features. Simply put, this is the strongest 2-in-1 laptop, ready to go toe-to-toe with not only every hybrid laptop on the market but also a wide range of gaming laptops. And with Windows 10 S mode incoming soon, it is likely for users to be able to squeeze even more performance out of the Surface Book 2.

The 15-inch touchscreen on the Surface Book 2 offers a 3,240 x 2,160 resolution in a 3:2 aspect ratio. While not quite 4K, it does cram 260 pixels into every inch, which is more than enough to offer a perfectly sharp image. The Surface Book 2’s average color error came in at 3.96 (lower is better). This relatively high reading is due to overblown colors. Everything looks too bright and too vibrant. While it is not unappealing to the naked eye, it is not accurate and may throw off photographers, graphics, and video editors. However, maximum brightness came in at 428 nits, which is slightly behind the MacBook Pro but defeats most other laptops and 2-in-1s. A laptop with a 15-inch screen is large enough to deliver strong audio, and the Surface Book 2 is no exception. Its beefy stereo sound has no problem filling a mid-sized room with music. Microsoft has blessed the 15-inch model with an outstanding 90 watt-hours of juice. Most of the battery is still in the base of the Surface Book 2. If the user detaches the screen and moves to tablet mode, they will only get an hour or two of usable work. However, when attached, the user will get up to seven hours of battery life.

 

 

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Series: The Microsoft Surface Book 2, screams as a sleek and portable powerhouse, that runs on a profession-grade software with high-speed Intel Core processors with quad-core power up to i7, latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics up to 1060, speed-processing storage, and utilizes demanding apps and manages complex tasks with a sustenance of 17 hours battery life, which is 70 percent more battery life compared to the MacBook Pro 13. Such intensive tasks are Dassault SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk Revit, Adobe Premiere Pro an, and other desktop software that are tasked at a fast rate. Cloaked with a magnesium casing and presented in a silver physical color, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 weighs at 3.38 lbs for the 13.5-inch model, and 4.2 lbs for the 15-inch variant - including keyboard. The PixelSense Display up to 267 PPI can be detached to switch the Microsoft Surface Book 2 into a thin and strong quad-core Intel Core i7 tablet, that is convenient and practical to be taken anywhere. The resolution for the PixelSense Display is at 3,000 x 2,000 (267 PPI) for the 13.5-inch model, whilst is is 3,240 x 2,160 (260 PPI) for the 15-inch model. Both feature an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a 10-point multi-touch G5.

What is a sophisticated tablet without its sophisticated camera functions? Its camera works on a 5 MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video, an 8 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video, and a Windows Hello face verification camera (front facing). The Microsoft Surface Book 2 can also be folded into Studio Mode to draw and sketch in an easy, and practical manner. With the touch of a Surface Pen, this would create a creative experience for users. Once the screen is detached with just a push of a button, it can be turned to a different position, and reattached to share information and presentations. Voice commands can also be narrated into the Cortana. The security for Microsoft Surface Book 2, is heightened with a HW TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security and an enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face to sign in. Its memory also comes in 8 GB and 16 GB. Its connectivity includes WiFi, and Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology and it can be connected via two full-size USB 3.1 Gen 1, full-size SD card, and a Surface Dock. The new USB-C port can also be utilized as a single connector to charge devices, switch files and present video on external monitors. The Surface Book has been the benchmark for what a Microsoft laptop can really be. Other manufacturers has been taking some features from it and are improving their products. This version is no different, it will continue to be the benchmark for the Windows operated notebook category.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop): The mobile GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and offer 1280 shaders. Compared to the identically named desktop version it features a slightly lower clock rate. Games in Full HD and maximum details should run fluently on the card. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
8650U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.9 and 4.2 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15":

This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.894 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


Microsoft:

Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).


86.18%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2018-02-25)