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Microsoft Surface Book 2

Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book 2
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (Surface Book 2 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 2048 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 388.08, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, 2x 4 GB, Dual-Channel
Display
13.5 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel 267 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, Panasonic MEI96A2 , IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 206 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: SDXC (UHS-II), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, 2 microphones, Surface Connect, TPM 2.0, Windows Hello
Networking
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1 LE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 312 x 232 ( = 0.91 x 12.28 x 9.13 in)
Battery
75 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 57 Wh Base, 17 Wh Tablet, 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: 2 stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power supply (102W), Quick start guide, Safety and warranty documents, Office 365 (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.632 kg ( = 57.57 oz / 3.6 pounds), Power Supply: 381 g ( = 13.44 oz / 0.84 pounds)
Price
2249 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 83.78% - good
Average of 39 scores (from 71 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 90%, features: 73%, display: 91% mobility: 92%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the Microsoft Surface Book 2

87.4% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13.5", i7, GTX 1050) Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Powerhouse performance? According to Microsoft the new Surface Book 2 combines the best of two worlds and is also the most powerful Surface device yet. The specifications look promising, thanks to the new Kaby Lake-R processor and Nvidia's Pascal GPU. Our in-depth review reveals some shortcomings – some can easily be bypassed, but others are just incomprehensible in this price range.
80% Review: Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: PC Authority English
Move up to the $2,999 base Core i7, though, with its 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe storage and GTX 1050 graphics and the Surface Book 2 makes a lot more sense. It remains a lot of money to pay for a laptop, no matter how multitalented, but if you can see yourself taking full advantage of everything it has to offer, the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a truly brilliant machine.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 – nearly perfect (review)
Source: Gadgetguy English
Reviewing the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is like putting on a pair of comfortable old slippers – that aaahhh feeling of familiarity and comfort as you slip into them.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% workmanship: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Book 2 is a stunning piece of work from Microsoft once again. It's a great example of a premium laptop with top-level design, performance and features. We only have a few minor quibbles such as the lack of Thunderbolt.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft brings the thunder, but not the Thunderbolt
Source: Neowin English
The Surface Book 2 is one of those devices that I just want to make my forever PC. It just feels really comfortable to use. The build quality is solid, the keyboard feels just right, and the form factor is really cool.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Hands On: Improving Familiarity with Massive Firepower Upgrade
Source: Lowyat.net English
Given its premium nature and unique design, it is not surprising the Surface Book 2 also carries a rather hefty price tag. In Malaysia, the base model with integrated already carries a price tag of RM 6,899 while models with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics starts from RM 8,899 and can go up to RM 14,199.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2018
100% Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: the most powerful laptop-tablet hybrid in the world
Source: T3 English
As it stands though, divorced from its financial impact on the wallet, there's simply nothing else that can compete with the Surface Book 2 and it's easy to recommend if you are shopping at the premium end of the 2-in-1 hybrid laptop market.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
Review: Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: Hexus English
Surface Book 2 has raised the bar for versatile laptop design and sets a high standard for other PC manufacturers to aspire to.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2018
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: Undone by its own ambition
Source: It Pro English
The Surface Book 2 is an excellent laptop than tries to do a bit too much for its own good. While it excels in a number of areas, it's forced to make a couple of disappointing compromises that stop it from achieving its full potential.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch) review
Source: Toptenreviews English
Despite those shortcomings, Microsoft has again delivered one of the best 2-in-ls on the market for pro users — it’s a rarity to find a hybrid device that works equally well in both laptop and tablet modes, but the Surface Book 2 achieves it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Surface Book 2 review: Clean Looks, Clean Power, Dirty Secret
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The Surface Book 2 is a product for a very specific kind of person. The kind of person who digs the glamor of the Surface range but needs more grunt than is offered by the other options on the table.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/28/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Surface Book 2 review: Clean Looks, Clean Power, Dirty Secret
Source: PC World Australia English
The Surface Book 2 is a product for a very specific kind of person. The kind of person who digs the glamor of the Surface range but needs more grunt than is offered by the other options on the table.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/28/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Surface Book 2 Review: More of the same great thing
Source: Mobile Syrup English
With its power, impressive battery life and sturdy yet elegant appearance, I have no qualms in giving the Surface Book 2 a hearty recommendation. In my opinion, this is the Windows laptop to beat.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better
Source: The Register English
But just how many engineers and devs need a touchscreen, and a heavyweight lean-back tablet to take home and watch Netflix, I wondered? You tell me.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/22/2017
80% Surface Book 2: is this wonderful 13.5-inch laptop the best you can get?
Source: T3 English
Overall, the Surface Book 2 13.5-inch is undoubtedly a premium product – nothing about it feels underdone and it’s the most powerful 2-in-1 laptop we’ve tried. As with the 15-inch version, it’s an excellent showcase for Windows 10, including the new features of the Fall Creators Update, such as Windows Mixed Reality, It has a premium design and excellent features though it comes at a price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch) Review: Second Time's The Charm
Source: AnandTech English
But it’s not just about the components. Microsoft’s display is arguably the best in any notebook. The magnesium finish is fantastic. The design is interesting, and functional, and the versatility of the detachable display, even if only to flip it around to watch a movie on a plane, adds value to the device. When Surface Book launched in 2015, it was a new, fresh take. The 2017 model adds performance, refinement, and reliability, and is simply one of the best notebooks on the market today.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/21/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 – improves on perfection (first look)
Source: Gadgetguy English
Perfection is an unachievable concept, and every computing device is a compromise. The Surface Book 2 chases perfection – roll on Surface Book 3 …
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/02/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Book 2 is a stunning piece of work from Microsoft once again. It's a great example of a premium laptop with top-level design, performance and features. We only have a few minor quibbles such as the lack of Thunderbolt.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/30/2017
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one
Source: PC World English
If you can afford a Surface Book 2, we’d recommend it. So many of its attributes are simply fantastic, including its graphics performance and stellar battery life. If Microsoft had avoided all of the complications associated with its decision to incorporate USB-C (omitting Thunderbolt, upgrading the Dock), as well as the power issues, we’d be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the Surface Book 2 at all. Microsoft has made its “ultimate laptop” even better, in many ways. Just not all of them.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in
Source: Reg Hardware English
Microsoft's issued a statement that explained the laptops' power management smarts ensure their batteries will never become completely depleted, and also recommended users keep an eye on their power management settings. However reviewers have noted that some software demands the laptop runs at maximum settings.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/24/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: A laptop that will make Apple sweat
Source: Yahoo English
In the short time Microsoft has been creating its own devices, it has quickly become known for offering some of the best displays you can find on a laptop or tablet. And the Book 2 is no different in that regard. Whether you’re using the 13.5-inch model or the 15-inch, you’ll get a gorgeous PixelSense panel.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/24/2017
80% Surface Book 2 (13.5-inch) review: It's still super sleek, it's still super expensive
Source: Pocket Lint English
In many areas that Microsoft Surface Book 2 is an unrivalled pro workhorse; a device more versatile than just being a laptop. It further cements Microsoft's position as a hardware manufacturer to be reckoned with and, we suspect, will go down a storm with many creatives as "the ultimate 2-in-1".
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13in) review
Source: Stuff TV English
A productivity powerhouse that’s flexible and portable, but the Surface Book 2 carries a hefty price premium.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch) Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
Microsoft's Surface Book 2 puts the power of discrete graphics into the best detachable 2-in-1 design you can buy, but it doesn't come cheap.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: PC Mag English
The Surface Book 2 is a feat of design, a top-of-the-line premium convertible 2-in-1 laptop that's fast, long lasting, versatile, and portable. It's even up for gaming.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one
Source: Good Gear Guide English
The bottom line? If you can afford a Surface Book 2, we’d recommend it. So many of its attributes are simply fantastic, including its graphics performance and stellar battery life. If Microsoft had avoided all of the complications associated with its decision to incorporate USB-C (omitting Thunderbolt, upgrading the Dock), we’d be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the Surface Book 2 at all. Microsoft has made its “ultimate laptop” even better, in many ways. Just not all of them.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/17/2017
89% Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft gets closer to the 'ultimate laptop'
Source: Engadget English
The Surface Book 2 is exactly what we've wanted from a high-end Microsoft laptop. It's powerful, sturdy and its unique hinge doesn't come with any compromises. While there are cheaper Windows laptops out there with similar specs, the Surface Book 2 stands apart by bringing together some of the best hardware around with the flexibility of a convertible notebook. It's the closest a PC maker has come to taking on the MacBook Pro, both in style and substance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 89%
90% Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater
Source: Slashgear English
If you’re a Windows fan, though, there are several very good reasons why the Surface Book 2 should be top of your list when it comes to upgrading your laptop. Only the absence of Thunderbolt 3, and the fact that you get a single USB-C port mar the experience. Otherwise, the Surface Book 2 wraps cutting-edge performance in a beautifully made package, and if that’s not giving Apple sleepless nights then they’re not paying enough attention.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
83% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review:
Source: CNet English
The Surface Book 2 is a satisfying sequel, but like many sequels, it may be trying to broadly serve too many audiences.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: The ultimate laptop improves in every way but one
Source: PC World English
The bottom line? If you can afford a Surface Book 2, we’d recommend it. So many of its attributes are simply fantastic, including its graphics performance and stellar battery life. If Microsoft had avoided all of the complications associated with its decision to incorporate USB-C (omitting Thunderbolt, upgrading the Dock), we’d be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the Surface Book 2 at all. Microsoft has made its “ultimate laptop” even better, in many ways. Just not all of them.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands-on: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Book 2 looks to be a very accomplished laptop, taking the original and improving it. There's a lot to like here across all areas - unsurprising when we were very impressed with the first generation. The only real downside is the steep cost.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 15-inch Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the most versatile Windows 10 machine for creative pros, if you're willing to pay a premium.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Surface Book 2 hands-on review
Source: It Pro English
Microsoft is on a roll with its hardware, and the Surface Book 2 looks set to continue that. There’s simply very little on the market that can come close to the mobility, power, and functionality that the Surface Book promises to provide.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/16/2017
Surface Book 2 Hands-on: Is this Microsoft’s best laptop yet?
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Surface Book 2 is the perfect tool to showcase Microsoft’s ever-improved Windows 10 ecosystem, and comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect of a premium laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/09/2017
Hands-on: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Surface Book 2 looks to be a very accomplished laptop, taking the original and improving it. There's a lot to like here across all areas - unsurprising when we were very impressed with the first generation. The only real downside is the steep cost.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/09/2017
Surface Book 2 hands-on review
Source: It Pro English
Microsoft is on a roll with its hardware, and the Surface Book 2 looks set to continue that. There’s simply very little on the market that can come close to the mobility, power, and functionality that the Surface Book promises to provide.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/31/2017
Surface Book 2 initial review: It's still super sexy, it's still super expensive
Source: Pocket Lint English
Surface Book 2 brings this wonderful hybrid up to date. It's designed to empower its users, to ensure that the hardware doesn’t present any limitations within Microsoft's vision of the future of mobile productivity. But that still comes at a price and great as it may turn out to be, cash is still king and you can get this power elsewhere for cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 hands-on review – bigger and 5x faster
Source: Digital Arts English
What isn’t disappointing, though, is our first look at the Surface Book 2. And unlike years past, Microsoft is launching a major OS update, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, on top of this new hardware. That’s a one-two punch competitors like Apple and Google employ. Now Microsoft is taking that tactic and using it to its advantage.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2017
Hands on: Microsoft Surface Book 2 review
Source: Techradar English
While Microsoft digs its feet in the sand on the Fulcrum hinge design and resultant 'gap', the Surface Book 2 is absolutely current with the most powerful Intel and Nvidia hardware, while getting thinner and lighter than ever. Plus, with a 15-inch model now in the cards, Apple's claim to creative pro supremacy (and otherwise) has been seriously challenged.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch)
Source: PC Mag English
The 15-inch version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a 2-in-1 detachable tablet that caters to artists, gamers, and performance-craving users who value a large screen and powerful components.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2017

Foreign Reviews

Ein Wolf im Schafspelz, auf Wunsch an der Leine
Source: Computerbase German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/06/2018
Microsoft zieht ganz schön ab
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2018
85% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 90% ergonomy: 80%
96% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 96% performance: 97% features: 87% display: 97% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 93% emissions: 92%
Viel versprochen, nicht alles gehalten
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2018
85% Viel Bock aufs Book!
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 90% ergonomy: 80%
Wie das Surface Book, nur schneller
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/12/2018
Das schönere MacBook
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/02/2018
Ein Macbook Pro, mit dem man spielen kann
Source: Der Standard German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2017
96% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 96% performance: 97% features: 87% display: 97% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 93% emissions: 92%
Leistung und Laufzeit
Source: c't - 25/17 German
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 11/01/2017
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: Hipertextual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Surface Book 2, análisis: más potencia gráfica para un portátil al que le sobra ser convertible
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 93% mobility: 90% workmanship: 93%
Quiero un Surface Book 2, pero no lo necesito
Source: Incognitosis Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Impressive design; compact size; light weight; nice display. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2017
82% Recensione Microsoft Surface Book 2 13''
Source: Smart World Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 60% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 90%
Recensione Surface Book 2 da 13 pollici
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: High performance; smart stylus pen; long battery life; nice selfie camera. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2018
Anteprima Surface Book 2: ora anche in Italia
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Positive: Impressive design; compact size; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/02/2018
100% Microsoft Surface Book 2 13,5" (Core i7-8650U, 256GB) Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
70% Surface Book 2: Laptop-paradepaardje
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Microsoft Surface Book 2 Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test du Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15 pouces), le meilleur PC hybride et tactile de Microsoft
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
74% Surface Book 2, sans doute le PC le plus polyvalent et endurant de Microsoft
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 80% mobility: 100%
80% Test du Microsoft Surface Book 2, un PC hybride et tactile
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Recenzja Surface Book 2 – najdroższej, najbardziej nietypowej i jednocześnie najlepszej hybrydy dostępnej na rynku
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
82% Microsoft Surface Book 2 - sprzęt za 15000 złotych. Czy to się opłaca?
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2018
Rating: Total score: 82%
Microsoft znowu podniósł poprzeczkę. Surface Book 2 to kawał solidnego sprzętu
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; smart stylus pen; high performance. Negative: Expensive; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/01/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2: Unikalny i stylowy laptop biurowy, ale czy tylko to?
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Excellent display; smart stylus pen. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2017
Microsoft Surface Book 2 – test
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; solid workmanship; high autonomy; fast system; excellent display; comfortable keyboard; good speakers. Negative: Poor connectivity; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/01/2017
90% Test Microsoft Surface Book 2 med GTX 1050-grafikk
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
Test av Microsoft Surface Book 2
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Positive: Nice performance; excellent display; good speakers; large battery capacity. Negative: Noisy under loads; uncomfortable keyboard; high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2018
90% Microsoft Surface Book 2 [TEST]: Den hidtil stærkeste 2-i-1-pc
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 20% performance: 100%
78% Test: Surface Book 2 – Enastående batteritid och systemprestanda
Source: Nordic Hardware SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 78%

Comment

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 1050 (Notebook): Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 960M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version. 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.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  
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.
13.5":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.632 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).


83.78%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-11-24)